The development of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare marks a significant milestone in James Corner Field Operation’s Pierscape redesign project as part of Navy Pier’s Centennial celebration. The redevelopment builds on the strengths of the Pier: its singular location along the edge of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago, its size and scale and its programmatic richness. It seeks to enhance the experience for current guests while drawing new audiences with evening and year-round entertainment and cultural attractions. Building on the Theater's sixteen-year partnership in residence on Navy Pier, The Yard will be realized through an investment by Navy Pier, Inc. along with capital funding raised through Chicago Shakespeare’s Our City, Our Shakespeare Campaign. www.navypier.com
“With the Theater’s proven track record for serving the community and creating award-winning performances, we are confident that this investment will lead to a successful second act. This expansion, new dining options and the completion of the Pierscape plan will not only enhance the theater-going experience for guests, it will continue to elevate Navy Pier as a major cultural destination and growing draw for worldwide visitors to Chicago.” Marilynn Gardner, President and CEO of Navy Pier, Inc.