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(Photo by Ricardo Pinto. Copyright ACEA 2016)

The America's Cup hits freshwater for the first time as it comes to Chicago this weekend. Elizabeth Brackett takes us to Navy Pier where teams are preparing for the races.

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John Van Alstine, 'Sisyphean Holiday XXVII,' 2013. (Courtesy of SOFA Chicago)

This weekend marks an important annual date on the city’s arts calendar. That's because the art fair SOFA Chicago docks at Navy Pier the first weekend of November. "Chicago Tonight" visited yesterday for the installation of the show and found both local and international connections. Jay Shefsky brings us the story.

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Teller, the usually silent half of magic duo Penn and Teller, speaks his mind about the new production of "The Tempest" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, in which he weaves stage illusions into the story of an exiled duke who uses the supernatural world to protect his daughter.

Geoffrey Baer Heads to the Pier

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It's finally summer! Geoffrey's headed for the lakefront with three questions about the area around Chicago's most popular tourist destination.

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The family of local charitable organization, Polk Bros. Foundation earned naming rights to Navy Pier's gateway entrance park following a $20 million grant.

Navy Pier Wants to Add a Hotel

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Navy Pier attracts between 8-9 million visitors each year, but traffic drops as temperatures do in the winter. The non-profit that runs Navy Pier wants to add a hotel to attract visitors year-round. 

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Chicago’s biggest tourist attraction refuses to reveal how $115 million in government funds are being spent. That’s because operations have shifted from the government-run McPier agency to a private, nonprofit group. 

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How will the Navy Pier redesign change the character of the waterfront? Is the community getting a voice in DePaul’s design plans for its massive, taxpayer-subsidized basketball arena? Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin joins us to chime in on these topics and more.

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Among the 14 historic ships heading for Chicago’s Tall Ships Festival is the “Lynx,” a two-masted schooner modeled after an 1812 “privateer.” I spent 24 hours on the Lynx as it sailed to Chicago. Read an article, view a slideshow, and watch Web Extra: Dawn on a Tall Ship for a video postcard of my trip.

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The Tall Ships Festival begins today at Navy Pier. Jay Shefsky spent 24 hours on the tall ship Lynx this week as it sailed to Chicago. On Thursday's show, Jay gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the Lynx. Today, we have Jay's web extra “video postcard” of dawn aboard a historic two-masted schooner. Watch the video.

Navy Pier & McCormick Place

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We hear what you had to say about the mayor's plans to expand McCormick Place and overhaul Navy Pier when we read some of our viewer feedback.

Navy Pier & DePaul Arena Revamp

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The mayor rolls out major plans to expand McCormick Place and overhaul Navy Pier. But, elements of the plan, including a proposed new DePaul arena, are drawing criticism. Paris Schutz has the latest.

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The mayor unveils grand plans for Navy Pier and McCormick Place. We talk with the heads of Navy Pier and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority about the proposal.

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Thousands of undocumented immigrants line up at Navy Pier for the chance to gain legal status under the new "deferred action" initiative. Paris Schutz has the story.

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Tony Award-winning actor Ian McDiarmid is starring at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. We talk to him about the obscure play, Timon of Athens, and his famed villainy as Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film saga.

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Navy Pier

The winning redesign team of the Navy Pier contest was chosen, but not necessarily the design itself.  We find out why.