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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Status Update: Navy Pier Flyover Flying Along
Oct01

Status Update: Navy Pier Flyover Flying Along

Work on the Navy Pier Flyover continues in the Streeterville neighborhood, as the Chicago Department of Transportation’s project to ease congestion on the Lakefront Trail moves forward. This summer’s work has been marked not only by the changing infrastructure along the trail, but also by intermittent street closures on Grand, Illinois, and Lake Shore Drive. The $60 million project got underway last spring, and completion...

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The Most Unusual Chicago Building Permit of the Year
Aug17

The Most Unusual Chicago Building Permit of the Year

It’s no secret that Navy Pier is going to replace its current Ferris wheel with a bigger, better, more modern wheel. Nevertheless, it’s kind of strange to see it come across your desk in black and white: EXISTING OPEN AIR ASSEMBLY: REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING FERRIS WHEEL, INSTALLATION OF NEW STRUCTURAL SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR FERRIS WHEEL, INSTALLATION OF NEW USER LOADING DECK, INSTALLATION OF NEW CANOPY, AND INSTALLATION OF...

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Chicago Lakefront Trail Named A Finalist For USA Today Best Urban Trail Award
Jul15

Chicago Lakefront Trail Named A Finalist For USA Today Best Urban Trail Award

Every day, rain or shine, you’ll see walkers, runners, rollerbladers and cyclists on it. It’s the Chicago Lakefront Trail. The 18-½ mile long park passes landmarks, popular sites, the Museum Campus, and harbors. It’s one of Chicago’s most popular attractions. And now, the trail is a finalist for USA Today’s 2015 10 Best Urban Trail Award. You can vote for Chicago Lakefront Trail (or one of the other nominees) here through July 20....

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Navy Pier Ferris Wheel to be Replaced with Bigger, More Modern Version
Jun23

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel to be Replaced with Bigger, More Modern Version

Navy Pier’s Ferris wheel is such a part of the city’s visual identity that it’s hard to believe it’s only been there since 1995.  Now the city has decided 20 years is long enough, and is moving forward with a plan to replace the landmark — and quickly. The wheel that we see today is an homage to the world’s first modern Ferris wheel, erected at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition down the...

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Hemp, Bamboo Pillows And Vegan Crackers? It Must Be The Green Festival
Nov30

Hemp, Bamboo Pillows And Vegan Crackers? It Must Be The Green Festival

There’s a scene from an episode of “Mad Men” where the Draper family has a picnic in an idyllic park setting. As they’re leaving, they toss all their trash directly on the grass. It’s unsettling to watch but it also speaks volumes about how as a society we’ve become a bit more enlightened in the past 50 years. While news of the disappearing polar ice cap is depressing, there are times when you think there may be hope for the planet. I...

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Snow Days Chicago Celebrates Snow Sculpting at Navy Pier
Feb09

Snow Days Chicago Celebrates Snow Sculpting at Navy Pier

It seems like lately my friends who live in South Florida have been posting more photos of palm trees and beaches on Facebook. I’m not sure if it’s meant to brighten my day, but as I’m trudging through slush on yet another frigid morning, all the sunny photos do is make me want to scream. Well, so what if southerners are walking around in shorts, dining al fresco and applying sunscreen right now. There’s one thing they can’t do: build...

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SOFA CHICAGO Makes Art And Artists Accessible
Nov09

SOFA CHICAGO Makes Art And Artists Accessible

All too often, art is unapproachable. Walk through a museum and the works are impressive, but it’s difficult to understand the artist’s inspiration. What was the artist trying to say? SOFA CHICAGO is different. The 20th annual fair celebrating Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design took over the east end of Navy Pier last weekend. As I wandered through the exhibit hall, not only was the art accessible, so were the artists. I spoke...

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Pier-cing Lake Michigan
Aug20

Pier-cing Lake Michigan

Navy Pier pierces lake Michigan, next to another man-made spit of land: The Jardine Water Filtration Plant. If you like this photograph, click here to order it as a poster or...

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Slice of Life: Hollyhock on Patrol
May18

Slice of Life: Hollyhock on Patrol

The Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock is stationed at Navy Pier (600 East Grand Avenue) and patrolling the Chicago lakefront during the NATO...

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