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Fundraising Events

Navy Pier’s free public programs are made possible by the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations. Join us at one of our upcoming events!

2020 Virtual Celebration

Join us on Tuesday, October 27 for the Pier’s first Virtual Celebration! Your support ensures that free public programming returns better than ever next spring.

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ExPIERience Gala

Held in 2017 and 2019, showcasing the best of Navy Pier and all the tremendous changes—programmatic, physical, and organizational—that Navy Pier has undergone through the support of our generous partners. Previous honorees include PepsiCo, The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, and the Polk Bros. Foundation.

ExPIERience 2019 raised $1.3M to support Navy Pier’s mission and programs.

Associate Board at Cheer at the Pier

Cheer at the Pier

Cheer at the Pier, the Premiere Night of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest is hosted by the Navy Pier Associate Board. Nearly 2,000 guests enjoy family-friendly buffets, live entertainment, ice skating and signature attractions (with no lines!). Cheer at the Pier raises more than $150,000 for Navy Pier’s year-round, free public programs.

About Navy Pier

More Than You Imagine

Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million guests have come to enjoy the Pier's 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences. In 2020, Navy Pier continues to evolve into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.


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Navy Pier

600 E. GRAND AVENUE
CHICAGOIL 60611
1-800 595-PIER (7437)

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