Navy Pier looks internationally for redesign

September 1, 2011

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Navy Pier officials are looking for design teams around the world to propose a redevelopment of its outdoor space.

The request for proposal calls on firms from around the world to re-imagine just the public spaces at Navy Pier. Navy Pier is looking for plans that would renovate everything from green space, art and lighting to the Crystal Garden, that already houses a large indoor garden.

For this redesign, it's asking developers to keep costs in the $85 million range. All told, officials at Navy Pier say they have $155 million for a larger re-design.

Part of that plan includes making the pier more adult-friendly by adding more nightlife activities. A top Navy Pier official has said that if Illinois' governor signs off on a Chicago casino, the pier would not be a good location for it.

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