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Marks Barfield proposes Chicago cable car

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Marks Barfield has revealed plans for an aerial cable car running through Chicago

The London Eye designers have teamed up with New York firm Davis Brody Bond to design the scheme which features shiny suspended pods offering views of the city’s landmarks.

Named the Chicago Skyline the cable car will link the city’s Navy Pier, Chicago Lakefront, the Riverwalk which runs alongside the Chicago River and downtown Chicago.

The scheme’s passenger pods and drive systems will be manufactured by the same company who built the London Eye – Leitner-Poma – while Jacobs, the engineers also worked on the project.

David Marks, director at Marks Barfield Architects, said: ‘The Chicago Skyline could do for Chicago what the London Eye has done for London, and become a very identifiable landmark within the city, driving tourism and prosperity. 

‘Gently fitting in and standing out at the same time, it will allow local people and visitors alike to appreciate the city and its world-class architecture from a completely new perspective, stimulating Chicago’s tourism industry. Its design touches the ground lightly and with an environmentally sensitive and delicate presence - like jewels in a necklace - energizing the city’s Riverwalk, and attracting the eyes of the world.’ 

Steven Davis, Partner at Davis Brody Bond, added: ‘The Skyline, as a concept, originated during the Navy Pier Pier Competition in 2010. I realized that without creating an innovative mode of transport, directly connecting the Loop with Navy Pier, we would leave a trove of potential visitors untapped. The Skyline is the embodiment of that idea. And what an exciting proposal it is!’

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