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Navy Pier: Jim Thompson Public Statement

Navy Pier is saddened by the recent passing of Gov. Jim Thompson, who was instrumental in giving us all the gift of reopening Navy Pier in 1995. We are grateful for his vision and leadership as a committed public servant who understood the value of public space. The entire Navy Pier family extends its heartfelt condolences to the Thompson family. 

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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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