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Our mission: 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 is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established in 2011 to maintain Navy Pier and oversee the redevelopment of one of the most important civic landmarks in the United States and one of the top-visited leisure and cultural destinations in the world.

In anticipation of the Pier’s 100th anniversary, celebrated in 2016, Navy Pier created The Centennial Vision, a framework for reimagining Navy Pier. Grounded in the noble principles of its founding designers, The Centennial Vision adds a visionary and contemporary lens for the future. 

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Navy Pier’s mission is to be a world-class public place that celebrates and showcases the vitality of Chicago and provides for the enjoyment of Chicago-area residents and visitors year-round. Navy Pier manages Navy Pier within a business framework that provides for its long-term financial stability.

While looking forward to what is relevant for Chicagoans today, Navy Pier leadership is ever conscious of famed architect Daniel Burnham’s vision to transform the lakefront into attractive and useful public space for active recreation and social interaction – a source of pride and common ground that fosters a sense of community within the city’s diverse population.

Navy Pier’s objectives for the future remain consistent with Burnham’s enduring values for the ‘People’s Pier’ to be a place where local residents and visitors from around the world come to experience the natural beauty of the lakefront and Chicago’s magnificent skyline.


We strive to offer:

  • Exceptional service to our guests and partners
  • An authentic Chicago experience
  • An architecturally stunning environment offering access to extraordinary vistas of the lake, land and skyline

We aspire to:

  • Deliver high-quality experiences, cultural and educational programs and guest services
  • Cultivate a skilled, talented and motivated team
  • Best-in-class nonprofit operating standards and financial accountability

We aim to:

  • Embrace and celebrate a diverse community and workforce
  • Attract dynamic, inventive partners and collaborators
  • Offer affordable options and opportunities for engagement to all

We endeavor to:

  • Celebrate the Pier’s rich history rooted in the Burnham Plan of Chicago
  • Manage our assets and environmental resources with foresight and prudence
  • Engage donors and other stakeholders in our efforts
Navy Pier History

Historic Navy Pier is among the most visited destinations in the world. Since its reopening in 1995, the Pier has welcomed over 180 million guests, including a record-breaking 9.3 million guests in 2016.

Navy Pier has enjoyed a remarkable evolution. Originally designed for shipping and recreational purposes, the facility has evolved into a premiere entertainment and exposition center. Experience an interactive timeline of Navy Pier’s history at 100yearsofpier.com.

New! Watch WTTW’s documentary, Navy Pier: A Century of Reinvention.

Board of Directors


William J. Brodsky

Cedar Street Asset Management

Norman R. Bobins
Vice Chairman
Vice Chairman

Michelle Collins
Cambium LLC

Sarah Garvey
Former Chairman
Shedd Aquarium and Navy Pier

Board Members

Lisa Konik Aronin
Board Member
Boys & Girls Club of Chicago

Berle Blitstein
Crown Polycon International

Douglas R. Brown
Civic Leader

Devon C. Bruce
Powers, Rogers & Smith, LLP

John Bucksbaum
Bucksbaum Retail Properties LLP

Gery J. Chico
Chico & Nunes, PC

Lew Collens
President Emeritus, Illinois Institute of Technology
Senior Advisor, Dobrusin Associates

Nora Daley
Cultural Advisory Council/Former Chairman, Steppenwolf Theater

Patrick F. Daly
The Daly Group

Marilynn K. Gardner

President & CEO
Navy Pier  

Sandra P. Guthman
Chair, Board of Directors
Polk Bros. Foundation

Brett Hart

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
United Continental Holdings

Lori Healey
Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority

Roger J. Kiley, Jr.
Roger J. Kiley, Jr. Law

Donna La Pietra
Executive Producer
Kurtis Productions

Charles R. Matthews
President & CEO
Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas

Michael O’Rourke
Signature Bank

Terry Peterson
Chicago Transit Authority, Vice President of Corporate and External Affairs, Rush University Medical Center

Jorge Ramirez
Chicago Federation of Labor

James Reilly
Former CEO
Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority

Sandy Reynolds
Senior Vice President
IntraLink Global               

John Schmidt
Mayer Brown

Jennifer Steans
President & CEO
Financial Investments Corporation

Michael Toolis
Stantec Architecture


NPI has incorporated sustainable infrastructure into its redevelopment design and created a 30-year Sustainability Master Plan to help integrate sustainable best practices into our daily operations. For more information about green partnerships, plans and progress, click here.
Doing Business at Navy Pier

Navy Pier, Inc. through Navy Pier’s Department of Procurement Services, contracts with various vendors providing a wide range of services from, but not limited to, landscaping, advertising, accounting services, construction and electrical. If you would like to be included within NPI’s vendor directory, please complete our on-line vendor application at navypier.diversitycompliance.com. This on-line application automates the process and allow vendors to submit their information and documents electronically. Upon acceptance by Navy Pier’s Procurement Department, vendors will be able to self-manage their company information.

If you want to know what business opportunities are available, please visit the Navy Pier website regarding contracting opportunities. NPI encourages minority and women-owned enterprises to seek business opportunities at Navy Pier. Find more information here.

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