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“The Ship of Tolerance” Sails onto Navy Pier Fall 2019 in Partnership with EXPO CHICAGO

Conceptual public art installation to arrive and “dock” in Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park from September 17 through October 6 as a visual representation and vessel of tolerance and peace.

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CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, is thrilled to partner again with EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art (September 19 – 22, 2019), to present a free, temporary public art installation at the City Stage lawn in Polk Bros Park. From Tuesday, September 17 through Sunday, October 6, guests will have the opportunity to view and interact with“The Ship of Tolerance,” a dual art installation and vessel presented by The Ilya & Emilia Kabakov Foundation.

The mission of “The Ship of Tolerance” is to educate and connect youth of different continents, cultures and identities through the language of art. The conceptual art piece reflects how divergent cultures interpret tolerance and how these understandings overlap. The ship’s sails are stitched together from drawings, painted on silk by local schoolchildren from different ethnic, religious and social backgrounds to convey a message of tolerance and hope.

“We are all afraid of the unknown,” said artist Emilia Kabakov. “Like a child, you are afraid of something coming at you from the darkness of different religions, different races. We work with these fears—trying to eliminate them, trying to learn about the others—and trying to make our audience understand that knowledge is a tool, which helps with communication. You do not even need language, just cultural inheritance that we all have, by using dance, music, poetry and song. You just have to be tolerant and willing to learn how to trust each other.”

Over the course of nearly three weeks, “The Ship of Tolerance” will be on display at Navy Pier as the installation’s seventeenth exhibition site, inviting Chicagoans and guests to utilize the space to reflect and discuss the themes of tolerance and peace. Project partners and collaborators for this version include Chicago Children’s Museum, ChiArts, Chicago Public Libraries, Hyde Park Art Center, MacArthur Middle School and many others.

Originally built in Siwa, Egypt in 2005 to engage children and young adults in an active discussion surrounding tolerance, participants were exposed to different cultures and ideas while creating astonishing works of art. These drawings were later sewn together to form a mosaic sail, which was mounted atop a ship. Since then, past iterations of the project have taken place in Venice, Italy; St. Moritz, Switzerland; Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Miami; Havana; Brooklyn, New York; Moscow; Samara, Russia; Zug, Switzerland; Cham, Switzerland; Rome; Capalbio, Italy; Rostock, Germany; and Duren, Germany. The ship will sail around London in early September 2019 before arriving to the Windy City.

The vessel will be available for public viewing beginning Tuesday, September 17. Additionally, on Saturday, September 21, Navy Pier will host a special “Ship of Tolerance Day,” featuring performances and workshops from 2 – 4 p.m. to offer a public forum of discussion on the work as part of the larger EXPO CHICAGO event schedule. Two concerts will be held on Tuesday, September 17 and Sunday, September 22 at the South Shore Cultural Center and the Preston Bradley Hall, respectively, featuring performances by children and young adults to showcase cooperation through music and dance across cultural barriers.

The installation is presented in collaboration with EXPO CHICAGO, and is a part of IN/SITU Outside, a citywide initiative that provides the opportunity for EXPO CHICAGO exhibitors to present temporary public art installations situated along the lakefront and throughout Chicago neighborhoods. In addition to Navy Pier, IN/SITU Outside partnerships include the Chicago Park District (CPD) and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

“The Ship of Tolerance” is part of Navy Pier’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. For more information, please visit www.navypier.org.

PHOTOS: Ship of Tolerance | Credit: Identified within Dropbox


About the Ship of Tolerance and the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2012 with a mission to promote and support art and education. The Ship of Tolerance is one of the Foundation’s ambitious projects that is designed to bridge divisions, overcome segregation, racism and refugee problems by working with children through the universal language of music and art. www.shipoftolerance.org. Orliana Morag currently acts as ambassador for the Ship of Tolerance, the globally celebrated project dedicated to educating and connecting children from different continents, cultures and identities through the universal language of art. Orliana has traveled extensively to speak to young people about cooperation and overcoming prejudice and bias, giving talks and performing in New York, Moscow, Havana, Miami, Rome, Zug, and Rostock. She is thrilled that her newly adopted city of Chicago will host the Ship next September.

About EXPO CHICAGO
Opening the fall art season each September, EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art features leading international galleries alongside one of the highest quality platforms for contemporary art and culture. Hosted within Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, EXPO CHICAGO’s eighth edition will take place September 19 – 22, 2019, in alignment with the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial (September 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020). EXPO CHICAGO presents a diverse program, including /Dialogues (presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and Exchange by Northern Trust, an unrivaled talks program for both public and VIP audiences; IN/SITU, dynamic on-site installations highlighting large-scale sculpture, film, and site-specific work; and major public art initiatives, including IN/SITU Outside, public art installed throughout Chicago Park District locations, and OVERRIDE, a curated selection of international artists throughout the city’s digital billboard network. The EXPO CHICAGO program also features an unprecedented commitment to host curatorial initiatives during the exposition, including the Curatorial Forum in partnership with Independent Curators International (ICI), and the Curatorial Exchange, which partners with foreign agencies and consulates to expand the exposition’s global reach.

EXPO CHICAGO is the publisher of THE SEEN, Chicago’s only international journal of contemporary and modern art criticism, online and in print. EXPO CHICAGO is presented by Art Expositions, LLC. Under the leadership of President and Director Tony Karman, EXPO CHICAGO draws upon the city’s rich history as a vibrant international cultural destination, while highlighting the region’s contemporary arts community and inspiring its collector base. For more information on EXPO CHICAGO and EXPO ART WEEK (September 16 – 22, 2019) visit expochicago.com.

About Navy Pier

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit destinations 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 Wheel, Polk Bros Park, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2019, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including a 220-room Hilton hotel with rooftop bar Offshore (now open), a marina 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 501(c)(3) organization, in support of free public programs. For more information, 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.

Navy Pier Hosts Research Vessel Blue Heron on August 3

The R/V Blue Heron will dock at Navy Pier to provide free, public tours and scientific demonstrations surrounding Great Lakes quagga mussels research

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CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, is pleased to welcome the research vessel (R/V) Blue Heronon Saturday, August 3 for a day of interactive science opportunities in cooperation with leading researchers and academic institutions. From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the crew and scientific team from the University of Minnesota Duluth will conduct free, public tours of the ship and demonstrations of the unique scientific equipment in use for their latest research mission studying the impacts of quagga mussels on the Great Lakes.

Part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) and the only UNOLS vessel on the Great Lakes, the 86’ research vessel is owned by the University of Minnesota and operated by the Large Lakes Observatory in Duluth, MN. Housing eleven people (four crew, one marine technician and six scientists), the Blue Heron can be on the water for 21 continuous days and is the premier research vessel for fundamental scientific discovery on the Great Lakes.

Biologists and geochemists from the Large Lakes Observatory, funded by the National Science Foundation, are currently studying the effects of quagga mussels on the biology and chemistry of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. As quagga mussels invaded Lake Michigan in the early 2000s, they have since caused unprecedented changes to lake ecosystems, including shifts in water quality and recreational opportunities. By filtering lake water at staggering rates, these bottom-dwelling organisms remove particles from lake water and deposit them into sediments, altering the fluxes of essential nutrients. The project, which involves multiweek expeditions on the studied lakes, will quantify how mussels affect the chemistry of sediments and water, as well as the nutrient cycling in the Great Lakes.  

The R/V Blue Heron visit is part of the Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and cultural programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and globe. For more information, please visit www.navypier.org.


 About Navy Pier

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit destinations 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 Wheel, Polk Bros Park, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2019, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including a 220-room Hilton hotel with rooftop bar Offshore (now open), a marina 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 501(c)(3) organization, in support of free public programs. For more information, 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.

Navy Pier Announces 2019 Community Rides Program Recipients

Nearly 8,000 complimentary tickets to the iconic Centennial Wheel awarded today to regional nonprofit organizations to extend to their communities and provide access to new guests.

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CHICAGO – In celebration of Navy Pier’s 103rd anniversary on Monday, July 15, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination has selected the recipients of its fourth annual Community Rides program, which provides underserved communities accessibility to special experiences at the Pier. Following a month-long application and review process, 76 local nonprofit organizations have been selected and awarded the opportunity to offer their community members complimentary rides on the Centennial Wheel, an iconic part of the Chicago skyline and a treasured piece of the city’s cultural history. Soaring to heights of nearly 200 feet, the Wheel offers guests year-round, unparalleled, 360-degree views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.

Each recipient will be provided with up to 100 complimentary tickets to enjoy an experience on the Centennial Wheel, creating nearly 8,000 free tickets issued to the local and regional communities. The tickets are valid on Mondays and Tuesdays from August through November, 2019, and March through May, 2020. The full list of recipients is available on the Navy Pier website. 

Now in its fourth year, the annual Community Rides program continues to grow in popularity and esteem throughout the nonprofit community. Since the program’s inception, Navy Pier has given out more than 30,000 free tickets to ride on theCentennial Wheel.

The Community Rides program exemplifies Navy Pier’s unwavering commitment to its mission and values as the organization strives to establish and nurture meaningful partnerships with other nonprofits, offer unique opportunities and experiences to underserved communities, and remain an accessible place for all.

In 2019, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing Pier-wide redevelopment efforts—including a 220-room Hilton hotel with rooftop bar, Offshore (now open), new Chicago-based dining and retail options, plans for a future marina, and more—in addition to free, year-round arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. For more information, please visit www.navypier.org


About Navy Pier

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit destinations 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 Wheel, Polk Bros Park, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2019, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including a 220-room Hilton hotel with rooftop bar Offshore (now open), a marina 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 501(c)(3) organization, in support of free public programs. For more information, 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.

Navy Pier Celebrates Fourth of July with Signature Fireworks Display and Two Days of Free Live Music

Chicago’s iconic Fourth of July destination to host spectacular Independence Day, including signature lakefront fireworks presented by Miller Lite and a new tribute concert on July 3.

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CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s favorite Independence Day locale, invites Chicagoans and guests to enjoy a remarkable Fourth of July, complete with live music in the Miller Lite Beer Garden and the Pier’s 4th of July Fireworks Presented by Miller Lite on Thursday, July 4. As the city’s only lakefront fireworks show, Navy Pier will be at the epicenter of the city’s Independence Day festivities, with an extraordinary 15‐minute fireworks display synchronized to patriotic music.

Programming

New to the programming line-up this year, the Pier will proudly present the “Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble Independence Day Tribute Concert” on Wednesday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park. Free and open to the public, Chicago’s most spectacular summer holiday tradition returns with an extra day of musical celebrations. Comprised of 45 professional musicians, the Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Lieutenant Patrick Hill, continues the legacy of bandmaster Lieutenant Commander John Philip Sousa to maintain the tradition of military music throughout the Midwest. After the concert, be sure to catch a display of the Pier’s biweekly Aon Summer Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Hours

On Independence Day, Navy Pier will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the various activities and experiences on the Pier throughout the day – from the diverse dining, retail and entertainment options within the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilionto the iconic Centennial Wheel and other popular attractions in Pier Park. Navy Pier’s boating partners will also offer cruises throughout the day and during the fireworks display for an unparalleled viewing experience. Starting at 2 p.m., free live music will be offered at the Miller Lite Beer Garden. The 4th of July Fireworks Presented by Miller Lite will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Closures

As in past years, large crowds are expected at Navy Pier on July 4. The Pier anticipates closing its gates no later than 7:30 p.m. (closure may take place earlier; the time is ultimately determined in coordination with the on-site Chicago Fire Department marshal). Guests are encouraged to plan their visit accordingly and arrive early. It is also recommended that guests visit Navy Pier’s website and/or social media channels for capacity-related updates on the Fourth of July.

In the event of closure, guests with approved advance tickets or official reservations may be allowed entry, including those for Navy Pier IMAX at AMC, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, cruises and more. These guests are strongly encouraged to arrive several hours in advance of the event start time and allow for extra travel time to the Pier.

Driving and Parking

Guests driving to the Pier may park in one of Navy Pier’s on-site parking garages for a special flat rate of $45 on July 3 and 4. The parking garages are expected to reach capacity quickly, so early arrival is encouraged. In addition, ride share services will be disabled upon Pier closure as no pedestrian or vehicular traffic will be permitted on the North Dock. Guests using ride share services will be required to walk west on Grand Avenue or Illinois Street for pick up. It is highly recommended to take public transportation or to park at one of the Pier’s three partner parking garages at a discounted rate of $15, with validation which can be obtained from Navy Pier’s Guest Services Kiosk at the Pier’s front entrance:

  • Grand Plaza Park (540 N. State Street) 
  • Ogden Plaza Self Park (300 E. North Water Street) 
  • Millennium Park Garage (5 S. Columbus Street) 

Safety and Security

The safety and security of Navy Pier guests, partners and staff is always a top priority. During major events and all throughout the year, the Pier exhibits an abundance of caution and enforces heightened security measures for the safety, welfare and comfort of all who visit. The Pier provides multiple and visible layers of security that cover the entire property. In addition to Navy Pier security assigned by Allied Universal Security, the Pier will have presence from the Chicago Police Department, K9 officers, off-­‐duty officers and additional private security. Pier-­‐wide surveillance is also administered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all, Navy Pier will enforce the following policies and procedures on Independence Day:

  • Security Checkpoints: All guests must pass through a special security checkpoint before being allowed entry to Navy Pier. Multiple inspection points will be located throughout Navy Pier.
  • Youth Escort Policy: For the comfort and safety of all guests, Navy Pier’s youth escort policy will be in effect on July 3 and 4, starting at 6 a.m. Guests may be asked to present a valid driver’s license, state ID or military ID upon entering all Navy Pier’s facilities or grounds. Guests to Navy Pier under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. The parent or legal guardian is responsible for the safety and conduct of minor guests in their party.
  • Bag and Vehicles Policy: All bags and vehicles are subject to inspection. Large bags and backpacks are strongly discouraged.
  • Prohibited Items and Activities: Fireworks, coolers, bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, skate shoes and weapons of any kind are not allowed on Navy Pier. As always, NO outside alcohol may be brought to Navy Pier. The preceding prohibitions are in effect year-round, including July 4th.
  • Pets and Animals: No pets or animals will be permitted, with the exception of service animals.
  • Re-entry Regulations: Upon closure due to crowd capacity, re-entry into Navy Pier is not permitted. If guests leave Navy Pier property before the gates are closed, they are not guaranteed return access. It is highly recommended that all parties remain together.
  • Areas Surrounding Navy Pier: No parking, stopping or loitering will be permitted along the streets adjacent to Navy Pier, including but not limited to Streeter Drive, Grand Avenue and Illinois Street.
  • No exceptions will be made to the above guidelines and policies.

As always, Navy Pier asks that guests be vigilant of their surroundings. Remember: If You See Something, Say Something. To report a concern, contact Navy Pier Security by finding the nearest security officer and/or calling (312) 595-5060. In the event of an emergency, immediately contact Chicago authorities by dialing 911.

For more information and updates regarding parking garage or Pier closure throughout the Fourth of July celebration, please visit the Navy Pier website or follow Navy Pier on Twitter (@NavyPier) for instant updates.


 About Navy Pier

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit destinations 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 Wheel, Polk Bros Park, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2019, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including a 220-room Hilton hotel with rooftop bar, a marina 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 hereto donate to Navy Pier, a 501(c)(3) organization, in support of free public programs. For more information, 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.

Navy Pier Pride Presented by American Airlines Returns for Fourth Annual Daylong Celebration of Love and Equality

In honor of Pride Month, join Chicago’s lakefront destination for an all-day, family-friendly event featuring LGBTQ programming, including music, arts and crafts, storytelling, educational resources and more

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CHICAGO – Navy Pier Pride Presented by American Airlines will soar onto the Pier with flying colors for the fourth consecutive year on Saturday, June 29, offering a variety of festivities to embrace diversity and celebrate the vibrant LGBTQ culture in Chicago. The full-day free event, from noon to 11 p.m., positions the Pier as an inclusive Pride destination for all ages, with activities ranging from build-your-own Pride bracelets to musical performances by the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus and a colorful and vibrant fireworks display.

As part of its Pride Month tribute, the Pier will be decorated with Pride flags all month long and display the symbolic rainbow colors in the center digital screen of the iconic Centennial Wheel. Further illustrating a visual celebration of diversity and inclusion, two essential tenants of Navy Pier’s values, the Pier will also adorn staircases near the Centennial Wheel and Crystal Gardens in rainbow colors, as well as project a custom “togetherness” wall asset highlighting the Pier’s mission to welcome all.

For the day-of celebration, guests can begin with an opening activity at Chicago Children’s Museum’s Family Resource Activity Station to celebrate LGBTQ families. On the Pier’s South Dock, create a rainbow bracelet as a symbol of Pride and learn about the museum’s LGBTQ inclusion resources that are available for parents and teachers from noon to 2 p.m.

PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois will be on-site from noon to 4 p.m. to speak to their mission of building a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQ people and allies who support one another. PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, and the Northern Illinois Council is a coalition of chapters within the Chicagoland area. Navy Pier is passionate about partnering with other likeminded nonprofits in the area to promote dynamic and eclectic experiences.

Reading gets revamped from 1 to 2 p.m. during Story Time with Drag Queens presented in partnership with Chicago Children’s Museum, where classic children’s books will be brought to life in fabulous fashion.

A variety of other performers will create an energetic musical atmosphere throughout the event starting at 2 p.m. through 11 p.m. at the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

All guests are welcome to join and follow the festive music processional led by the Lakeside PrideMarching Band from the People’s Energy Welcome Pavilion down the South Dock from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and revel in the musical stylings from the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus during a special performance at the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion from 3 to 4 p.m.

As the sun sets, enjoy an energetic live performance as part of Navy Pier’s ongoing Wave Wall Waxweekly DJ series featuring reigning queer Chicago female DJ All the Way Kay at the Wave Wall Platform from 4 to 6 p.m.

Coinciding that evening will be the signature Aon Summer Fireworks lighting up the Chicago sky for a 10-minute vibrant display at 10:15 p.m. as a breathtaking closing to the celebration.

Please see below for the full schedule for Navy Pier Pride Presented by American Airlines:

Saturday, June 29

12–2 p.m.

Chicago Children’s Museum Family Resource & Activity Station

South Dock (outside of Chicago Children’s Museum)

12–4 p.m.

PFLAG Northern Illinois Council Resource Station

South Dock

1–2 p.m.

Story Time with Drag Queens

in partnership with Chicago Children’s Museum

West Performance Platform

2–11 p.m.

Various DJs & Performers

Miller Lite Beer Garden

2–2:30 p.m.

Lakeside Pride Marching Band

South Dock

3–4 p.m.

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus

Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion

4–6 p.m.

Wave Wall Wax featuring DJ All the Way Kay

Wave Wall Platform

10:15 p.m.

Aon Summer Fireworks

Pierwide

While at Navy Pier Pride, guests are encouraged to enjoy other Pier-wide experiences in dining, retail, boats and other activities and attractions. Please note that all events and programs are subject to change.

Navy Pier Pride is part of the Pier’s free summer programming is a part of the non-profit 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. For more information, visitwww.navypier.org.

PHOTOS: Navy Pier Pride Presented by American Airlines | Credit: James Richards IV; Navy Pier


About Navy Pier

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit destinations 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 Wheel, Polk Bros Park, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2019, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including a 220-room Hilton hotel with rooftop bar, a marina 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 hereto donate to Navy Pier, a 501(c)(3) organization, in support of free public programs. For more information, 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.

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