Navy Pier To Begin Its Reopening Process On June 10

WBBM Newsradio Staff
June 04, 2020 - 8:37 am
Navy Pier

WBBM Newsradio/Lisa Fielding


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Navy Pier announced it will begin to reopen on Wednesday, June 10.

Navy Pier introduces Wednesday its phased approach to cautiously reopening and resuming operations, with state and city guidelines for health and safety at the forefront of each phase, starting with a Phase 1 reopening on June 10. 

Beginning on Wednesday, June 10, the Navy Pier parking garages (with free access), Polk Bros Park, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, the north and south docks, Pier Park, and the East End Plaza will reopen, but Pier Park rides will remain closed. Outdoor restaurant spaces, tour boats, and select free programs will also reopen or restart.

Navy Pier's hours of operations will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and may vary from establishment to establishment. Navy Pier has been closed since Monday, March 16 due to COVID-19.

“Following Navy Pier’s longest closure in recent history, we, along with the rest of Chicago, are anxious to reopen our spaces and safely welcome guests back to the Pier over the next few months as we work collectively to restore our local economy,” said Marilynn Gardner, Navy Pier President and CEO. “We recognize that our new reality is now accompanied by new standards, and as the People’s Pier, we are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure the health, safety and comfort of all who visit the Pier. Our goal is to provide guests with a safe space to reconnect with Chicago through our free public programs, on-site local dining, retail and attractions, and our beloved vistas and vast greenspace. We believe we have outlined a framework that will allow us to serve as a resource for the community while protecting our guests’ well-being.”

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” framework, 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. 

Navy Pier said they have employed stringent cleaning measures and safety practices to support the health and wellness of those at the Pier. The Pier is implementing "strict physical-distancing measures, limiting the number of guests in confined spaces at a given time, and enforcing strict guidelines for face masks and temperature screenings of Navy Pier employees." Staff is required to wear face masks and gloves at all times. In addition to cleaning procedures, more than 75 hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed and made available for guest use.

Navy Pier has also 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," the Pier said. 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.

Navy Pier said 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.

The Pier will also have 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: Apple Pay and Tap features at pay stations and in-lane equipment and online parking reservations through Navy Pier Website, ParkWhiz and SpotHero.

All guests over the age of 2 will be required to wear face masks covering their nose and mouth throughout their visit. Any guests without a mask will be able to purchase one at the Pier. Guests will also have to maintain social distancing between people who are not from the same household. 

All interior spaces, including flagship cultural anchors, such as Chicago Children’s Museum and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, will remain closed during the Pier’s initial reopening phase. All fireworks and large-scale events are also canceled through Phase 1. The subsequent phases will consist of paced-out reopenings of additional spaces, businesses and attractions, such as Pier Park rides, Miller Lite Beer Garden, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, indoor dining and retail establishments. The final phase will look to fully restore the Pier’s operations with events returning to the Aon Grand Ballroom, Festival Hall and Crystal Gardens, the opening of the new new hotel - The Sable at Navy Pier, and other remaining businesses. Additional details and decisions related to upcoming phases will be made with guidance and input from the state and city.

For more information on Navy Pier’s full and detailed reopening plan, visit the website.