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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 and at the Pier Park box office.

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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, follow us on Twitter or call us at 312.595.PIER.

Pier Park Attractions

Centennial Wheel

Multiple ticket options available. Buy online and save!

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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.

The Centennial Wheel is open year-round, weather permitting. 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.

 

Individual Tickets
Adults – Special Online Price $16 Buy Online and Save
Adults – Box Office Price $18 Walk-up only
Military* $15 Walk-up only
Children (ages 3-11)- Special Online Price $13 Buy Online and Save
Children (ages 3-11) – Box Office Price $15 Walk-up only
Children (ages 0-2) Free Walk-up only

 

Upgraded Experiences
Private Premium Wheel Experience (Up To Four Guests) $125 Buy Now
The Premium Wheel experience includes admission for up to four guests 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 $30 Buy Now
Jump to the front of the line with a Centennial Wheel Fast Pass. 
Art Institute of Chicago Combo Ticket $39 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.

 

Illinois Resident Rates** (Mondays — Nov. 1 – Mar 31)
Adults** $13 Walk-up only on Mondays
Military** $11 Walk-up only on Mondays
Children (ages 3-11)** $11 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.

 

*On certain peak attendance dates, such as the 4th of July, online tickets may not be available for purchase. Ticket prices for Navy Pier Park rides include the 9% City of Chicago Amusement Tax.

 

Group Tickets (20+ guests)
Centennial Wheel Single Ride (20-50 guests) $13-$15 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.

See also: Pier Park Hours

Pepsi Wave Swinger®

Single Ride (Adult/Child): $9

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Soar through the air on the Pepsi Wave Swinger!

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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

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For the total price of $9, ride both the Light Tower and the Carousel in Pier Park!

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.

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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

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Grab hold of the ropes and challenge yourself to climb to the top of these new interactive climbing walls.

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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

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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!

Buy Tickets Online

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

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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 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.

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