Navy Pier will be offering free rides on the Centennial Wheel June 21st.
The first Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed in 1893 by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. It opened to the public at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago on June 21, 1893. In honor of the event’s 125th anniversary, Navy Pier will offer free Ferris Wheel rides, live music, and more. There will also be a free program at 1:25pm, featuring Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner and Jim Ferris, relative of George Washington Gale Ferris Jr, and a dance performance by Mandala South Asian Performing Arts.
The free rides will be available for the first 1,893 pre-registered guests in honor of the year the wheel was invented. The rides will go from 10am-10pm. Event goers can reserve their tickets at the eventbrite.com page.