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Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier Fun Facts

Written by  Stephanie Choporis
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Ferris Wheel Navy Pier

Navy Pier’s famous, white-spoked Ferris wheel is often synonymous with Chicago. The towering Navy Pier wheel is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Here are fun facts you may not know about the great, spinning sight.

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Facts

What a View: This 15-story-high ride, which offers complete views of the city skyline and lakefront, was modeled after the very first Ferris wheel built for Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

Maximum Capacity: Close to 300 passengers can be comfortably seated on the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in one of its 40 gondolas.

Great Lengths: The Navy Pier Farris Wheel’s diameter reaches a whopping 140 feet, making it almost as wide as it is tall.

Let There Be Light: Every evening, the $3.2 million historic replica sparkles with more than 16,000 light bulbs.

Thrill Seekers:  Just over 63,000 visitors take the seven-minute ride on the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier each month.

Hitting a Milestone: In September, 2007, Navy Pier's wheel celebrated its 10 millionth rider as Ronald McDonald and the Pier’s mascot, Patch the Pirate Dog, presented the rider with various prizes.