Event Venue - Navy Pier

Navy Pier, a state-of-the art exposition and conference facility, will host the 2012 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo.

Located on Lake Michigan, just East of Chicago’s Downtown, Navy Pier has been a Chicago landmark since it first opened in 1916. Originally designed as both a shipping and recreational facility, the Pier also served as a military training site during two world wars, a venue for concerts and exhibitions, and the temporary home for a once-fledgling University of Illinois’ Chicago campus.

As the Pier fell into disuse during much of the 1970s and 1980s, the State of Illinois and Chicago embarked on a joint plan whereby, in 1989, ownership of the Pier was transferred to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, the same body which oversees Chicago’s McCormick Place. The Authority moved swiftly to redesign Navy Pier into one of the country’s most unique recreation and exposition facilities. 

Navy Pier now showcases a unique collection of restaurants and shops in addition to unequaled recreational and exhibition facilities -- in a setting like no other:

  • A convention center built directly on Chicago’s pristine lakefront with views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan to behold as you walk from breakfast to session or the exhibition hall to a keynote.
  • The conference rooms feature ceiling heights of up to 60 feet (28 feet minimum) and a full range of electrical, telecommunications and other needs.
  • The magnificent Grand Ballroom with its 80-foot domed ceiling, offering panoramic lake views, will serve as the backdrop for the Symposium’s dynamic keynotes.
  • Easily accessible taxi and charter bus drop-off locations.  Enclosed parking for 1,800 vehicles. Click here for more information.
  • For more information please visit http://www.navypier.com