Navy Pier was originally opened as a shipping and recreational facility in 1916. Located on Lake Michigan, it has served many purposes throughout its rich history and currently encompasses more than fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities and is the top leisure destination in the Midwest, drawing nearly nine million visitors annually.
Navy Pier, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation established in 2011 to maintain Navy Pier and oversee the redevelopment of one of the most important civic landmarks in the United States and the top-visited leisure destination in the Midwest. Looking ahead to Navy Pier’s 100th anniversary in 2016,
NPI’s mission to be a world-class public place that celebrates and showcases the vitality of Chicago and provides for the enjoyment of Chicago-area residents and visitors year-round. NPI manages Navy Pier within a business framework that provides for its long-term financial stability.
Jan 12, 2016
New Ferris Wheel Arrives at Navy Pier; Pier Closed January 19-20, 2016
Chicago, IL (January 12, 2016) Safety first! Navy Pier to be closed to the public for significant construction work on new Ferris wheel.
WHAT: Navy Pier will be closed to the public on January 19th and 20th for a major step in the construction and assembly of its new Ferris wheel. Delivered via boat, train and truck from Europe, the key structural elements of the wheel’s frame will be put in place.
The countdown to Navy Pier’s Centennial Celebration continues as the new Ferris wheel – a centerpiece of the Pier’s dramatic redevelopment – begins significant construction this week. To be open year-round, the new Ferris wheel will offer larger capacity; longer and more comfortable rides; and even more amazing views of the city as it will be 50 feet taller than its predecessor.
WHEN/KEY COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES:
Tuesday, January 19 will be the most significant day for construction visuals—late morning through afternoon:
Four massive construction cranes lifting legs of Ferris wheel
Six (120’ in length and 36,376 lbs.) legs of Ferris wheel being assembled
Center hub (104’ above deck and over 36,000 lbs.) of Ferris wheel lifted and secured to six legs
January 19, 12-6 p.m.
Interview opportunities with Navy Pier Chief Operating Officer Brian Murphy
B-roll and photography will be made available for evening and late news shows
IMPORTANT NOTE: To access the construction area, all persons will be required to provide identification, sign a waiver and wear protective construction zone equipment. Please contact Payal Patel at firstname.lastname@example.org for media credentials.
WHERE: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, Ill. 60611
BACKGROUND: Navy Pier is beginning installation of a new 196-foot Ferris wheel that will be ready for operation in time for the 2016 Centennial Celebration this summer. The previous wheel, which was installed in 1995, conducted more than 16.9 million rides and created countless memories for Pier guests and visitors throughout its 20-year history. The new wheel is anticipated to shatter that record as it features a larger capacity (180 more passengers per ride) and will operate year-round – all while providing a more comfortable ride thanks to more luxurious, temperature-controlled gondolas.
The new Ferris wheel is a key element of the Pier’s Centennial Vision—a reimagining of Navy Pier to mark its 100th anniversary this year. Construction of the wheel is just the beginning of major news coming from the Midwest’s number one leisure destination.
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Nov 3, 2015
Tickets On Sale Now For The 15th Annual Pnc Bank Winter Wonderfest At Navy Pier
Chicago, IL ( November 3, 2015) For the 15th year in a row, families from near and far will flock to Navy Pier and bask in seasonal bliss without bundling up. The PNC Bank Winter WonderFest returns on December 5 with more than 24 rides and attractions and 170,000 square feet of entertainment for all ages.
New attractions this year include the Polar Extreme, a double-sided inflatable slide and obstacle course, interactive Arctic Peaks Climbing Walls and an expanded, more challenging Winter Rules mini golf course sure to offer an additional layer of friendly competition and frozen holiday fun.
“As we head into the Centennial year and continue the redevelopment of Navy Pier, events like PNC Bank Winter WonderFest remain a priority for upholding the traditions and history of this treasured landmark,” said Marilynn Gardner, President and CEO of Navy Pier, Inc. “The Pier is a space for families and friends to connect and enjoy one another, even in the coldest weather.
PNC Bank Winter WonderFest provides the perfect occasion to do just that.”
Henson Consulting (for Navy Pier)