CHICAGO — Navy Pier welcomes nearly 9 million visitors every year.
The 50-acre site near downtown Chicago holds parks, gardens, museums, entertainment venues, restaurants and shops.
In anticipation of Navy Pier’s 100th anniversary in 2016, it’s being redeveloped.
During the multi-year effort, which began in fall 2013, the pier will remain open.
The first phase of the Navy Pier renovation is projected to be completed in 2016.
In 2014, the Polk family, legendary Chicago retailers, announced a $20 million legacy gift to Navy Pier. The
gift will support the redevelopment of the pier’s 13-acre entrance and its new multi-stage performance lawns, public fountain and promenade.
The pier was last renovated in 1995, when a mix of year-round features was added, from entertainment and shops to restaurants and exhibition facilities.
The revitalized pier will include updated water features, public gathering spaces with contemporary designs, enhanced sightlines, re-imagined plazas and brand new performance spaces.
A 150-foot Ferris wheel dominates Pier Park, which also includes a musical carousel, rides, a miniature golf course and remote-control boats.
Entertainment at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Navy Pier IMAX Theatre is offered year-round.
During the warmer months, groups can board one of the sightseeing and dining boats for a Lake Michigan cruise that provides great views of Navy Pier and the Chicago skyline.
Navy Pier offers groups of 20 or more discounted tickets to the Ferris wheel and outdoor rides in Pier Park and Navy Pier-produced events including Winter WonderFest.
Another group benefit is food court certificates. A group sales representative can also provide direct group sales contacts for Navy Pier restaurants, attractions and cruises.
Navy Pier does not provide motorcoach parking on-site, but Choose Chicago has motorcoach parking information.