Shakespeare adds $55 million to centennial revitalization of Chicago’s Navy Pier

Behold the Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Chicago’s Navy Pier. At a press conference on March 2, 2016, Chicago Shakespeare will formally announce its long-anticipated plans to expand its footprint on Navy Pier and take over the space formerly occupied by the concert and performance venue known as the Skyline Stage.

The plans involve a dramatic and innovative repurposing of the space that will change the face of the Pier. The Pier is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2016, so it is undergoing a huge, multi-year renovation.

They also will greatly expand what Chicago Shakespeare is capable of producing and presenting at one of the city’s most important entertainment and tourist destinations.

We are building a theater for the future,” said Barbara Gaines, artistic director of Chicago Shakespeare.

The Centennial Vision reimagines Navy Pier as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2016 and beyond. Navy Pier is Illinois’ most popular and distinctive attraction with nearly 9 million visitors in 2010.

The vision and purpose is not only to expand our audience but enrich the experience of our diverse constituency ranging from Midwestern families to global citizens. The Centennial Vision will build on this foundation of success to further create a truly great public place, world-class attraction and memorable experience for visitors.

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See City of Chicago website on the Navy Pier’s Centennial Vision.

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