Navy Pier to be Redeveloped; New Campus Building for Roosevelt University

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor Chicago’s Navy Pier redevelopment plan, dubbed the “Centennial Vision,” was revealed last week by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) and the recently formed Navy Pier Inc. The improvements will include expanded recreation space and [...]

Chicago’s Navy Pier redevelopment plan, dubbed the “Centennial Vision,” was revealed last week by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) and the recently formed Navy Pier Inc. The improvements will include expanded recreation space and more restaurants and theaters, as well as tourist attractions for tourists. According to the Chicago Journal, the plan is also focused on expanding the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, at an estimated total cost of $155 million.

In a statement issued last week, the museum’s president and CEO, Jennifer Farrington, declared that Chicago Children’s Museum is actively pursuing a world-class home at Navy Pier. Approximately 100,000 square feet will be added to the museum’s campus.

According to the MPEA, the 3,300-foot long Navy Pier, which attracted 8.7 million visitors in 2010, will undergo interior renovation of the Family Pavilion, which will include an IMAX theater, indoor botanical garden, restaurants and shops. The “Centennial Vision” redevelopment plan will also include a boutique hotel built at the east end of the pier. The design team and timeline for completion are yet to be decided.

The Gazette Chicago states that the completion of Roosevelt University’s 32-story “vertical-campus” located at 425 S. Wabash Ave. was announced last week during a ceremony held at Congress Parkway and Wabash Avenue. James J. Mitchell III, chair of Roosevelt University’s board of trustees, who attended the ceremony, revealed that a 460-foot glass tower will be built next to the iconic auditorium.

The university’s new building will house more than 600 full-time students on its upper floors, while the lower floors will provide classrooms, lecture halls, science labs, administrative space, conference rooms, dining and recreation centers.