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Renovation at Navy Pier is Bringing New and Exciting Things!

If you’ve been to Navy Pier in recent months you may have noticed some big changes going on as construction crews are working round the clock to renovate and renew the Pier in time for its centennial celebration in 2016.


With nearly a century of Chicago summers and winters under its belt, it’s about time Chicago’s favorite lakefront playground receives a much needed make-over, and this summer we’re ramping up our renovation plans in preparation for Navy Pier’s hundredth birthday. If you’re planning on visiting us this summer, here’s a brief overview of what to expect:

  • You can walk from west to east down the south dock and access dining cruises and sightseeing boats, outdoor seating areas at restaurants, and the Ferris wheel and other outdoor amusements in Pier Park.
  • Temporary walkways have been constructed to allow easy access to and from Navy Pier attractions. Additionally, our friendly staff will be on hand to provide any additional direction to any attractions. You will be able to find a guest services desk at the front, at Door 1, and at Door 5. Don’t hesitate to ask one of them for directions!
  • An outdoor staircase is available for easy access to Pier Park and all the rides, as well as the Pepsi Skyline Stage, which is currently featuring Cirque Shanghai: Warriors!
  • For wheelchair access to Cirque Shanghai, elevators are located indoors between Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Haagen Dazs. To access Pier Park with a wheelchair, you can find the elevators inside at the Family Pavilion by the women’s restroom.
  • If you will be driving to the Pier this summer, follow the signs on Illinois Street that will direct you to our parking garages.


Though we’re ramping up our renovations this summer, don’t let our construction crews fool you–the Pier will be open for business throughout the renovation period, providing Chicagoans and out-of-towners alike with first-class dining and entertainment experiences. Navy Pier will continue to be open during its normal hours, and select restaurants and attractions will keep extended hours.

Additionally, we will still be offering the same world-class attractions and events that have made Navy Pier a must-see attraction for years. In addition to Cirque Shanghai returning this summer to Navy Pier for their jaw-dropping new show “Warriors,” and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater will also be hosting productions of Henry V, Seussical, and many more. Visit our site for more of what we’ll be offering this summer at the Pier!

For more information on what to expect during construction, visit our Navy Pier Vision site. We’ll be providing up-to-date information on the changes going on at Navy Pier this summer!



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