Navy Pier is going big this weekend when we celebrate not one, but two major events here at Navy Pier!
Beginning this Friday, May 17, we’ll be honoring our military for Armed Forces Weekend and cheering on our Pier Park Operations Manager, Clinton, as he attempts to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® feat for longest Ferris wheel ride and get his name in that book of all books, recognized by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS!
Here’s what you need to know:
Beginning on Friday at 2:30 p.m., Clinton will settle into his very own Ferris wheel gondola, which will become home for the next 30 hours. Clinton will attempt to remain awake until Saturday at 8:30 p.m. when he officially sets a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS number!
But because Clinton’s a bit of an overachiever and he wants this record to stick, he plans on putting in another 18 hours on the Ferris wheel. Join us as we welcome Clinton back to solid ground at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday!
Along the way, Clinton will share his gondola with celebrities, live tweet answers to all of your most pressing questions, celebrate his four-year anniversary with his girlfriend over a romantic candlelit dinner, enjoy meals and snacks from many of the great Navy Pier tenants, and for a $25 donation to the USO share his gondola with all of you, his biggest fans!
Plus, our Ferris wheel will be running all night long! From 10:00 p.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, ride the Ferris wheel for a suggested donation of $3; all proceeds will be donated to the USO!
KISS FM and B96 will also be broadcasting live over the weekend. Come out on Saturday from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. to see the KISS FM broadcast and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. for B96!
And like we mentioned above, this very same weekend will be Armed Forces Weekend! Active members of the military and their families are invited to the Pier for fun and freebies! Check in at the USO office inside Navy Pier on Saturday to receive a family fun pack and wristbands good for free and discounted offers from the Pier and its vendors, like free Pier Park rides and a free visit to the Chicago Children’s Museum or Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze!
In conjunction with PepsiCo, free refreshments and children’s activities will be offered all day long inside the USO Center and the first 250 military families who check in at the USO booth on Navy Pier’s South Dock will receive a special Pepsi Pack Gift Bag!
Plus at noon on the Navy Pier Grand Staircase along the South Dock, the Armed Forces Day Salute Ceremony will kick off! Pay your respects as the Color Guard, a military band, and keynote speaker, Brigadier General Daniel M. Krumrei, Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard welcome everyone to the Pier!
Check-in for military families will take place as follows:
Saturday, May 18
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – USO Table on Dock Street for military check-in
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. – USO Center at Navy Pier open for military
And you definitely won’t want to miss out on our patriotic-themed fireworks show on Saturday, May 18 at 8:30 p.m.! This will be our first show of the season and the perfect way to honor our men and women in uniform. Plus, as we mentioned above, it’ll mark the point where Clinton breaks the old GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS mark. If you’re lucky enough, you may just be able to claim a spot on our Ferris wheel and watch the show from on high with Clinton!