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Love Makes the Wheel Go Round at Navy Pier This Valentine’s Day and National Ferris Wheel Day!

CHICAGO – February 14 not only is Valentine’s Day; it’s also National Ferris Wheel Day! To celebrate, Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, is offering ‘wheel fun’ for everyone – couples and singles, alike – including complimentary Centennial Wheel rides to pre-registered guests on Wednesday, February 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Take your Valentine for a romantic ride aboard the city’s beloved attraction, which features enclosed and heated gondolas and picturesque views of the majestic skyline and lake from 200 feet above ground.

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. Those interested in taking advantage of the free Centennial Wheel ride offer must RSVP online in advance and present their reservation ticket at the Pier Park Box Office. A limited amount of free tickets are available to guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

No Valentine? No problem. Navy Pier has teamed up with Entertainment Cruises to host Spinning with Singles, a special Valentine’s Day mixer for singles ages 21 and over on February 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the Centennial Wheel and aboard the private yacht, Chicago Elite. Singles are invited to mix and mingle with other singles at this one-of-a-kind dating event in hopes of forging a love connection.

Tickets to Spinning with Singles are $50 per person and include an exclusive ride experience on Chicago’s treasured icon, access to the dazzling triple-deck private yacht, food, open bar, and of course, the opportunity to potentially make a romantic connection. Interested individuals must register online. Save $10 with early bird tickets, available until February 5. Space is limited and registration will be closed upon reaching capacity.

Love is in the air and water aboard Entertainment CruisesOdyssey and Spirit of Chicago during Valentine’s Week. Book a dinner cruise for you and your sweetheart on February 10, 14 or 17. The Odyssey dinner cruise includes a private table with idyllic views of the Chicago skyline; three-course plated Valentine’s dinner menu; music and dancing; and more. The Spirit of Chicago dinner cruise includes a private table with view; delicious dinner buffet; complimentary champagne toast; a rose per couple; music and dancing; and more. The Odyssey and Spirit of Chicago also offer a Valentine’s Brunch Cruise on February 11 and Valentine’s Lunch Cruise on February 17, respectively. For ticket information or to book a cruise, call (888) 957-2634 or check online. Save 20% on Valentine’s dining cruises from February 10 to 17 with promo code VDAY20 (valid for parties of 1-19 only; offer ends January 31).

Hubba Bubba! Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is offering a four-course meal for two for $59.99 (excluding tax and gratuity). Meanwhile, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville invites guests to celebrate love in paradise! For $59.99, enjoy two “Who’s to Blame” margaritas, choice of one appetizer (up to $13.99 each), and choice of any two entrees (up to $19.99 each). Or perhaps revel in the romance at Riva Crabhouse as you treat your Valentine to dinner with a view, complete with a prix fix menu for $130 and a bottle of wine for only $2.14. Step into Tiny Tavern for a nightcap with $6 Lemon Drop Martinis and Cocotinis. All offers are valid only on Valentine’s Day.


For more information on Navy Pier’s Valentine’s Day celebrations and offerings, visit www.navypier.org/valentines-day.


Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.


Visit our new website, navypier.org. The change to .org is small, but impactful. We’re excited to move in to our second century as a mission-driven cultural district, welcoming all and inspiring our more than 9 million guests.

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is one of the top-attended nonprofit cultural destinations in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than nine million guests annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. In 2017, Navy Pier continues to celebrate its centennial with a series of special events and programming, year-round rides on the Centennial Wheel and ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts as part of the Centennial Vision. Navy Pier, as a nonprofit organization, maintains and manages the 50-acre pier that is being redeveloped as a contemporary, environmentally responsible urban space. More information is available at www.navypier.org.


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