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Chicago: Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Regular & Express Ticket

Product ID: 196427
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
Duration: 15 minutes
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants and date:



  • 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 for the box office 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
What’s Not Included
  • Parking fees
  • Transportation to and from Navy Pier

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Children 2 and under are free
• The AON 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 172 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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The ride was great, the view was phenomenal. The process to purchase ones ticket was terrible. The lines was long and the machine outside went down, so we were directed to purchase on line and advised that the ticket would be $2 less if we did; when purchasing on line the confirmation did not come back immediately; therefore, we had to purchase another ticket from the ticket window, which resulted in duplicate tickets. I am still trying to get refunded.

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October 22, 2019

Get a fast pass!

The view from the top of the ferris wheel was amazing. Great for taking pictures of the skyline. I would recommend going at night to get the city lit up. Also, buying a fast pass was the absolute best thing. We skipped all of the lines, took our picture, and was in a carriage immediately!

August 4, 2019


I recommend this to all out of town visitors. The capsules are air conditioned and very comfortable. The views are stunning. I also recommend buying the tickets via your phone, the line to get on the wheel once you have the tickets is very fast, and you just show them the tickets from your phone. You do not need to download the app. It takes less then 2 minutes for them to email you the tickets once they are purchased. We purchased the pictures and they came out really well and were not overly priced.

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July 30, 2019

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Product ID: 196427