CHICAGO — Navy Pier has announced plans to debut a new 196-foot Ferris wheel when the Chicago tourist attraction celebrates its centennial next summer.

The Ferris wheel already has been purchased and will replace the existing one that was installed in 1995. It will stand 49 feet taller and fit up to 180 more passengers per ride. The new Ferris wheel also will feature temperature-controlled gondolas.

The new wheel is part of a nearly $640 million project authorized in May 2013 by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that supports tourism and trade show redevelopment.

PHOENIX — The Grand Canyon National Park is temporarily closing a staircase leading from the train depot to the El Tovar Hotel.

Crews plan to close the trail and the staircase from July 1 through the end of October. Park officials say a wheelchair accessible detour will be available although it is considered a long, steady uphill climb.

— A preserved section of a plant where Rosie the Riveter built World War II bombers has been rededicated.

The part of the old Willow Run Bomber Plant will become the home of the Yankee Air Museum.

A recent ceremony marked the beginning of major construction of the National Museum of Aviation and Technology in Washtenaw County’s Ypsilanti Township.

The ceremony came 74 years to the day after the dedication of the bomber plant that produced a B-24 every hour at its peak.

It’s expected to open in late 2017.

Associated Press