Centennial Wheel


Unless you're an acrophobe, no visit to Navy Pier is complete without taking in the views as you ride the 196ft-tall Ferris wheel. The spin lasts about 15 minutes. Buy tickets online to save a few dollars.

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1. Carousel

0.02 MILES

This beloved kiddie classic boasts carved horses bobbing to organ music.

2. Chicago Children's Museum

0.08 MILES

Designed to challenge the imaginations of toddlers to 10-year-olds, this colorful museum near Navy Pier's main entrance gives young visitors enough hands…

3. Navy Pier

0.11 MILES

Half-mile-long Navy Pier is one of Chicago's most-visited attractions, sporting a 196ft Ferris wheel and other carnival rides ($9 to $18 each), an IMAX…

4. Centennial Fountain

0.55 MILES

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5. Aqua Tower

0.75 MILES

Aqua made waves when it appeared in 2009. Local architect Jeanne Gang designed the 86-story tower (set to be surpassed in 2020, when her 93-story Vista…

6. Arts Club of Chicago

0.77 MILES

It sounds stuffy: a club for patrons of the arts, and it looks the part as men in fancy suits and women in furs drop by for lunch in the members-only…

7. Museum of Contemporary Art

0.82 MILES

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8. Maggie Daley Park

0.84 MILES

Families love this park’s fanciful, free playgrounds in all their enchanted-forest and pirate-themed glory. There’s also a rock-climbing wall, an 18-hole…