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Dec. 27, 2021

Navy Pier Will Require Face Masks Indoors; New Year’s Eve Party Guests Must Show Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Result

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CHICAGO—In keeping with the City of Chicago COVID-19 safety mandates, Navy Pier will require that all New Year’s Eve visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear face masks indoors—completely covering mouth and nose when not actively eating or drinking. In addition, guests entering either the Offshore or New Year on the Pier parties must also show proof of vaccination or negative test result achieved no more than 72 hours in advance of the event.

Guests attending the New Year on the Pier party in the Aon Grand Ballroom also must pass a temperature check. Those exhibiting an elevated temperature will be required to take a free, onsite rapid COVID test before entering. Anyone with a positive result will not be admitted and will be issued a refund. Any New Year on the Pier guest, regardless of temperature result, may ask to take the free COVID test before entering. Guests will be required to wear face masks for the entirety of the party when not actively eating or drinking.

Anyone under the age 18 visiting Navy Pier must be accompanied by a legal adult guardian, with documented proof. Guardian must be present for the duration of the visit.


Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is the top nonprofit tourism destination in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and typically welcoming nearly 9 million annual guests. 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 celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016 with the unveiling of the iconic Centennial WheelPolk Bros ParkFifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2021, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing Pier-wide redevelopment efforts—including Sable, a 223-room Hilton hotel, new restaurants and partnerships, and thrilling additions to Pier Park. The Pier is also proud to continue providing 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 the organization’s post-pandemic revival and free public programming. For more information, visit

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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