CHICAGO (CBS) — Navy Pier has closed for two days to begin the first stage of construction on a new Ferris wheel.
Last fall, the iconic Ferris wheel at Navy Pier was dismantled, to make way for an even bigger one. At 196 feet tall, it will be nearly 50 feet taller than the previous one. It will have 42 climate-controlled gondolas, able to fit 10 people each, and featuring entertainment systems with interactive video screens.
Designed by Netherlands-based Dutch Wheels, it is the same model as the Observation Wheel in Hong Kong, and will be able to withstand winds of up to 115 mph.
The first stage of construction, which will require Navy Pier to be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, involves using large cranes to install six massive support columns and the center hub for the new Ferris wheel.