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.