Navy Pier's most visible attraction, a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel presented by McDonald's was modeled after the very first Ferris wheel, which was built for Chicago's 1893 World Colombian Exposition. The Navy Pier Ferris wheel provides unparalleled views of the skyline and lakefront. with 40 gondolas seating six passengers each. In the evening, the Ferris wheel's 40 spokes, spanning a diameter of 140 feet, are illuminated by thousands of sparkling lights.
The 'Wave Swinger" towers nearly forty feet over a pond of water. This exhilarating forty-eight seat swing ride lifts visitors fourteen feet in the air, and whisks them around for a thrill that shows guests a view of the lakeside never before seen.
Municipal Pier (Navy Pier) National Register #79000825 (1979)