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Mar. 31, 2023 | State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois to Open April 27

One-of-a-kind Exhibit Celebrating Illinois’ Music Greats Comes to Navy Pier

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CHICAGO—Navy Pier will welcome State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois – a one-of-a-kind exhibit showcasing the achievements and contributions of The Land of Lincoln’s music greats – April 27 through Aug. 27. From Muddy Waters to REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick to Earth Wind and Fire, and Chance the Rapper, State of Sound celebrates the musicians, legendary radio stations, and homegrown musical gear that have shaped the sonic history of Illinois and the world.

Created and premiered by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Navy Pier exhibition resurrects the acclaimed showpiece written by award-winning author, documentary producer, and former Chicago Sun-Times columnist and critic, Dave Hoekstra. The free exhibit will be housed on the first floor of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall and open to guests during all Pier operating hours.

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Note: All events, activities and dates are subject to change.


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 Wheel, Polk Bros Park, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2021, Navy Pier continued 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




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