TimeOut: Chicago Children's Museum is getting a makeover
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From TimeOut Chicago: Navy Pier's Chicago Children's Museum is getting a huge makeover
Chicago Children's Museum has called Navy Pier home since 1995—and the beloved attraction hasn't gotten much of a design facelift since then. For a while there, it looked like the museum might move to a new location in Grant Park, but it seems the current space (700 E Grand Ave) will be renovated instead.
Krueck + Sexton Architects are in the process of updating the museum's design to be more visitor-friendly, reimagining the way guests enter the space and get into ticketing areas. The renovation will also make handicap access and access for those with strollers more streamlined with a new elevator. Other updates include a new design for the museum's gift shop as well as a pedestrian bridge that's linked to Navy Pier's promenade.
Inside, the museum will get a new 35-foot climbing structure/sculpture (yippee!) called "Cloudbuster," which will be designed by Ganymede Design Group. Curbed reports that the museum's replica dino skeleton will be moved to a more prominent location. The renovated Chicago Children's Museum is scheduled to open in June.