Centennial Wheel32 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 10:00 pm]
- Address: 800-, 838 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-8005957437
- Ticket Price: 15 USD
- Tags: Landmark, Family And Kids, Rides
The Centennial Wheel was built as a tribute to Lake Michigan landmark's 100th anniversary. This Ferris wheel makes a wonderful architectural statement and adds to the existing skyline of the city of Chicago. Once the ride begins, you would be surrounded by 360-degree views of this beautiful city. At each stop, six cars are loaded and unloaded. There are a total of seven stops. You get two revolutions plus one while loading/unloading. The cars have cooling/heating facilities and each car fits six persons. The ride lasts for 12-15 minutes and no food is allowed inside the cart. Once high up, you get the enjoy the spectacular views of Chicago, Lake Michigan and Navy Pier itself. You can buy the tickets at the pier or pre-book them online. You can also get an express pass to skip the line.
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Centennial Wheel Travel Tips
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Entrance Ticket Details For Centennial Wheel
- The mentioned ticket price is for 1 adult.
- Military Personnel: US$ 12
- Children (ages 3-11): US$ 12
- Children (ages 0-2): Free
- For group tickets, resident tickets and to buy upgraded experiences, kindly refer to their website.
How to Reach Centennial Wheel
- By Car
- By Bus - Illinois & Lake Shore bus stop and Grand & Streeter bus stop (Bus no: 2, 29, 65, 66, 124)
- By Subway – Grand Subway Station (Red Line)
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0.31% of people who visit Chicago include Centennial Wheel in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
42.86% of people start their Centennial Wheel visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Centennial Wheel
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Centennial Wheel
Centennial Wheel Reviews & Ratings
An amazing way to see the Lakefront. If you pick your times right, you can wait in line as little as 5-10min before you're loading in and riding to the best view of the gorgeous Chicago Skyline. Midday you get a beautiful view of the busy city, early evening gets you the sunset on the skyline, and evening gets you all the beautiful lights of the Lakefront. You can fit 6 people in each gondola and you get 3 full loops before you get out. Just make sure you sit on the floor if you want the best selfies, and get ready for the automated message at the beginning.....the speakers are loud.
Centennial Wheel is a perfect way to catch a glimpse of Chicago's Skyline as well as Lake Michigan. Because everything looks significantly good when looked at from a height. Better if the said height is 200 feet. The 12-15 minutes ride on this weather-safe wheel gives Jaw-dropping view of Lake Michigan as well as the Skyline, given that the sky is clear. You can buy Fast Pass and VIP tickets too. ProTip- Save some money by purchasing the ticket online.
We paid $18 each for adults, and infants are free. On a Sunday night we got in very quick and had no need to pay extra for a fast pass. The gondola fits up to 8, and in my opinion it’s best to visit at night. I’ve been visiting Chicago for about 6-7 times a year for the past 8 years, this was my first time going on, I guess it was too touristy? Worth the visit once in you’re lifetime.
$36 for you and your significant other to experience the feeling of being lottery ball? Meh. Not something you will want to repeat. Better to spend the money on a few drinks at the rooftop bar located at the end of the pier. Nice views, fire pits, but the setting is as poor as the service.
The Navy Pier Ferris Wheel is a must see attraction when visiting Chicagoland. The staff is friendly and the immediate area is clean enough. The view from the top is the main draw for myself and is well worth it. This is also a great place to go on a date!