The Navy Pier’s newest Ferris wheel has the green light from the City of Chicago. This means the current Ferris wheel can come down to make way for a larger one. The newly issued permits include replacing the Ferris wheel with a new one, plus installing a new loading deck, new canopy and landscaping.
It’s expected that the new Ferris wheel will be about 50-feet taller than its predecessor, with 42, temperature-controlled carriages. The new and improved Ferris wheel is part of a plan to help celebrate the 100th birthday of the Navy Pier in summer 2016. The most popular of all tourist attractions in the entire State of Illinois, in 2014 alone, an estimated 8.5 million people visited Navy Pier.
As well, the Pier itself will also soon undergo a number of renovations and changes to make it even more desirable to tourists in the future. While the new and improved Ferris wheel is a part of it, visitors may also be able to carry an open container as they stroll through the pier in the near future.