Stan Nettis When I went to University of Illinois at Navy Pier we were told it was built on 18,000 pilings.
|Frank Pajak commented on the above posting|
Nelson Herrera also posted
The construction of Navy Pier in 1914
Cost 4.5 million dollars
James McKay That's $107M in 2016 dollars.
[Some comments indicate that it could not be built today for $107M.]
Matt McClure Streetcar in the center. C&NW line on the south side of the pier.
|Jeff Nichols posted|
May 1916 photo of men working on train tracks on Navy Pier (which, of course, was then known as Municipal Pier). Chicago History Museum, DN-0066200
|Glen Miller posted|
Municipal Pier in 1919.
Martin Trombetta Before the warehouse days
|Nelson Herrera posted|
Navy Pier 1931
[The "white line" is a plane flying by blowing smoke.]
Jeff Nichols posted
Navy Pier, c. 1933. University of Alabama.
|Jamie Moncrief commented on Jeff's posting|
The City of Holland was a Goodrich boat and regular visitor to the pier...but the stern doesn't look the same.. The Christopher Columbus as well, but her stack was pushed back more towards the stern...
|Mike Tuggle posted|
Navy Pier, circa 1947.
The University of Illinois had a branch here from October 1946 until February 1965 when the new University of Illinois at Chicago Circle (now University of Illinois at Chicago) opened.
Anton Wenzel posted , this is an enhanced version by Jerry Jackson
|Eddie Yung posted|
The good old "S" curve on LSD. Lake Shore Drive.
Ginny Teister Morton This definitive S-Curve photograph, was taken from the Prudential building in 1963 by the venerable Charles Cushman.
Bob Lalich The white buildings along Ogden Slip were known as North Pier Terminal.
[Note that some of the Illinois Central freight houses still exist and that there is still some heavy industry on the north side of the river.]
Kenneth Andresen provided three more views of some ships using the pier from postcard pictures.
|Dennis Popiela posted|
Navy Pier • Late 60s
[The posting has some interesting comments.]
|Chicago & North Western Historical Society posted|
This is Chicago's "Navy Pier" when it really was a shipping pier. Note the tank cars along the big "boat". They got there courtesy of the C&NW which ran a line from Kinzie Street west of the north branch of the Chicago River all the way out to the pier. Isn't that a City of Chicago fire boat in the foreground?
Don Walsh Even though tank cars were smaller then, it's crazy to see how tiny they look next to the ship.
Makingsalembetter CHICAGO fire academy was located in a building at the eastern end of this pier... actually on the west end of this line of ships.... Logival for it to be moored here... I believe there were rails (two tracks - INSIDE the center of the building as well as on the outside edges that we see here.... The 'auditorium' is just out of the image on the right..... Nice pic.. Nice memory... thanks! ....
|Lou Gerard posted|
Chicago & North Western train going into Navy Pier in 1975.
|Chris West posted|
Chicagofest, 1981 - Navy Pier
[You can see tracks are still running along the side of the pier.]
During the 1970s and 1980s there was a concerted effort to move shipping and industry south to the Calumet Lake area. C&NW tracks were removed from the Ogden Slip and thus the pier. The pier has now been redeveloped a couple of times as a tourist attraction, and it has been a successful draw of tourists. Now passenger boats dock along the south side instead of freighters.