A key part of the Chicago skyline has been missing for most of the past year, but Navy Pier has brought it back with an updated look and a new name: Centennial Wheel.
Navy Pier will be opening their new Centennial Wheel to the public for the first time this Memorial Day weekend. The wheel gets its name because this year Navy Pier celebrates its 100th birthday. The first 20,000 people to get on the Centennial Wheel will receive a commemorative ticket to mark the occasion. There will even be a special fireworks show for the opening of the Centennial Wheel on May 27 at 9 p.m.
After a six-month long search for a new Ferris wheel, Navy Pier found the one with the perfect size and structure from Dutch Wheels, who built Navy Pier’s first Ferris wheel. The wheel model is the DW60, which is the first one of its kind in the United States. It has two-sided cars and can stand winds of up to 115 miles per hour. For 13 fun facts about the Centennial Wheel visit conciergepreferred.com/13-things-you-didnt-know-about-navy-piers-new-ferris-wheel.
The Centennial Wheel opens May 27 at 12 p.m. at Navy Pier located at 600 E. Grand Ave. For more information visit navypier.com/ferris-wheel-2016.