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Navy Pier Community Rides

Navy Pier’s Community Rides Program is no longer accepting applications at this time. Please check back for additional opportunities to apply.

In honor of Navy Pier’s 102nd anniversary, Navy Pier will award 102 Chicagoland nonprofits with up to 102 rides each on the Centennial Wheel or up to 102 all-access tickets to Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest—part of Navy Pier’s Community Rides program. 

Eligible organizations must successfully complete Navy Pier’s online application no later than June 29, 2018. See below for additional details and eligibility requirements.

Community Rides 2018 Recipients

  • Adler Planetarium

  • After School Matters

  • Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois

  • Alexander Leigh Center for Autism

  • Association House of Chicago

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago

  • Bleeding Disorders Alliance Illinois

  • Books and Breakfast

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

  • Carole Robertson for Learning

  • Casa Central

  • Center on Halsted

  • Chicago Children’s Museum

  • Chicago Lighthouse

  • Chicago Public Library Foundation

  • Chicago Scholars Foundation

  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater

  • Chicago Veterans Coordinating Committee

  • Chicago Youth Centers

  • Chicago-Lawndale AMACHI Mentoring Program

  • Children’s Place Association

  • ChildServ

  • City Outreach Foundation

  • City Year Chicago
  • Clearbrook

  • Cook County Southland Juvenile Justice Council

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates

  • The Cradle

  • Cradles to Crayons of Chicago

  • Erie Neighborhood House

  • Field Museum

  • Forward Momentum Chicago

  • Freedom Golf Association

  • Gary Comer Youth Center

  • Gilda’s Club Chicago

  • Girls in the Game

  • Girls Inc. of Chicago

  • Helping Hands Network

  • Hephzibah Children’s Association

  • High Concept Labs

  • Horizons for Youth

  • House of the Good Shepherd

  • I GROW Chicago

  • Imagine Englewood If

  • iMentor

  • Indo-American Center

  • Jewish Child and Family Services

  • KAN-WIN

  • Kuumba Lynx

  • La Casa Norte

  • Ladies of Virtue

  • LaTanya and the Youth of Englewood

  • Lawrence Hall

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation

  • Maplewood Housing

  • Marillac St. Vincent Family Services

  • Metropolitan Family Services

  • Metropolitan Tenants Organization

  • Midtown Educational Foundation

  • Museum of Science and Industry

  • National Museum of Mexican Art

  • Near North Health Service Corporation

  • The Night Ministry

  • North Lawndale Employment Network

  • Old Town School of Folk Music

  • Operation Support Our Troops

  • PALS Programs

  • PAWS Chicago

  • Peace Village

  • Philippine American Cultural Foundation

  • Pillars

  • Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

  • Ronald McDonald House

  • Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

  • Silk Road Rising

  • SitStayRead

  • SkyART

  • Social Change

  • South East Chicago Commission

  • South Shore Drill Team

  • Special Olympics Chicago

  • Special Olympics Illinois

  • St. Leonard’s Ministries

  • Step Up

  • Talented Tenth Social Services

  • Thresholds

  • Totally Positive Productions

  • Trickster Art Gallery

  • United Negro College Fund

  • Urban Alliance

  • Urban Gateways

  • USO of Illinois

  • Volkman Foundation

  • Volunteers of America of Illinois

  • Way Back Inn

  • WBEZ

  • Working in the Schools

  • YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

  • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago

  • Youth & Opportunity United

  • Youth Guidance

  • YouthBuild Lake County

Eligibility

Eligible organizations include Chicagoland 501 (c)(3) nonprofits in good standing who successfully complete Navy Pier’s online application no later than July 6, 2018. Organization’s primary constituency must be located in any of the following counties:

  • Cook
  • DeKalb
  • DuPage
  • Kane
  • Kendall
  • Kenosha (WI)
  • Lake
  • Lake (IN)
  • McHenry
  • Porter (IN)
  • Will
Key Dates

  • June 8th – July 6th: Application period
  • July 16th: Selected organizations announced
Ticket Details

Eligible organizations may also apply for a transportation stipend to be provided by Navy Pier. Please see below for additional details.

*Complimentary Centennial Wheel tickets will be valid for use between July 16th 2018, and May 31st, 2019.

*Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest tickets will grant recipients all access to the festival from November 30th, 2018 to January 6th, 2019.

*Excludes major holidays. Additional scheduling may be required at the discretion of Navy Pier.

*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.

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