Chicago’s Navy Pier closing because of pandemic losses
CHICAGO — Navy Pier announced Tuesday that after Labor Day, the sprawling attraction will shut down for the remainder of 2020 because of massive losses suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials say the Pier hopes to reopen in 2021, however, no plans have been announced. The historic destination is facing $20 million budget shortfall as virus-related shutdowns have kept visitors away.
“If we’re seeing 15% attendance during our typically strongest months, we’re very concerned for our partner businesses that rely on summer to get them through the year,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner told ABC 7.
Navy Pier has seen 500,000 visitors this year. It usually welcomes about 4 million people at time of the year.
“Everyone is concerned,” Gardner said. “This pandemic has been devastating. And what we need is a vaccine. And we need consumers to have a level of confidence instilled in them as a result of having the vaccine…not just for the Pier but for the entire city as well as our country.”
About Navy Pier
Historic Navy Pier is among the most visited destinations in the world. Since its reopening in 1995, the Pier has welcomed over 186 million guests, including a record-breaking 9.3 million guests in 2016.
Navy Pier has enjoyed a remarkable evolution. Originally designed for shipping and recreational purposes, the facility has evolved into a premiere entertainment and exposition center. Experience an interactive timeline of Navy Pier’s history at 100yearsofpier.com.
Watch WTTW’s documentary, “Navy Pier: A Century of Reinvention.”