Plans are pushing ahead to remake Navy Pier into an even more exciting tourist attraction. While the destination has already improved upon its dining options, Ferris wheel and landscaping, the next phase of redevelopment hopes to add lodging.

A 240-room, seven-story hotel is planned just south of festival hall. In addition, a restaurant and rooftop bar are planned to go in above the Shelter Building. The group behind the development plans to go before the Chicago Plan Commission soon with an ambitious goal of starting construction and accepting the first hotel guest sometime in 2018.

Along with the hotel construction Navy Pier is moving ahead with the addition of a “Lake Overlook” walkway and “Lake Terrace”, bringing visitors closer than ever to the water on the eastern side. Overall, Navy Pier is also changing over its look to a more industrial design, along with adding some short-term boat docking and improving bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

Nearby Polk Brothers Park, meanwhile, is in the process of adding an outdoor stage and performance lawn and just opened a play fountain. The future also calls for a welcome pavilion and a “wildflower hill”.

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