Navy Pier speed daters will take relationships one spin of Centennial Wheel at a time
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Photo obtained from Navy Pier Navy Pier speed daters will take relationships one spin of Centennial Wheel at a time

6-Feb-17 – Stories of how couples met could soon implicate the new Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier.

An event Thursday will pair Chicago singles for dates lasting one entire rotation, 196 feet above ground and back.

“Love is in the air – quite literally,” mused the pier in its announcement.

From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., a cocktail reception at Navy Pier’s new craft cocktail bar, Tiny Tavern, will offer participants Valentine’s Day-themed drinks and appetizers.

Speed dating will begin at 8 p.m. at Centennial Wheel.

“Each gondola will hold one to two couples, who will ‘date’ for one full rotation before moving on to the subsequent gondola,” explains Navy Pier.

Chicagoland Singles, an online dating service, is helping with the event.

Centennial Wheel opened to the public on May 27, 2016. It is 48 feet taller than the Ferris Wheel it replaced, currently in operation in Branson, Missouri. 42 climate-controlled gondolas can hold 14 passengers each.

By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News | sdahlman@loopnorth.com

Published 6-Feb-17 3:09 AM

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