Chicago’s Navy Pier will temporarily close on September 8, according to a news release posted on its website.
The pier-wide closure starts the day after Labor Day and is being done to “limit the financial burden and impact” of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
All pier-wide operations will be closed, according to the release, including more than 70 small local businesses. Public access to the outdoor spaces will be limited or prohibited during the closure as well.
“While this was a very difficult decision for the organization, it was a necessary one to proactively ensure the long-term success of one of Chicago’s most treasured and important civic institutions and the communities it serves,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner in the release.
The organization that runs the Navy Pier projects a $20 million deficit in 2020, according to the FAQs posted on the Navy Pier website. It says the pier generated close to $60 million in 2019.
Navy Pier says it plans to reopen in the spring of 2021.