If you haven’t yet taken a ride on Navy Pier’s iconic Ferris wheel, act quickly.The symbolic ride is set to close for good on September 27th, this coming weekend. As a farewell gift, the pier is offering free rides from 10 pm to 10 am Sept. 26-27, followed by a massive fireworks show to commemorate its tenure. The closing will also include “Last Ride, First Bite,” a food tasting event featuring free bites from restaurants on the Pier from 1-4pm both Saturday and Sunday.
But if you won't be in town, already have plans, or just aren't ready to ride, have no fear! The Pier will unveil a brand new, 196-foot-tall wheel in 2016, and they’ll begin construction on the larger structure this fall. The new wheel is unlike any other in the U.S., as it features two-sided cars, TV screens, and speakers.