15 ways to fix Navy Pier
A pie-in-sky makeover that locals and tourist will love.
8. Build a floating car silo.
Encountering a lot full sign with a car full of kids is one of the worst ways to kick off a day at the pier. Let’s take a cue from Autostadt, Volkswagen’s car-focused amusement park in Wolfsburg, Germany, where new cars are efficiently stored in 160-foot-tall glass towers. The pier could replace its west lot with a partially underground silo in the lake, adding about 1,200 spaces. Inside the cylinder’s center, an automated forklift-like elevating device would pull and transport vehicles to ground level in seconds, while an underwater walkway could usher visitors directly to the pier.—Martina Sheehan