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Navy Pier Marks the Completion of Polk Bros Park with the Unveiling of Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns

July 10, 2017

CHICAGO – Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, has fulfilled another key element of its Centennial Vision with the completion of Polk Bros Park, its 13-acre green space that serves as the Pier’s gateway and the city’s front yard. Starting Monday, July 10, Navy Pier will officially open the new Polk Bros Performance Lawns, located at the south end of the Park, offering free arts and cultural programming throughout the summer and beyond. The completion of Polk Bros Park and introduction of new programming within the renovated space further exemplifies Navy Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of‐a-kind experiences created to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe.

Designed by award-winning landscape architects at James Corner Field Operations (JCFO), the Polk Bros Performance Lawns are set between the stunning backdrops of Chicago’s iconic skyline and majestic lakefront. The Lawns feature two new stages – City Stage and Lake Stage – equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting to support a wide range of creative expression in music, dance, theater, cinema, public art, festivals and more. The Lake Stage features a sloping area facing Lake Michigan that accommodates up to 1,700 guests, while the City Stage features “city steps” and accommodates up to 700 guests for more intimate experiences and spectacular views of the skyline.

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Upcoming Events at the Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns

Wiggleworms

July 26th

Wiggleworms

10:00 am - 11:45 am

City Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Join us for a children’s music series presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music.

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Free and open to the public! Wiggleworms, a children’s live music series, moves to Polk Bros Park on Wednesday, July 12. Presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music, the series will be offered every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. through Friday, August 18. View the full Wiggleworms 2017 schedule at navypier.com/wiggle-worms.

Each day features two sessions, running back to back:

10am-10:45am: Session 1
10:45-11am: Break
11am-11:45am : Session 2

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks: Romeo and Juliet

July 26th

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks: Romeo and Juliet

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Bring blankets or lawn chairs.

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Join us for one of our city’s favorite summer traditions! Now in its sixth year, the FREE FOR ALL Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour heads out for another summer. This free 75-minute abridged production of Romeo and Juliet is coming to neighborhood parks across the north, west and south sides of the city. At Polk Brothers’ Park, a specially equipped truck will roll into the park, a stage will unfold, and a company of professional actors will share Shakespeare’s story of star-crossed lovers with families and neighbors of all ages.

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Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks: Romeo and Juliet

July 27th

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks: Romeo and Juliet

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Bring blankets or lawn chairs.

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Join us for one of our city’s favorite summer traditions! Now in its sixth year, the FREE FOR ALL Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour heads out for another summer. This free 75-minute abridged production of Romeo and Juliet is coming to neighborhood parks across the north, west and south sides of the city. At Polk Brothers’ Park, a specially equipped truck will roll into the park, a stage will unfold, and a company of professional actors will share Shakespeare’s story of star-crossed lovers with families and neighbors of all ages.

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Wiggleworms

July 28th

Wiggleworms

10:00 am - 11:45 am

City Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Join us for a children’s music series presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Read More

Free and open to the public! Wiggleworms, a children’s live music series, moves to Polk Bros Park on Wednesday, July 12. Presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music, the series will be offered every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. through Friday, August 18. View the full Wiggleworms 2017 schedule at navypier.com/wiggle-worms.

Each day features two sessions, running back to back:

10am-10:45am: Session 1
10:45-11am: Break
11am-11:45am : Session 2

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks: Romeo and Juliet

July 28th

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks: Romeo and Juliet

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Bring blankets or lawn chairs.

Read More

Join us for one of our city’s favorite summer traditions! Now in its sixth year, the FREE FOR ALL Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour heads out for another summer. This free 75-minute abridged production of Romeo and Juliet is coming to neighborhood parks across the north, west and south sides of the city. At Polk Brothers’ Park, a specially equipped truck will roll into the park, a stage will unfold, and a company of professional actors will share Shakespeare’s story of star-crossed lovers with families and neighbors of all ages.

Learn More

Water Flicks: Splash

July 31st

Water Flicks: Splash

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Make Monday movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival.

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Make Monday night free outdoor movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival. Every Monday from July 10 through August 28, join us for water-themed movies at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, starting at 7:00pm.  View the full Water Flicks 2017 schedule at navypier.com/water-flicks.

Splash (1984)

Directed by: Ron Howard
Written by: Brian Grazer (story), Bruce Jay Friedman (screen story)
Starring: Tom HanksDaryl HannahEugene Levy

A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy and falls in love not knowing who/what she is. (Rated PG)

Water Colors: Thaddeus Tukes (Vibraphone)

August 2nd

Water Colors: Thaddeus Tukes (Vibraphone)

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! A free jazz series featuring emerging talent and presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Water Colors provides an opportunity to hear what new voices in jazz have to say in a beautiful outdoor setting.

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Instrumentation

  • Thaddeus Tukes, Vibes
  • Joacquin Garcia, Piano
  • Jeremiah Hunt, Bass
  • Ernie Adams, Drums

About Thaddeus Tukes

Thaddeus Tukes is a composer, arranger, journalist, and multi-instrumentalist from Chicago, IL. Tukes has performed with a variety of artists, including Branford Marsalis, Victor Goines, Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Nicole Mitchell, and Dee Alexander. He has been direct support for a number of bands, including Earth, Wind, and Fire, and The Roots. Tukes has been showcased at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Center in Chicago, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, and a host of other locations throughout the country.

Tukes is a 2016 graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied Jazz Vibraphone and Piano, and Journalism. Tukes is the first person in the country to receive a degree in jazz vibraphone from a non-conservatory university, public or private, and was the first student to major in jazz vibraphone at Northwestern.

Wiggleworms

August 4th

Wiggleworms

10:00 am - 11:45 am

City Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Join us for a children’s music series presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Read More

Free and open to the public! Wiggleworms, a children’s live music series, moves to Polk Bros Park on Wednesday, July 12. Presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music, the series will be offered every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. through Friday, August 18. View the full Wiggleworms 2017 schedule at navypier.com/wiggle-worms.

Each day features two sessions, running back to back:

10am-10:45am: Session 1
10:45-11am: Break
11am-11:45am : Session 2

Water Flicks: Pirate Radio

August 7th

Water Flicks: Pirate Radio

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Make Monday movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival.

Read More

Make Monday night free outdoor movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival. Every Monday from July 10 through August 28, join us for water-themed movies at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, starting at 7:00pm.  View the full Water Flicks 2017 schedule at navypier.com/water-flicks.

Pirate Radio (2009)

Directed by: Richard Curtis
Written by: Richard Curtis
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost

A band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves. (Rated R)

After School Matters Youth Showcase: Spotlight on Peace

August 8th

After School Matters Youth Showcase: Spotlight on Peace

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Join the talented teens from After School Matters for performances highlighting peace in our great city.

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Performances will take on both Lake and City Stages in the Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns

Chicago’s teens are up to amazing things so don’t believe the hype! On August 8th, the talented teens of After School Matters present a showcase highlighting peace and positivity in our beautiful city. Bring a blanket, take in the skyline and leave inspired by our youths’ finale of rhytmic expression.

Performances by After School Matters Dance Ensemble, FMC Dance Collaborative, HHW Vocal Arts Ensemble, HiDef Dance Ensemble, DJ Foundations, Jazz Big Band, Peacemakers @ Gallery37, and The Joffrey Ballet’s ASM Summer Dance Intensive. This event is sure to be exciting and entertaining for all!

Guests are strongly encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.
Click here for more information.

Wiggle Worms

August 9th

Wiggle Worms

10:00 am - 11:45 am

City Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Join us for a children’s music series presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Read More

Free and open to the public! Wiggle Worms, a children’s live music series, moves to Polk Bros Park on Wednesday, July 12. Presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music, the series will be offered every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. through Friday, August 18. View the full Wiggleworms 2017 schedule at navypier.com/wiggle-worms.

Each day features two sessions, running back to back:

10am-10:45am: Session 1
10:45-11am: Break
11am-11:45am : Session 2

Water Colors: Rajiv Halim Quintet (Saxophone)

August 9th

Water Colors: Rajiv Halim Quintet (Saxophone)

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! A free jazz series featuring emerging talent and presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Water Colors provides an opportunity to hear what new voices in jazz have to say in a beautiful outdoor setting.

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Instrumentation

  • Rajiv Halim, Saxes
  • Justin Copeland, Trumpet
  • Scott Hesse, Guitar
  • Ethan Philion, Bass
  • Xavier Breaker, Drums

About Rajiv Halim

Rajiv Halim is a saxophonist, composer, and educator from Chicago, IL. Internationally, Rajiv has performed at venues and festivals in Canada, Poland, Belize, and Taiwan. Nationally, Rajiv has performed and/or recorded with many great musicians: Jennifer Hudson, Chance The Rapper, Cory Henry, Von Freeman, Mike Stern, Martha Reeves, Bob Mintzer, The Four Tops, and others. A highlight of Rajiv’s recording career came in 2016 when he contributed saxophone parts to the composition “Finish Line” by Chance the Rapper for his project “Coloring Book”, which won the 2017 Grammy Award for “Best Rap Album.” Rajiv’s debut album, “Foundation,” was released in August 2015.

Wiggleworms

August 11th

Wiggleworms

10:00 am - 11:45 am

City Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Join us for a children’s music series presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Read More

Free and open to the public! Wiggleworms, a children’s live music series, moves to Polk Bros Park on Wednesday, July 12. Presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music, the series will be offered every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. through Friday, August 18. View the full Wiggleworms 2017 schedule at navypier.com/wiggle-worms.

Each day features two sessions, running back to back:

10am-10:45am: Session 1
10:45-11am: Break
11am-11:45am : Session 2

Water Flicks: Beach Blanket Bingo

August 14th

Water Flicks: Beach Blanket Bingo

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Make Monday movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival.

Read More

Make Monday night free outdoor movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival. Every Monday from July 10 through August 28, join us for water-themed movies at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, starting at 7:00pm.  View the full Water Flicks 2017 schedule at navypier.com/water-flicks.

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

Directed by: William Asher
Written by: William Asher, Leo Townsend
Starring: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley

In the fourth of the highly successful Frankie and Annette beach party movies, a motorcycle gang led by Eric Von Zipper kidnaps singing star Sugar Kane managed by Bullets, who hires sky-diving surfers Steve and Bonnie from Big Drop for a publicity stunt. (Unrated)

Wiggle Worms

August 16th

Wiggle Worms

10:00 am - 11:45 am

City Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Join us for a children’s music series presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Read More

Free and open to the public! Wiggle Worms, a children’s live music series, moves to Polk Bros Park on Wednesday, July 12. Presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music, the series will be offered every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. through Friday, August 18. View the full Wiggleworms 2017 schedule at navypier.com/wiggle-worms.

Each day features two sessions, running back to back:

10am-10:45am: Session 1
10:45-11am: Break
11am-11:45am : Session 2

Water Colors: Julius Tucker (Piano)

August 16th

Water Colors: Julius Tucker (Piano)

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! A free jazz series featuring emerging talent and presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Water Colors provides an opportunity to hear what new voices in jazz have to say in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Read More

Instrumentation

  • Julius Tucker, Piano
  • Alvin Cobb, Drums
  • Alex Warshawsky, Bass
  • Xavier Breaker, Drums

About Julius Tucker

Julius Tucker is a recent graduate of Northwestern University.  He pursued a major in Jazz Piano at NU’s Bienen School of Music as well as a major in Civil Engineering at its McCormick School of Engineering. Tucker has been studying piano for almost 15 years and has been blessed to share these years with many musicians and mentors that have carved his musical voice. A rising Chicago jazz pianist, Tucker has played at numerous venues around town including The Green Mill, Room 43 and Andy’s Jazz Club. Tucker recently returned from Italy following a performance at the JazzIt festival just north of Venice.

Wiggleworms

August 18th

Wiggleworms

10:00 am - 11:45 am

City Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Join us for a children’s music series presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Read More

Free and open to the public! Wiggleworms, a children’s live music series, moves to Polk Bros Park on Wednesday, July 12. Presented in partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music, the series will be offered every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. through Friday, August 18. View the full Wiggleworms 2017 schedule at navypier.com/wiggle-worms.

Each day features two sessions, running back to back:

10am-10:45am: Session 1
10:45-11am: Break
11am-11:45am : Session 2

Water Flicks: Finding Nemo

August 21st

Water Flicks: Finding Nemo

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Make Monday movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival.

Read More

Make Monday night free outdoor movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival. Every Monday from July 10 through August 28, join us for water-themed movies at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, starting at 7:00pm.  View the full Water Flicks 2017 schedule at navypier.com/water-flicks.

Finding Nemo (2003)

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Written by: Andrew Stanton
Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould 

After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. (Rated G)

Water Colors: Greg Artry (Drums)

August 23rd

Water Colors: Greg Artry (Drums)

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! A free jazz series featuring emerging talent and presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Water Colors provides an opportunity to hear what new voices in jazz have to say in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Read More

Instrumentation

  • Greg Artry, Drums
  • Greg Ward, Sax
  • Dennis Carroll, Bass
  • Xavier Breaker, Drums

About Gregory Allen Artry Jr.

Gregory Allen Artry Jr., born in Pamona, California, was exposed to the drums at an early age by his father, a session drummer.   At age 10, Atry and his family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where he was accepted into the fledgling Performing Arts Magnet Program. This initiative allowed him to study a variety of instruments formally, including cello and voice. Atry has worked with Melvin Rhyne, Pharez Whitted, Bobby Broom, Slide Hampton, Bobby Watson, Charles McPhearson, Claudio Roditi, Donald Harrison Jr., Syl Johnson, Steve Turre, Victor Goines, Willie Pickens, Sonny Fortune, and many others in cities throughout the United States.

Water Flicks: Jaws

August 28th

Water Flicks: Jaws

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! Make Monday movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival.

Read More

Make Monday night free outdoor movie night along Chicago’s lakefront as Navy Pier hosts Water Flicks, a weekly summer film series presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival. Every Monday from July 10 through August 28, join us for water-themed movies at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, starting at 7:00pm.  View the full Water Flicks 2017 schedule at navypier.com/water-flicks.

Jaws (1975)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Peter Benchley (screenplay), Carl Gottlieb (screenplay). Based on the novel by Peter Benchley.
Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (Rated PG)
Water Colors: Cole DeGenova Quartet

August 30th

Water Colors: Cole DeGenova Quartet

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Free and open to the public! A free jazz series featuring emerging talent and presented in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Water Colors provides an opportunity to hear what new voices in jazz have to say in a beautiful outdoor setting.

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Instrumentation

  • Cole DeGenova – keys
  • Joshua Ramos – bass
  • Hunter Diamond – sax
  • Makaya McCraven – drums

About Cole DeGenova 

Somewhere between a soul pop concert, South Side jazz club, slam poetry reading, and punk rock dive bar, lives the music of Cole DeGenova… As a pianist, vocalist, and composer DeGenova has spent most of his life crafting his eclectic artistic voice, beginning his career at age 16 as a jazz pianist around his native Chicago. As a bandleader, he started his funky alternative soul group Cole DeGenova & The Peoples Republic at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he released his first album JUST PEOPLE AGAIN in 2009. A few years later, DeGenova released his second album ANOTHER COUNTRY.

Now based in Chicago and Los Angeles, he is both an in demand studio musician as well as a touring performer around the globe. He has worked with Lupe Fiasco, Brett Dennen, Chance the Rapper, Gallant, Latin Grammy winner Lucky Diaz, Meshell N’Degeocello, Paula Cole, James Carter, engineer Eddie Kramer, Hey Champ, Dave Shaw, as well as funk group The Heard and experimental jazz trio Hanging Hearts. DeGenova is also a co-founder and organizer for the Chicago artist collective The Gala. His third album THE RADIO HERO MIXTAPE was released spring of 2015. His song “Hollywood Girl” was chosen as a Finalist in the 2015 American Songwriting Awards.

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