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Navy Pier Debuts New Logo to Commence Brand Revolution

Chicago’s popular lakefront destination unveils its newly redesigned logo to the public
to align with the Pier’s new brand strategy and platform.

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CHICAGO – Navy Pier, one of the top-attended destinations in the Midwest, is thrilled to reveal its newly redesigned logo to the public today. Created in partnership with Chicago-based brand strategy and design firm ColorJar, the reinvigorated logo accompanies the Pier’s brand refresh, which will be brought to life across the Pier, Chicagoland and the region this month.

The new logo design was inspired by public feedback collected by Navy Pier and its research and brand strategy partner Lipman Hearne. The two-year, comprehensive process began in 2017 after the Pier recruited Lipman Hearne to help conduct market research and facilitate a series of focus group sessions and research studies that would inform the Pier’s strategic and creative vision. The feedback indicated that based on Navy Pier’s bold and exciting new direction, the logo should also exude fun, energy, playfulness, celebration and color in the form of a modern concept, while still incorporating iconic symbols, such as the Ferris wheel and fireworks, in a fresh, evocative way. In late 2018, ColorJar was hired and then charged with producing a compelling design with these values in mind and creating a new logo that would mark the first step in the Pier’s brand revolution.

“It was paramount to us, as the People’s Pier, that the new logo reflects Navy Pier’s mission of being a place that inspires discovery and wonder for its nearly 9 million annual guests,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner. “The fresh, bold design illustrates the strong sense of pride, joy and community that Chicagoans and guests feel towards theirPier, now in its second century. We are thrilled to see these elements unfold through our exciting brand revival and new logo concept, created in partnership with ColorJar.”

The new logo symbolizes meaningful brand developments and pulls inspiration from the Pier’s history and landscapes. The featured colors are inspired by the physical environment of the Pier itself, including the deep blue of Lake Michigan at dusk, magenta of a bright fireworks show and lighter aquamarine blues from the lake in the heart of summer. As part of the larger visual identity system, ColorJar utilized a 1927 photograph of a Navy Pier sign to recommend new typography that will be used on the Pier and throughout digital brand communications.

“ColorJar is honored to have partnered with Navy Pier to create its new visual brand identity, designed to help fuel the world-class destination’s next 100 years and beyond,” said David Gardner, founder of ColorJar. “To design for Navy Pier is to design for Chicago itself, as the Pier is an iconic element of the city’s famous skyline. Creating a vibrant and welcoming new identity for an important part of the fabric of Chicago was particularly meaningful.”

The complete rebrand will be brought to life in phases with the help of Navy Pier’s creative agency of record TimeZoneOne and media strategy partner Spurrier Group. Both agencies were enlisted in early 2019 to help integrate the market research into the Pier’s upcoming paid media campaigns and share the new brand story with expanded audiences in a meaningful and impactful way. The first phase of the campaign will hit the Chicagoland market this week and regional markets the week of Monday, May 20. The Navy Pier website revamp is also now complete, featuring the new logo, color palette and brand identity throughout.

In addition to the rebrand, 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. For more information, please visit www.navypier.org.

 

LOGOS: Navy Pier | Courtesy of Navy Pier; Design by ColorJar


 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.

About ColorJar

ColorJar is a Chicago-based brand strategy and design firm that drives business results for brands that obsess over the guest experience. Founded in 2008, ColorJar revitalizes brands at key moments of change and works with some of the nation’s most significant brands in hospitality, accommodations, real estate, and cultural destinations. For additional information, visit colorjar.com or contact hello@colorjar.com.

About Lipman Hearne

Lipman Hearne is the nation’s leading full service marketing agency serving nonprofits and mission-driven organizations. For over 50 years the firm has helped clients build their reputations, raise funds, recruit participants, and broaden their influence. Lipman Hearne has worked with clients across the country, including the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Chicago, the Nature Conservancy, Caltech, Rotary International, and the American Medical Association. Lipman Hearne became an employee-owned (ESOP) company in 2016.

Navy Pier Kicks off the Summer Season with its Popular Live Music and Fireworks Series

Hit the lakefront all summer for the Pier’s Pier Fitness, Live on the Lake! concert series, Wave Wall Wax live DJ series and signature Aon Summer Fireworks– from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

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CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination, is ringing in the summer season with three exciting programs highlighting local music, entertainment and the vibrant cultural landscape of Chicago. As part of the larger seasonal lineup of free arts and cultural programming, the return of the Live on the Lake! concert series, Wave Wall Wax live DJ series and Aon Summer Fireworks officially mark the beginning of the summer season at the Pier.

Live on the Lake!

The popular live concert series hosted at the Miller Lite Beer Garden begins on Friday, May 24, and continues every Saturday and Sunday, as well as other select dates, through Monday, September 2. With an exciting roster of local musicians, cover bands and emerging artists and a variety of food and beverage options at the beautiful lakeside venue, guests will enjoy rotating music genres on Saturdays beginning at 2 p.m. In the evenings, music lovers will have prime viewing of the Aon Summer Fireworks at 10:15 p.m., followed by another set of live music until 11:30 p.m. On Sundays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Pier will host “International Pier Sounds,” featuring DJ Papa G, rotating local and touring world music groups and Chicago reggae bands, such as Gizzae, Hurricane, Indika, and Kofi and the New Roots. Click here to view the full schedule.

Wave Wall Wax
Returning for its second year, Wave Wall Wax is the Pier’s live DJ series held at the Wave Wall Performance Platform and offered every Saturday from May 25 through August 31. This live music program brings the city’s incredible DJ culture to the lakefront from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each week. Enjoy house, hip-hop, Latin, soul, funk and global music, while taking in unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. This year’s series includes top local talent, such as Ron Carroll, DJ Gemini Jones and DJ All The Way Kay, and spotlights a predominantly female DJ roster. Click here to view the full lineup.

Aon Summer Fireworks
Rounding out the three-part summer kick-off events is Navy Pier’s signature Aon Summer Fireworks, which will return to the Chicago night sky every Wednesday and Saturday from Saturday, May 25 through Saturday, August 31. A local favorite, the Pier’s iconic fireworks series is a bi-weekly 10-minute spectacle along the lakefront, perfectly synchronized to fun and festive music playlists each night. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, catch the vibrant display every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and every Saturday at 10:15 p.m. from the South Dock, aboard an evening cruise or on the iconic Centennial Wheel in Pier Park. Special soundtracks will be played to celebrate the Fourth of July presented by Miller Lite, LatiNxt presented by Xfinity and more. Click here for the full seasonal schedule.

Navy Pier attracts nearly 9 million annual guests and aims to provide the best experiences in local art, dining, entertainment, music, retail and more. Other must-attend events on the horizon include Pier Fitness supported by LifeStart, LatiNxt presented by Xfinity, Chi-Soul Fest, Navy Pier Pride presented by American Airlines and Fresh Fest!

Presented by Allstate Insurance Company. For a full list of 2019 summer programming, visit here. Please note that all events are subject to change or cancellation.

Navy Pier’s free summer programming is a part of the non-profit destination’s ongoing commitment to offer guests accessible and one-of-a kind arts and cultural programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. For more information, visit www.navypier.org.

PHOTOS: Aon Summer Fireworks; Live on the Lake; Wave Wall Wax | Courtesy of Navy Pier; James Richard, IV; Heidi Zeigler

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 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. 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 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 Releases 2019 Summer Programming Calendar of Free Arts and Cultural Events

Iconic Chicago lakefront destination’s annual summer programming to feature robust roster of free events and series, including Pier Fitness, LatiNxt, Water Flicks, Chi-Soul Fest, Navy Pier Pride, Water Colors and more!

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CHICAGO – As the summer season approaches, Navy Pier is pleased to announce the highlights of its 2019 summer programming schedule, featuring a robust lineup of free events and program series spanning from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. As part of this year’s lineup, the Pier – which draws nearly 9 million annual guests, with high visitorship in the summertime – will welcome back many of its popular programs in music, dance, fitness, theater and festivals, including Pier Fitness, LatiNxt, Water Flicks, Chi-Soul Fest, Navy Pier Pride, Water Colors and more.

“For the third consecutive year, Navy Pier invites Chicagoans and guests to the city’s treasured lakefront for 14 weeks of summer fun,” said Navy Pier Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer Michelle T. Boone. “With a wide and diverse assortment of free programs presented each day, guests can expect to be treated to the best in local art, entertainment, music and more.”

The season will kick off with Live on the Lake!, the popular live concert series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden, on Friday, May 24. The series will continue every weekend through Sunday, September 1, spotlighting local musicians and cover bands. Wave Wall Wax, a live DJ series hosted at the Wave Wall platform, will be offered every Saturday from May 25 through August 31. The Pier’s signature Aon Summer Fireworks will also return to the Chicago sky every Wednesday and Saturday night from May 25 through August 31.

On Tuesday, June 4, guests are invited to take their workout regimens outdoors with Pier Fitness every Tuesday evening through August 13, with the exception of July 2. The series includes high-energy exercises as part of Rush Hour Workouts, followed by mindful stretches and poses at Sunset Yoga – both offered at the City Stage in Polk Bros Park, against the stunning backdrop of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.

Back by popular demand is LatiNxt Presented by Xfinity, a two-day music festival featuring Latinx bands and musicians. Catch this unique Pier-wide event celebrating the blend of traditional and modern day Latin music on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15. That Saturday also marks the kickoff to the Pier’s three-part Quinceañera celebration, offering local Latina girls turning 15 an opportunity to commemorate their special milestone with a free photoshoot in their gowns and a festive celebration with family and friends as they enjoy classic Latin American music performances at the Wave Wall platform. The celebration will continue on Monday, July 15 and Thursday, August 15. Also returning to the summer programming lineup is Chi-Soul Fest, a two-day festival showcasing the city’s top talent in soul music. Held on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, this one-of-a-kind event will feature a musical act at each performance stage.

On June 21, Navy Pier will also welcome back two of its popular music programs, Wiggleworms and Make Music Chicago, in Polk Bros Park. Wiggleworms, a children’s music series presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music, will be offered every Friday thereafter through August 23, with the exception of July 5.

Water Flicks returns to the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park every Monday from June 24 through August 12. This year, bring your blankets, lawn chairs and capes as the Pier presents “the summer of superheroes,” a showing of D.C. and Marvel film favorites, including Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and more.

On Saturday, June 29, join the Pier for a celebration of love at Navy Pier Pride Presented by American Airlines. This all-day,Pier-wide event will feature LGBTQ programming, including music, dance, arts and crafts, storytelling and more.

As Chicago’s top 4th of July destination, Navy Pier is once again expected to draw thousands of guests to the lakefront to catch the city’s longest fireworks display, presented by Miller Lite.

On Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12, support young local musicians, dancers and spoken word artists as part of Fresh Fest! Presented by Allstate Insurance Company, a two-day, Pier-wide youth talent showcase. July 12 also marks the start of Water Colors, a live jazz music series, presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago and other specials guests. The series will be held in Polk Bros Park every Friday through August 23.

The following week, Chicago Shakespeare Theater in the Park will kick off its popular summer tradition of bringing Shakespeare to life in parks across the city, starting with Polk Bros Park. Catch A Comedy of Errors from Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 20 at the City Stage. July begins to wind down with Tap Fest, an annual tap showcase of professional tap dancers presented by the Chicago Human Rhythm Project in Polk Bros Park on Wednesday, July 24.

In August, the Pier will host two special events in addition to the several ongoing series – After School Matters Showcase on Tuesday, August 6 and Noche Caribeña on Saturday, August 10 – both in Polk Bros Park. All summer programming will conclude on September 1.

Click here to view the full Navy Pier summer programming calendar. Please note that all events and programs are subject to change.

Navy 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, visit www.navypier.org.

PHOTOS: Navy Pier | Credits included within file labels
VIDEO: Navy Pier | Courtesy of 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 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. 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 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’s 4th Annual Job Fair Expected to Draw Hundreds of Job Seekers for Seasonal Employment Opportunities

Navy Pier will host its annual Job Fair on Thursday, March 28 from 3pm-7pm in the Crystal Gardens, offering more than 900 seasonal employment opportunities .

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CHICAGO – Navy Pier is set to host its 4th Annual Job Fair on Thursday, March 28 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Crystal Gardens. Nearly 20 businesses across the Pier will seek to fill more than 900 seasonal employment opportunities in restaurants, retail shops, boats, hospitality, popular Pier Park attractions – including the iconic Centennial Wheel – and more to accommodate the high volume of guests expected throughout the summer. The Job Fair is free and open to all.

Participating businesses include: America’s Dog and Burger; Aramark/Globetrotters; Big Bus Tours Chicago; Build-A-Bear Workshop; Color, Inc.; Entertainment Cruises; Fifth Third Bank; Garrett Popcorn Shops; Harry Caray’s Tavern; IDOF Fresh Mediterranean; Love From USA, Inc.; Margaritaville Chicago; McDonald’s; Navy Pier; Original Rainbow Cone; Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants; Pulseworks; Seadog Ventures; Shoreline Sightseeing; Tall Ship Windy and more. Employers from each participating business will be on site to accept résumés and applications and speak with potential candidates.

While registration is free, interested individuals must register online in advance and present their free ticket upon arrival in order to access the event. A limited amount of tickets are available to job seekers on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who are unable to attend in person may apply online to certain available opportunities.

Navy Pier, which welcomed nearly 9 million guests in 2018, is once again expected to draw high foot traffic this year as more renovated physical spaces come online, including the new hotel’s rooftop venue. The Pier will also continue to offer free, one-of-a kind 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, now available in the App Store.

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 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. 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 here to donate to Navy Pier, a 501(c)(3) organization, in support of free public programs. For more information, visit www.navypier.org or download the free Navy Pier app for Android and iOS devices.

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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