History

A Ferris Wheel in Lincoln Park?

Yes, Lincoln Park once had a Ferris wheel.


You may have heard that Navy Pier is getting a newer, even bigger Ferris wheel (the popular attraction was taken apart earlier this year). And you may have known that the Ferris wheel first debuted in Chicago at the World’s Fair in 1893. But have you ever wondered what happened to that big wheel after the fair? Two years after the crowds left Chicago, the Ferris wheel was moved north to Clark and Wrightwood in what is now the densely populated Lincoln Park neighborhood. The towering ride stood at the intersection until 1904 when it was finally dismantled. (Thanks to Calumet412.com for the photo.)

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