Chicago’s Most Popular Tourist Attraction Opens Tomorrow

Navy Pier in downtown Chicago will be reopening to the public starting tomorrow (Wednesday, June 10).

Here is exactly what will be available during Phase I (Limited/Outdoor) of the reopening process, according to their website:

Navy Pier parking garages (free access)
Polk Bros Park
Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion
North and South Dock
Select outdoor restaurant spaces, kiosks and retailers:

  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  • Harry Caray’s Tavern
  • McDonald’s
  • Margaritaville Chicago
  • Tiny Tavern
  • Billy Goat Tavern
  • Offshore Rooftop & Bar
  • Rainbow Cone
  • Completely Nuts
  • Dippin’ Dots
  • Garibay Tamales
  • Xurro
  • America’s Dog & Burger
  • Starbucks
  • Chicago Sports & Novelty Store
  • Municipal Store

Select tour boats
Navy Pier East End Plaza
Select free programs

Navy Pier’s framework, which aligns with Phases 3, 4 and 5 of the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan and City of Chicago’s “Protecting Chicago” outline, as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, prioritizes stringent cleaning measures and safety practices to support the health and wellness of those at the Pier. Measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Multiple layers of stringent cleaning and disinfecting: Navy Pier is utilizing electrostatic anti-microbial spray treatments and sanitizing high-touch surfaces, common areas and Pier-wide attractions after each use with a disinfectant that is of the same quality found in healthcare facilities. In addition, more than 75 hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed and made available for guest use.
  • Preparing and equipping employees with appropriate resources: Face masks or coverings will be required for employees while in public spaces. Temperature screenings will be conducted prior to each shift. Cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be provided to staff. Guest-facing employees will be required to wear face masks and gloves at all times. Employees have been equipped with guidance on individual health and safety measures and will receive ongoing training as new information becomes available from the CDC and health leaders at the state and local level.
  • New physical distancing practices: Navy Pier has designated Social Distancing Ambassadors, who will be circulating the Pier to cordially remind guests to practice physical distancing. Signs marking appropriate amount of space are placed throughout the Pier for guidance. The volume of people at Navy Pier’s public programs, events and within indoor and outdoor spaces at a given time will be limited to a number that is proportional and conducive to physical distancing for that space. Gathering of large groups of 10 or more people are strictly prohibited. Guests in violation of this practice will be subject to removal from the premises.
  • New Pier Park measures: Upon the reopening of Pier Park rides (to come at a later date), digital ticketing kiosk screens will be sanitized frequently; Centennial Wheel riders will only be placed in gondolas with those within their party; high-touch surfaces will be wiped down after each ride; and the Wheel will shut down for 15 minutes every two hours for a full-sanitary wipe down. All Pier Park rides and attractions will operate at reduced capacity and be cleaned after each use.
  • New parking garage measures: Parking personnel have been trained on physical distancing practices, proper handwashing, glove usage, disinfection protocol and other best practices for infection control. Navy Pier offers the following self-parking, touchless payment options:
    • 1. Apple Pay and Tap features at pay stations and in-lane equipment
    • 2. Online parking reservations through Navy Pier Website, ParkWhiz and SpotHero
  • Standard CDC and Chicago Public Health guidelines: Guests must bring and wear a face mask at all times while visiting Navy Pier and try to maintain six feet of distance between individuals who are not from the same household. Guests should also wash hands regularly and/or utilize the hand sanitizers provided throughout the Pier. Those who are sick, have COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosis, or have been exposed to someone with symptoms or diagnosis within the last 14 days should stay home or visit their healthcare provider.

Hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and may vary per establishment.