Why Navy Pier Wants A Bigger Ferris Wheel

10/14/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Kathy Bergen Chicago Tribune

Gargantuan Ferris wheels are the new status symbol for big cities vying to grab more attention on the world stage, so Chicago is going for an upgrade at Navy Pier, planning to build one at least twice the size of the existing wheel there.

A new, privately developed Ferris wheel, Navy Pier officials hope, would rise at least 300 feet into the air and attract the sorts of tourist hordes who plunk down big bucks to ride other monster wheels worldwide, including the enormous London Eye on the bank of the Thames.

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