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Centennial Wheel & Pier Park

No trip to Navy Pier is complete without a visit to Pier Park! Pier Park attractions include our amazing Centennial Wheel, the Pepsi Wave Swinger, carousel and more. Tickets may be purchased online (see below) and at the Pier Park box office. 

Quick Link: Buy Centennial Wheel and Pier Park Tickets

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.

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.

Buy Centennial Wheel Tickets Online

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


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.


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.


Pier Park Hours

Seasonal Pier Park Attractions

Purchase tickets at the Pier Park box office.


Standard Ticket: $5

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The Carousel was designed exclusively for Navy Pier. It’s a whimsical work-of-art that recreates the Pier’s golden age of the 1920s when a similar attraction delighted another generation of visitors. The carousel’s 36 hand-painted animals represent the different styles found throughout the history of carousels. Horses, chariots and a playful frog are just a few of the featured characters waiting to carry children of all ages. The hand-painted rounding boards at the top of the 44-foot carousel depict scenes of Navy Pier’s history.

You must be at least 42 inches tall to ride alone or be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Purchase tickets at the Pier Park box office.

Climbing Walls

Standard Ticket: $8

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Grab hold of the ropes and challenge yourself to climb to the top of these new interactive climbing walls. Purchase tickets at the Pier Park box office.

Light Tower Ride

The Light Tower Ride is now closed for the 2017 season. Please check back soon in 2018 for updated information!

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The Light Tower Ride is now closed for the 2017 season. Please check back soon in 2018 for updated information!

Located at the base of the Pepsi Wave Swinger, navigate and maneuver one of eight token-operated, remote control boats through the waters. This attraction requires tokens that can be purchased at the Remote Control Boats.

Remote Control Boats close one hour prior to the closing of Navy Pier and Pier Park.

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