Rooftop deck sole survivor of Navy Pier closing
Loop North News

5-Sep-20 – After Navy Pier closes temporarily on September 8, its new 56,000 square foot rooftop restaurant/bar will remain open.

Offshore, the world’s largest rooftop deck, will be the only establishment at Navy Pier – that is normally open to the public – to be open until next spring.

“With safety for our patrons at the utmost importance, we hope to continue to welcome in locals looking for a fun way to socially distance while also enjoying all that Offshore has to offer, with events lined up throughout the month that has something for everyone,” said Stephen Stoll, Chief Operating Officer of Maverick Hotels & Restaurants, operator of Offshore.

Navy Pier says the closure is necessary “to limit the financial burden and impact of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.”

Total revenue last year was about $60 million. This year, Navy Pier projects a $20 million net loss.

The early closing includes Centennial Wheel, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Children’s Museum, consumer and trade shows, banquets, and other private events. More than 70 businesses and nearly 3,000 people who work for them are affected.

WBEZ will remain open during its normal business hours and construction of the 220-room Sable Hotel at Navy Pier will continue.

Maverick Hotels & Restaurants

(Left) Rendering of Sable Hotel currently being built for Maverick Hotels & Restaurants at Navy Pier.

By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News |


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