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CHICAGO — Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic destination, introduces its phased approach to cautiously reopening and resuming operations, with state and city guidelines for health and safety at the forefront of each phase. As part of Phase 1, which begins Wednesday, June 10, the following will be open and available to the public: Navy Pier parking garages (free access), Polk Bros Park, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, North and South Dock, Pier Park (rides remain closed), East End Plaza, outdoor restaurant spaces, tour boats and select free programs. Hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and may vary per establishment. Navy Pier has been closed since Monday, March 16 due to COVID-19.
“Following Navy Pier’s longest closure in recent history, we, along with the rest of Chicago, are anxious to reopen our spaces and safely welcome guests back to the Pier over the next few months as we work collectively to restore our local economy,” said Marilynn Gardner, Navy Pier President and CEO. “We recognize that our new reality is now accompanied by new standards, and as the People’s Pier, we are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure the health, safety and comfort of all who visit the Pier. Our goal is to provide guests with a safe space to reconnect with Chicago through our free public programs, on-site local dining, retail and attractions, and our beloved vistas and vast greenspace. We believe we have outlined a framework that will allow us to serve as a resource for the community while protecting our guests’ well-being.”
Navy Pier’s framework, which aligns with Phases 3, 4 and 5 of the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan and City of Chicago’s “Protecting Chicago” outline, as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, prioritizes stringent cleaning measures and safety practices to support the health and wellness of those at the Pier. Measures include, but are not limited to:
The cleaning and safety measures outlined above will apply indefinitely throughout each phase until further notice. Given the fluidity and nature of the situation, Navy Pier is prepared to modify procedures as necessary.
Please note, all interior spaces, including flagship cultural anchors, such as Chicago Children’s Museum and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, will remain closed during the Pier’s initial reopening phase. All fireworks and large-scale events are also canceled through Phase 1. The subsequent phases will consist of paced-out reopenings of additional spaces, businesses and attractions, such as Pier Park rides, Miller Lite Beer Garden, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, indoor dining and retail establishments. The final phase will look to fully restore the Pier’s operations with events returning to the Aon Grand Ballroom, Festival Hall and Crystal Gardens, the opening of the new hotel (The Sable at Navy Pier), and other remaining businesses. Additional details and decisions related to upcoming phases will be made with guidance and input from the State and City.
A top civic space and nonprofit institution in Chicago, Navy Pier is home to nearly 70 independent businesses, several pop-up neighborhood markets, countless annual events and hundreds of local artists who regularly showcase their works at the Pier, enriching the lives of Chicago residents and visitors, alike. Collectively, the on-site restaurants, retailers, attractions and nonprofit partners employ more than 3,000 people annually and contribute to the Pier’s reputation as one of the largest first employers for youth in the city. As such, Navy Pier recognizes its responsibility to the greater Chicagoland community and is committed to restoring the vitality of the Pier, its partners and the local economy as the city works to recover from the pandemic and its harrowing impact. The three-part framework will allow the Pier to set that plan in motion, while continuing to prioritize public health and safety.
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About Navy Pier
Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is the top nonprofit tourism destination in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming nearly 9 million guests annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. The Pier recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with the unveiling of the iconic Centennial Wheel, Polk Bros Park, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2020, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing Pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including a 220-room Hilton hotel with a year-round rooftop bar, Offshore (now open), and more – in addition to free, year-round arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. Click here to donate to Navy Pier, a mission-driven 501(c)(3) organization, in support of free public programs. For more information, visit www.navypier.org.
Navy Pier Mission Statement
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.