Interior of Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion

Interior of Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion at Navy Pier.

The Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion opened recently at Navy Pier. The pavilion, located at Polk Bros Park at the Pier, is a gateway to the attraction.

"It's a great new addition to the park," said Marilynn Gardner, Navy Pier president and CEO. She said the 4,000-square-foot pavilion is another attractive highlight of the pier's Polk Bros Park, which also features a fountain and expansive lawn space.

In the pavilion, which was designed by Gensler with energy efficiency in mind, visitors will find LED lighting, a 35-foot state-of-the-art digital screen, restrooms, seating areas and an energy-saving green roof.

Gardner said pier personnel are "keeping an eye toward sustainability" with the new pavilion as well as other structures on the pier.

Gardner said there will be hosts on site to help people navigate the pier and learn about the attractions and happenings there. There are also welcome greetings in various languages.

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Tickets on sale for Jamie Allan

Magic fans will want to purchase tickets for British magician Jamie Allan's new show. Starvox Touring Inc. will present Jamie Allan's iMagician from Dec. 22 to Jan. 6 at Chicago's Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph.

Allan combines traditional magic with technology in a mesmerizing show. Tickets for his show will go on sale Oct. 5.

Among tricks fans will see are the Laser Levitation and Houdini 2.0. Tickets range from $49.99 to $159.99. Visit

Chicago Marathon takes place Sunday

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Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.