- Posted April 19, 2014 by
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Navy Pier's Centennial Vision 1916-2016
Historic Navy Pier is Chicago's Lakefront playground by Lake Michigan in the Midwest. Navy Pier attracts more than 8 million people each year, making it a top spot for Chicagoans and visitors alike.
Envisioned in Daniel Burham's Plan of Chicago, Navy Pier opened in 1916 as a lakefront hub for shipping and recreation. Its colorful maritime history has seen Navy Pier house military troops during WWI, as as a Navy base training facility for 15,000 pilots in WWII including former president George Herbert Walker Bush, host the University of Illinois campus through 1965, and hold various festivals in the 1970's and 1980's.
In 1995, Navy Pier reopened as the successful fusion entertainment and events venue which attracts visitors during weekends in America, featuring the iconic 15-story Ferris Wheel, Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Theatre, summer fireworks, special events, and the seafarer's Lake Michigan.
Since 2011, Navy Pier Inc. has operated Navy Pier as a non-for-profit corporation entrusted with maintaining this key public landmark and redeveloping it into a real international venue.
Navy Pier's Centennial Vision and Pierscape plan will re-imagine and transform the maritime outdoor spaces by Lake Michigan and includes a Fly-Over Bicycle Tour Path for more than $60 million dollars in redevelopment of the Chicago lakefront.
NPI began construction of the Pierscape in the late 2013 and will continue the Centennial Vision until 2016. Pierscape will re-imagine Gateway Park and numerous interior spaces, as well as outdoor and landscaping venues along the pedestrian dock along Lake Michigan. The Centennial Vision is set to be completed by May of 2015.
Additional Centennial Vision plan renovations are targeted for completion near the 100th anniversary celebration of Navy Pier in the Summer of 2016, which will make the re-imagined Navy Pier an enduring world-class legacy for Chicago's lakefront by Lake Michigan.
Please Pardon The Dust, During The Re-Imagination of Navy Pier.