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Centennial Wheel

Buy Centennial Wheel tickets here! Navy Pier’s Centennial Wheel is an iconic part of the Chicago skyline and a treasured piece of Chicago cultural history. Soaring to heights of nearly 200 feet, the Wheel offers visitors unparalleled, 360-degree views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.

The Centennial Wheel is open year-round. No matter the season, the enclosed gondolas provide a comfortable experience and miraculous city views. Illinois residents, plan your visit on Mondays between November 1 and March 31 to take advantage of special seasonal pricing! See below for details.

Play the Park Tickets Individual Tickets  Resident Tickets (Mondays — Nov 1-Mar 31)  Group Tickets  Upgraded Wheel Experiences

October 25, 2017 is HalloWheel Wednesday

10/19 Update: All tickets for the HalloWheel Wednesday have been claimed! If you did not get a ticket for this free community event, be sure to stay tuned for additional #WheelWednesday dates to be announced.

As part of Navy Pier’s Halloween festivities, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district is extending free rides on the Centennial Wheel – or the “HalloWheel” – on Wednesday, October 25.

The free rides are part of the Pier’s #WheelWednesday series, an initiative to make the attraction available and accessible to all by offering the community complimentary rides on select Wednesdays periodically throughout the year.

Registration SOLD OUT

*Tickets for this event are limited. Must present valid Eventbrite ticket at the Pier Park Box Office to ride for free. Limit one free ride ticket per person. Additional tickets are available for purchase online and at the Pier Park box office. Ticket valid on Wednesday, October 25 only, during normal operating hours. The Centennial Wheel operates rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather conditions, the Centennial Wheel may close temporarily for the safety of our guests and our Pier Park staff. In the event of severely inclement weather conditions, please see or for operational updates. Navy Pier reserves the right to refuse entry for any reason.

Buy Centennial Wheel Tickets

Guests can purchase Centennial Wheel tickets online or at the Navy Pier Park box office. See below for ticket options.

Individual Tickets
Adults $15 Buy Now
Military* $12 Walk-up only
Children (ages 3-11) $12 Buy Now
Children (ages 0-2) Free Walk-up only


Illinois Resident Rates (Mondays — Nov. 1 – Mar 31)
Adults* $12 Walk-up only on Mondays
Military* $10 Walk-up only on Mondays
Children (ages 3-11)* $10 Walk-up only on Mondays
Children (ages 0-2) Free Walk-up only

*Illinois Resident Rates in effect Mondays — November 1 through March 31. To claim, guest must present valid photo ID at the Pier Park box office. Military discount available to United States active duty service members. 


Group Tickets (20+ guests)
Centennial Wheel Single Ride (20-50 guests) $12* Buy Now
*Navy Pier offers special rates on a wide variety of attractions and activities, as well as dining packages, for groups of 20 or more guests. To learn more about all group options, contact Group Sales.

Upgrade Your Centennial Wheel Experience

Treat yourself and your loved ones to an upgraded Centennial Wheel experience. See below for upgraded Centennial Wheel tickets.

Upgraded Experiences
Premium Wheel Experience $50 Buy Now
The Premium Wheel experience includes admission for one to board the VIP gondola, featuring plush seating and trademark glass bottom, plus other premium perks. Ideal for celebrating special occasions!
Centennial Wheel Fast Pass $25 Buy Now
Jump to the head of the line with a Centennial Wheel Fast Pass. 
Art Institute of Chicago Combo Ticket $35 Buy Now
Enjoy a fun-filled day exploring two of Chicago’s most iconic destinations. This combo ticket includes one (1) individual adult Centennial Wheel admission and one (1) individual adult general admission ticket to the Art Institute of Chicago.

More About the Centennial Wheel

Building the Centennial Wheel

Navy Pier, Inc. conducted a thorough 6-month worldwide search for a wheel that would best meet the unique structural and operational requirements of the Pier. Working alongside engineers from Thornton Tomasetti, a new model was selected and purchased: the DW60 from Dutch Wheels, the Netherlands-based company that built the Pier’s first wheel. Considered the world’s top designer and manufacturer of Ferris wheels, Pier leadership was impressed with the company’s exemplary safety record and commitment to excellence.

The state-of-the-art DW60 is the first and only one of its kind in the U.S. with similar wheels currently in operation in Hong Kong and Baku, Azerbaijan. Significant features include two-sided cars that allow for easy loading and unloading, a fortified structure to withstand winds of 115 miles per hour, and safety glass capable of weathering intense storms. 

Centennial Wheel Installation Gallery

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