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COVID-19 Operations Updates

Our Pier Pledge

As the People’s Pier, Navy Pier has and always will prioritize the health, safety and well-being of its staff, partners and guests. We are following City of Chicago and CDC guidelines, and will continue to do everything in our power to make each individual feel safe and comfortable while visiting the Pier.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Navy Pier Aligns with City of Chicago in Lifting its Mask Requirement

Starting February 28, 2022

The City of Chicago has aligned with the State of Illinois in removing mask and vaccine requirements for certain public spaces on February 28, 2022.

Navy Pier has aligned with the City and State by lifting the face mask requirement at the Pier. Additionally, guests will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination to dine or drink indoors at Navy Pier, effective February 28.

Navy Pier has strictly adhered to the City’s covid mitigation mandates and will continue to do so should the need arise. Mask requirements will continue where federally mandated, such as on public transit and in high-risk settings including healthcare facilities and congregate care.

Click here for details from the City of Chicago announcement.

Please note, some partner establishments and attractions may still have vaccine and mask requirements. These currently include:

  • Chicago Children's Museum
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater
  • City Experiences Cruises by Hornblower
  • Faces in Focus

Please contact the attraction prior to attendance for more details.



What counts as proof of vaccination?

Per City of Chicago guidelines, a “CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or an official immunization record from the jurisdiction, state, or country where the vaccine was administered or a digital or physical photo of such a card or record, reflecting the person’s name, vaccine brand, and dates”. This includes proof of vaccination from other countries.

What counts as vaccination?

Per the City of Chicago, “people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine”

I have an exemption. What does this mean for me?

Per the City of Chicago’s guidelines, if you have previously received a medical or religious exemption, you are exempt from showing proof of vaccination if you provide proof of your exemption and a negative COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within the 72 hours before arriving at the Pier.

Will I need to show proof when ordering/collecting takeout?

No. The City of Chicago does not require proof of vaccination if you’re entering for less than 10 minutes to order or carry out food.




All staff members of Navy Pier must demonstrate proof of vaccination or submit to weekly COVID testing with a negative result. Staff whose duties allow them to work from home will be encouraged to do so.

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About Navy Pier

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 2022, Navy Pier continues to evolve into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.

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