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Navy Pier: Creating Mission-Driven Public Programming

The Story Behind Our Public Programs

Creating nearly 250 free public programs on an annual basis is no easy feat. Top-notch staff need to coordinate logistics and planning, then seek out musicians, community and cultural partners, artists, and more. But even before that, it takes philanthropic partners to make it all possible. With so many programs throughout the year, Navy Pier creates multiple engagement opportunities for donors and partners of all types.

The generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations helps Navy Pier present its one-of-a-kind programs. Without the support of generous funders and individuals alike, the Pier would not be able to deliver the dynamic and eclectic experiences you know and love. Partners have ranged from individuals like you, who provide contributions on Giving Tuesday or at events like Cheer at the Pier, to national corporations such as Xfinity, Allstate, and Lifeway, to local partners including the Polk Bros. Foundation and the IBEW Local 134.

One of the great things about Navy Pier’s mission to bring the Pier to life with free year-round programming, is that it provides avenues for partners of all sizes to make an impact. Without these partners and supporters, Navy Pier could never be the cultural destination you see today.

Whether you come to take in live music with a view while enjoying a cold beer in the Miller Lite Beer Garden, a movie in the park at our weekly Water Flicks, or just hope to enjoy some public art, Navy Pier is home to more than you imagine. Remember, whether you’re the head of a major corporation or foundation, or one of the millions of guests who come to stroll the People’s Pier every year, you can make a difference. Make your mark on the City of Chicago with a philanthropic contribution that ensures every guest can enjoy the Pier’s programming for years to come!

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About Navy Pier

More Than You Imagine

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.

Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million guests have come to enjoy the Pier's 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences. In 2020, Navy Pier continues to evolve into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.


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