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Navy Pier Community Rides

The Community Rides program offers free Centennial Wheel tickets to local schools and nonprofit organizations and exemplifies Navy Pier’s unwavering commitment to welcoming all through dynamic experiences.

Established in 2016, the Community Rides program annually provides 10,000 complimentary tickets to community organizations to visit Navy Pier and ride the Centennial Wheel at no cost.

Interested in Community Ride tickets for 2023? Check back in early 2023 to apply for the Spring application cycle.

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How to Apply

  • Eligible local nonprofit organizations (501c3) and schools can apply online.
  • The deadline to apply for the 2022 Fall cycle was Friday, August 26, 2022. Recipient organizations will be announced in late September 2022 and the tickets will be valid through December 31, 2022.
  • Looking for a ticket donation to support your organization’s fundraising efforts? (Raffle prize, auction prize, etc.) Apply for up to (4) Centennial Wheel tickets HERE.

Submissions for 2022 are closed. Please check back next year!

Fall 2022 Recipients

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.

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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