Holy Cow! Harry Caray Group is suing Navy Pier over a planned renovation that will cut the views from the group’s restaurant.
So what kind of renovation is it? Well, the inside scoop from Chicago Real Estate Daily is that Navy Pier wants to install trees (30 feet tall) and planter boxes in front of the restaurant. Navy Pier wants to renovate because they’re trying to attract a more contemporary audience. Such an audience (their reasoning goes) would prefer something less cluttered – with fountains and gardens.
It sounds nice, but Harry Caray Group says that if Navy Pier puts a bunch of tall trees and big planters in front of their restaurant, nobody will know where it is! They say the plants will attract rats, and guests at the restaurant won’t be able to see down to Lake Michigan or the city skyline. They also won’t be able to see the biweekly Navy Pier fireworks.
Harry Caray Group owns several restaurants and the one in Streeterville bills itself as a family-friendly tavern. They have big HD screens for watching sports, along with memorabilia on the walls and a great location within Navy Pier that’s right beside the IMAX theater and the water.
It’s certainly a hot piece of Chicago real estate, and Harry Caray Group is taking Navy Pier to court to fight for it. They say that the renovations violate a provision regarding the owners’ “quiet enjoyment” of the property.
According to the Chicago Real Estate Daily article, Navy Pier officials met with the restaurant early in the planning process and ensured that there would be no problems.Navy Pier plans to fight back vigorously in court, and has issued a statement to that effect.
So how will it shake out? Only time will tell, but we hope the two sides are able to reconcile for the good of one of Chicago’s favorite hang out spots.