Chicago’s Navy Pier is commemorating the final spin of its current Ferris wheel while anticipating the arrival of the new and enhanced wheel in time for the Centennial Celebration in 2016. New Navy Pier restaurants and ones coming soon that are participating in The Last Ride, First Bite Weekend include Brown Sugar Bakery, Frankie's Pizza by the Slice and Goddess and the Baker.
Before construction begins on Navy Pier's nearly 200 ft. new wheel, Chicagoans and guests alike are invited to say #FerrWell to the current Ferris wheel throughout The Last Ride, First Bite Weekend on September 26-27, which also includes a free sampling of menu options available from many new and existing Pier restaurants
From 1-4 p.m. each day throughout The Last Ride, First Bite Weekend new and existing restaurants on Navy Pier will offer guests free bites of some of their favorite dishes – some of which will be exclusive Navy Pier menu items.
The current Ferris wheel, which has been a Chicago landmark since 1995, will be replaced with a new 196-foot wheel, with state-of-the-art features and amenities, including accommodations for up to 180 more passengers per ride and temperature controlled gondolas allowing guests to enjoy rides year-round. Ferris wheel and Pier Park operations will be closed to prepare for the new wheel beginning on September 28, 2015 and will re-open in summer of 2016.