Navy Pier facelift

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007475" title="Richard M. Daley" href="/topic/politics/government/richard-m.-daley-PEPLT007475.topic">Mayor Richard Daley</a> and Gov. James Thompson tour <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLTRA0000140" title="Navy Pier" href="/topic/travel/tourism-leisure/navy-pier-PLTRA0000140.topic">Navy Pier</a> to mark the beginning of a $150 million facelift of the municipal dock. Brushing off their failure to win funding for the expansion of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000061" title="McCormick Place" href="/topic/jobs-workplace/mccormick-place-PLCUL000061.topic">McCormick Place</a> for now, Thompson and Daley met at Navy Pier to savor the fruit of an earlier, more successful bid for state money. The state legislature appropriated the money for Navy Pier the year before in a what was viewed as a legislative coup for the newly-elected mayor . . . and a harbinger of bigger things to come.<br>
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But this was an election year, and tax-shy lawmakers refused to deliver the top item on the 1990 Thompson-Daley public works agenda: the $1.4 billion McCormick Place expansion and a domed stadium for the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000036" title="Chicago Bears" href="/topic/sports/football/chicago-bears-ORSPT000036.topic">Chicago Bears</a>.

( Tribune archive photo / July 9, 1990 )

Mayor Richard Daley and Gov. James Thompson tour Navy Pier to mark the beginning of a $150 million facelift of the municipal dock. Brushing off their failure to win funding for the expansion of McCormick Place for now, Thompson and Daley met at Navy Pier to savor the fruit of an earlier, more successful bid for state money. The state legislature appropriated the money for Navy Pier the year before in a what was viewed as a legislative coup for the newly-elected mayor . . . and a harbinger of bigger things to come.

But this was an election year, and tax-shy lawmakers refused to deliver the top item on the 1990 Thompson-Daley public works agenda: the $1.4 billion McCormick Place expansion and a domed stadium for the Chicago Bears.

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