Chicago’s darling destination, Navy Pier, has officially announced its grand reopening plan for the summer of 2020. After being closed due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Pier has been yearning to open its gates once again. The time has finally come, and Navy Pier’s phased reopening will begin on June 10.
For the first phase of reopening, Navy Pier parking garages, Polk Bros Park, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, North and South Dock, Pier Park, East End Plaza, outdoor restaurant spaces, tour boats and select free programs will all be open to the public. Pier Park’s rides will remain closed until a later phase, and hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Interior spaces will also remain closed pending a later phase.
It is Navy Pier’s goal to prioritize the safety and well-being of their attendees. The Pier has taken a plethora of measures to ensure that Navy Pier is clean and safe. It is their goal to cautiously bring guests back to the pier, as well as stimulate the city’s economy. A few of the safety measures taken are as follows:
- Electrostatic anti-microbial spray treatments to high-traffic areas
- installment of over 75 hand sanitizer dispensers for guests’ use
- enforcement of masking policy and temperature screenings for employees
- deployment of social distancing ambassadors who are to remind guests to stay six feet apart
- prohibition of groups over 10 members
- use of touchless pay at parking garages
- multiple other safety practices are in place as well
The reopening of Navy Pier follows the guidelines of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as phases 3, 4 and 5 of the state of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan. It also aligns with the City of Chicago’s “Protecting Chicago” outline.
Navy Pier is a signature destination of Chicago. Its family-friendly, unique and stimulating environment is the perfect place to kick off Chicago’s phased re-opening. Navy Pier is excited to see action again after its longest closure in recent history. Slowly but surely, the Pier will return to normal and its Ferris wheel will be turning once again!
Written by Emma McVady