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Chicago's First Ferris Wheel in Film

Travel back to the World's Fair of 1893 and experience the first Ferris wheel through movies and virtual reality

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The first Ferris wheel was a groundbreaking engineering marvel designed for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair (aka. World's Columbian Exposition). Standing as the Fair's tallest attraction, this iconic structure provided breathtaking panoramic views of the fairgrounds and the city. It also set a precedent for future amusement park attractions.


Have you ever thought about what it might have been like to ride the original Ferris wheel? The views? The duration? The passengers?


Let's try to answer these questions through the magic of film and virtual reality, the latter provided by the Chicago History Museum.


Are you ready to ride? Join Chicago Movie Tours on this virtual walking tour as we explore Chicago's first Ferris wheel in film.


This virtual event was streamed live on Facebook.


 

Watch an Excerpt


This an excerpt of Chicago's First Ferris Wheel in Film, our virtual tour that takes you back to the World's Fair of 1893 to experience the first Ferris wheel through movies and virtual reality.


Watch Full Virtual Tour (36 min.)

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