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Chicago's iconic Navy Pier to shut down after Labor Day due to pandemic

Chicago's iconic Navy Pier to shut down after Labor Day due to pandemic
Posted at 10:48 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 12:50:56-04

On Twitter, the iconic Navy Pier in Chicago announced they will shut down after Labor Day due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

They hope to reopen in spring 2021.

"Navy Pier will implement a temporary Pier-wide closure starting Tues. 9/8 in an effort to limit the financial impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the organization & its on-site businesses," the tweet read. "The Pier plans to reopen in spring 2021."

The nonprofit that runs the Pier says they faced a $20 million deficit due to the pandemic.

“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 a press release. “This decision will also help preserve the future of the many on-site businesses, which continue to face hardships of their own as a result of the pandemic. The temporary closure will allow the Pier and its partners to reduce its operational expenses and support efforts to limit COVID-19 cases as we move into the fall and winter seasons.”

The closure will also impact that of more than 70 small local businesses that operate on the Pier.