Navy Pier: Celebrate Neighborhoods of the World.
If you’re looking for something to do indoors, Navy Pier is hosting a series of events celebrating the different cultures at Neighborhoods of the World, an annual cultural tribute, presented in collaboration with community arts organizations, consulates and museums.
When: Sundays, February 12 through March 26, 2017, Noon – 3 p.m.
Where: 600 E Grand Ave, 312-595-5629, Crystal Garden
This event is free and open to the public. Schedule may be subject to change.
If you want a seat you must arrive early. At noon every seat was taken. All the performances were excellent and interesting. Everything was very organized.
About the shows
For the Chinese New Year celebration there were several sets of performers per show. The first show lasted about 45 minutes. There were three shows scheduled between Noon – 3 p.m. There was also a children’s craft area, free food samples (with a long line), a few vendors selling Chinese-themed arts and crafts and a separate bar area with food and booze for sale.
Over the course of seven weeks, celebrate the many cultures of our world-class city by enjoying lively folk music, traditional dance, cuisine and crafts from various ethnic Chicago communities. Travel the world without ever leaving the city.
Sunday, March 5: Celebrate Italy
Sunday, March 12: Celebrate Lithuania
Sunday, March 19: Celebrate Mexico
Sunday, March 26: Celebrate Greece
Outdoor Art at Navy Pier
Bob Newhart Statue
Designed for visitor participation, lie on the couch and pour out your troubles to bronze Bob Hartley, the 1970s psychologist from The Bob Newhart Show. Created by Studio EIS in New York, the life-sized statue was commissioned by nostalgia cable channel TV Land and unveiled to the City of Chicago on July 27, 2004 by the company’s president Larry W. Jones. In November 2004, the statue was moved to Navy Pier.
Captain On The Helm
The Captain On The Helm bronze statue is located just south of the entrance to Navy Pier. The statue was a gift from the Chicago Lodge of Shipmasters International and sculpted by Michael Martino. Dedicated on May 19, 2000, the plaque acknowledges: “To those courageous mariners who guided their ships through perilous waters, carrying cargo and people. Their contributions have been so much a part of our history. May they never be forgotten.” In front of the statue is engraved brickwork with the names of many legendary Captains as well as other contributors to the project.
Crack the Whip
Join in on the fun and pose with the children in the life-like Crack the Whip bronze sculpture! Created by world-renowned sculptor J. Seward Johnson, Jr., Crack the Whip was installed at Navy Pier in 1996. This whimsical depiction of eight children at play shows them holding hands and running in a semi-circle. A girl on one end appears to be falling down but is held up by the support of the others, who all lean back. Another girl has lost her shoe.
U.S.S. Chicago Anchor
This 8-ton anchor installed on Navy Pier in 1995 was from the U.S.S. Chicago, the third ship to bear the name Chicago. Funded by the citizens of Chicago and completed in 1945, U.S.S. Chicago was classified as a heavy cruiser and later converted to a guided missile cruiser. She saw action in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and received several commendations before she was dismantled in 1984. In August 2012, former sailors who served aboard the U.S.S. Chicago and reconnected through social media, came to the Pier to restore the ship’s anchor back to its original color.