Behind the Scenes at Navy Pier - Non-Members

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
5:30pm— 7:30pm
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Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Skyline Lobby & Upstairs Theater
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
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With Bill Brodsky, Navy Pier Chairman

DATE: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Partnering with Navy Pier, Harvard Business School Club of Chicago, Harvard Club of Chicago, and Wharton Club of Chicago

Join the Wharton Club of Chicago on Wednesday, May 24th for an insider’s look at the newly re-imagined Navy Pier. From the recently completed Polk Bros Park to the expansion of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, hear firsthand from Bill Brodsky, Navy Pier Chairman, about the exciting changes happening to the Pier’s footprint, public programming, and overall guest experience. The evening’s program will include a reception, behind-the-scenes talk, and a Centennial Wheel ride. Guests will then be welcome to explore the Pier’s South Dock promenade and end the evening with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan.

The Behind the Scenes Experience provides guests:

  • The exclusive opportunity to enjoy the highlights of Navy Pier’s social, recreational and programmatic footprint
  • Networking with Chicago’s business and civic leaders
  • An insider’s view of the re-imagined Pier and plans for its redevelopment
  • Centennial Wheel Ride with a complimentary ticket (normally $15/pp)


Since 1916, Navy Pier has been integral to the social, cultural and economic advancement of Chicago. As it begins its second century as a nonprofit organization, it is guided by its newly defined 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.
Navy Pier stands at the very heart of Chicago’s relationship with its past and its future. It is a gift from former generations. Navy Pier is a distinctive urban treasure, nearly a mile in length and featuring 50 acres of waterfront space and magnificent vistas. It is home to Polk Bros Park, the 20-story Centennial Wheel, Aon Grand Ballroom, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, WBEZ, Chicago Children’s Museum, Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass, IMAX Theater, Crystal Garden, and much more.
Navy Pier, as a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the establishment of dramatic and engaging public spaces, aspires to become a leading example of environmental sustainability, and proudly offers affordable, year-round arts & cultural public programming. We invite you to experience the new Navy Pier.

DATE: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
5:30 – 6:00pm - Reception (Hors d’Oeuvres, Wine, & Beverages in the Skyline Lobby)
6:00 – 6:30pm - Talk/Program (Upstairs Theater)
SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Bill Brodsky - Navy Pier Chairman of the Board, Marilynn Gardner - Navy Pier President & CEO, Barbara Gaines - Chicago Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director, Brooke Flanagan - Chicago Shakespeare Theater Director of Institutional Advancement
6:45 – 7:00pm - Wrap up, Q&A
7:00 – 7:30pm - Centennial Wheel Rides

LOCATION: Navy Pier, Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Skyline Lobby & Upstairs Theater
600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago 60611

Enter Chicago Shakespeare Theater Lobby and there will be sign directions to the private event at the Skyline Lobby and Upstairs Theater.

PARKING: Self-parking will be available in the west garage. (Parking fee is NOT included.)
Guests should park nearest and utilize “Door 5” to be nearest Shakespeare Theater’s entrance. (NOT in “dedicated” Shakespeare parking.) Shakespeare Theater will validate parking reducing the price to $14 (from $22). Click here for Navy Pier parking map.

Reservations will be held at the door.

Kids (under 18): $15
Non-members of WCC: $45/person

Want to save by becoming a Member? Click here to Join the Club! Then purchase your tickets at the Navy Pier Members page.

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be received by Friday, May 19, EOD, or the attendee who made the reservation may not receive a refund, regardless of participation, due to costs associated with the reservation.




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Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Skyline Lobby & Upstairs Theater, Chicago, IL 60611, United States,
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