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Navy Pier is building excitement with every step, as we reimagine the Pier into a bolder, greener and more contemporary urban space. Come check out what’s new now – all designed to enhance your Navy Pier experience!

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The Driehaus Museum Store

The Driehaus Museum Store

The Driehaus Museum is pleased to announce the opening of a satellite location of its acclaimed Museum Store at Navy Pier. This second location celebrates the Museum and its ties to Gilded Age Chicago along with historic Chicago moments of the time period including The Great Fire of 1871, The World’s Fair in 1893, and the opening of Navy Pier in 1916.

The Driehaus Museum Store at Navy Pier offers a thoughtfully curated variety of unique gifts, including vintage and handmade jewelry, textiles, and housewares inspired by the Driehaus Museum’s ornate historic interiors.

A retrospective view of the pathway

A retrospective view of the pathway

Free and open to the public

Join us at noon and 4 p.m. in Polk Bros Park for twice-daily “eruptions” of giant foam clusters, now through September 17.

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Free and open to the public! Visit this interactive sculpture in Polk Bros Park now through October 1!

Erupts Monday – Friday at noon
Erupts Saturday and Sunday at noon and 4pm

 

Navy Pier, in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Modern & Contemporary Art, debuts a new temporary public art installation as a part of EXPO CHICAGO’s IN/SITU Outside program. 

Starting at noon on June 21, the Pier will activate the public art installation, “A retrospective view of the pathway” by Roger Hiorns – courtesy of Luhring Augustine, New York – in Polk Bros Park. The interactive piece is comprised of large-scale stainless steel tanks, a compressor, and foam, presenting the idea of continuous change in a joyous and ebullient manner. Every Monday – Friday at noon and every Saturday and Sunday at noon and 4 p.m., the sculpture will produce giant foam clusters, which will be shaped by the wind and spread across the landscape. In this way, the artist engages with the surroundings and blurs the lines between where the city begins and the art ends. The installation will be on view through EXPO CHICAGO (September 13 – 17, 2017), departing October 1, 2017.

The unique art piece is the creation of London-based Hiorns, who is known for exploring the shifting states of being in his sculptures and installations through the use of organic material, such as foam or copper sulfate, which spontaneously grows bright blue crystals. Such materials allow for generative growth outside of the hand of the artist and for his objects to inhabit interstices between temporality and permanence. The public is welcome to engage with the interactive installation, with the foam becoming the connective tissue between the individual and the artwork.

“In keeping with Chicago’s culturally rich and distinguished arts scene, Navy Pier is proud to team up with its longstanding partner, EXPO CHICAGO, to curate this unique, interactive and imaginative work of art exclusively for our guests to enjoy,” said Navy Pier Chief Programming and Civic Engagement Officer Michelle T. Boone. “We invite the community to engage with Roger Hiorns’ ‘A retrospective view of the pathway’ and stay for the day-long festivities as we formally kick off the summer at the reimagined Pier. The celebration will continue all season long as we introduce more similar projects and collaborations, furthering the Pier’s programmatic vision and organizational mission of inspiring discovery and wonder.”

“A retrospective view of the pathway” is the second public piece to visit Navy Pier as part of Chicago’s Year of Public Art, following the success of “Impulse” earlier this spring. The installation is presented in collaboration with EXPO CHICAGO, and is a part of IN/SITU Outside, a citywide initiative that provides the opportunity for EXPO CHICAGO exhibitors to present temporary public art installations situated along the lakefront and throughout Chicago neighborhoods. In addition to Navy Pier, IN/SITU Outside partnerships include the Chicago Park District (CPD) and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

“Siting internationally renowned artwork by artists, such as Roger Hiorns speaks to the true collaboration between EXPO CHICAGO and Navy Pier,” said EXPO CHICAGO President | Director Tony Karman. “Navy Pier has a long history of working with the art exposition and presenting large scale sculptures. We are grateful to Michelle Boone, her team and all at Navy Pier for recognizing the importance of presenting this work as a part of our IN/SITU Outside program. We are also grateful to one of our participating galleries, Luhring Augustine (New York), for working closely with all of us to make this happen.”

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A similar version of A retrospective view of the pathway is in the permanent collection of The Contemporary Austin, Texas for the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.

A New Food Experience

A New Food Experience

This newly created food experience (the former South Arcade) introduces a more flavorful and elevated Chicago dining experience to Navy Pier. This expansive communal dining area, complete with unrestricted views of the waterfront and skyline and Wi-Fi access, offers guests number of enticing food options.

Polk Bros Park

Polk Bros Park

Some of the most significant landscape changes are taking place in the new Polk Bros Park, which is transforming Navy Pier’s green front yard into its own destination for public gathering and arts and culture programing.

Trees and Plants

Trees and Plants

The South Dock has become an open promenade lined with tree groves and native plants that bring environmental, social and aesthetic benefits to the community and coastal region. Most of the trees and plantings have been locally sourced from within 50 miles and are native to the Chicago eco-region. Tree species were carefully selected to create a new green habitat with recreational appeal, including the Marmo Maple, a resilient variety of the Freeman’s maple originally bred at the Morton Arboretum, and the WOW American Sycamore, one of the largest hardwood trees of the Eastern forests in the United States.

Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure

A new stormwater management system incorporates the latest green infrastructure advancements into the aesthetic design. Utilizing best management practices (BMPs) defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the system improves the quality of Navy Pier’s stormwater runoff and controls its volume by capturing and filtering stormwater through trees and tree tubs, collecting surface runoff through permeable pavements and native landscape plantings and passing it through bioinfiltration basins before directing it to an underground storage cistern for reuse as irrigation.

Lake Pavilions

Lake Pavilions

New lake pavilions eliminate commercial clutter on the Pier and open up vistas to Lake Michigan and the length of South Dock by organizing boat ticketing and other concessions. In addition to providing shade and wind protection, their simplicity and strong architectural silhouettes reflect the lake onto the dock to enhance connection to the water.

Social Seating

Social Seating

Social seating areas pepper the South Dock with an invitation to experience the Pier in a whole new way. The modern look and comfortable feel of the over-scaled seating—made from reclaimed wood and recycled steel—work together to engage people and encourage interaction.

Permeable Pavement

Permeable Pavement

Permeable pavement made up of recycled content and locally-sourced aggregate is arranged in a herringbone pattern to instill a sense of vitality along the length of the promenade. This foundation ties Pierscape’s modern design elements together and also provides significant environmental benefits, serving as an essential part of the Pier’s stormwater management system. Rainwater collected through the pavement is the major source of irrigation for landscaped and planted areas throughout Navy Pier.

Wave Wall Stair

Wave Wall Stair

The Wave Stair and integrated Wave Wall are iconic features of the Pierscape design. Dramatic curves form a new staircase gathering space and seamlessly connect South Dock to Pier Park, serving as a beautiful focal point and functional amphitheater reminiscent of the Spanish Steps in Rome.

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

Chicago Shakespeare’s home on Navy Pier is expanding in exciting ways. Just outside the doors of their current theater facility, a crescent-shape structure is taking shape—connecting their existing two theaters to a year-round performance space. The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare will add a third venue to the company’s artistic home, a flexible theater that can be configured in a variety of shapes and sizes, with audience capacities ranging from 150 to 850.

Bike Racks

Bike Racks

The addition of sleek bicycle racks made from recycled steel compliment the architectural silhouette of the pier and provide cyclists with an easily accessible place to secure their bikes and enjoy Navy Pier on foot.

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