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 is occurring in stages and is scheduled to be completed by 2016 for Navy Pier’s centennial anniversary. Current construction periods will occur between Labor Day 2014 and Memorial Day 2015, then again between Labor Day 2015 and mid-2016. Limited construction activity may take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2015, 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.
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.