- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The soon-to-close Ferris wheel at Chicago’s Navy Pier is offering a final round of free rides.

Chicago’ s NBC 5 (WMAQ-TV) reports (https://t.co/zEzPYJQpRL ) that the popular tourist attraction is replacing the current ride with a taller, 196-foot wheel that debuts in 2016.

Free rides were scheduled to begin late Saturday night and continue through 9:45 a.m. Sunday.

Navy Pier CEO Marilynn Gardner says the new Ferris wheel “will deliver a smoother and more luxurious ride” that will last for 12 minutes. The current ride lasts seven minutes.

The upgraded ride will complete a full circle three times instead of the current wheel’s single rotation. The new ride will also feature several safety enhancements and larger gondolas.

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Information from: WMAQ-TV.


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