New visions for Navy Pier remake unveiled

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Esteemed Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin provides a sneak preview today of the five bold new plans being considered for a reimagined Navy Pier.

Jones Lang LaSalle is overseeing the design competion — which was recently narrowed down to the five finalists — and is hosting public presentations of the plans tonight and tomorrow night at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The plans, as Kamin puts it, “throw both caution and cost to the wind.” He adds:

“Some are more elaborate — and likely to be more expensive —than others. But pier officials said such ambition would not be penalized. The goal, they said, is to select a design team, not a specific design, and concepts are sure to be modified or downsized after public input and discussions.”

You can read the full Tribune story here.

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