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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 at the Pier Park box office.

Weather-Related Closures

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.

Pier Park Attractions

Centennial Wheel

Multiple ticket options available.

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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

Pepsi Wave Swinger®

Single Ride (Adult/Child): $9
Now closed for the winter. Ride again in Spring 2019!

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Soar through the air on the Pepsi Wave Swinger! This high-flying ride operates late spring through early fall, weather permitting. 

Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Pepsi Wave Swinger 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, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

Carousel

Ride the Carousel and Light Tower: $9 total
Now closed for the winter. Ride again in Spring 2019!

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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.

For the total price of $9, ride both the Light Tower and the Carousel in Pier Park! These rides operate late spring through early fall, weather permitting.

Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Carousel 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, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

Climbing Walls

Single Ride (Adult/Child): $9
Now closed for the winter. Ride again in Spring 2019!

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Grab hold of the ropes and challenge yourself to climb to the top of these new interactive climbing walls. This ride operates late spring through early fall, weather permitting.

Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Carousel 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, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

Light Tower

Ride the Carousel and Light Tower (Adult/Child): $9 total
Now closed for the winter. Ride again in Spring 2019!

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A thrill for all ages! For the total price of $9, ride both the Light Tower and the Carousel in Pier Park! This ride operates late spring through early fall, weather permitting.

Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Light Tower 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, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

Remote Control Boats

Purchase tokens on-site only
Now closed for the winter. Play again in Spring 2019!

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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 operates late spring through early fall, weather permitting.

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.

Please note: for the safety of our guests and staff, the Remote Control Boats 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, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

Virtual Rush: Chicago

Single Ride (Adult/Child): $9
Purchase at the attraction box office.

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Ready, Set…Rush! Pulseworks, LLC is proud to announce the opening of a new state-of-the-art motion-based virtual reality experience located at Pier Park on Chicago’s Navy Pier. Virtual Rush: Chicago is a groundbreaking 4D VR adventure that offers riders a thrilling virtual voyage over and through a futuristic Chicago city-scape, immersing them in the action.

The adventure begins as patrons make their way to the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion (near McDonald’s) and take their seats on one of the Pulseworks VR Transporter motion platforms. Using the latest VR head-mounted displays, riders will launch into a fantastical Chicago like they have never seen before and look in any direction while the dynamic motion platform propels them to excitement. Special 4Deffects add an acute sense of realism by marrying the visuals with other cognitive inputs, resulting in a jaw-dropping, thrilling experience. Virtual Rush: Chicago takes VR to a whole new level! 

Virtual Rush: Chicago is not only a visual odyssey, but a high-tech interactive game that allows patrons to compete with other nearby riders for the highest score! Newly developed Look Targeting technology allows riders’ head movement to be translated into the game, making it possible for them to collect artefacts and trigger scenic changes for points. Each rider’s score is posted for bragging rights on a leader board at the end of the ride.

The fast-paced aerial journey takes riders over famous Chicago landmarks such as Navy Pier, Centennial Wheel, the Chicago River and Grant Park as they soar through magnificent man-made skyscraper canyons with many iconic structures. Chicago comes alive in this new eye-popping VR adventure!

Ride Details

Rides last approximately 5 minutes. Riders must be 42” (approx. 106 cm) tall to ride. Virtual Rush: Chicago is not recommended for expectant mothers and people with a history of heart conditions, seizure disorders, abnormal blood pressure, or back, neck and shoulder conditions. Other restrictions may apply. Eyewear and hats are not permitted during the ride.

Buy Tickets

Tickets for Virtual Rush: Chicago are $9 each and may be purchased the Pier Park ticket booth located on Navy Pier or in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, near McDonald’s.

 

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