Construction begins on new thrill ride at Chicago’s Navy Pier

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Construction has begun on a new attraction at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

McHugh Construction announced this week that it has begun work on a 48,000-square-foot space that will house the “new flying attraction” known as FlyOver.

The Navy Pier FlyOver is said to be “an immersive flight” that “takes guests on a multi-sensory journey as they soar over iconic locations and natural wonders around the world in a state-of-the-art entertainment experience.”

In it, guests dangle from movable chairs, their feet dangling down, while films are shown on a 20-meter screen with landscapes from all over the world – even surprising horsemen with fog, wind and perfumes.

“With the internal demolition of the old IMAX completed, construction of FlyOver can now begin,” Andrew Totten, vice president of McHugh Construction, said in a statement. “The space will be equipped with state-of-the-art video, lighting and sound systems designed to provide users with a fully immersive experience.”

The project was originally slated to open in the fall of 2023, but is now scheduled to open in the spring of 2024. It will replace the IMAX theater on the pier near the Centennial Wheel.

Pursuit’s FlyOver is said to be the “first ride of its kind in Chicago” but will be similar to other corporate attractions in Las Vegas, Canada and Iceland.

“The launch of FlyOver in Chicago will provide visitors with a truly unforgettable experience by showcasing some of Chicago’s most iconic and visually stunning landscapes, in the United States and beyond,” said Lisa Adams, vice president of FlyOver Attractions by pursuit. pronunciation. “Our FlyOver concepts around the world, and our new
The Chicago attraction pushes the boundaries of escapism and takes guests on the ultimate escape adventure.

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