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Navy Pier Ferris Wheel and Rides

A $30.00 value - Included with your Go Chicago Card!

4.3/5 9 Reviews
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Gate Prices Adult $30.00
Child $30.00

Stretching out over 3,000 feet into Lake Michigan, the iconic Navy Pier is home to some of the most popular Chicago attractions. You’ll find everything from the Chicago Children’s Museum and an IMAX theater to the famous Navy Pier Ferris wheel and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Explore restaurants, shops, amusement park rides, and more – all without leaving the colorful, exciting atmosphere of the Pier.

Navy Pier is the most-visited attraction in all of Chicago (all of the Midwest, in fact!), attracting over 8.6 million visitors a year. It’s also the perfect place for the whole family to spend an entire day, with diverse activities, tours, cruises, and rides to make everyone happy.

Enjoy a pleasant afternoon dining experience at any of the restaurants or cafes that line the Pier, shop to your heart’s content, explore any of the various world-class theaters, museums, and concert venues, or just spend some time people-watching. This lakeside wonderland is a can’t-miss Chicago attraction!

A Go Chicago® attraction pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility, which includes discount Navy Pier Ferris Wheel and Rides tickets, plus admission to your choice of other top attractions.

Getting In

Present your Pass at any of the park's attraction ticket booths to receive an exclusive 5-ride pass.

Hours

Open daily at 10:00 am. Closing time varies by season. Visit the Navy Pier website for current operating hours.

Closings

November 1st-April 1st, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, Ferris Wheel will close mid to late October

Note

Some rides may be closed due to construction. Some attractions are seasonal, and open weather permitting. Call ahead to confirm availability.

Insider Tip: Chicago boasts 26 miles of lakefront trail perfect for walking or bike riding.  

Address

600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Public Transportation

Take CTA: Buses #29 (State Street), #65 (Grand Avenue), #66 (Chicago Avenue), #120 (Northwestern/Wacker Express), and #121 (Union/Wacker Express) serve the Navy Pier. #124 Navy Pier Express runs from Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center on weekends.

Free Trolley: (Seasonal) Ride for free from Navy Pier to State Street, via the Illinois and Grand Ave corridor.

Please visit www.navypier.com for more information.

 

Reviews for Navy Pier Ferris Wheel and Rides

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 4.3 out of 5 stars (based on 9 customer ratings)
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[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Something to Consider...
By Kelly Verified Reviewer from Livermore, CA on
Pros:
Good For Young Kids6-8
Cons:
Limiting
Best Uses:
Short Stays General Sightseeing
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

Navy Pier is a major tourist attraction in Chicago that you must visit once if there. It doesn't have anything that you must see, but at least you could say "been there, done that." There are about 5 rides (carousel, mini golf, swings, Giant Ferris wheel, itty bitty drop zone for little ones). You can ride all of the rides and get through here in an hour or two. With the GoCard you do get a five ride pass; however, no one mentioned the limitations this pass has. You can only use it to Visit each of the above mentioned attractions once...so if your kids love the swings, they can not go on it twice unless you purchase tickets separate from pass, whereas if you were to purchase a 10 Ride Family Ride Pass ($50), you can go on any ride you want (even if this means 10 rides on the swings). Just something to consider...as I would have chosen to use the GoCard for a different attraction altogether had I known this ahead of time, as we didn't get our monies worth due to this limitation. However, next year the Ferris Wheel is supposed to be double the size, can't even imagine....

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Enjoyed the pier
By Barry J Hall Verified Reviewer from wichita ks on
Pros:
The Boardwalk, The Family Friendliness, The Fireworks Show
Cons:
The Food Court Pizza,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

Really thought the diversity of people around the pier was cool, very much a melting pot. Very enjoyable place to be. I guess the worse thing for both my daughter and I was the food court pizza, it is possible they were just having an off day. Highly recommend going here.

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[4 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

Ho Hum
By Spider Vacation Verified Reviewer from Lenexa, KS on
Pros:
Scenic
Cons:
A Lot Of Hype
Best Uses:
Convenient
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

We went in the fall off-season so crowds weren't an issue and some outdoor dining was closed. The Go Chicago Card was nice to be ale to do the family-friendly activities. We were un-impressed with Navy Pier. It had a nice view of the city but there wasn't much to do. Minimal shopping and some dining. The ferris wheel/mini golf, etc. weren't enough of a reason to make it a must-see. We had planned to spend the whole evening there but instead spent just an hour.

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[7 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

Navy Pier
By b_ricketts Verified Reviewer from Canada,Ontario on
Pros:
Reasonable Priced Food, Music, Firewrorks, Close to everything, Fireworks, Good Views, Lots of attractions
Cons:
Lots of People,
Best Uses:
To Spend A Day Evening,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

We went to see the Fireworks on Wednesday night. They were great with music in the background. There is a lot of different attractions and lots of restaurants and shopping here. They have a free trolley and the trolley that is included in the card. Very close to the beach. Food is reasonably priced considering it is a very busy tourist attraction.

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[7 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

Eventful Pier
By Sunshine Verified Reviewer from Des Moines, Iowa on
Pros:
Great food, Easy to get Tickets, Free to the Pier, fun, Family friendly, Variety of things to do, Easy entry
Cons:
Busy,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

The card made getting our cruise tickets on Navy Pier easy. I really wish we had gone mini golfing. That would have added to our time gap nicely. We loved the Stained Glass Museum. It was so pretty and cool to walk through. Navy Pier offers some amazing views and really is fun to walk around. There are many different places to buy touristy-like gifts. Every restaurant we went to was fantastic: Bubba Gumps and Jimmy Buffetts!

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[10 of 10 customers found this review helpful]

Great Value
By Dr. Jim Verified Reviewer from St. Clair, MI on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

Have to get tickets during "business" hours before 5:30 pm. These can be used at anytime in the evening but cannot get tickets at ticket window after 5:30. Usually made morning walk to get tickets before kids were out of bed...

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[6 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

Great place for all to visit
By Lawrence Verified Reviewer from Manchester England on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

Great for all the family. It has everything bars, food, rides for children - and the BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP COMPANY!!! I was looking for Tom Hanks !! We were very lucky whilst we were there as we had the privelage of seeing the Air Show from the pier - fantastic. All the Boat rides go from the pier so its a great attraction and everyone needs to visit it.

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[5 of 5 customers found this review helpful]

beautiful location
By World Traveller Verified Reviewer from Ontario, Canada on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

We had gorgeous weather and enjoyed eating lunch outside at an open air patio of one of the restaurants along the pier. It was a beautiful day and we really enjoyed strolling down the pier. It was the beginning of the Tall Ships Festival so the ships were coming into port so there was lots to see. Inside, the stained glass museum was absolutely incredible to see. So many beautiful creations to look at, so much history! This is a wonderful place to visit to just have a relaxing stroll (if the weather is good!)

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[49 of 51 customers found this review helpful]

Go during the week if at all possible
By Chicago fan Verified Reviewer from Kansas city,KS on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Navy Pier - Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority:

The Navy pier was awesome, many differnt things to do, and lots of dining choices however you should try to take the free trolley offer by the city of Chicago or take a cab there otherwise you will be walking a very long distance from the closest train stop, also if all possible you shoould try going during the week instead of the weekend so is not so crowded and you dont have to wait in line for ever to do anything, and it gets really cold and windy at night even on summer time and also beware of spiders on Ferris wheel.

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