Filming Location,  Movies

Chicago’s Navy Pier from “Never Been Kissed”


The Ferris wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago, where Josie (Drew Barrymore) and Mr. Coulson (Michael Vartan) shared a sweet moment in “Never Been Kissed”.


Navy Pier
600 E Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL


Whose heart didn’t skip a beat when dreamy teacher Sam Coulson stepped in to ride the Ferris wheel with outcast student Josie Geller so she wouldn’t have to ride alone in “Never Been Kissed”? That romantic scene took place at Chicago’s Navy Pier, a beautiful and fun spot with a huge 150-foot ferris wheel. (To be clear, the environment was used to set up the Senior Nite scene, but the actual Ferris wheel was not used for the film.)

You can also catch shots of Navy Pier in 2006’s “The Lake House”, in an episode of “Prison Break,” and in 2008’s summer blockbuster “The Dark Knight.”

Filming location or not, the pier is a great place to visit. I’ve ridden the real Ferris wheel a couple of times!

Aside from the Ferris wheel, the Pier offers a carousel, mini-golf, a children’s museum, live entertainment, a bevy of special events, and gorgeous twice-weekly fireworks all summer long. (Oh yeah – you can also indulge in fine dining and a little retail therapy.) There are even lighthouse rides and pleasure boat cruises! One of my favorite Chicago tourist spots, Navy Pier is a must-see for anyone visiting the windy city.


Written by Christina LeBlanc
Location photos by Christina LeBlanc

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