Harry Caray's Sues Over Navy Pier Makeover

Proposed design would block diner views of lake and skyline

Harry Caray's restaurant is reportedly suing Navy Pier over a makeover design it believes will hinder its customers' dining experience.

The pier unveiled the project back in May. According to Crain's Chicago Business, it includes 30-foot trees and planter boxes in front of the restaurant. Harry Caray's officials believe these additions will block views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline from its outdoor seating, Crain's reported.

The plants also could interfere with access to Harry Caray's, the suit claimed, which officials said might damage business. The restaurant believes the changes pose as a fire hazard and could attract rats.

Navy Pier, Inc. said it will defend their design in court, Crain's reported. The non-profit has reportedly met with Harry Caray's CEO Grant DePorter several times to address his concerns without compromising the project.

Under the redevelopment plan, Navy Pier officials will spend $278 million to add a new park, expand the Chicago Children's museum, and build more bars and restaurants. They also plan to include an interactive fountain at the pier's entrance.

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