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Oct. 19, 2022 | More than 50 local nonprofits will receive free Centennial Wheel tickets

Navy Pier Announces Recipients of Community Rides Program and Gives More Than 4,000 Free Centennial Wheel Rides to Local Organizations

CHICAGO—Navy Pier is providing 4,495 tickets to 53 different nonprofits and school programs through the relaunch of Community Rides. The program offers these vital community organizations the opportunity to apply for up to 100 free tickets to ride the Centennial Wheel as well as a transportation stipend. It is an initiative designed to provide underserved communities with access to visit and experience the Pier.

Creating a program that supports our communities and directly removes barriers such as ticket fees and transportation costs is vital to the Pier’s mission. Navy Pier is relaunching the program following a 2-year hiatus and for the first time offering two application cycles per year (spring and fall) and expanding eligibility to include school groups and school programs in addition to 501c3 applicants.

As the People’s Pier, Navy Pier strives to establish and nurture meaningful partnerships with schools, embrace other nonprofits, offer unique opportunities to all of guests and create new experiences to underserved communities.

Fall 2022 Community Rides Recipients include: After School Matters, Alexander Leigh Center for Autism (ALCA), Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, The Chicago Public Library Foundation, Urban Alliance, A Safe Haven Foundation, ACERO Schools – Major Hector P Garcia M.D High School, Braven, Inc., Face the Future Foundation, Saint Leonard& Ministries, Step Up,  Totally Positive Productions, Youth Guidance, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, Hephzibah Children& Association, St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, World Chicago, C24/7: Father& Arms Ministries, Chicago Scholars, Esperanza Community Services, Illinois Institute of Technology, iMentor Chicago, Kids Above All, L.E.A.R.N Charter School Romano-Butler Campus, Peace Village, Chicago Scholars, Tutoring Chicago, Chicago Youth Centers , New Moms, Inc., Chicago Jesuit Academy, St. Procopius Dual Language School, Cornerstone Community Outreach, Northwest Side Housing Center, SheWill Legacy NFP, Bronzeville Classical School, House of the Good Shepherd, Talented Tenth Social Services, Inc., Operation Support Our Troops-America, Portfolio Resident Services,  Old Town School of Folk Music, The Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, Project OneTen, Healthy Lombard,  Jane Addams Resource Corporation, La Casa Norte, Find Your Anchor, Jerome Burke Foundation, Easterseals, Better Sister and Brother Growth Network, Indo American, and America Field Service.

Organizations interested in applying can learn more here . The next application cycle will open in early 2023.

Tickets for the Centennial Wheel are valued at $18.00 for an adult and $15.00 for children ages 3 -11. Guests interested in purchasing a ride can click link for additional details.

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. For more information, visit .

Note: All dates are subject to change. Centennial Wheel operations are weather permitting.

About Navy Pier

Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million guests have come to enjoy the Pier’s 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences. In 2022, Navy Pier continues to evolve into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.


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