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ACRON, a global real estate investment firm; Maverick Hotels & Restaurants, a leading hotel management and development company; and Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination; broke ground today for Navy Pier’s first hotel. The highly anticipated property, scheduled to open spring 2020, will operate under the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton, which includes more than 50 remarkable independent hotels around the world.
 
The press conference and groundbreaking ceremony was held on the future site of what promises to be a vibrant addition to Chicago’s tourism offerings. Remarks heralding the significance of the hotel were given by Marilynn Gardner, President and CEO, Navy Pier; Robert Habeeb, President and CEO, Maverick Hotels & Restaurants; Robert Rivkin, Deputy Mayor, City of Chicago; and Greg Wilson, President and CEO, ACRON USA.
 
Following the speaking program, the speakers participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking that also included Jackie Koo of KOO Architecture + Interiors, architect and designer; Dave Alexander, President, James McHugh Construction Co and Kelly Bowers Baria, Vice President, Powers & Sons, joint builders; William Brodsky, Chairman, Navy Pier Board of Directors; Louis Dodd, CEO, Dodd Group, and Mark Spears, Managing Director, CIBC U.S.
 
Dozens of luminaries from Chicago’s travel, hospitality and business sectors joined to celebrate this significant moment in Chicago tourism.
 
Allowing guests to extend their visit and experience Navy Pier and Chicago in an exciting new light, the new hotel will be located adjacent to Festival Hall at the eastern end of the complex. 222 guest rooms will feature floor to ceiling windows that showcase breathtaking views of the city’s famed skyline, Lake Michigan and the Pier. Guests will also enjoy a high-energy first floor restaurant, a state of the art fitness center and an unparalleled 30,000-square-foot rooftop restaurant, bar and event space.
 
Navy Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcomes more than 9 million annual guests and boasts more than 50 acres of public spaces, restaurants, retails shops, exposition facilities and more. The year-round destination also offers free arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities from across the city and around the globe.
 
The Navy Pier hotel will join existing and coming attractions, including the iconic Centennial Wheel; Festival Hall, the Pier’s 170,000 square-foot exhibition space; the stunning 13-acre Polk Bros Park; the recently renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, comprised of dozens of Chicago-centric experiences in dining, entertainment, leisure and retail; the upcoming Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion; and more.
 
The hotel development has led to 600 construction jobs and is expected to create 300 permanent positions.

Contact

For Hotel:
Janet Isabelli | Laura Collins
Isabelli Media Relations (IMR)
janet@imrchicago.com | laura@imrchicago.com
(773) 392-6227 | (773) 218-3462

For Navy Pier:
Payal Patel
ppatel@navypier.org
(312) 595-5073
 
For Curio Collection by Hilton:
emily.montgomery@hilton.com
(703) 883-5257

Local jazz artists set to take the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at free, weekly music series, co-curated by Jazz Institute of Chicago

CHICAGO – Navy Pier has teamed up with the Jazz Institute of Chicago once again to host Water Colors presented by CIBC, a free, live jazz music series featuring top Chicago jazz artists. Nearly every Friday from July 6 through August 24, guests can enjoy 90-minute sets at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, with performances ranging from emerging new talent, to established and seasoned artists. This year’s lineup features reinvented brass band music fused with hip-hop, freedom songs through the jazz lens, classic New Orleans jazz, big-band tributes, young bebop players, afro-beat music from Lagos, renowned jazz vocalists, and one of the best up-and-coming trumpet players on the scene.

In addition to its Friday lineup, the series includes two special weekend programs. On Sunday, July 15, the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival pays homage to Latin American influences in jazz, with performances by Chuchito Valdes, Ignacio Berroa and the Ruiz Belvis Collective. On Saturday, July 21, guests are in for a treat with a concert adaption of Chicago’s biggest winter smash hit,
Lettin’ the Good Times Roll. Presented in partnership with Kicky Productions, Water Colors Presented by CIBC’s Lettin’ the Good Times Float stars Felicia P. Fields and E. Faye Butler backed by some of Chicago’s finest musicians, such as Rajiv Halim, Ron Haynes, Charles R. Heath IV, Jeremiah Hunt, Frank L. Menzies, Norman Palm and Joey Woolfalk.

Click here for the Water Colors Presented by CIBC schedule.

While at Navy Pier for Water Colors Presented by CIBC, guests are encouraged to take advantage of the many other Pier-wide experiences in dining, retail, boats and other activities and attractions – many of which are available within the newly renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, which opened Memorial Day weekend.

Water Colors Presented by CIBC is part of the Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and culture programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and globe. For more information, visit www.navypier.org or download the Navy Pier app on any Android or iOS device.

About CIBC

CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients. Across Personal and Small Business Banking, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management, and Capital Markets businesses, CIBC offers a full range of advice, solutions and services through its leading digital banking network, and locations across Canada, in the United States and around the world. Ongoing news releases and more information about CIBC can be found at www.cibc.com/en/about-cibc/media-centre.html.

About the Jazz Institute of Chicago

Founded in 1969, the Jazz Institute of Chicago promotes and nurtures jazz in Chicago by providing jazz education, developing and supporting musicians, building audiences and fostering a thriving jazz scene. For more information, visit jazzinchicago.org

 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 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. In 2018, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, 220-room hotel 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, visit www.navypier.org or download the free Navy Pier app for Android and iOS device users.

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.

Local jazz artists set to take the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at free, weekly music series, co-curated by Jazz Institute of Chicago

CHICAGO – Navy Pier has teamed up with the Jazz Institute of Chicago once again to host Water Colors presented by CIBC, a free, live jazz music series featuring top Chicago jazz artists. Nearly every Friday from July 6 through August 24, guests can enjoy 90-minute sets at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, with performances ranging from emerging new talent, to established and seasoned artists. This year’s lineup features reinvented brass band music fused with hip-hop, freedom songs through the jazz lens, classic New Orleans jazz, big-band tributes, young bebop players, afro-beat music from Lagos, renowned jazz vocalists, and one of the best up-and-coming trumpet players on the scene.

In addition to its Friday lineup, the series includes two special weekend programs. On Sunday, July 15, the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival pays homage to Latin American influences in jazz, with performances by Chuchito Valdes, Ignacio Berroa and the Ruiz Belvis Collective. On Saturday, July 21, guests are in for a treat with a concert adaption of Chicago’s biggest winter smash hit,
Lettin’ the Good Times Roll. Presented in partnership with Kicky Productions, Water Colors Presented by CIBC’s Lettin’ the Good Times Float stars Felicia P. Fields and E. Faye Butler backed by some of Chicago’s finest musicians, such as Rajiv Halim, Ron Haynes, Charles R. Heath IV, Jeremiah Hunt, Frank L. Menzies, Norman Palm and Joey Woolfalk.

Click here for the Water Colors Presented by CIBC schedule.

While at Navy Pier for Water Colors Presented by CIBC, guests are encouraged to take advantage of the many other Pier-wide experiences in dining, retail, boats and other activities and attractions – many of which are available within the newly renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, which opened Memorial Day weekend.

Water Colors Presented by CIBC is part of the Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and culture programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and globe. For more information, visit www.navypier.org or download the Navy Pier app on any Android or iOS device.

About CIBC

CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients. Across Personal and Small Business Banking, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management, and Capital Markets businesses, CIBC offers a full range of advice, solutions and services through its leading digital banking network, and locations across Canada, in the United States and around the world. Ongoing news releases and more information about CIBC can be found at www.cibc.com/en/about-cibc/media-centre.html.

About the Jazz Institute of Chicago

Founded in 1969, the Jazz Institute of Chicago promotes and nurtures jazz in Chicago by providing jazz education, developing and supporting musicians, building audiences and fostering a thriving jazz scene. For more information, visit jazzinchicago.org

 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 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. In 2018, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, 220-room hotel 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, visit www.navypier.org or download the free Navy Pier app for Android and iOS device users.

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.

Chicago’s popular lakefront destination celebrates Black Music Appreciation Month with Chi-Soul Fest, a free, four-day soul music festival, featuring a dynamic lineup of top local talent

CHICAGO – Navy Pier is paying homage to Chicago’s longstanding history of soul music with the inaugural Chi-Soul Fest, a free, four-day music festival, kicking off on Wednesday, June 27. Jammed-packed with talented intergenerational artists, the festival honors and celebrates Black Music Appreciation Month and pays musical tributes to the city’s soulful roots, with a nod to the genre’s past, present and future.

In the 1960s and 70s, Chicago’s own Record Row on South Michigan Avenue featured classic recordings from artists, such as The Dells, Curtis Mayfield, Etta James, Donny Hathaway, Herbie Hancock, Earth Wind and Fire and many more. Today, the legacy of soul still echoes throughout Chicago’s current musical landscape, and Navy Pier is putting it on showcase via Chi-Soul Fest.

Click here for the full Chi-Soul Festival schedule.

Get a jumpstart on the festivities on Monday, June 25 at Water Flicks, Navy Pier’s free, weekly summer film series at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at 7 p.m. In honor of Chi-Soul Fest, the Pier will be showing Get on Up, a chronicle of soul music legend James Brown. Free popcorn, courtesy of Navy Pier IMAX at AMC, is available to guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

While at Navy Pier for Chi-Soul Fest, guests are encouraged to take advantage of the many other Pier-wide experiences in dining, retail, boats and other activities and attractions – many of which are available within the newly renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, which opened Memorial Day weekend.

Chi-Soul Fest is part of the Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and culture programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and globe. For more information, visit www.navypier.org or download the Navy Pier app on any Android or iOS device.

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 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. In 2018, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, 220-room hotel 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, visit www.navypier.org or download the free Navy Pier app for Android and iOS device users.

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.

All eligible Chicagoland 501(c)(3) organizations encouraged to apply by June 29; Recipients will be announced on July 15 in honor of Navy Pier’s 102nd anniversary.

CHICAGO – In honor of Navy Pier’s 102nd anniversary this July, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural destination is awarding 102 local nonprofit organizations the opportunity to either ride the iconic Centennial Wheel or experience the popular Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest for free as part of its annual Community Rides program. The Pier is accepting applications from now through Friday, June 29, and recipients will be announced on Friday, July 15 to coincide with the Pier’s anniversary.

Applicants must be Chicagoland-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits in good standing, and must serve a community primarily located in Cook, Dekalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Kenosha (WI), Lake, Lake (IN), and/or Will counties in order to be considered. Past recipients are welcome to reapply. Awarded nonprofits will be issued complimentary Centennial Wheel tickets or Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest following the announcement on July 15. Centennial Wheel tickets will be valid through May 31, 2019, while Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest tickets will be valid through the duration of the event (from November 30, 2018 to January 6, 2019). Interested organizations are encouraged to apply online by close of business on June 29.

Now in its third year, the annual Community Rides program has quickly become a popular program within the local nonprofit scene. Mara O’Brien, executive director of past recipient, SitStayRead, shared how the program afforded her students the rare opportunity to venture out of their school and neighborhood and allowed them to see and appreciate their city from a unique perspective while riding the Centennial Wheel. Girls in the Game’s Teen Programs Manager Elizabeth White added, “The experience provided the opportunity for girls from different backgrounds to come together as a team and have fun, while proving to our participants that they are part of a larger community and family across Chicago.”

The Community Rides program is a shining example of Navy Pier’s ongoing 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.

For more information, visit www.navypier.org or download the Navy Pier app on any Android or iOS device.

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 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. In 2018, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, 220-room hotel 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, visit www.navypier.org or download the free Navy Pier app for Android and iOS device users.

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.

CHICAGO – Navy Pier Pride Presented by American Airlines is coming through with flying colors this year! Kicking off Monday, June 18, the third annual free event will consist of a full week of family-friendly festivities in honor of the LGBTQ+ community, culminating in a daylong grand celebration on Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to midnight. As part of its Pride Month tribute, the Pier will also be decked out with Pride flags all month and feature the symbolic rainbow colors in the center digital screen of the iconic Centennial Wheel in celebration of diversity and inclusion, two essential tenants of Navy Pier’s mission and values.

On Monday, June 18, catch a special film presentation of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert as part of Water Flicks, Navy Pier’s free, 10-week movie series offered every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park. The 1994 comedy follows two drag performers and a transgender woman as they travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. As part of this year’s “sing-along summer” movies theme, guests are encouraged to sing and dance to the famous tunes featured within the flicks. Free popcorn will be available to guests on a first-come-first-served basis, courtesy of Navy Pier IMAX at AMC.

On Thursday, June 21, enjoy live instructional dance by Tina Go-Go and musical performances by Little Queens as part of Live on the Lake!, Navy Pier’s free concert series held in the Miller Lite Beer Garden every Wednesday through Sunday from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. First, learn to Go-Go dance with local instructor Tina Stasny. Then, apply the new moves to the upbeat music of Little Queens, featuring Aerin Tedesco, Andrea Bunch, Janet Cramer and Greg Nergaard.

The main event, Navy Pier Pride Presented by American Airlines on Saturday, June 23, will lead with the opening of the Chicago Children’s Museum’s Family Resource and Activity Station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the South Dock. The station gives guests the opportunity to learn about the Museum’s resources for LGBTQ+ families and participate in pride-themed arts and crafts activities. At noon, catch Storytime with Drag Queens, presented in partnership with Chicago Children’s Museum, at the West Platform on the South Dock. Enjoy a special reading of classic children’s books by a few of Chicago’s fun and fabulous drag queens.

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., guests are welcome to browse the Resource Village along the South Dock, which offers information and resources from LGBTQ+ organizations, such as Howard Brown Health, PFLAG and more. At 1:30 p.m. join the Lakeside Pride Marching Band for a festive musical procession down the South Dock, followed by music by DJ Rae Chardonnay from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wave Wall Platform as part of Wave Wall Wax, a free live DJ series presented every Saturday through Labor Day weekend. At 3 p.m., enjoy a special performance by Chicago Gay Men’s Choir in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion. From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., head to the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park to catch a special screening of the 2017 indie comedy-drama, Signature Move, presented in partnership with New City. The film’s star and screenwriter, Fawzia Mirza, is scheduled to be in attendance.

New to the lineup this year, Navy Pier teamed up with No Small Plans’ queer party impresario Kristen Kaza to produce Queer the Pier, a special program that travels sonically and visually throughout the history of queer club culture. Audio Jack – resident DJ of Slo ‘Mo: Slow Jams for Queer Fam, one of Chicago’s longest running LGBTQ+ dance parties – kicks off the festivities in the Miller Lite Beer Garden at 5 p.m. with R&B, disco and house favorites. Other artists include Puerto Rican vocalist, songwriter, musical theater composer and actor, MICHA, at 7 p.m., followed by local R&B vocalist, Adam Ness, and special guests performing “queer club anthems” with a live band. The program also features a fashion show highlighting queer club looks through the decades, modeled by Chicago nightlife personalities, emceed by bearded beauty Lucy Stoole and devised by vintage shop Kokorokoko, with additional creative direction by performer and choreographer Darling Shear. Special guest Cece Peniston, celebrating 20 years of the LGBTQ+ anthem, “Finally,” headlines the program ahead of Navy Pier’s signature Aon Summer Fireworks – synchronized specially to house music – to end the evening with a bang!

Click here for the full schedule for Navy Pier Pride Presented by American Airlines. 

While at Navy Pier Pride, guests are encouraged to take advantage of the many other Pier-wide experiences in dining, retail, boats and other activities and attractions – many of which are available within the newly renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, which opened Memorial Day weekend.

Navy Pier Pride is part of the Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and culture programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and globe. For more information, visit www.navypier.org or download the Navy Pier app on any Android or iOS device.

PHOTOS: Navy Pier Pride Presented by American Airlines | Credit: Heidi Zeiger Photography / Navy Pier

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 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. In 2018, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, 220-room hotel 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, visit www.navypier.org or download the free Navy Pier app for Android and iOS device users.

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.

Family members of George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., inventor of the Ferris wheel, to participate in special events in Chicago and Santa Monica, Calif. in honor of their relative’s legendary creation

CHICAGO (June 7, 2018) – More than 2,000 miles may separate them, but Chicago’s Navy Pier and Santa Monica Pier are coming together to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the iconic invention that connects them: The Ferris wheel. Designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the Ferris wheel rolled onto the scene with a grand opening on June 21, 1893.

One hundred and twenty-five years later, Chicago, home of the original Ferris wheel, and Santa Monica, home of the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, have teamed up to honor the ingenuity and foresight of the late George Washington Gale Ferris Jr.’s creation with a day filled with free wheel rides, brilliant light shows, live entertainment, special appearances by Ferris family members and tributes to other popular products that debuted at the World’s Fair.

Celebration Schedule

Navy Pier – Centennial Wheel (Central Standard Time)

10 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Free Centennial Wheel rides for the first 1,893 registered guests. Those interested in taking advantage of the free ride offer must RSVP online in advance and present their free reservation ticket at the Pier Park Box Office. A limited amount of free tickets are available to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. A free commemorative 125th anniversary pressed penny is included with the free ride.

1:25 p.m. | Brief program, featuring remarks from Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner and Jim Ferris, relative of George Washington Gale Ferris Jr.

1:30 p.m. | Dance performance by Mandala South Asian Performing Arts, recreating the performances from the 1893 World’s Fair.

2 p.m. | Ferris family rides in the VIP gondola of the Centennial Wheel.

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier – Pacific Wheel (Pacific Standard Time)

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | Free Pacific Wheel rides for the first 1,893 guests to RSVP at https://pacpark.com/125. Quantities are limited. RSVP early and bring the printed confirmation to the ticket window next to the Pacific Wheel to redeem for a free ride. All other riders may purchase a ticket that day or use an Unlimited Ride Wristband. A free commemorative 125th anniversary pressed penny is included with the free ride.

11:25 p.m. | Brief program, featuring remarks from Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier Representative, Santa Monica Pier Historian and possibly a Ferris family member.

11:30 p.m. | A salute to various popular products that debuted during the 1893 World’s Fair, including the Penny Press, among others.

12 p.m. | Possible Ferris family rides in the VIP gondola of the Pacific Wheel.

More about the Ferris Wheel

George Washington Gale Ferris Jr.’s 1893 engineering feat was America’s answer to the recently completed Eiffel Tower in Paris. The original Ferris wheel was 264 feet tall and was illuminated by 2,500 Edison incandescent lamps. In addition to the iconic Ferris wheel, the World’s Columbian Exposition featured several new products to enter American folklore, including the elongated penny, now produced by The Penny Men and offered in more than 2,200 Penny Press machines at locations all across the globe, including Navy Pier and Santa Monica Pier. In 2018, more than 30 million people will use Penny Press machines to create a unique and personal keepsake.

The Penny Press and the original Ferris wheel’s legacy have lived on for 125 years, and the Ferris wheel is now one of the world’s most beloved attractions. Navy Pier’s Centennial Wheel and Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier’s Pacific Wheel are proudly leading the anniversary celebration of these incredible inventions.

“The Ferris wheel holds a special place in the hearts of Chicagoans and serves as a beloved icon for our city,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner. “Navy Pier is proud to continue honoring the legacy and longstanding history of this treasured attraction in its birthplace, especially as it approaches a major milestone. We could not think of a better way to commemorate the occasion than by teaming up with Santa Monica Pier to pay tribute to the engineering marvel that connects our two piers and has long been a part of the brand and identity of both destinations.”

Ferris’ original wheel inspired Chicago’s Navy Pier Ferris wheel when it opened on July 1, 1995. In 2016, the Centennial Wheel debuted in honor of Navy Pier’s 100th anniversary and took its place in the iconic skyline as a treasured part of the city’s culture and history. Soaring to heights of nearly 200 feet (50 feet higher than its predecessor), the Centennial Wheel offers guests unparalleled, 360-degree views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. The enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas – an enhanced feature of the Pier’s new wheel – provide a comfortable and enjoyable ride experience year round.

“From Chicago to Santa Monica, that’s also connected by Route 66, there’s no better way to enjoy a view of the cities once you arrive than from atop of a Ferris wheel,” said Marketing and Business Development Manager at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier Nathan Smithson. “Pacific Park is home to the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel, and we are thrilled to be able to share the 125th anniversary of the Ferris wheel with our friends at Navy Pier, the Ferris families and all Ferris wheel enthusiasts.”

The nine-story tall Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel first debuted in May 1996 with the opening of Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier and was adapted as the world’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel in November 1998. The Pacific Wheel offers guests incomparable views of the Santa Monica coastline, Catalina Island, Malibu and Palos Verdes Peninsula. Standing 130 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the Pacific Wheel’s 174,000 LED lights are mounted on the Ferris wheel’s structure including the 40 spokes and two hubs. The world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel’s lighting system features 16.7 million color value combinations while the programming and display software presents imaging up to 24 frames per second to display dynamic, custom, computer-generated lighting entertainment. The eco-friendly, enhanced LED lighting provides 81 percent greater energy savings than most Ferris wheel’s traditional incandescent bulbs.

Visit www.navypier.org for more information about Navy Pier and www.pacpark.com for more information on Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.

 

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 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. In 2018, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, 220-room hotel 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, visit www.navypier.org or download the free Navy Pier app for Android and iOS device users.

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.

Free 10-week film series features fan favorites along the lakefront from June 18 through August 20

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic year-round destination, has teamed up with Chicago International Film Festival and Broadway in Chicago to present the 2nd annual Water Flicks, a free, 10-week movie series offered at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, against the backdrop of serene Lake Michigan at sunset. Every Monday from June 18 through August 20, the Pier will show a different music-themed movie, starting at 7 p.m. As part of this year’s “sing-along summer” theme, guests are encouraged to belt out and bust a move to the famous tunes featured within the flicks. Free popcorn will be available to guests on a first-come-first-served basis, courtesy of Navy Pier IMAX at AMC.

A special treat to movie-goers this summer, Navy Pier will host a free, live performance by the cast of Heartbreak Hotel ahead of the Viva Las Vegas screening on July 30. Get ready to “shake, rattle and roll” as Broadway in Chicago co-presents a medley of Elvis’ early hits as featured in Heartbreak Hotel – the prequel to Chicago’s record-setting musical, Million Dollar Quartet – providing the perfect opening act for the movie at 7 p.m.

See below for the full Water Flicks schedule and film roster: June 18
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
June 25
Get on Up
July 2
Sing
July 9
Pitch Perfect
July 16
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
July 23
Selena
July 30
Viva Las Vegas
*Special performance by Heartbreak Hotel prior to film
August 6
Frozen
August 13
The Wedding Singer
August 20
Grease

While at Navy Pier for Water Flicks, guests are encouraged to take advantage of the many other Pier-wide experiences in dining, retail, boats and other activities and attractions – many of which are available within the newly renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, which opened Memorial Day weekend.

Water Flicks is part of the Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and culture programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and globe.

For more information, visit www.navypier.org or download the Navy Pier app on any Android or iOS device.

PHOTOS: Water Flicks | Credit: James Richards IV Photography / Navy Pier

About Navy Pier
Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit cultural destinations in the Midwest, stretching more thansix city blocks and welcoming more than 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. In 2018, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, 220-room hotel 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, visit www.navypier.org or download the free Navy Pier app for Android and iOS device users.

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.

Additions include leaders from various industries and sectors, including international relations, human resources, healthcare and technology.

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, one of Chicago’s most iconic cultural destinations, today announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors: Gisselle Castillo-Veremis, Pamela Culpepper, Dean M. Harrison and Steven Koch. These new additions bring a wealth of experience and diverse perspectives to the organization that will continue to elevate the Pier during its ongoing transformation of its physical spaces and year-round arts and cultural programming.

“The caliber and breadth of experience that these four civic leaders bring to Navy Pier’s Board of Directors is a welcomed addition to our energetic and growing group,” said Navy Pier Board Chairman William J. Brodsky. “Together, we look forward to continuing our work to champion Navy Pier’s mission to be the People’s Pier and a world-class destination.”

“Gisselle, Pamela, Dean and Steve are all highly-respected Chicago leaders, who will, without a doubt, contribute to Navy Pier’s continued growth and success, especially at this pivotal moment in the Pier’s dynamic transformation,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner.

The new board members come from various industries and sectors, including international relations, human resources, healthcare and technology, each offering a unique voice and contributing a different set of expertise that will help further advance Navy Pier’s bold vision.

Gisselle Castillo-Veremis is the Consul General of the Dominican Republic for the Midwest. Castillo-Veremis has an active role in Chicago’s international community, working closely with the Dominican Diaspora to support the country’s citizens and promote the foreign investment in the Dominican Republic. Previously, she worked directly for the President of the Dominican Republic, H.E Dr. Leonel Fernandez Reyna during his three presidential terms and at the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Chile, where she initiated her diplomatic and political activities. Castillo-Veremis has served as the Vice-Dean of the Chicago Consular Corps since 2013. She also served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Chicago Sports Commission, and currently is a member of the International Sub-Committee of the Economic Club of Chicago (ECC).

Pamela Culpepper is Chief Human Resources Officer at Cboe Global Markets, Inc., where she leads the human resources organization and oversees the HR strategy, executive compensation, human capital management and engagement. A veteran HR executive, Culpepper joined Cboe from Golin, where she was most recently the company’s Chief People Officer. Culpepper brings more than 13 years of leadership roles with PepsiCo, Inc., including Chief Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Vice President, Human Resources for Quaker Foods and Snacks; Vice President, Human Resources for PepsiCo’s Beverages Supply Chain; and Vice President, Talent Management and Diversity for Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade. Before PepsiCo, Culpepper held progressive roles with McKessonHBOC, Inc., Clorox and Wells Fargo. Culpepper is a former Board Trustee of VSO International, based in the United Kingdom.

Dean M. Harrison is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. Harrison serves on the boards of directors of the Center for Medical Interoperability, Economic Club of Chicago, Executives’ Club of Chicago, Illinois Hospital Association, Northern Trust, Northwestern University, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and World Business Chicago. He is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, its Civic Committee and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. Harrison has been honored by B’nai B’rith International with the National Healthcare Award in 2008, the 2010 CEO Leadership Circle of Excellence Award for Diversity by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency and Chicago Minority Enterprise Development Council and the March of Dimes Healthcare Management Award in 2015.

Steven Koch is the Co-Executive Chairman of Motivate, a leading bike share company in North America. He served as the Deputy Mayor of Chicago from September, 2012 to August, 2017, during which he lead economic development, planning, job creation and development, budget issues, municipal finance, and revenue initiatives. During his 27 year tenure at Credit Suisse, Koch advised on landmark transactions in a wide variety of industries. Koch has a long history of civic engagement. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of the Chicago Tech Collaborative and sits on the boards of the Chicago Community Trust, mHUB, the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the James Beard Foundation.

These new additions to Navy Pier’s leadership come at a pivotal time when the Pier is continuing to grow as a mission-driven cultural destination and gearing up for a year filled with inspiring programs and innovative new spaces, such as the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, set to open Memorial Day weekend, and the Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, set to debut in August. Click here to view the full list of current Navy Pier Board of Directors.

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 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. In 2018, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, 220-room hotel and more – and free, year-round arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. For more information, visit www.navypier.org or download the free Navy Pier app for Android and iOS device users.

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.

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic, year-round lakefront destination, will debut its newly renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion this Memorial Day weekend. A key element of the Pier’s ongoing Centennial Vision redevelopment, the Pavilion, which stretches more than 200,000 square feet from the west main entrance of the Pier to WBEZ, is now a hub of more than 50 Chicago-centric experiences that showcase and represent the city’s best offerings in dining, entertainment, retail and more.

“When Navy Pier guests stroll through our new Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, they will encounter a wide range of authentic Chicago experiences – from some of the city’s best cuisine and neighborhood shops, to fun, family-friendly activities that are sure to enhance the overall guest experience,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner. “We would not have been able to bring this bold and innovative new space to life without the support and investment of our partners at Fifth Third Bank, who recognized the need for a place where families and guests of all ages could gather and local businesses could shine.”

The growing Midwest-based Fortune 500 banking corporation agreed to a multiyear partnership with Navy Pier this past fall, increasing its investment in the Pier following their title partnership of the successful two-year Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration at Navy Pier in 2016 and 2017 and the ongoing title partnership of the Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest.

“Fifth Third Bank is proud to continue its partnership with Navy Pier – a historic and iconic Midwest destination, vital to Chicago’s growth and development – through an investment in a space tailored to families, committed to celebrating diversity in people and businesses, and designed to contribute to the local economy, especially by creating more than 300 job opportunities,” said Fifth Third Bank Regional President Eric S. Smith. “Together, we look forward to welcoming the Pier’s more-than-9 million annual guests and offering unparalleled experiences within the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion.”

The Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion is part of the larger Centennial Vision framework, which calls for the physical, programmatic and organizational transformation of Navy Pier in honor of its second century. The Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion is designed by Gensler, widely recognized as the world’s leading collaborative design firm. Featuring new contemporary storefronts and state-of-the-art digital screens, the renovated and architecturally stunning facility is home to many artisans, retailers and other businesses uniquely rooted in Chicago’s identity. The Pavilion also offers free arts and cultural programming, serving as a flexible platform for family-friendly events and activities year round. Guests strolling through the venue can expect fun, engaging programs and live entertainment – from dance and music, to fitness and more.

While the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion opens for business this weekend, an official grand opening event is slated to follow on Tuesday, June 26. For ticket and sponsorship information, check out the Navy Pier website.

See below for a full listing of the new and returning partners within the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion (* denotes new partners):

77 Chicago Flavors*

Chicago Sport & Novelty

McDonald’s

Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze

Chicago Sunglass Co.

Nakamol Chicago*

America’s Dog & Burger

Completely Nuts

Navy Pier IMAX at AMC

Art-K-Texture*

DMK Burger Bar and Fish Bar

Oh Yes Chicago!

Ben & Jerry’s

Faces in Focus

Ozzie Pops & Pretzels*

Best Gift Idea Ever

Fashion Bazaar

Penny Men

Big Bowl Express

Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice

Rags of Honor*

Bowwowz & Meowz*

Freshii

Driehaus Museum Store

Big City Chicken

Garrett Popcorn

Sitara

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Giordano’s

Snow Dragon Shavery

Billy Goat Tavern

Gold & Silver Art FX

Starbucks

Brown Sugar Bakery

Harry Caray’s Tavern

Sweet Home Chicago

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

I Dream of Falafel*

The Municipal Store*

Chicago Children’s Museum

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

The Navy Pier Store*

Chicago Children’s Museum Store

Lalo’s

The Neighborhood Urban Gift Shop*

Chicago Food Planet*

Magnetic Attraction

This Socks!*

Chicago Public Media (WBEZ)

Making History

Tiny Tavern

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 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 this August) and the Aon Grand Ballroom.

For more details, visit www.navypier.org or download the Navy Pier app on any Android or iOS device.

 

About Fifth Third

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of March 31, 2018, the Company had $142 billion in assets and operated 1,153 full-service Banking Centers and 2,459 ATMs with Fifth Third branding 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 54,000 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 is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of March 31, 2018, had $363 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $37 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.

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 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. In 2018, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, 220-room hotel 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, visit www.navypier.org or download the free Navy Pier app for Android and iOS device users.

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.

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic cultural destination, today announced that its new Associate Board, comprised of 32 distinguished mid-career professionals from various industries, has named its executive leadership team: DeRondal Bevly, Dan Gibbons, Syreeta Harris Strickland, Nekesa Josey and Lilly Athamanah. As the Associate Board enters its inaugural year, these five executive members will lead the charge in supporting the Pier’s mission through fundraising events, volunteer service and professional engagement, in addition to serving as ambassadors for the People’s Pier.

“The formation of the Navy Pier Associate Board comes at a significant time in the Pier’s history, and we look forward to the support, insight and contribution of the newly appointed Associate Board executive team as the Pier continues to evolve in its second century,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner

“The Navy Pier Associate Board leadership team will call on the talents of this dynamic group of individuals, committed to serving as ambassadors, to propel the mission and vision of one of the pre-eminent cultural destinations in the Midwest,” says Navy Pier Associate Board Co-chair DeRondal Bevly. “We look forward to using our combined years of experience and respective connections in the civic, corporate and philanthropic landscape of Chicago to share our enthusiasm about the Pier and garner support of Navy Pier’s community-serving initiatives.”  

The Associate Board executive team will spearhead fundraising projects, including Navy Pier’s Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest Preview Party, benefitting the Pier’s free public programming.

“Supporting the growth of such an iconic cultural destination is very exciting. Navy Pier has undergone an incredible transformation in the past few years,” said Navy Pier Associate Board Co-chair Dan Gibbons. “It really is an honor to be a part of a consortium focused on advancing the mission and values of one of Chicago’s most historic, important and lively institutions.”

DeRondal Bevly will serve as Navy Pier Associate Board Co-chair. Bevly is the Founder and Managing Director of RubyRose Strategies and brings more than a decade of combined professional and philanthropic experience. Deeply passionate about philanthropy and engaged in Chicago’s civic community, Bevly is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, an organization that cultivates and unites Chicago’s foremost business, public and civic leaders, and currently serves on the boards of Forefront, Public Narrative and as a Partner with Social Venture Partners Chicago. Bevly earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Dan Gibbons will serve as Navy Pier Associate Board Co-chair. Gibbons currently serves as Vice President of Tur Partners and is also the Director of Symposia for the Academy of Achievement. Gibbons currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Magnificent Mile Association, the New Coast Foundation and the Chicago Fire Department Foundation, the Auxiliary Board of the John G. Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago Ideas Week Co-Op, the Young Leaders Board of the American Ireland Fund, and the Board of Regents for St. Ignatius College Prep. Gibbons also acts as an advisor to the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Great Lakes Cities Initiative, and numerous Chicago-based startup companies and non-profit organizations. Gibbons received a B.A. in Political Science from Marquette University, is currently pursuing his Executive MBA at the University of Notre Dame.

Syreeta Harris Strickland will serve as Navy Pier Associate Board Vice Chair. Strickland is the Director of Investment Banking Marketing at William Blair and leads the company’s Investment Banking group globally. Strickland is a founding member of the Chicago Associates Board and serves on marketing committee for Blessings in a Backpack, a non-profit organization that provides food for elementary school children across the country that are at risk of going hungry. Strickland also serves on the Advisory Board for Common Threads, an organization focused on educating low-income children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being, empowering them to be agents of change for healthier families, schools and communities. Strickland earned her BS in marketing and an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Nekesa Josey will serve as Navy Pier Associate Board Treasurer. Josey is an Associate in Mesirow Financial Public Finance Group who provides quantitative analysis and execution support for municipal clients. Josey currently serves on the Big Shoulders Fund Chairmen’s Advisory Council where she led the stock market program tutor recruitment drive. Previously, Josey served as President of the Chicago Child Care Society’s Junior Board, where she worked with the agency’s senior staff and board of directors to create the inaugural junior board bylaws and design board program for 30 Chicago area young professionals. Josey was awarded the Emerging Young Professional for Kosovo U.S. Department of State Fellowship. Josey has a B.A. in political science and pursued post graduate studies at the University of Chicago.

Lilly Athamanah will serve as Navy Pier Associate Board Secretary. Athamanah is a Communications Specialist at the Joyce Foundation where she manages strategy and implementation of digital and design assets. Athamanah actively volunteers as a writing and resume coach for Posse Scholars through the Posse Foundation’s Chicago chapter, helping students gain skills in critical analysis, argumentative writing, and grammar before beginning their first year in college. She is also a Next Chapter Associate at the Newberry Library in Chicago, a member of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and the Chicago Community Trust’s Asian Giving Circle. Athamanah is also the recipient of the Posse Foundation’s Full-Tuition Leadership Scholarship to attend Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies.

Navy Pier Associate Board members were recruited and vetted by Navy Pier Board of Directors, executive leadership and senior management to ensure a diverse and talented mix of individuals who share a passion and enthusiasm for the Pier’s vision. Appointed Associate Board members are expected to serve a one-year term at minimum.

View the full list of current Navy Pier Associate Board of Directors.

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 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. In 2018, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, 220-room hotel 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, visit www.navypier.org or download the free Navy Pier app for Android and iOS device users.

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.

Chicago’s treasured lakefront destination kicks off the season with the popular Aon Summer Fireworks and Live on the Lake! music series, followed by several other free programs, including the new Wave Wall Wax series.

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s year-round lakefront destination, is kicking off a new season of free arts and cultural programs with the return of the popular Aon Summer Fireworks and Live on the Lake! music series at the Miller Lite Beer Garden, plus a new live DJ music series, Wave Wall Wax, starting Memorial Day weekend. These programs launch a 15-week arts and cultural extravaganza at the Pier, complete with top local talent and world-renowned works in cinema, dance, music, public art, theater and more – all of which serve as the perfect complement to the many dining, retail and leisure experiences across the Pier.

“Navy Pier is steadfastly evolving into a year-round destination for arts, culture, entertainment and education, serving as a premier platform for local artists to showcase their work and positioning the Pier as a go-to destination for guests to experience the diversity of the city’s rich cultural scene,” said Navy Pier Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer Michelle T. Boone. “We look forward to continuing to deliver dynamic experiences this summer and beyond as we bring back many of the popular programs from last year and introduce some new ones that are sure to enhance the guest experience.”

Aon Summer Fireworks
It is always a sure sign of summertime in Chicago when the Aon Summer Fireworks return to Navy Pier. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, catch the Pier’s signature 10-minute firework display synchronized to music every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:15 p.m. This year, there will be a number of special soundtracks to accompany fireworks, including traditional patriotic music for the Fourth of July Fireworks presented by Miller Lite; Latin music for the new music festival, LatiNxt presented by Sol, on June 16; house music in celebration of Navy Pier Pride presented by American Airlines on June 23; and soul music for the new music festival, Chi-Soul Music Fest, on June 30.

Live on the Lake!
Beginning Friday, May 25, enjoy the sights and sounds of Live on the Lake!, the Pier’s free music series held in one of the city’s most idyllic outdoor venues along the lakefront, the Miller Lite Beer Garden. With a wide selection of entertainment, food, MillerCoors products and more, Live on the Lake! provides guests with a well-rounded outdoor music experience between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. Every Wednesday, catch classic blues performances, courtesy of Buddy Guy’s Legends. On Thursdays, move and groove to different styles of music at Pier Dance, led by some of the city’s top dance instructors. Fridays and Saturdays feature various genres of music each week – from country and pop, to R&B and rock – while Sundays spotlight reggae and other international music. With an eclectic mix of musical offerings, this year’s Live on the Lake! series is sure to entertain guests as top local artists – such as the JC Brooks Band, Sixteen Candles, Tinsley Ellis and more – hit the Miller Lite Beer Garden stage. Click here to view the full schedule.

Wave Wall Wax
New this year, Navy Pier guests will be treated to live DJ music at the Wave Wall Platform on the South Dock every Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. Enjoy different genres of music by Chicago’s top spin masters while taking in unparalleled views of the iconic Chicago skyline and serene Lake Michigan from the center of the Pier. The DJ lineup includes premier local talent, including Sadie Woods, Rae Chardonnay, Jesse de la Pena, Steve “Miggedy” Maestro and more. Click here to view the full lineup.

These series are just a few of many free arts and cultural programs offered at the Pier this season and beyond. See below for the full listing of Navy Pier’s summer programming. Events are subject to change.

Live on the Lake!
May 25 – September 2
Wednesdays – Sundays

Water Colors
Presented in partnership with Jazz Institute of Chicago
July 6 – August 24
Fridays | 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Aon Summer Fireworks
May 26 – September 1
Wednesdays | 9:30 p.m.
Saturdays | 10:15 p.m.

Water Towers by Ivan Navarro
Presented in partnership with EXPO Chicago
July 7, 2018 – April 30, 2019

Wave Wall Wax
May 26 – September 1
Saturdays | 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Fresh Fest! Presented by Allstate Insurance Company
July 12 | 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. • July 13 | 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Summer Fitness Presented by LifeStart
June 5 – August 28
Tuesdays | 6 p.m. (Rush Hour Workout); 7:30 p.m. (Sunset Yoga)

Nkulee Dube & The Lucky Dube Celebration Tour
Presented in partnership with Old Town School of Folk Music
July 14 | 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

LatiNxt Presented by Sol
Presented in partnership with Future Rootz
June 15 – July 16

Chicago Human Rhythm Project Tap Fest
July 18 | 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Quinceañera
Presented in partnership with National Museum of Mexican Art
June 15 | 6 p.m. • July 15 | 2 p.m. • August 15 | 6 p.m.

Soapbox Science
July 21 | 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Water Flicks
Presented in partnership with Chicago International Film Festival and Broadway in Chicago
June 18 – August 20
Mondays | 7 p.m.

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
July 25 – July 28 | 7 p.m.

Wiggleworms
Presented in partnership with Old Town School of Folk Music
June 20 – August 24
Wednesdays and Fridays | 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

After School Matters Youth Showcase
August 7 | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Make Music Chicago
Presented in partnership with International Music Foundation
June 21 | 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Noche Caribeña
Presented in partnership with Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
August 11 | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Navy Pier Pride Presented by American Airlines
June 23 | Noon to midnight

Special Consensus
Presented in partnership with Old Town School of Folk Music
August 12 | 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Chi-Soul Fest
June 25 – 30

Korean Independence Day Celebration
Presented in partnership with Asian Arts Improv Midwest
August 15 | 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For more details, visit www.navypier.org or download the Navy Pier app on any Android or iOS device.

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 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. In 2018, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, 220-room hotel 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, visit www.navypier.org or download the free Navy Pier app for Android and iOS device users.

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.

CHICAGO – With summer just around the corner, Navy Pier – Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district – is helping guests get in shape with Spring into Action, a free seven-week fitness series featuring weekly morning workouts led by a couple of Chicago’s top fitness instructors. From Tuesday, April 3 through Thursday, May 17, guests will have the opportunity to participate in complimentary Circuit Training and/or Cardio Yoga sessions in Polk Bros Park, against the inspiring backdrop of Lake Michigan and the city skyline.

Circuit Training – led by certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, Maria Armstead of Phenomenal Fitness – will be offered every Tuesday from April 3 through May 15 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the City Stage in Polk Bros Park. The class will utilize various aspects of the Park for high-intensity circuit exercises, treating the space as a large obstacle course. Upon arrival, participants should gather inside the main entrance to the Pier, near Giordano’s. The instructor will meet class participants and lead them into exercises from there. In the event of rain or severe weather, classes will be held indoors (same starting point).

Cardio Yoga – led by eight-year cardio yoga practitioner and certified instructor, Julia Perkins – will be offered every Thursday from April 5 through May 17 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the City Stage in Polk Bros Park. The class is designed to infuse fundamental yoga postures with low-impact cardio and sculpting exercises. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat, yoga block and set of three or five-pound weights (optional). In the event of rain or severe weather, classes will be held in the Crystal Garden.

All Spring into Action classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

For more information, visit www.navypier.org or download the Navy Pier app, now available in the App Store on any Android or iOS device.

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, is bringing a splash of color and beam of light in the form of art to the Pier’s Polk Bros Park this winter. From Friday, February 16 through Sunday, April 15, guests will have the opportunity to interact with Prismatica, a free, temporary public art installation presented in partnership with Quartier des Spectacles and RAW Design and supported by Hilton.

Prismatica is a dynamic art experience comprised of 25 six-foot pivoting prisms – resembling giant kaleidoscopes – that transform the space into a field of bold colors and bright lights. The prisms reflect every color in the visible spectrum and transmit blissful sounds upon interaction, allowing for infinite interplay with this unique art installation.

“We are constantly looking for artistic work that inspires curiosity and creativity among our guests, while also providing fun and memorable experiences,” said Navy Pier Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer, Michelle T. Boone. “Prismatica aligns perfectly with our mission and serves as a great example of what happens when art intersects with play.”

Navy Pier is set to host a free public ceremony for the grand opening of Prismatica on February 16 at 5:30 p.m. in Polk Bros Park. Guests are invited to count down to the lighting of the installation. Hot chocolate will be available to attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. Following the opening ceremony, the installation will be on display and open to public interaction every day during standard Navy Pier operating hours through April 15.

“Navy Pier plays an integral role in attracting visitors to Chicago, offering a variety of unique experiences tailored to people from all walks of life,” said Hilton Senior Director of Destination Marketing, Anna Dix. “Prismatica has all the makings of a hit public art installation that is sure to draw attention and participation from Hilton guests in Chicago.”

Prismatica is brought to Navy Pier in part by Montreal-based Quartier des Spectacles, the same group that presented last year’s hit art installation, Impulse. They have now teamed up with Toronto-based RAW Design to present the imaginative and whimsical creation that is Prismatica. The intricate design showcases the installation’s stunning prisms, made of panels laminated with a dichronic film, that reflect a variety of colors in juxtaposition to the light source from the standpoint of the observer. The prisms are mounted on bases containing projectors. As the prisms rotate, guests will hear the soothing sounds of soft bells, combining the elements of color, light and music.

Prismatica is part of Navy Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and culture programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and globe. Navy Pier’s free cultural and community programming is supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation. For more information on this and other special offerings at the Pier, visit www.navypier.org.

RESOURCES: Photos | Credit: Cindy Boyce

 

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. The change to .org 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.

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, and Chicago Children’s Museum have teamed up to bring spunky-fresh rhythm and tunes to young children via Stroller Grooves, an eight-week, free live music series offered every Tuesday in February and March from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens. The inaugural series will showcase premier local talent who specialize in music arrangements for younger audiences, ideal for toddlers and young children.

“Creating diverse and engaging experiences for guests of all ages is a cornerstone of Navy Pier’s free arts and culture programming,” said Navy Pier Chief Programming and Civic Engagement Officer Michelle T. Boone. “We, along with our partners at Chicago Children’s Museum, look forward to welcoming young guests and their families and inspiring discovery and wonder through this interactive mini concert series.”

“Early exposure to live music and dance performances are developmentally beneficial for children and memorable fun at any age,” added Chicago Children’s Museum President and CEO Jennifer Farrington. “We are thrilled to partner with Navy Pier to offer families a weekly music series featuring Chicago’s most beloved children’s performers.”

Stroller Grooves is set to debut an exceptional lineup of programs and performances designed with young guests in mind. These eclectic sets will showcase a variety of music stylings and genres that all participants will be able to enjoy. Stroller Grooves performers include Little Miss Ann—mom, former Chicago Public School teacher and award-winning kids’ musician; Q Brothers, famous for their “add-rap-tions” or remixes of original music spun by a live deejay; among other noteworthy talented acts.

Please see below for the full series schedule.

February 6 | Little Miss Ann
February 13 | The Lucky Trikes
February 20 | Q Brothers
February 27 | Animal Farm
March 6 | Future Hits
March 13 | Q Brothers
March 20 | Little Miss Ann
March 27 | Muntu Dance Theatre

Click here for more information on Stroller Grooves.

This dynamic series is part of Navy Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and culture programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and globe. For more information on more free programs at Navy Pier, please visit www.navypier.org.

About Chicago Children’s Museum

The mission of Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM) is to improve children’s lives by creating a community where play and learning connect. CCM is dedicated to young children and the important adults in their lives. Play-filled experiences, including more than 15 interactive exhibits and daily programming, tap into how kids learn and engage from ages 0-10 to develop the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. CCM aims to deliver at least one-third of its total annual attendance to low-income or underserved community members. In its last fiscal year, CCM hosted more than 400,000 visitors. For more information, please visit www.ChicagoChildrensMuseum.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

Visit our new website, navypier.org. The change to .org 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 navypier.org.

CHICAGO – February 14 not only is Valentine’s Day; it’s also National Ferris Wheel Day! To celebrate, Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, is offering ‘wheel fun’ for everyone – couples and singles, alike – including complimentary Centennial Wheel rides to pre-registered guests on Wednesday, February 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Take your Valentine for a romantic ride aboard the city’s beloved attraction, which features enclosed and heated gondolas and picturesque views of the majestic skyline and lake from 200 feet above ground.

The free rides are part of the Pier’s #WheelWednesday series, an initiative to make the attraction available and accessible to all by offering the community complimentary rides on select Wednesdays periodically throughout the year. Those interested in taking advantage of the free Centennial Wheel ride offer must RSVP online in advance and present their reservation ticket at the Pier Park Box Office. A limited amount of free tickets are available to guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

No Valentine? No problem. Navy Pier has teamed up with Entertainment Cruises to host Spinning with Singles, a special Valentine’s Day mixer for singles ages 21 and over on February 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the Centennial Wheel and aboard the private yacht, Chicago Elite. Singles are invited to mix and mingle with other singles at this one-of-a-kind dating event in hopes of forging a love connection.

Tickets to Spinning with Singles are $50 per person and include an exclusive ride experience on Chicago’s treasured icon, access to the dazzling triple-deck private yacht, food, open bar, and of course, the opportunity to potentially make a romantic connection. Interested individuals must register online. Save $10 with early bird tickets, available until February 5. Space is limited and registration will be closed upon reaching capacity.

Love is in the air and water aboard Entertainment CruisesOdyssey and Spirit of Chicago during Valentine’s Week. Book a dinner cruise for you and your sweetheart on February 10, 14 or 17. The Odyssey dinner cruise includes a private table with idyllic views of the Chicago skyline; three-course plated Valentine’s dinner menu; music and dancing; and more. The Spirit of Chicago dinner cruise includes a private table with view; delicious dinner buffet; complimentary champagne toast; a rose per couple; music and dancing; and more. The Odyssey and Spirit of Chicago also offer a Valentine’s Brunch Cruise on February 11 and Valentine’s Lunch Cruise on February 17, respectively. For ticket information or to book a cruise, call (888) 957-2634 or check online. Save 20% on Valentine’s dining cruises from February 10 to 17 with promo code VDAY20 (valid for parties of 1-19 only; offer ends January 31).

Hubba Bubba! Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is offering a four-course meal for two for $59.99 (excluding tax and gratuity). Meanwhile, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville invites guests to celebrate love in paradise! For $59.99, enjoy two “Who’s to Blame” margaritas, choice of one appetizer (up to $13.99 each), and choice of any two entrees (up to $19.99 each). Or perhaps revel in the romance at Riva Crabhouse as you treat your Valentine to dinner with a view, complete with a prix fix menu for $130 and a bottle of wine for only $2.14. Step into Tiny Tavern for a nightcap with $6 Lemon Drop Martinis and Cocotinis. All offers are valid only on Valentine’s Day.

 

For more information on Navy Pier’s Valentine’s Day celebrations and offerings, visit www.navypier.org/valentines-day.

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. The change to .org is small, but impactful. We’re 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.

 

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, invites guests to participate in traditional ethnic celebrations from around the world as part of its inaugural series, Global Connections presented by ComEd. This free, three-part series pays tribute to the world-wide cultural celebrations of Carnivale, Chinese New Year and Holi – all brought to life in the Pier’s historic Aon Grand Ballroom through art, dance, food and music!

On Saturday, February 10, join Navy Pier for International Carnivale, a vibrant celebration that occurs in many Catholic regions each year prior to the Lent season. This exciting event will shed light on how different countries and cities across the globe – including Brazil, Italy, Trinidad and Tobago, New Orleans and more – observe this exuberant tradition. The program includes live performances by Planeta Azul (Brazil), La Tosca (Italy), Windy City West Indian Carnival (Trinidad and Tobago), LowDown Brass Band (New Orleans), DJ AfroQbano and Joe Sonnefeldt.

On Saturday, February 24, guests are transported to China to ring in the “Year of the Dog” with a traditional Chinese New Year celebration, featuring festive décor, bold costumes, customary music and more. Performers include the Cheng Da Drum Team, Chicago Chinese Cultural Center Lion Dancers, Eight Tones Chinese Music Ensemble, the award-winning Flying Fairies Dance Troupe, martial arts by Bei Dou Kung Fu’s Master Wu Jing Tao and his studio, among many other mesmerizing acts. This program is presented in partnership with the Chinese Fine Arts Society.

On Sunday, March 4, experience the colorful Hindu festival of Holi – also known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love” – celebrated in India and Nepal. Guests will have the thrilling opportunity to immerse themselves in this popular celebratory tradition of tossing colored powder at one another in the outskirts of the Aon Grand Ballroom while enjoying a festive program inside, complete with lively music and classic Bollywood dances. Performers include Bollywood Groove, Cabinet of Curiosity Events, Funkadesi, Mandala Arts, Surahbi Ensemble, Zeshan B and more.

“As the People’s Pier, we are proud to continue the tradition of celebrating our diverse guests through programming that is reflective of the assortment of cultures and backgrounds that are represented at the Pier each and every day,” said Michelle T. Boone, Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer, Navy Pier. “Together with our valued partners at ComEd, we hope to inspire, entertain and educate guests through this exciting new series.”

“It’s vital that we support arts and culture organizations like Navy Pier because they are integral to the health and vitality of the communities we serve,” said Fidel Marquez, SVP of Governmental and External Affairs, ComEd. “The Global Connections series enhances our understanding of different cultures and contributes to education in fun and interactive ways.”

Please see below for the series schedule.

International Carnivale Celebration

Saturday, February 10 | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Aon Grand Ballroom

Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 24 | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Aon Grand Ballroom

Holi Celebration

Sunday, March 4 | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Aon Grand Ballroom

 

Global Connections is part of Navy Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and culture programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and globe. For more information on this and other special offerings at the Pier, 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

Visit our new website, navypier.org. The change to .org is small, but impactful. We’re 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.

ABOUT COMED

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. For more information visit ComEd.com, and connect with the company on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

CHICAGO – Love is in the air – and water – as Navy Pier teams up with Entertainment Cruises to host Spinning with Singles, a special Valentine’s Day mixer for singles ages 21 and over on Wednesday, February 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the Centennial Wheel and aboard the private yacht, Chicago Elite. Local singles are invited to mix and mingle with other singles at this one-of-a-kind dating event in hopes of forging a love connection on Valentine’s Day – and National Ferris Wheel Day!

Participants will have the exciting and unique opportunity to ride the iconic 200-foot attraction in groups and meet new people at every rotation. The fun continues on water with a special dockside reception aboard Entertainment Cruises’ private yacht, Chicago Elite. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. in Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens. Hot chocolate will be available to participants upon arrival. Group speed dating will begin promptly at 7 p.m. on the Centennial Wheel, which features unparalleled views and a unique, intimate setting within its enclosed and heated gondolas. Each gondola will hold three to four couples, who will mix and mingle for a full ride before moving on to the subsequent gondola.

Upon completing their spin on the Wheel, guests will make their way to Chicago Elite for a special reception, featuring hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and music by DJ LoveBug. Participants are encouraged to connect with those they were not able to meet on the Centennial Wheel or continue the conversation with someone who may have piqued their interest.

At the end of the event, each participant will receive a special package of exclusive offers to Navy Pier experiences – perhaps to share with a date! The package includes discount offers to a dinner cruise on the Odyssey, an Entertainment Cruises sister dining vessel; Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour; Brown Sugar Bakery; Riva Crabhouse; a special treat bag, courtesy of KIND; and more.

Tickets to Spinning with Singles are $50 per person and include an exclusive ride experience on Chicago’s treasured icon, access to the dazzling triple-deck private yacht, food, open bar, and of course, the opportunity to potentially make a romantic connection. Interested individuals must register for Spinning with Singles online. Space is limited and registration will be closed upon reaching capacity.

In the event that the Centennial Wheel cannot operate due to weather-related conditions, the entire event will be held aboard Chicago Elite. Participants will be provided complimentary Centennial Wheel tickets to redeem for a future ride.

For more information, visit www.navypier.org.

RESOURCES: Spinning with Singles Photos

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. The change to .org is small, but impactful. We’re 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.

ABOUT CHICAGO ELITE

Elite Private Yachts provides Chicago with the most innovative and accommodating private charter yacht. Our endless options for food, beverages, entertainment, and flexible boarding and cruising times allow for a completely customized event that’s exactly to your specifications. With sensational views, a contemporary setting and customizable options, Chicago Elite is Chicago’s most exclusive dining and entertainment experience. Enjoy all the prestige of cruising on your own private yacht for a meeting, celebration or unique gathering. In spring of 2015, Chicago Elite returned after a $1 million renovation. For a whole new way to experience Chicago, come aboard and explore the ships modern, refreshed interiors, perfect for customizing your private events. For additional details, please visit ElitePrivateYachts.com.

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