There are countless parties happening for New Year’s Eve in Chicago, but the biggest one has to be Chi-Town Rising.
After a successful debut last year, the 70-foot star—it’s twice the size of Cloud Gate—returns to reach the top of the Hyatt Regency Chicago’s West Tower at midnight ending with an iconic firework show over the river. There are three options for viewing the spectacle with all of them free. The South Viewing Area is already sold out, but there is currently still space at the North Viewing Area, north of the Chicago River between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive, or the option that gives you access for both viewing areas. While free, all that want to attend must register for tickets.While revelers wait for the clock to strike midnight, they will enjoy musical performances from DJ Sye Young, Jim Cornelison, Saint Motel, and Sir the Baptist.
You can escape the cold weather at the Corona Extra Beach House where along with beach-inspired food and beverages you can dance to the sounds of DJ and producer Matoma. You can find the Corona Extra Beach House inside the Hyatt Regency Chicago where there will also be an outdoor viewing deck to see the party happening outside. Tickets for the Corona Extra Beach House range from $199–$249.
If you don’t want your children staying up late then don’t miss out on the Family Countdown Celebration on the Chicago Cultural Mile. Happening in Wrigley Square in Millennium Park, families can enjoy live entertainment, free cookies and hot chocolate from Remington’s, learn about different cultures’ New Year’s traditions, and end it all with a kid countdown at 6 p.m.
New this year is the Chi-Town Rise & Shine 5K. Start your New Year’s resolution weight loss a day early with a 5k race that takes place through Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, Grant Park, and the Lakefront. The registration fee is $55.
Chi-Town Rising starts with the Rise and Shine 5k on Dec. 31 at 9 a.m. at Millennium Park, 201. E. Randolph St. To register and more information on the 5k visit chi-townrising.com/chi-town-central/chi-town-rise-shine-5k. The celebration follows with the Family Countdown Celebration on the Chicago Cultural Mile on Dec. 31 from 3 p.m.–6 p.m. at Wrigley Square at Millennium Park, 201. E. Randolph St. For more information on the Family Countdown visit chi-townrising.com/chi-town-central/family-countdown-celebration. The Chi-Town Rising New Year’s Eve Celebration takes place from 8 p.m.–12:30 a.m. at the various viewing locations throughout the Chicago River. For more information on the celebration visit chi-townrising.com/chi-town-central/celebration. The party ends at the Corona Extra Beach House from 9 p.m.–2 a.m. at the Crystal Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Upper Wacker Dr. For more information on the Beach House visit chi-townrising.com/chi-town-central/corona-beach-house-2.