Reimagining Navy Pier: Your Visitor Experience

Navy Pier is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016 and that incredible milestone is being celebrated with The Centennial Vision. Navy Pier is currently in the midst of an important project that will reimagine it into a bolder, greener, and more contemporary urban space that will elevate both the stature of the already iconic Navy Pier and the visitor experience for decades to come.

The Centennial Vision design was conceptualized by acclaimed landscape architecture and urban design firm James Corner Field Operations. When completed, the transformation of Navy Pier will include vibrant lighting, imaginative landscaping, unique gathering areas, as well as new Chicago-themed eateries that highlight the city’s exciting, ever-evolving culinary scene.

The current work on The Centennial Vision will occur during two primary construction periods: now through Memorial Day 2014 and Labor Day 2014 through Memorial Day 2015.

Your visit to Navy Pier during this time of exciting reimagination will be minimally impacted. In certain places throughout Navy Pier, convenient and easily navigated temporary walkways will bypass any affected work areas to take you seamlessly from the Family Pavilion on the west end to the Grand Ballroom on the east end and outside to access our year-round cruise boats or other seasonal attractions.

Navy Pier will continue with normal operating hours found here throughout this process and select full-service restaurants, boats and theaters will keep extended hours as their event schedules dictate. The East and West indoor parking garages located on Navy Pier, which can accommodate 1,500 vehicles, are open and easily accessible from Illinois Street and Lake Shore Drive. For a route map to the parking garages and traffic flow click here.

The realization of The Centennial Vision strives to elevate Navy Pier as a world-class attraction in a world-class city.

Navy Pier Reimagined: Bolder, Greener and More Contemporary

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 Gateway 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.

Navy Pier Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization established in 2011 to maintain Navy Pier as a historic public landmark and oversee its redevelopment.
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