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November 9, 2017

Event surpasses goals, raising more than $1.7 million to support the Pier’s free public programs

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, held its first-ever fundraising event, “A Celebration ExPIERience,” securing more than $1.7 million in funds to directly support the Pier’s free public programming available to 9.3 million annual guests.

Co-chaired by Lisa and Jeffrey Aronin; Virginia and Norman Bobins; Joan and Bill Brodsky; and Yvonne and Devon Bruce; the event welcomed more than 600 guests to enjoy Chicago-inspired food and several captivating performances from locally- based artists. Seizing a one-of-kind experience that started upon arrival, guests rode trolleys to the Aon Grand Ballroom along the Pier’s famed South Dock, which included a docent-led tour and a private fireworks display. Custom built 360- degree projection and LED screens created a completely immersive, technological experience that brought the entire Pier to life inside the ballroom and featured the epic talent from Navy Pier’s programming roster of artists, including Jabowen Dixon; Bourné Family; Lowdown Brass Band; Alexa Grae; Katie Kadan; Yuri Lane; Reginald Robinson; and the 7-Jeff Award winning E. Faye Butler; Tony-nominated Felicia P. Fields; and world-class Artistic Director Josephine Lee.

“A Celebration ExPIERience,” also honored the Polk Family and Polk Bros. Foundation for their legacy gift and partnership. After Navy Pier became a nonprofit in 2011, the foundation recognized the Pier’s potential to showcase the cultural richness of our city and serve the community. Their $20 million transformative gift allowed the Pier to convert the 17-acre Polk Bros Park into a multi-use space.

“The partnership between the Polk Bros. Foundation and Navy Pier has been truly outstanding and, as a result, Polk Bros Park has definitely exceeded our expectations. We are extremely excited about the opportunities going forward to offer fabulous, free cultural programming for all Chicagoans and our city’s visitors,” said Polk Bros. Foundation Board Chair Sandra Guthman. “I know the current Polk family is thrilled and, I’m sure, so are our ancestors looking down on Polk Bros Park and Navy Pier.”

The excitement continued throughout the evening, with the announcement Fifth Third Bank will continue its investment in Chicago at Navy Pier. Building on the momentum of the Pier’s naming partners – Aon, Peoples Gas and the Polk Family and Polk Bros. Foundation – Fifth Third Bank announced they will elevate their presence through a multiyear naming partnership of the reimagined Family Pavilion, set to debut as Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion at Navy Pier in spring 2018. The expanded partnership represents both, Navy Pier and Fifth Third Bank’s ongoing commitment to serving the local and global community by delivering world-class experiences that embody the Pier’s values of excellence, integrity, inclusion and stewardship.

“We are humbled by the generous support of the hundreds of donors who joined us to advance the mission of Navy Pier. The generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations enables us to continue to strengthen our free arts and cultural programs, and to provide an unparalleled experience to our guests,” said Marilynn Gardner, Navy Pier President and CEO. “As our evolution continues, this support assures Navy Pier is a free and accessible cultural hub well into our second century.”

“Navy Pier is setting the standard for community-focused, affordable cultural destinations. Our first-ever Celebration ExPIERience demonstrates the Pier’s commitment to partnerships with like-minded philanthropic organizations and businesses. Partners such as Fifth Third Bank play a pivotal role in advancing this mission. Their generous contribution, recognized with the naming of Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, underscores their investment in Chicago and in the People’s Pier,” said Navy Pier Board Chairman Bill Brodsky.

To date, more than 100 civic and community-based organizations have partnered with Navy Pier in its ongoing evolution, contributing financially, strategically, and operationally, solidifying its transformation as a cultural district and major venue in Chicago’s cultural landscape. Pier-wide partners include: American Airlines; Aon; Big Bus; Fifth Third Bank; MillerCoors; and Pepsi. Foundation program partners include: Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; Chicago Free For All Fund at the Chicago Community Trust; Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; The Joyce Foundation; Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust; and Polk Bros. Foundation.

For more information on Navy Pier’s physical and programmatic transformation, please visit www.navypier.org.

For photos from “A Celebration ExPIERience,” click here.

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

Visit our new website, navypier.org. This change is small, but impactful. We are excited to move in to our second century as a mission-driven cultural district, welcoming all and inspiring our more than 9 million guests.

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit cultural destinations in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than 9 million guests annually. 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. In 2017, Navy Pier continues to celebrate its centennial with a series of special events and programming, year-round rides on the Centennial Wheel and ongoing Pier-wide redevelopment efforts as part of the Centennial Vision. Navy Pier, as a nonprofit organization, maintains and manages the 50-acre pier that is being redeveloped as a contemporary, environmentally responsible urban space. More information is available at www.navypier.org.

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NOVEMBER 8, 2017

Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion at Navy Pier slated for spring 2018 completion

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, and Fifth Third Bank are expanding their partnership with the naming of the reimagined Family Pavilion. Currently under construction, the completed space at the Pier’s historic entrance is set to debut as Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion at Navy Pier in spring 2018.

The multiyear naming partnership represents the ongoing investment by Navy Pier and Fifth Third Bank to deliver world-class experiences that embody the Pier’s values of excellence, inclusion, integrity and stewardship.

“Fifth Third Bank has been, and continues to be, an outstanding partner to Navy Pier, especially during this critical time of transformation,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner. “Their extended and expanded investment in our vision underscores their dedication to the Chicago community and helps further advance our mission as the People’s Pier.”

The announcement comes as Fifth Third concludes its title partnership of the successful two-year Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration at Navy Pier, in recognition of the Pier’s 100th anniversary. Fifth Third is also the title partner of the 2016 and 2017 Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest.

“The Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration at Navy Pier was an incredible experience,” said Fifth Third Bank Regional Chairman Robert A. Sullivan. “It gave us an opportunity to get to know the ‘People’s Pier’ intimately. Navy Pier’s cultural programming, year-round events and future plans are aligned with our focus areas of giving – education, community, economic and workforce development, and the environment. We are proud to have hosted programming at the Pier – from our financial empowerment workshops, to giving 100 free Centennial Wheel rides to 100 nonprofit partners, to our Veterans Day of Appreciation Hiring Fair.”

“Fifth Third Bank’s decision to deepen its partnership with Navy Pier was an easy one, given the Pier’s special place in history and in the hearts and minds of Chicagoans,” said Fifth Third Bank Regional President Eric S. Smith. “Navy Pier is an unmatched economic engine, fueled by tourism, corporate support, small business and thousands of terrific local employees. We are also proud to increase our investment in Chicago by bringing to life the bold and forward-thinking vision of Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion. We look forward to building new relationships with Pier partners, exhibitors, vendors and businesses, and we are confident that the transformation of the Family Pavilion will significantly benefit the great city of Chicago.”

 Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion will be an architecturally stunning facility designed by Gensler, widely recognized as the world’s leading collaborative design firm, to welcome the Pier’s 9.3 million annual guests. Featuring new contemporary market fronts, it will be a platform for artisans and retailers uniquely rooted in Chicago’s identity. Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion also will provide a dramatic and modern point of connection to Chicago Children’s Museum, Crystal Gardens and a myriad of other Pier amenities, creating a cultural destination and hub of year-round activity.

The Fifth Third Bank partnership is the latest major contribution to Navy Pier’s redevelopment efforts, following a legacy gift from the Polk Family and grants from the Polk Bros. Foundation for Polk Bros Park and related programs, and generous support from People’s Gas and Aon, recognized with the naming of the Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, to be completed late 2018, and the Aon Grand Ballroom.

For more information about Navy Pier’s redevelopment, visit www.navypier.org.

 

About Fifth Third

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of Sept. 30, 2017, the Company had $142 billion in assets and operated 1,155 full-service Banking Centers and 2,465 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. In total, Fifth Third provides its customers with access to more than 45,000 fee-free ATMs across the United States. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending and Wealth & Asset Management. Fifth Third also has an 8.6 percent interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of Sept. 30, 2017, had $348 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $36 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust and Registered Investment Advisory businesses. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender

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

Visit our new website, navypier.org. This change is small, but impactful. We are excited to move in to our second century as a mission-driven cultural district, welcoming all and inspiring our more than 9 million guests.

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit cultural destinations in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than 9 million guests annually. 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. In 2017, Navy Pier continues to celebrate its centennial with a series of special events and programming, year-round rides on the Centennial Wheel and ongoing Pier-wide redevelopment efforts as part of the Centennial Vision. Navy Pier, as a nonprofit organization, maintains and manages the 50-acre pier that is being redeveloped as a contemporary, environmentally responsible urban space. More information is available at www.navypier.org.

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November 1, 2017

Tickets now on sale as the Midwest’s favorite holiday tradition returns to Navy Pier for the 17th consecutive year, from December 1 through January 7; Centennial Wheel ride included with ticket purchase

CHICAGO – ‘Tis the season for magic, memories and more at Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier! For the 17th consecutive year, Chicago’s mission driven cultural district is transforming its Festival Hall to offer families from near and far the holiday thrills without the wintery chills! From Friday, December 1, 2017 through Sunday, January 7, 2018, guests are invited to escape the Chicago cold and step into the dazzling indoor wonderland that is Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest.

To further elevate the experience this year, a ride on the 200-foot-tall Centennial Wheel will be included with every ticket purchase. Opened in May 2016 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration, the iconic attraction features enclosed and temperature-controlled gondolas with state-of-the-art entertainment systems and video screens, offering guests comfortable and enjoyable rides complemented by unparalleled views of the city and lake all year round.

“Navy Pier is taking the holiday spirit to new heights this year as guests who experience the magic of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest will be treated to a spin on the Centennial Wheel,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner. “We are thrilled to offer this opportunity as part of our annual marquee event, further enhancing the guest experience and making Navy Pier the perfect place for the entire family to come together and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!”

As in years past, Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest guests will be greeted by festive décor and a glittering forest of nearly 500 trees decorated with 25,000 ornaments hung on a mile of wire. Under the shimmering white lights and across the wintery blue carpet that blankets Navy Pier’s Festival Hall lies dozens of activities and 170,000 square feet of entertainment for all ages – from the ever-popular Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating Rink to the Polar Extreme Obstacle Course. Those with an appetite for adventure are invited to soar across the 40-foot Cliff Hanger or scale the Polar Ice Peaks Climbing Wall. Younger guests may enjoy a ride around Winter WonderTown on the Arctic Express Train or decorating cookies at the Cookie Cottage, a timeless holiday bonding activity. And of course, Santa Claus will be on hand for festive family photo opportunities and lastminute holiday gift requests!

“For the second year in a row, we are proud to serve as the title partner of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier,” said Fifth Third Bank Market President Eric S. Smith. “We look forward to celebrating this time-honored tradition as we welcome families, friends and guests of all generations and walks of life to Chicago’s lakefront treasure for what is sure to be a magical and memorable experience.”

Tickets to Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest can be purchased online or at the on-site box office. Ticket options include General Admission ($28) for guests over 42 inches and under the age of 65; Junior Admission ($13) for children between 36 inches and under 42 inches; and Senior Admission ($13) for guests 65 years and older. Children under 36 inches are permitted for free. All ticket options include one complimentary Centennial Wheel ticket – a $15 value – valid from the time of purchase through March 31, 2018. Guests may save $1 on Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest tickets when purchasing online in advance. Click here for other special pricing and offers.

Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest also offers opportunities to host private events with family, friends, co-workers, business partners and/or clients in an exclusive Navy Pier event space with all-inclusive package options. Packages include: private event space fitting the group size for up to four hours; discounted food and beverage selections to fit each experience; and a variety of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest ticket options to meet the group’s needs. Call (312) 595-5300 or e-mail navypierevents@navypier.org for more information or to book a private event.

Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with the exception of special hours as listed below: – December 4–6 and 11–13: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Christmas Day: Closed – December 26–28: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Click here to view the full calendar and hours.

For the comfort and safety of all Navy Pier guests, those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Guests 18 years and older must present a valid military ID, state ID or driver’s license with their pass to enter Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest. Parents or guardians are responsible for the safety and conduct of minor guests in their respective parties.

For more information on Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest or to purchase tickets in advance, please visit www.navypier.org

PHOTOS:
Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest | Credit: Heidi Zeiger Photography / Navy Pier

About Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of March 31, 2017, the Company had $140 billion in assets and operated 1,155 full-service Banking Centers and 2,471 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Wealth & Asset Management. As of March 31, 2017, Fifth Third also had a 17.8 percent interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of March 31, 2017, had $323 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $33 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust, Brokerage and Insurance businesses. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.

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

We are now navypier.org. This change is small, but impactful. We are excited to move in to our second century as a mission-driven cultural district, welcoming all and inspiring our more than 9 million guests.

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit cultural destinations in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than nine 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. In 2017, Navy Pier continues to celebrate its centennial with a series of special events and programming, year-round rides on the Centennial Wheel and ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts as part of the Centennial Vision. Navy Pier, as a nonprofit organization, maintains and manages the 50-acre pier that is being redeveloped as a contemporary, environmentally responsible urban space. More information is available at www.navypier.org.

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October 31, 2017

Navy Pier Continues its Mission-Driven Evolution, Transitions Website to .org

Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, has transitioned its website and all other digital assets from navypier.com to navypier.org as the iconic lakefront destination continues on its trajectory to becoming a globally recognized nonprofit organization and world-class platform for free arts and cultural programming.

The change comes as Navy Pier concludes its Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration, which included a major Pier-wide physical and programmatic redevelopment, still underway, and introduced a robust lineup of special events and cultural programming. The Centennial Vision, the framework that catapulted the re-imagination for the People’s Pier, called for an organizational transformation that would establish Navy Pier as a mission-driven institution and lay the groundwork for its next 100 years. The shift to .org is a key element of that transformation and marks a significant moment in the Pier’s longstanding history as it continues its nonprofit evolution.

Navy Pier became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2011, separating from the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA). Navy Pier now operates independently and is governed by a voluntary board of directors, and has since been charged with maintaining the historic Pier and overseeing the redevelopment of one of the most important and visited civic landmarks in the United States.

For more information on Navy Pier, please 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.

About Navy Pier

We are now navypier.org. This change is small, but impactful. We are excited to move in to our second century as a mission-driven cultural district, welcoming all and inspiring our more than 9 million guests.

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit cultural destinations in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than nine 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. In 2017, Navy Pier continues to celebrate its centennial with a series of special events and programming, year-round rides on the Centennial Wheel and ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts as part of the Centennial Vision. Navy Pier, as a nonprofit organization, maintains and manages the 50-acre pier that is being redeveloped as a contemporary, environmentally responsible urban space. More information is available at www.navypier.org.

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October 4, 2017

Festivities include free outdoor films and Halloween-themed music performances, Haunted Maze, party cruises, special fireworks and more

CHICAGO – Navy Pier has all the fun and fright this month as Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district celebrates Halloween 2017 with a wicked week of special events, including two outdoor feature films, Halloween-themed music performances, Haunted Maze, boat cruises and parties, a “spooktacular” fireworks show and much more.

The festivities kick off with Fright Flicks, a special Halloween-themed film series presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival. On Saturday, October 21, guests are invited to catch free viewings of “Monster’s, Inc.” at 3 p.m. and “Ghostbusters” (2016) at 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park. On Saturday, October 28, guests are welcomed back for “Monster House” at 3 p.m. and “Beetlejuice” at 5:30 p.m. at the same location. A limited amount of Halloween goody bags will be distributed to moviegoers on a first-come, first-served basis, while supply lasts. Guests may bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the free, family-friendly movie events. After the movie on October 28, catch a special Halloween Fireworks Show presented by Miller Lite at 9:30 p.m.

Navy Pier is also set to host a string of music performances leading up to Halloween as part of Sequence Ch!cago, a free dynamic performance series that celebrates local artists, musicians and cultural organizations. On October 21, guests can enjoy the sounds of Bomba Con Buya, ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat, and Ida y Vuelta from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Food Experience, located between Lalo’s and Brown Sugar Bakery. Several local artisans, such as Mosaico Arte Chicago, oOrn, Ivan Vasquez, and Susan Volk will also be on hand to enhance the cultural experience. On October 28, the Pier will present “Sounds from Beyond: The Undead Strings,” a Halloween-themed performance by Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago. Outfitted in zombie costumes, the group will take the Lake Stage at 4:30 p.m. to offer guests a chilling performance in between the Fright Flicks films. Supported by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, all Sequence Ch!cago music programs are free and open to the public. The full schedule is available on the Navy Pier website.

Due to current construction in the Family Pavilion, Navy Pier will not host its annual Halloween costume contest or Pierwide trick-or-treating this year. However, there are still plenty of haunted happenings for guests of all ages to enjoy, from Navy Pier’s new Halloween programming to the many activities and specials offered at select establishments across the Pier.

Starting Friday, October 27, Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze will transform into a Haunted Maze – featuring 4,800 square feet of pure terror, with surprises at every twist and turn. The Haunted Maze will be operational from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 27 and 28, and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on site.

There are no tricks, only treats at Brown Sugar Bakery, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and McDonald’s at Navy Pier this Halloween! Stop by Brown Sugar Bakery between October 21 and 31 for sweet deals on Halloween-themed goodies. On October 31, children can receive a free Kid’s Meal at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. with the purchase of an adult entrée. McDonald’s will offer free small bags of candy on Halloween – available on a first-come, first-served basis while supply lasts.

From now through Halloween, families are welcome to take advantage of the Tinkering Lab Costume Shop at the Chicago Children’s Museum. During museum hours, guests are invited to plan, measure, cut, test, modify, attach and wear their costumes home. The Tinkering Lab Costume Shop combines the engineering and fashion design process to help young guests create their own costume pieces in this one-of-a-kind, do-it-yourself workshop! Click here to view the full calendar for the Chicago Children’s Museum.

Those 21 and over can wreak havoc into the witching hours of the night at The Nightmare at Navy Pier: 3rd Annual Haunted Halloween Ball on October 28 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The special event offers cash bars, music selection from Chicago’s top DJs and unparalleled views of the lake and skyline. Tickets begin at $15 and can be purchased online.

Rather take your chances out on the deep, dark waters of Lake Michigan? Board the Spirit of Chicago – if you dare – for one of the following cruises: Titanic Masquerade – Pier Pressure Chicago Halloween Party Cruise on October 27; The Haunted Halloween Party Cruise on October 28; or The 3rd Annual Midnight Haunted Ghost Ship on October 28. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online. The Odyssey will also voyage out into the mystic waters for its Masquerade Fireworks Dinner Cruise, featuring a delicious three-course plated dinner, spooktacular views of the skyline and fireworks display, live DJ, complimentary champagne toast, and of course, bold, beautiful masquerade-style costumes.

In addition to the cruise parties, Entertainment Cruises is offering the following family-friendly celebrations at sea: Tricks & Treats Family Halloween Brunch Cruise aboard the Spirit of Chicago on October 29; Halloween Sunday Funday Brunch Cruise aboard the Mystic Blue on October 29; and Chicago Haunted River Tours aboard the Seadog on weekends throughout the month of October. Tickets and other details are available online.

Back on land, Riva Crab House and Tiny Tavern are conjuring up Halloween-themed drink specials all month. At Riva Crab House, guests can enjoy $3 mocktails: Autumn Chiller (ginger beer; orange juice; cranberry juice) and Vampire’s Blood (Sierra Mist; grenadine; cherries); or $8 cocktails: Purple People Eater (Tito’s Vodka; Blue Curacao; sweet and sour mix; grenadine; cranberry juice) and Ghoulish Ginger Beer (Bacardi Rum; ginger beer; orange slice; rosemary garnish). To see what creepy concoctions are brewing at Tiny Tavern, check out the menu online.

For more information or a full listing of the haunted happenings at Navy Pier, visit navypier.com/halloween.

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

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities. A nonprofit since 2011, Navy Pier is free and accessible to all. It has the autonomy to act in ways that serve the greater good, with support from the corporate and philanthropic community to create impact where it matters most. Stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than 9 million guests annually, Navy Pier offers year-round accessibility to its guests and forms an elegant canvas for the unexpected. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, the Pier features more than 50 acres of public parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, exposition facilities and more. Navy Pier continues to celebrate its centennial with a series of special events and programming, year-round rides on the Centennial Wheel and ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts. More information is available at www.navypier.com.

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September 25, 2017

Eclectic lineup of musicians and artisans to gather at the Pier between September 30 and December 20 as part of the iconic lakefront destination’s inaugural fall/winter series celebrating Chicago’s rich arts and culture scene

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, is welcoming the fall/winter season with Sequence Chicago, a free dynamic performance series that celebrates local artists, musicians and cultural organizations by showcasing their works across the Pier’s various unique platforms. Over the course of 10 dates between September 30 and December 20, Sequence Chicago will spotlight talented performers from across the city who have inspired and influenced the local Chicago’s diverse arts scene. Supported by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the music performances are free and open to the public.

With programs such as “Sounds From Beyond: The Undead Strings,” “Housegiving” and “A Blues Christmas,” the series is set to offer fun, holiday-themed performances to align with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and other seasonal celebrations. The series will also highlight the unique sounds of Chicago’s ethnic cultural traditions – from African, Brazilian and Latin, to Middle Eastern, Indian and many others. On select dates, music performances will be accompanied by the Chicago Culture Market, a marketplace experience featuring handcrafted works produced by talented local artisans.

“A nod to Chicago’s distinguished arts and culture scene, Sequence Ch!cago embodies the spirit of this city’s world-class musical and artistic talent, while living up to Navy Pier’s mission of offering our guests free, dynamic and eclectic experiences during each visit,” says Navy Pier Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer Michelle T. Boone. “This exciting, new series is sure to dazzle guests of all ages, from near and far, and from all walks of life. It is truly a celebration of the diversity found throughout our great city and at the People’s Pier.”

Full Sequence Chicago schedule (subject to change):

Saturday, September 30: Chicago Culture Market 
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Food Experience (between Lalo’s and Brown Sugar Bakery)
MUSIC: AMA (Brazilian); Katie Kaden; Surabhi Ensemble (Middle Eastern/Indian)
MARKET: #HIMOM (jewelry); Loom Chicago (creations by refugee artisans); Mashallah (jewelry); Nana Mendez (jewelry/fashion); Rebuilding Exchange (furniture)

Friday, October 6: Chicago Sounds Like
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns
MUSIC: O’My’s and Ric Wilson in collaboration with Vocalo 91.1 FM

Saturday, October 21: Chicago Culture Market
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Food Experience (between Lalo’s and Brown Sugar Bakery)
MUSIC: Bomba Con Buya (Bomba); ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat (Afro-Latin); Ida y Vuelta (Mexican)
MARKET: Mosaico Arte Chicago (art); oOrn (art); Ivan Vasquez (live art); Susan Volk (sculptural art)

Saturday, October 28: Sounds From Beyond: The Undead Strings
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns
MUSIC: Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago (performing Halloween-themed music dressed as zombies)

Wednesday, November 22 Housegiving: A People’s Pier House Party 
8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Aon Grand Ballroom
MUSIC: Chicago House Legacy Project Band; Gene Hunt; Julius “The Mad Thinker”; Steve “Miggedy” Maestro; Queens of House (Solkat and DJ Alicia)

Saturday, November 25: Chicago Culture Market
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Food Experience (between Lalo’s and Brown Sugar Bakery)
MUSIC: Trio Mokili (African); Sam Trump (Soul); SVB Quartet (classical string quartet)
MARKET: AV Bead Designs; Bodega 18; Provoke Culture; The Silver Room

Saturday, December 2
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Food Experience (southwest corner, across from Ben and Jerry’s)
MUSIC: Cielito Lindo

Saturday, December 9
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Food Experience (southwest corner, across from Ben and Jerry’s)
MUSIC: Wicker Park Chamber Choir

Saturday, December 16
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Food Experience (southwest corner, across from Ben and Jerry’s)
MUSIC: Chicago Gay Men’s Choir

Wednesday, December 20: A Blues Christmas
7 p.m.
Aon Grand Ballroom
MUSIC: Alligator Records Collaboration: Toronzo Cannon, Lil’ Ed, Lynne Jordan; Matthew Skoller

Sequence Chicago is an extension of Navy Pier’s commitment to raising its profile as a mission–‐driven cultural organization, with continued focus on offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs. As the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration continues in 2017, the Pier looks forward to introducing more exciting and innovative year–‐round programming for guests to experience and enjoy for free. For more information on this and other special offerings at the Pier, please visit www.navypier.com.

About Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

The mission of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation is to advance society through the performing arts, conservation of the world’s oceans, and alleviation of poverty. The foundation was created in 2011 to honor Paul M. Angell, and strives to embody the legacy of his compassion, ingenuity and industriousness.

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

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities. A nonprofit since 2011, Navy Pier is free and accessible to all. It has the autonomy to act in ways that serve the greater good, with support from the corporate and philanthropic community to create impact where it matters most. Stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than 9 million guests annually, Navy Pier offers year-round accessibility to its guests and forms an elegant canvas for the unexpected. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, the Pier features more than 50 acres of public parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, exposition facilities and more. Navy Pier continues to celebrate its centennial with a series of special events and programming, year-round rides on the Centennial Wheel and ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts. More information is available at www.navypier.com.

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September 19, 2017

The iconic lakefront destination’s historic entrance set to transform into contemporary marketplace-like space with enhanced guest experiences and new, improved features; Design and construction efforts to be led by Gensler and James McHugh Construction Co.

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, today announced the next phase of its redevelopment as it commences renovations in the Family Pavilion, located at the Pier’s historic entrance. As with prior renovations, the Pier will remain open throughout construction, including parts of the Family Pavilion.

The Family Pavilion, which houses several restaurants, retail shops, kiosks and more, has seen tremendous success over the years with the help of the Pier’s longstanding partners that have occupied it. Now, the space is set to complement those experiences and showcase a bold, contemporary design to match the new Food Experience that opened last summer. Drawing on Chicago authenticity, the renovation will also enhance the guest experience, with improved features and new partnerships to better accommodate guests as they explore the Pier and take advantage of the diverse offerings in the Family Pavilion.

“The re-imagination of the Family Pavilion, as outlined in the Pier’s Centennial Vision, marks a key milestone in Navy Pier’s transformational journey to becoming a world-class arts and cultural destination with this extraordinary space serving as a bustling marketplace and hub for retail, dining and leisure offerings inspired by our great city,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner. “We thank our partners and guests for their cooperation and understanding through this next phase of our redevelopment process.”

With completion slated for spring 2018, Navy Pier is working closely with its design and construction partners, Gensler and James McHugh Construction Co., to bring the vision of the new and improved Family Pavilion to life. Gensler’s multi-layered vision celebrates and showcases the Pier’s vitality and draws on the uniqueness and influence it has as a connector of the people who live in and visit the great City of Chicago. As a team embedded and invested in the city, the design is reflective of the mission to further Navy Pier as a global destination that is both family friendly and culturally sophisticated.

“Navy Pier has always been a place for the people of Chicago and those who visit – It’s the People’s Pier,” said Gensler Chicago Principal and Design Director Benjy Ward. “The design creates spaces that act as a background to enhance the bespoke experiences that millions of guests have every year. The architecture reveals the authentic, industrial nature of Chicago and the rich history of the Pier by stripping it down to its original intent.”

The Family Pavilion renovation is financed by Fifth Third Bank, title partner of the two-year Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration at Navy Pier and title partner of the 2016 and 2017 Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest.

“Fifth Third Bank is proud to partner with Navy Pier as this iconic Chicago landmark and international destination has hosted generations of guests, employees, community partners and friends,” said Fifth Third Bank Market President Eric S. Smith. “We are honored to help finance this critical redevelopment project as part of the Pier’s transformation readying it for the next 100 years and beyond.”

For more information regarding Navy Pier’s redevelopment plans and efforts, visit www.navypier.com.

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Family Pavilion Renderings | Credit: Gensler

About Gensler

Gensler is a global architecture, design and planning firm with 44 locations and more than 5,000 professionals networked across Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the Americas. Founded in 1965, the firm serves more than 3,500 active clients in virtually every industry. Gensler designers strive to make the places people live, work and play more inspiring, more resilient and more impactful. Gensler Chicago was established in 1997. With over 300 architects and designers creating memorable experiences within hundreds of Chicago’s most important buildings and spaces, Gensler Chicago is woven in the urban fabric that makes Chicago a vibrant and livable city.

About Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of March 31, 2017, the Company had $140 billion in assets and operated 1,155 full-service Banking Centers and 2,471 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Wealth & Asset Management. As of March 31, 2017, Fifth Third also had a 17.8 percent interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of March 31, 2017, had $323 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $33 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust, Brokerage and Insurance businesses. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.

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

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities. A nonprofit since 2011, Navy Pier is free and accessible to all. It has the autonomy to act in ways that serve the greater good, with support from the corporate and philanthropic community to create impact where it matters most. Stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than 9 million guests annually, Navy Pier offers year-round accessibility to its guests and forms an elegant canvas for the unexpected. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, the Pier features more than 50 acres of public parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, exposition facilities and more. Navy Pier continues to celebrate its centennial with a series of special events and programming, year-round rides on the Centennial Wheel and ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts. More information is available at www.navypier.com.

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July 10, 2017

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, has fulfilled another key element of its Centennial Vision with the completion of Polk Bros Park, its 13-acre green space that serves as the Pier’s gateway and the city’s front yard. Starting Monday, July 10, Navy Pier will officially open the new Polk Bros Performance Lawns, located at the south end of the Park,
offering free arts and cultural programming throughout the summer and beyond. The completion of Polk Bros Park and introduction of new programming within the renovated space further exemplifies Navy Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of‐a-kind experiences created to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe.

Designed by award-winning landscape architects at James Corner Field Operations (JCFO), the Polk Bros Performance Lawns are set between the stunning backdrops of Chicago’s iconic skyline and majestic lakefront. The Lawns feature two new stages– City Stage and Lake Stage – equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting to support a wide range of creative expression
in music, dance, theater, cinema, public art, festivals and more. The Lake Stage features a sloping area facing Lake Michigan that accommodates up to 1,700 guests, while the City Stage features “city steps” and accommodates up to 700 guests for more intimate experiences and spectacular views of the skyline.

“The completion of Polk Bros Park and opening of the Polk Bros Performance Lawns mark a significant moment in Navy Pier’s history as we take the next step in our transformative journey to become a world-class public space and leading arts and cultural destination,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner. “Through this newly renovated space, innovatively
designed by James Corner Field Operations, we are excited to offer our guests unparalleled new experiences and the chance to create memories for years to come. We are grateful to the Polk family and the Polk Bros. Foundation for helping us bring this vision to life through their generous gift and partnership that continues to help shape our physical and programmatic evolution.”

In 2014, the Polk family, legendary Chicago retailers and longstanding benefactors to the city and its neighborhoods, announced a $20 million legacy gift to Navy Pier to transform its green entrance and activate it with free arts and cultural offerings. The Pier’s community programming is supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation, which seeks to make Chicago a place
where all Chicagoans can reach their full potential.

“The Polk Bros. Foundation is proud to work with Chicago’s treasured landmark to create a space where Chicagoans from every neighborhood and our city’s visitors can gather, learn, grow and be inspired together through creative and educational programming,” said Polk Bros. Foundation CEO Gillian Darlow. “When we first embarked on this journey with Navy Pier, we were galvanized by the vision for Polk Bros Park, and are now delighted to see it come to fruition with the completion of the Park and the launch of new, imaginative programming by arts and culture organizations from across Chicago on the Polk Bros Performance Lawns.”

The Polk Bros Performance Lawns will make their public debut on July 10 with the kickoff of Water Flicks, a free eight-week outdoor film series presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival. Every Monday through August 28, the Pier will show a different water-themed movie each week at its Lake Stage, starting at 7 p.m. Movies include Sharknado
(7/10), Overboard (7/17), Moana (7/24), Splash (7/31), Pirate Radio (8/7), Beach Blanket Bingo (8/14), Finding Nemo (8/21) and Jaws (8/28). Free popcorn will be available to guests on a first-come-first-served basis, courtesy of Navy Pier IMAX® at AMC.

Additional programming on the Polk Bros Performance Lawns includes Chicago Blues Camp for Kids, presented in partnership with Columbia College of Chicago, which will offer local youth a day of blues music training, workshops and performance opportunities on July 11 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On July 12, Wiggleworms, the current children’s live music series presented in collaboration with the Old Town School of Folk Music, will move to the City Stage. The series features two performances every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. through August 18. Also beginning July 12, guests will be able to view Navy Pier’s signature Aon Summer Fireworks from the Polk Bros Performance Lawns every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
and 10:15 p.m., respectively.

While programming on Polk Bros Performance Lawns begins on July 10, Navy Pier’s Birthday on July 15 will mark the official opening weekend for the new space. The Pier will celebrate the grand opening and its 101st birthday with a full day of festivities, starting at 11 a.m. with an opening ceremony featuring traditional Native American drumming and dancing by Seven Springs, Native Veterans, World Champion Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie and others. At noon, the Pier will acknowledge the recipients of its 101 Rides 101 Nonprofit Partnerships program, followed by an African drum performance by Oyotunji at 1 p.m. and an Asian drum and lion dance performance presented in partnership with the Chinese Fine Arts Society at 2 p.m. In the evening, Navy Pier will host Lakefront Swing, a jazz centennial celebration of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Lena Horne, featuring singers Felicia Fields and E. Faye Butler alongside trumpeter Victor Garcia in tribute to the jazz legends. The festivities will conclude with a special viewing of the Aon Summer Fireworks at 10:15 p.m.

On July 16, Jazz City’s Chicago Latin Jazz Festival will make its last stop in its five-week celebration of the culture and diversity of Latin jazz when it takes the Lake Stage. The Festival, presented in collaboration with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, will feature Chicago Latin Jazz Collaborative’s tribute to Dizzy Gillespie at 3 p.m. and Charlie Sepulveda & The Turn Around (from Puerto Rico) at 4:30 p.m. Tap Fest, in collaboration with Chicago Human Rhythm Project, will follow on July 19, showcasing a range of percussive dance, multiple tap dance artists and organizations starting at 7 p.m. On July 26, 27 and 28 Chicago Shakespeare Theater will kick off its annual Shakespeare in the Parks series with three free performances of the classic play, Romeo and Juliet, each evening at 7 p.m. in Polk Bros Park, north of the Performance Lawns.

Free programming in Polk Bros Park will continue in August with Water Colors, a weekly live jazz music series held every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. from August 2 through August 30. Navy Pier will team up with the Jazz Institute of Chicago once again to present 90-minute sets by local jazz musicians on the Lake Stage. On August 13, the Pier will join forces with the Puerto
Rican Arts Alliance to host Noche Caribena, a special concert featuring music ensembles from the Latin America and Caribbean diaspora. Performances will begin at 6 p.m. Country fans are in for a treat on August 20 as Navy Pier partners with the Old Town School of Folk Music to present Country Skyline, a country music variety show showcasing local country artists.
The concert will kick off at 6 p.m. at the Lake Stage. On August 25, Navy Pier will revive Planet Chicago, a Pier-wide dancing festival with performances beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Other current offerings in Polk Bros Park will continue throughout the summer, including Sunset Yoga every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and Roger Hiorns’ A retrospective view of the pathway, the temporary interactive public art installation presented in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO, which produces giant foam clusters from its large-scale stainless steel tanks.

All programming in Polk Bros Park is free and open to the public as part of Navy Pier’s commitment to raising its profile as a mission‐driven cultural organization, with continued focus on offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through meaningful partnerships and programs. As the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration continues in 2017, the Pier looks forward to introducing more exciting and innovative year‐round programming for guests to experience and enjoy for free. Navy Pier cultural and community programming is supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation. For more information on this and other special offerings at the Pier, please visit www.navypier.com.

About The Polk Bros. Foundation

Polk Bros. Foundation is a private independent foundation guided by the question: “What do Chicagoans affected by poverty need most?” As one of the largest funders of Chicago nonprofits, it engages at the intersection of the city’s pressing issues to address poverty’s complex roots and devastating effects. Because Chicago families were the heart of the Polk Bros stores, the Foundation
was established in 1988 to give back to Chicago families. Polk has since partnered with over 3,000 Chicago nonprofits to build strong communities and strong families, increase access to quality education and the arts, improve health, and to strengthen their organizations and the sectors in which they work. Polk Bros. Foundation grants more than $20 million to over 350 nonprofit partners every year, and manages assets greater than $400 million. Learn more at www.polkbrosfdn.org.

About James Corner Field Operations

Founded in 1999, James Corner Field Operations is a leading-edge landscape architecture and urban design practice based in New York City. Serving an international clientele, the practice is renowned for strong contemporary design across a variety of project types and scales, from large urban districts and complex planning sites, to small well-crafted, detail design projects. In all of the work, there is a special commitment to the design of a vibrant and dynamic public realm, informed by the ecology of both people
and nature.

James Corner is the founder and director of Field Operations. With over 25 years of experience in the field, he directs all design projects in the office. Together with over 50 exceptionally talented design and planning professionals in the office, the practice sustains the highest levels of artistic creativity combined with professional responsiveness, building projects that are as imaginative and dynamic as they are responsive to client needs, communication, schedule, deadlines, cost, feasibility and ease of implementation.

The practice’s project types include entire sectors of cities, waterfronts, post-industrial urban districts, intimate garden spaces, large public parks and urban spaces, housing and mixed use developments, the reclamation of landfills, brown-fields and other derelict landscapes for new public uses and private development, and preservation of large-scale natural resources. Major projects include leading the design of the High Line in New York City; Race Street Pier in Philadelphia; Tongva Park in Santa Monica; the Master Plan and subsequent site design of Seattle’s Central Waterfront; the Cornell Tech Campus in New York; and the Presidio Master Plan and Parklands in San Francisco.

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

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-‐‐attended nonprofit cultural destinations in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than nine 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. In 2017, Navy Pier continues to celebrate its centennial with a series of special events and programming, year-‐‐round rides on the Centennial Wheel and ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts as part of the Centennial Vision. Navy Pier, as a nonprofit organization, maintains and manages the 50-acre pier that is being redeveloped as a
contemporary, environmentally responsible urban space. More information is available at www.navypier.com.

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