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Mission, Values & Leadership

Our Mission

Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

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In anticipation of the Pier’s 100th anniversary, celebrated in 2016, Navy Pier created The Centennial Vision, a framework for reimagining Navy Pier. Grounded in the noble principles of its founding designers, The Centennial Vision adds a visionary and contemporary lens for the future.

While looking forward to what is relevant for Chicagoans today, Navy Pier leadership is ever conscious of famed architect Daniel Burnham’s vision to transform the lakefront into attractive and useful public space for active recreation and social interaction – a source of pride and common ground that fosters a sense of community within the city’s diverse population.

Navy Pier’s objectives for the future remain consistent with Burnham’s enduring values for the ‘People’s Pier’ to be a place where local residents and guests from around the world come to experience the natural beauty of the lakefront and Chicago’s magnificent skyline.

Navy Pier is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established in 2011 to maintain Navy Pier and oversee the redevelopment of one of the most important civic landmarks in the United States and one of the top-visited leisure and cultural destinations in the world.

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Our Values


We strive to offer:

  • Exceptional service to our guests and partners
  • An authentic Chicago experience
  • An architecturally stunning environment offering access to extraordinary vistas of the lake, land and skyline
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We aspire to:

  • Deliver high-quality experiences, cultural and educational programs and guest services
  • Cultivate a skilled, talented and motivated team
  • Best-in-class nonprofit operating standards and financial accountability
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We aim to:

  • Embrace and celebrate a diverse community and workforce
  • Attract dynamic, inventive partners and collaborators
  • Offer affordable options and opportunities for engagement to all
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We endeavor to:

  • Celebrate the Pier’s rich history rooted in the Burnham Plan of Chicago
  • Manage our assets and environmental resources with foresight and prudence
  • Engage donors and other stakeholders in our efforts
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Who We Are

Navy Pier History


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


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