We were visiting Navy Pier to check out Once Upon a Castle, the latest exhibit at Chicago Children’s Museum and was finally able to take a spin on Navy Pier’s Centennial Wheel. I don’t know why we waited so long – it was an experience for all to remember!


  • Spectacular views. The glass-enclosed gondolas provided awesome views all around.

  • Smooth ride. We had ridden the previous ferris wheel and it was quite a different experience. This time around it was smooth sailing and not shaky at all.
  • Protection from the elements. The entire car is enclosed so it is operational even in winter.
  • Taller. In fact, it stands at 200 feet – 50 feet taller than it’s predecessor. It’s bigger than the other wheel so views are much more spectacular.
  • More people. Even though the line was long, the wait wasn’t too bad since accommodated. They can hold up to 8 people in one car. In fact, it can accommodate 180 passengers more per ride.

We Wish:

  • We visited during sunset. It would have made for awesome photos! Plus, the wheel is lighted up and would add to the experience.


  • Bring your cameras!
  • When you enter the gondola, sit to the left for better views of Lake Michigan.

Bottom Line:

What a unique experience! I believe everyone (local or tourist) should have a round at least once on the Centennial Wheel.

Nitty Gritty:

Website: https://navypier.com/
Location: 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL
Ticket prices: $15 adults; $12 ages 3-11; FREE kids 2 and under. Illinois residents can take advantage of discounted prices from Nov. 1 – March 31.
Parking: There is a parking garage but costs about $25 for parking.
Crowded: We visited on a Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m. and while the line was long it moved fast.

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