In 1909, architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham laid out an important vision.
“The lakefront by right belongs to the people … it should be made so alluring that it will become the fixed habit of the people to seek its restful presence at every opportunity.”
More than a century later, Navy Pier still belongs to the people. The generosity of philanthropic, individual, foundation and corporate donors ensures that Navy Pier remains free and accessible as the People’s Pier today.
There’ve been many challenges along the way. So to help guarantee the Pier’s future; to protect its commitment to culture, education and the arts; and to remove its operational burden from city and state taxpayers, Navy Pier became a non-profit organization in 2011.
Today, it’s the generous support of philanthropic, individual, foundation and corporate donors that allows Navy Pier to provide the Chicago community with more than 250 free annual arts and cultural programs each year.