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Chicago: Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Regular & Express Ticket

Chicago: Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Regular & Express Ticket

From US$ 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
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 15 minutes
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Wheelchair accessible


  • 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
  • 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
  • 9% of the City of Chicago Amusement tax is included
  • Parking fees are not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 405 reviews

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It was totally worth it. I was a bit hesitant initially as the weather was cold. But they had a cozy air conditioned setup below the deck which was helpful. The guide was very knowledgeable. She kept us all engaging with some good jokes in between. We didn't even realize that 90 mins went like a breeze.

November 1, 2021

The wait wasn't long. Line moved pretty quickly. The car we were in was nicely airconditioned, and clean on the inside. The ride was most enjoyable, smooth, and very beautiful. My only complaint, the windows were dirty! 99.9% of the reason that ANYONE gets on this thing is to take photos. The windows were rain stained, and just dirty. It's not like you need a crane to clean these. They could be wiped off regularly. That's all. Very scenic, very pretty. Just wish the windows were cleaner.

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October 4, 2021

The way it was understood with the tickets I printed and had on my phone (express) I would walk up, they would be scanned and walk on. But we had to stillgo to ticket booth so they could scan what we had to print out other tickets to be scanned at the ride entrance.

September 21, 2021

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