Will you choose the horse? The lion? The seal? Whatever animal you nab on the merry-go-round you’re going to have a whirling, twirling good time. Carousels are pure, nostalgic fun, but you can’t find them just anywhere — and that’s part of their charm. Flip through our album to discover the must-rides, from vintage roundabouts to serious double deckers.

Chicago, Il.: The Carousel at Navy Pier

This whimsical neighbor of Navy Pier’s Ferris wheel was designed exclusively for the Pier to re-create its golden age of the 1920s. The 36 hand-painted horses, chariots and frog are just a few of the featured characters meant to represent the different carousel styles found throughout history. Look up while you’re riding to see hand-painted scenes of the Pier’s history on the rounding boards. Children of all ages can ride for $6, but those under 42 inches tall must be accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Open June 1-Sep. 3: Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight
Sep. 4-Oct. 31: Sun. -Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Nov. 1-Dec. 31: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.
Online: navypier.com

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— Maria Barnes