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.
How To Apply
The application for the 2023 Spring cycle is now closed. Thank you to all of the organizations that applied. Eligible recipients will be notified in the coming weeks.
Any community rides application questions can be emailed to Tara Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2023 Recipients
A Safe Haven Foundation, ACERO – Major Hector P Garcia High School, ACLA, After School Matters, Association House of Chicago, Better Sister and Brother Growth Network NFP, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, Braven, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, C24/7: Fathers Arms Ministries, Care2Prevent, Chicago Jesuit Academy, Chicago, Women’s Health Center, Children’s Legal Center, Chinese American Service League, Community TV Network, F.O.C.U.O.S., Face the Future Foundation, Family Legacy Foundation, Find Your Anchor, Forward Momentum Chicago, Free Root Operation, Friends of Suder, Grant A Wish Inc., Healing to Action, House of the Good Shepherd, iMentor Chicago, Jane Addams Resource Corporation, LEARN CHARTER CHICAGO- CAMPBELL CAMPUS, LIFT-Chicago, Mobile Care Chicago, New Community Outreach, New Moms, Of Color Inc., Peace Village, Project Education Plus (PEP), RefugeeOne, Sarah’s Circle, She Is Undefeated Inc., SheWill Legacy NFP, Sisters Working It Out NFP, Something Good in Englewood Inc., Somos Arte NFP, South Shore Drill Team & Performing Arts Ensemble, Step Up For Mental Health, Syrian Community Network, Ta’leef Collective, The Field School, The Night Ministry, TOTALLY POSITIVE PRODUCTIONS, UChicago Charter School – Woodlawn Campus, Walt Disney Magnet School, William F. Finkl Academy Elementary School, Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
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