The giant Gondola Ferris Wheel, known as the “Wheel of Lights” has the latest in LED lighting technology with more than 12 different patterns and stands 90 feet tall with 16 multi-passenger carriages. The original Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., on the North Side of Pittsburgh. With a height of 264 ft, it was the largest attraction at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, where it opened to the public on June 21, 1893. It was intended to rival the 1,063 ft. Eiffel Tower, the centerpiece of the 1889 Paris Exposition. In 1893, ticket holders paid 50 cents for the thrill of riding this new wonder. Today, that would cost you a staggering $90. This year’s “Wheel of Lights” admission will be $5.