15 ways to fix Navy Pier
A pie-in-sky makeover that locals and tourist will love.
1. Add a souped-up indoor-outdoor water park on the roof.
With Chicago’s long, bitter winters, we shouldn’t have to drive to Gurnee or even Elmhurst for a splash in an all-season waterpark. Imagine a Navy Pier water wonderland, complete with a retractable glass roof for those few summer months when kids can actually enjoy the elements, plus a superfast water coaster, a water cannon, a floating trampoline, a surfing simulator and more. And for the after-8pm adults-only time block, maybe a swim-up bar? Just a thought.—Anna Tarkov