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Navy Pier to reopen at the end of April

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CHICAGO (WREX) — Navy Pier begins a phased reopening on April 30 following its longest closure in recent history.

The pier will restore public access to "select outdoor spaces and attractions" with COVID-19 protocols in place.

Here's what will be open during the initial reopening phase:

  • Navy Pier parking garages
  • Polk Bros Park
  • Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion
  • North and South Docks
  • Pier Park (including select rides and attractions)
  • East End Plaza
  • Tour boats and cruises
  • The new Sable hotel
  • Select restaurants at limited capacity (per government guidelines).

Navy Pier will open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

“Following Navy Pier’s longest closure in recent history, we are anxious to reopen our spaces and safely welcome guests back to the Pier,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner. “We recognize the critical role Navy Pier, as a key economic driver and cultural anchor for the city and state, plays in leading our community out of the devastation from the pandemic. With mass vaccination rollouts now underway, we are eager to help guests safely reconnect to Chicago and its most treasured experiences, and remain committed to helping revive the city and region.”

To celebrate its reopening, the Pier will host a special 10-minute fireworks show every Saturday in May at 9 p.m. until Memorial Day Weekend.

The first fireworks presentation on Saturday, May 1 will be dedicated to healthcare professionals and frontline workers in honor of their hard work, sacrifice, and dedication to helping our community navigate the ongoing pandemic.

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Jena Kleindl

Jena joined the WREX team in May 2020 as the Assignment Editor and News Producer. She was born and raised in Freeport. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2020.

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