Chicago‘s Navy Pier has released new images of the next phase of its Centennial Vision plan. The new renderings reveal a sweeping elevated walkway over the eastern end of the pier. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the “Lake Overlook” sits over a reflecting pool called “Lake Mirror.” Along with a new hotel, a rooftop bar, and a redesigned landscape are all part of a multi-year reimagining of the popular tourist attraction.
Navy Pier has recently finished much of the first phase of the Centennial Vision, including an updated enlarged Ferris wheel and promenade. The latest improvements to the pier were also designed by James Corner Field Operations. Currently the entry park at the western end of the pier, Polk Brothers Park, is also under construction. The new green space will include a lawn for for gatherings and performances. A 4,000-square-foot entry pavilion will be tucked under the park.
A 240-room hotel was announced recently for the pier. The hotel is being designed by Chicago-based KOO Architects. Along with the hotel, a new rooftop bar and restaurant will be constructed on top of one of the pier’s existing structures. The restaurant is expected to be completed in 2017, with a 2018 completion date set for the Hotel.
The other improvements, including the “Lake Overlook,” are dependent on funding, which the pier hopes to secure through private sponsors.