Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber


150-Foot-High SkyStar Observation Wheel Will Help Celebrate 10th Anniversary of The Banks in Cincinnati


America’s largest portable observation wheel to visit Cincinnati August 31 through December 2.

CINCINNATI – August 24, 2018 – To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Banks in Cincinnati, SkyStar, a 150-foot-high mobile observation wheel will open August 31 through December 2. SkyStar will operate on Freedom Way at The Banks, across from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

“SkyStar is America’s largest portable observation wheel and it will light up the sky with over 1 million colored LED lights,” said Todd Schneider of SkyStar. “This experience promises to provide unique views of downtown Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, the Suspension Bridge and the Ohio River.”

Each of the 36 gondolas is enclosed, climate controlled and can hold up to six passengers. Skystar offers a private experience and riders won’t be paired with strangers. The SkyStar experience consists of four revolutions and lasts approximately 12 minutes.

“Our restaurants and retailers are excited to welcome new visitors and bring a new view to those who have loved The Banks for years,” said Tracy Schwegmann of Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate, developer of The Banks. “We’re thrilled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Banks in a sky-high way.”

“SkyStar will inject even more excitement into Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, our Ale to the Queen City Thanksgiving weekend craft beer festival, Bud Light Tailgate Zone pre-game Bengals parties and more,” added Cynthia Oxley, director of Corporate and Community Events for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “We look forward to introducing new events designed to showcase SkyStar and celebrate The Banks.”

Monday through Thursday – 4 to 10 p.m.
Friday – noon to midnight
Saturday – 10 a.m. to midnight
Sunday – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $12.50 each and available now at

Download SkyStar photos here.

About SkyStar
SkyStar is America’s largest portable observation wheel. It is equipped with 36 climate-controlled gondolas. Each gondola can hold up to six people. Guests will be treated to spectacular views as they soar nearly 15 stories over The Banks in Cincinnati.

About the Banks
The Banks has already changed the way the world sees Cincinnati – both inside and out. It’s where the community is coming together and coming to life like never before. An emerging renaissance of vibrant places to live. Spectacular places to dine and shop. Impeccable modern and efficient places to work. An energetic entertainment destination to cheer on your team. And so much more on the way. The Banks is an electrifying cityscape, buzzing and bustling with thousands of people reigniting their passion, by day and night, for the City we all love. Downtown Cincy will never be the same. One visit and neither will you.

About the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber grows the vibrancy and economic prosperity of the Cincinnati region. It does this by serving as a bold voice for the interests of its 4,000-member businesses and their more than 300,000 employees. The Chamber is committed to expanding the region's talent base by attracting new residents and finding new ways to connect employers to skilled workers. And, by harnessing the power of Cincinnati USA’s unique offerings, implementing regional vision, and through intentional inclusion in everything we do, the Chamber is on a path to help transform this region into the hottest city in America. For more information, visit

Contact:  Rich Walburg, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Communications Director, 513.579.3194; cell 513.205.7424;

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