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Visitor marina to complement landmark pier Navy Pier Marina, scheduled to open in 2021, will be the first dedicated transient marina on Lake Michigan. With white glove concierge service, 24- hour secure access and expert staffing, it will offer exclusive and direct access to the multiple attractions of the iconic Navy Pier and the city of Chicago. Developed to offer short term visitor docking facilities with immediate access to ‘The People’s Pier’ dining, shopping and entertainment, the new marina will fill a market gap for both local and transient boaters. It is planned as the premier lakeside entry to the city and is already generating excitement in and around Chicago as there are currently no recreational mooring slips at the Pier. “Navy Pier Marina will provide a much-needed service to the boating community in Chicago,” said Joe Caltabiano, a long-time Chicago boater and prominent businessman. “Short term docking and quick access to restaurants and the city are sorely lacking.” The marina will make Navy Pier a nautical destination for Lake Michigan boaters, ‘loopers’, and visitors from other Great Lakes and beyond. This will help drive tourism and contribute to revenue at Navy Pier, an iconic and historic city landmark and 5-acre (2-ha) centre for entertainment, leisure, arts and culture. Navy Pier Marina is the result of project developer Randy Podolsky’s long-term vision. “A marina at Navy Above: artist’s impression of Navy Pier Marina. Right: Navy Pier is an iconic and historic Chicago city landmark on Lake Michigan (photo: Alert Five Productions). Pier has been talked about casually for decades,” he confirmed. “For over 35 years, I have dreamed about being able to moor at Navy Pier for lunch, dinner or an overnight stay. My vision to make the conceived marina a dedicated transient marina, brings the desires of all boaters to fruition.” “Since the project’s approval by Chicago City Council in 2016, we have worked non-stop to bring the project to the people of Chicago, and all boaters who yearn for access to Navy Pier from the water,” he added. According to an economic impact calculation tool generated by the University of Florida and Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the new PLANNING & DESIGN marina will contribute over million annually to the local economy. New mooring tax revenues paired with incremental tax dollars generated by increased boating activity will produce significant revenue for city-funded projects and programmes, positively impacting all residents of Chicago. The privately funded marina will also create more than 100 new employment opportunities. The marina will be located to the north of the pier and will feature wave attenuating docks to mitigate wave action from Chicago Harbour’s inner break-wall boat traffic and winds. In addition to a floating dock system, docks will be fixed at the east end. Around 7,000 linear feet (2,134m) of broadside mooring will be offered with three gangways giving convenient access to Navy Pier. Offering hourly, daily and weekly mooring for vessels up to 130ft (40m) - and possibly longer - the marina will have a wealth of guest amenities including concierge services, 24-hour access and staffing, advance online reservations, secured entry, a boater’s lounge, laundry, bathrooms, ship store, WiFi, utilities, bike racks and in-slip pump-out. Potential additional boating organisation users may include fishing, sail and/or yacht charters, and/or a shared boat club. The project is being developed by NPM Venture LLC and design and engineering is being undertaken by Edgewater Resources of St Joseph, Michigan. Edgewater is currently completing final engineering work as well as managing the tender process for the dock systems. Work is expected to start this autumn. Navy Pier was completed in 1916 as part of Daniel Burnham’s plan for Chicago. It reopened in 1995 as a visitor attraction. - March/April 2020 31

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