Chicago: Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Regular & Express Ticket

Chicago: Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Regular & Express Ticket

From $19.62 per person

Soar to heights of nearly 200 feet over Navy Pier, with unparalleled, 360-degree views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Choose between pre-purchasing a Regular or a Fastpass Express ticket to experience this iconic part of the Chicago skyline.

About this ticket

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 15 minutes
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Instant confirmation
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy 3 full revolutions of the near 200ft high wheel
  • Admire panoramic views over downtown, Lake Michigan, and Navy Pier
  • Skip all the lines when you pre-purchase the Fastpass Express Ticket option
  • Experience the wheel at any time of year with heated gondolas
  • Plan your visit around the weather with this flexible date ticket
Full description
Located on Historic Navy Pier, the Centennial Wheel is suspended over Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Chicago River and offers spectacular views of the iconic Chicago skyline, the many attractions on Navy Pier, as well as the famous parks and world-class attractions located along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Choose between Regular of Fastpass ticket options: The Regular Barcoded ticket is pre-barcoded to allow you to skip the line to purchase tickets and proceed directly to the line to board the wheel. The Fastpass Express ticket allows you to skip all the lines - both the ticket line and the regular boarding line - and gives you VIP access via the exclusive Fastpass Boarding Entrance. Both tickets also feature the Flexible Date feature which lets you visit whenever you like, within 7 days of your scheduled ticket date - so you can plan your visit around the weather when you are in Chicago The Centennial Wheel was built in 2016 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Navy Pier and features 42 gondolas, each holding 8 people. Operating all year round the individual gondolas are air-conditioned in summer and heated in winter. They also feature LED lighting, padded seats, TV screens, and speakers, as well as panoramic windows on all 4 sides. So, no matter the season, these enclosed gondolas provide a comfortable experience with miraculous city views. A ride on the wheel gives you plenty of time to enjoy these unforgettable panoramic views of Chicago as they unfold all around you and lets you go over the top three times. During these 3 revolutions, you can relax and take in the view or get your camera out to snap pictures of the ever-changing Chicago landscape
Includes
  • Regular Barcoded Admission ticket - allowing you to skip the ticket purchase line (if option chosen)
  • Fastpass Express Admission Barcoded ticket - allowing you to skip all the lines (if option chosen)
  • A ride on the Centennial Wheel (3 revolutions)
  • 9% City of Chicago Amusement Tax
  • Parking fees
  • Transportation to and from Navy Pier
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    Navy Pier is located between Illinois and Grand Avenue at 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611. Proceed directly to the line to board the wheel, located on the East Side of the Wheel. Do not stand in the ticket line to purchase a ticket.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Smoking
    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • Tickets are valid for one ride on The Centennial Wheel any day within 7 days on either side of your chosen ticket date. This flexible ticket allows you to plan your visit around the weather
    •  Children 2 and under are free
    • The Navy Pier Summer Fireworks are at Navy Pier every Wednesday and Saturday evening from Memorial Day through Labor Day; additional shows may also be added throughout the year
    • Lockers are available on the pier for an extra fee
    • Please note: for the safety of 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
    • Only service animals are permitted as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - any guide dog, signal dog or another animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 217 reviews

    Review summary

    • Value for money
      4.1/5
    • Service
      4.6/5
    • Organization
      4.7/5
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    We saw how long the line was, and paid the extra for the fast pass....we didn't need to do that, they put about 6-8 people per gondola car, so we would have gotten right on. Looks of the line we're deceiving. Because we did the fast pass there were only 4 of us in the car, so we could get different views and photos.

    July 18, 2021

    The ride was great, the view was phenomenal. The process to purchase ones ticket was terrible. The lines was long and the machine outside went down, so we were directed to purchase on line and advised that the ticket would be $2 less if we did; when purchasing on line the confirmation did not come back immediately; therefore, we had to purchase another ticket from the ticket window, which resulted in duplicate tickets. I am still trying to get refunded.

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    October 22, 2019

    Get a fast pass!

    The view from the top of the ferris wheel was amazing. Great for taking pictures of the skyline. I would recommend going at night to get the city lit up. Also, buying a fast pass was the absolute best thing. We skipped all of the lines, took our picture, and was in a carriage immediately!

    August 4, 2019

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