Photos: Catch Epic Views Of Chicago From Navy Pier's New Ferris Wheel
By Rachel Cromidas in Arts & Entertainment on May 27, 2016 8:50PM
Updated: About 100 people got stuck riding Navy Pier's new Ferris wheel Friday evening, just hours after the wheel opened to the public. The ride experienced a brief power outage around for about 20 minutes around 8 p.m., Pier officials told reporters, stranding riders in their gondolas. Riders' emotions apparently ranged from gleeful to terrified as the lights flickered on and off inside the wheel's swanky, climate-controlled gondolas, which began swaying in the air.
"I'm so happy to be on land. I'm very relieved, I'm probably going to call my parents," one rider told ABC7.
Navy Pier's brand new, taller and faster Ferris wheel is up and running, and open to the public as of Friday afternoon.
We sent photographer Tyler LaRiviere to the opening festivities to ride the new wheel and catch the view from above. The new wheel is 50 feet taller than the old one, which is living out its retirement in Missouri, and it features some high-tech gondolas.