Iconic Navy Pier is being reimagined into a bolder, greener, more contemporary urban space, following a design that grew out of The Centennial Vision planning framework adopted by Navy Pier Inc. (NPI) in 2011.
On these pages you will find renderings of the soon-to-be reimagined Navy Pier, video from James Corner speaking about the redesign and its importance to our world-class city as well as more information about The Centennial Vision and Pierscape.
Phase I of the redevelopment will occur in stages over the next 20 months. The two primary construction periods will occur between September 2013 and Memorial Day 2014, then again between Labor Day 2014 and Memorial Day 2015. Limited construction activity may take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2014, but will be planned in a way that minimizes the impact on Pier operations during the summer.
Phase I projects include transformation of South Dock into a more engaging, greener space with new paved surfaces, more seating and additional social areas; conversion of the South Arcade indoor walkway into a Chicago-themed food experience; and creation of a lighted water fountain/ice skating rink in Polk Bros Park.
Phase I construction will be managed by Madison Evans Construction Group LLC, a joint venture of two local firms selected following a competitive process. Madison Evans provided the most cost effective proposal and a commitment to exceed the already high bar NPI had set for involvement of businesses owned by minorities and women.
The redevelopment may also include a new hotel and entertainment district near the Pier’s east end, which would expand the Pier’s audience with more adult, nighttime and year-round visitors.
Originally envisioned as one of five municipal piers in Daniel Burnham’s “Master Plan of Chicago,” Navy Pier celebrates its centennial in 2016.