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Centennial Wheel

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.

No matter the season, the enclosed gondolas provide a comfortable experience and miraculous city views. Illinois residents, plan your visit on Tuesdays-Thursdays between November 1 and March 31 to take advantage of special seasonal pricing.

2019 Centennial Wheel Ticket Prices

A family riding the Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier.

Centennial Wheel General Admission Tickets

Join us for high-flying fun! Tickets to the Centennial Wheel may be purchased on-site at the Pier Park box office.

  • Adult:   $18   
    Illinois Resident Adult: $14*
  • Child ages 3-11: $15   
    Illinois Resident Child: $12*
  • Children under 3: FREE 
  • Military (must show ID at box office): $15 
    Illinois Resident Military: $12* 

*Resident rates offered Tuesdays through Thursdays from November 1 – March 31. To claim discount, please present your Illinois driver’s license or state ID at the Pier Park Box Office.

Fast-Pass

Hate to wait? Upgrade to a Centennial Wheel Fast Pass to jump to the front of the line. 

  • Adult Fast Pass: $26
  • Child Fast Pass: $23


A couple enjoys a ride on the VIP Gondola on Navy Pier's Centennial Wheel

Centennial Wheel VIP Gondola Buy-Out

This premium experience includes admission for up to four guests to board the Centennial Wheel’s VIP gondola, featuring plush seating and trademark glass bottom, plus other premium perks. Ideal for celebrating special occasions, the VIP Gondola can be reserved at the Pier Park box office.

  • VIP Gondola Buy-Out (Seats up to four guests total): $125

Group Tickets to the Centennial Wheel

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.

Hours of Operation

The Centennial Wheel is open year-round, weather permitting. Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Centennial Wheel and other Pier Park attractions must occasionally close due to weather conditions, such as lightning, high winds, and extreme cold. To inquire about the operational status of Pier Park rides and attractions on the day of your visit, call us at 312.595.PIER.

January 1 – March 31, 2019 

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday:  10am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 7pm

April 1 – May 23, 2019 

Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm

May 24 – May 27, 2019 
(Memorial Day Weekend)

Friday, May 24:  10am – Midnight
Saturday, May 25: 10am – Midnight
Sunday, May 26: 10am – 10pm
Monday, May 27: 10am – 10pm

May 28 – September 2, 2019
Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – Midnight

September 3 – October 31, 2019
Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm

November 1 – December 31, 2019*
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 7pm

*Please note the following holiday hours in the months of November and December:

Thanksgiving Day: Closed
Christmas Eve: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 10am – Midnight

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