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About Navy Pier - Polk Bros Park

Chicago’s legendary Polk family announced a $20 million legacy gift to Navy Pier, a gift that will contribute to the dramatic transformation of the Pier. The Polk family gift will support the redevelopment of Navy Pier’s 13 acre entrance – Gateway Park – and its new fountain, promenade and exciting performance lawns. The Polk family’s generosity will be recognized by naming various elements in the new Polk Bros Park, which will serve as Navy Pier’s green front door, inviting the public into a revitalized Navy Pier.

A signature foundation, which will convert to an ice rink in the winter months, will anchor Polk Bros Park’s newly expanded plaza. More than 250 programmable jets will mimic the movements of waves, schools of fish, or flocks of birds providing variety and richness and evoking interest and wonder. This highly interactive 12,500-square-foot feature will delight visitors and encourage family fun.

As part of Polk Bros Park, the main promenade connecting the city with Navy Pier will be widened and enhanced with a Welcome Pavilion, which will house Park amenities, such as bicycle and skate rental. The new Polk Bros Park also will include two magnificent new performance spaces at its southern end to host live arts and culture events against the backdrop of the lake and spectacular Chicago skyline. The arts and culture plan will engage Chicago’s arts organizations in creating programming designed to appeal to the city’s economically, racially and culturally diverse residents, making it a highly sought-after destination for enjoying arts and culture in the city.

Construction is projected to be completed in time for the Pier’s 100th anniversary in 2016. The cost of redeveloping the Pier’s redesign is estimated at $115 million.

For more information visit www.navypiervision.com

View the Polk Bros Legacy Gift Announcement Press Conference