Experiencing Chicago’s Art Scene at Navy Pier
We consider public art and exhibitions to be a valuable part of any visit to Navy Pier. Guests get to escape their urban, concrete jungle to find shapes, colors and creations surrounded by green spaces and blue waters.
Some of the creative, artistic expressions you will find at Navy Pier are permanent installations. Others are special art events, temporary installations or seasonal displays. We offer both established and upcoming artists a platform to showcase their talent and their work to a large audience, without the fear of criticism or the pressure of having to sell tickets.
Art on Display at Navy Pier
As part of our permanent collection, guests can find a giant letter “P” or several bronze statues in and around Polk Bros Park. Nearby, they may discover temporary, cutting-edge works by some of the city’s most innovative, new artists. Some of these displays may even be interactive.
Along the Pier’s redesigned South Dock, they also may encounter art exhibitions or artistic performances that are completely unexpected. A great example is the Navy Pier collaboration of performance art, created by contemporary artist Nick Cave and architect Jeanne Gang, as part of the EXPO CHICAGO 2017 festivities.
Guests may choose to attend annual art events, such as SOFA CHICAGO. This show always offers a stunning collection of sculpture, objects, functional art and design. Some works are so large and so breathtaking, they only fit in a place like our Festival Hall.
Guests also visit temporary, pop-up art exhibitions that few people will get to experience anywhere else. A perfect example is the 2017 limited tour of items relating to the career of The Rolling Stones.
No matter what they encounter here, public art will continue to be an important element of the new Navy Pier. Thank you for taking the time to discover and enjoy these works—and Navy Pier—in a new light!