Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination Navy Pier, will implement a temporary Pier-wide closure starting Tuesday, September 8 in an effort to limit the financial burden and impact of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the organization. According to Navy Pier sources, the Pier has lost over 20 million dollars in sales and revenue.
Currently the Centennial Wheel and other Pier Park attractions—a primary source of revenue—have not been able to open and operate. On-site cultural anchors, Chicago Children’s Museum and Chicago Shakespeare Theater have also remained closed.
The closure will put a halt to all Pier-wide operations, including that of Navy Pier’s more than 70 small local businesses, which have also experienced significantly low attendance throughout the pandemic. Public access to the Pier’s outdoor spaces, including Polk Bros Park and North and South Docks, will also be limited or prohibited during the closure.
Illinois’s leading tourist attraction, Navy Pier will continue to remain open to the public through Labor Day, welcoming guests to experience the Pier’s free arts and cultural programs, restaurants, retail shops, tour boats, and dining cruises, and more, with multiple layers of safety precautions in place.
This will also affect the Piers many special events including New Year’s Eve Fireworks.