Airborne cable car proposed for Chicago in a bid to boost tourism

Tourists visiting the US, and Chicago on their agenda, could be up for some fine treat if authorities give their consent. The ‘Chicago Skyline’ – aerial cable cars that will link the various famed architectural splendour of the city. The plans were revealed by Davis Brody Bon, and the folks behind the London Eye – Marks Barfield Architects. It will have a similar design too, like the London structure, aerial pods or gondolas which will offer brilliant views of the city. The idea is to link the Chicago Riverfront to the Navy Pier, through Downtown along the Riverwalk.

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The pods will be 17 stories above ground level, and each one will be able to accommodate 3,000 people. It will travel at 800 feet per minute, and take 30 minute per tour. This project, which is estimated at $250 million, would have stations positioned near to Millennium Park and Michigan Avenue and would be a “practical solution to link Navy Pier to the transit network within the Chicago Loop.” Although this is also one way to be a means of public transport, rates are steeper, charging $20 per journey – something in line with rates charged at observation decks like Willis Tower and John Hancock Center.

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