- Associated Press - Thursday, May 25, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago’s Centennial Wheel is one - in a million.

The Chicago Tribune reports (https://trib.in/2qkBufb ) that the Ferris wheel on Navy Pier - the city’s Lake Michigan landmark - reached one million riders on Thursday. The milestone comes the week in which the giant wheel celebrates its one-year anniversary.

Navy Pier officials say the 1 millionth rider will be treated to a lifetime ride pass and other goodies.

The Centennial Wheel replaced a Ferris wheel installed in 1995 as part of $26.5 million in improvements at the park. Officials say the previous wheel hit one million riders annually only one time in its 20-year run.

The Centennial Wheel was named in honor of Navy Pier’s 100th anniversary last year. It was known as Municipal Pier when it opened in 1916.

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