We take a bright sneak peek at Navy Pier’s new addition.
Last year, Navy Pier, Inc. selected a new Ferris wheel, the DW60 made by Dutch Wheels, as part of the pier’s 100th anniversary remodel. The wheel features two-sided cars, the ability to withstand winds of 115 miles per hour and safety glass capable of weathering intense storms. It is scheduled to open in May and will stand 50 feet taller than the original. On a clear day in February, while the attraction was still being constructed, Brian Kay was visiting the pier, camera in hand. Shot from the bottom of the plaza’s stairs leading up to where the Ferris wheel sits, his photo’s striking colors confirmed the self-trained photographer’s admiration of Chicago’s beloved landmark. “While I could of course see the Ferris wheel from a distance as I approached, the view up the stairwell hit me suddenly,” says Kay, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “The colors, lines, reflections and shadows drew my eyes to the Ferris wheel at the top. It was almost like looking through a kaleidoscope.”