Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Things Getting Harry on Navy Pier

We were disappointed when Joe's Be-Bop Cafe closed at Navy Pier before the season even began.  Workers at nearby restaurants told us it was going to be replaced by a BW3 (Buffalo Wild Wings and Weck) franchise.  But that failed to materialize.

Now, with Summer 2009 but a memory, there may actually be a restaurant finally about to fill the Be-Bop space.  It's a branch of River North mainstay Harry Caray's restaurant.  Signs at the pier proclaim that it's under construction, and as far as our untrained eyes can tell it could be opened soon since we saw what appeared to be wait staff inside getting ready for something.

It will be nice to have this in the neighborhood.  We used to go to Harry Caray's on Kedzie once a month for about four years until there was a very disturbing incident in the women's restroom, and when it was brought to the management's attention we were blown off.

But we're not much on grudges, so we'll check out the Navy Pier eatery once it opens, and hope that the food is of the same quality as the mothership.


  1. Just like the rest of Navy Pier, Joe's Be-Bop Cafe was showing its age in recent years. They hadn't updated much of anything since they opened in the 90s. My wife and I ate there a couple years ago and it just seemed so aged and tired.

    Will touristing families want to plunge the extra bucks to eat at Harry Caray's? I never really pictured it as being a flip flops, shorts, and t-shirt kinda place.

  2. I guess if it can work at the airport, it can work at Navy Pier. I can see a weary tourist father who's been dragged around the city by his wife and kids all day long would see "Harry Caray" and feel like there's finally something for him.


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