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Jun. 22, 2020

Navy Pier Pride Returns for Fifth Annual Live Daylong Celebration of Equality and Love

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CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, welcomes all to celebrate Pride Month in person at the People’s Pier for the fifth consecutive year of Navy Pier Pride. On Saturday, June 27 from 1 – 10 p.m., celebrate equality, love and the LGBTQ+ community at the newly-reopened People’s Pier. This free and safe daylong celebration will include scheduled live musical performances, resources from community partners and organizations, and Pride-themed public art for enjoyment, along with new operational measures to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of its guests, staff and partners, including mandated face coverings at all times.

Live Music
Throughout the event, guests will enjoy live music in the Miller Lite Beer Garden with a finale performance from Radio Gagaas well as DJ performances at the Wave Wall Performance Platform, for an opportunity to join together and find moments of joy through music and dance. Additionally, Wave Wall Wax, Navy Pier’s free, live weekly DJ series will feature DJ Mwelwa on Saturday, June 27 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Wave Wall Performance Platform for more arts and cultural programming.

The full performance schedule is outlined below.

Saturday, June 27

1 – 3 p.m. DJ All the Way Kay Wave Wall Platform
1 – 3 p.m. DJ VitiGrrl Miller Lite Beer Garden
3 – 5 p.m. DeeJay Alicia Wave Wall Platform
3 – 5 p.m. DJ Rae Chardonnay Miller Lite Beer Garden
5 – 7 p.m. Wave Wall Wax with DJ Mwelwa Wave Wall Platform
5 – 7 p.m. DJ Audio Jack Miller Lite Beer Garden
8 – 10 p.m. Radio Gaga Miller Lite Beer Garden


On-site Resources

TaskForce Prevention and Community Services and The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine will be on-site to share information and resources about their programs supporting youth across Chicago from 1 – 5 p.m. There will also be vogueing at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. with young adults and teens from the TaskForce Prevention and Community Services at the Wave Wall Platform.

Public Art
Navy Pier will be displaying four large colorful LGBTQ Pride banners from queer, Chicago-born artist Sam Kirk as part of her series “Pride,” which has murals displayed at both Navy Pier and The Magnificent Mile. The banners will be located in the Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion and Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and portray people of different ages, races and genders in bright and colorful ways.

Other Things to Do
While at Navy Pier Pride, guests are encouraged to take advantage of other Pier-wide experiences in dining, retail, cruises and more. Please visit Navy Pier’s website for a full list of open and available establishments.

Navy Pier Pride is a part of the nonprofit destination’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and cultural programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. Please note, all events and programs are subject to change.

Since commencing its phased reopening on June 10, Navy Pier has prioritized stringent cleaning measures and safety practices to support the health and wellness of those at the Pier. Measures include multiple layers of stringent cleaning and disinfecting, preparing and equipping employees with appropriate resources, new physical distancing practices, standard CDC and Chicago Public Health guidelines, and more.

Guests must always bring and wear a face mask while visiting Navy Pier and try to maintain a six feet distance between individuals who are not from the same household. Guests should also wash hands regularly and/or utilize the nearly 80 hand sanitizers provided throughout the Pier. Those who are sick, have COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosis, or have been exposed to someone with symptoms or diagnosis within the last 14 days should stay home or visit their healthcare provider.

Navy Pier’s reopening framework 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. Click here to view Navy Pier’s full and detailed reopening plan. For more information, visit

PHOTOS: Navy Pier Pride | Credit: Navy Pier/ Heidi Zeiger Photography

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 WheelPolk Bros ParkFifth 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 

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.

About Navy Pier

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 2022, Navy Pier continues to evolve into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.


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