Hero Image

Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion

¡Bienvenido! أهلا بك! Willkommen! 欢迎!Witamy! Bienvenue! Welcome! No matter your language, “welcome” is what you’ll hear and feel when you visit the new Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion at Navy Pier.

The Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion sits just outside the front entrance of historic Navy Pier in Polk Bros Park, greeting more than nine million guests annually. With an open concept design and unobstructed views of the lakefront and city skyline, the Pavilion welcomes everyone – whether they’re from across the street or around the globe.

Features of the New Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion

  • Information about things to do and see at the Pier, including dining, shopping, entertainment and the day’s free activities, performances, and events
  • Guest maps and information about other Chicago attractions
  • A 35-foot digital display detailing the shared history of Navy Pier, Peoples Gas and Chicago
  • Restrooms and communal seating areas

Constructed with energy efficiency in mind, the Welcome Pavilion maximizes the guest experience while minimizing environmental impact. It features an energy-saving green roof, LED lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures, making it 20 percent more efficient than a traditional structure.

The Welcome Pavilion’s dramatic sloping roof rises gracefully from the ground and its glass façade faces the interactive Polk Bros Fountain and Plaza. The structure perfectly complements the 13-acre Park’s two Performance Lawns, which opened last summer and host thousands of guests for outdoor concerts, movies and more.

Each year, Navy Pier offers more than 250 free programs, performances and events through its many partnerships with local arts and cultural organizations, making the Pier an immense source of community pride. Its programs showcase the rich cultural diversity of Chicagoland and the world. So it’s no surprise that greeting guests from near and far and making everyone feel welcome is a key part of Navy Pier’s mission.

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas are proud to share that mission through their support for the Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, and through ongoing support for dozens of area programs in the arts, community development, human services, education and the environment.

We invite you to explore and discover the many wonders that await at Chicago’s lakefront treasure – welcome to Navy Pier!

Share This Page