Shocking Developments at Navy Pier. If You’re a CTA Bus.
Oct12

Shocking Developments at Navy Pier. If You’re a CTA Bus.

Some people are content to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic working from home in their sweatpants.  Others crave returning to the office.  Sometimes because this much family time is too much family time, or as a co-worker recently confided in a Teams meeting — paying for his own coffee is getting really expensive. If you’re among those who plan to resume shaving and bathing soon, you may return to work on a Chicago Transit Authority...

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Cirrus, Cascade Construction Continues
Oct05

Cirrus, Cascade Construction Continues

Since nobody except the employees of WBEZ have been to Navy Pier lately, chances are you’re not up to date on the construction progress of Cirrus and Cascade. Cirrus and Cascade under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!) Fortunately, the lens crafters at YoChicago! are, and sent in these photographs taken from the roof of North Harbor Tower showing the progress on the two new skyscrapers at Lakeshore East. We hear that the ‘rona is...

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The Biggest Tourist Attraction in Chicago (and Illinois) Will Close
Aug23

The Biggest Tourist Attraction in Chicago (and Illinois) Will Close

Navy Pier, which has delighted millions of tourists and local for a quarter of a century will soon be shut down. Even to joggers. The non-profit that runs Navy Pier has announced all of its operations will shut down temporarily after Labor Day. Navy Pier (Courtesy of YoChicago!) Yes, it’s virus-related. But no, it’s not about the refusal of some people to social distance on the lakefront or the questionable mask etiquette...

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Navy Pier Plan Has CTA Buses Feeling All Tingly
May26

Navy Pier Plan Has CTA Buses Feeling All Tingly

If this was a certain recently-defunct real estate blog, we would use the headline “REVEALED: CTA’S SHOCKING PLAN FOR NAVY PIER!”  But we’re not.  We’re a certain been-reporting-on-Chicago-for-17-years-and-don’t-engage-in-clickbait publication.  So that’s why we’ll just tell you that the Chicago Transit Authority has a cool idea for an electric bus charging station at Navy...

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31 Months In, Here’s What the Navy Pier Flyover Looks Like
Nov16

31 Months In, Here’s What the Navy Pier Flyover Looks Like

From below, it still looks like segments of the bleached spine of a great sea monster washed up on the Chicago shoreline. But soon CDOT will finish assembling this serpentine collection of angles and curves into a new method of moving from north to south and south to north without setting dinosaurs on fire. The Navy Pier Flyover is well on its way to looking like the pedestrian, bicycle, Segway, pedicab, and...

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Plan Commission Goes All in On Latest Navy Pier Plan
Aug19

Plan Commission Goes All in On Latest Navy Pier Plan

  Thanks to a vote from the Chicago Plan Commission, your next trip to Navy Pier could involve a little bit of ice skating, a stroll above the waves of Lake Michigan, and an overnight stay. Commissioners yesterday approved the latest $140 million+ plan to renovate and improve Chicago’s number one tourist attraction.  Among the items given the go-ahead from the plan overseen by New York’s James Corner Field Operations:...

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More Change Planned For the Region’s Number One Tourist Attraction
Jul28

More Change Planned For the Region’s Number One Tourist Attraction

The same people who brought New York its famous High Line have unveiled their latest vision for Navy Pier. As we’ve noted before, renovation and expansion plans for Navy Pier aren’t exactly rare animals.  Sometimes it seems like you can set your clock by the semi-regular parade of proposals that come down the pike and, for the most part, fail to turn into anything real.  But the ‘Pier is getting more serious these...

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New Ferris Wheel in Place, Hotel is Next for Navy Pier
May02

New Ferris Wheel in Place, Hotel is Next for Navy Pier

Every few years the phrase “Navy Pier Hotel” pops up in the news. It comes as regularly as the springtime whiting of Lake Michigan, or Forrest Claypool starting a new government job. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Sunday that the latest hotel proposal will add 200 rooms to the entertainment and amusement complex, all presumably with lake views. The building, being developed by First Hospitality out of suburban Rosemont...

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The Wheel on the Pier Goes Round and Round
Mar02

The Wheel on the Pier Goes Round and Round

There’s snow on the ground, but construction crews at Navy Pier are giving us a taste of summer. You’ll remember that last year the 20-year-old Ferris wheel on Navy Pier was dismantled and shipped off to Branson, Missouri so that a newer, bigger, better, climate-controlled-ier wheel could be erected in its place.  The actual wheel portion was assembled a few weeks ago, and now the cabins are being hung with care....

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Slice of Life: New Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Comes Full Circle
Feb19

Slice of Life: New Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Comes Full Circle

We told you the story of the New Navy Pier Ferris Wheel back in June. Part of Navy Pier’s $300 million upgrade, the new Ferris Wheel has been slowly coming around, construction-wise, since December. Nearly 50 feet taller than the old wheel that took its last turn in September, the new attraction is expected begin taking Navy Pier visitors for a spin this summer. If, it turns out, you find you prefer the old Ferris Wheel to the...

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