Come on out for some awesome New Year’s Eve festivities in Chicago including the popular celebration, Chi-Town Rising. Instead of a ball drop, a large silver star rises 365 feet into the air, accompanied by a fireworks display along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, synchronized to music. CLICK HERE FOR MAPS OF ALL ACTIVITIES . Chi–Town Rising is the Midwest’s largest and most impressive New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring celebrity and musical guests, an epic countdown featuring the largest New Year’s Eve icon in the world rising into the night sky, and a dazzling fireworks display at Midnight.
Anchoring the musical acts of the evening, American Indie Pop band Saint Motel and Chicago’s award-winning hip-hop artist Sir the Baptist will lead a more Chicago-centric event lineup of talent and hosts. Returning from Chi-Town Rising’s inaugural year, Chicago music talent and nightlife veteran DJ Sye Young will spin throughout the evening between musical performances starting at 8 p.m. at the event’s Countdown Stage on Upper Wacker Drive. Fan favorite Jim Cornelison will host the Countdown Stage and perform his signature song as America’s “anthem singer.”
Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and live music begins at 7 p.m. The free public event will also be broadcast live on television in the region and on radio station KISS-FM from iHeart Radio. They are now accepting ticket registration for the Chi-Town Rising viewing areas on New Year’s Eve! Entrance to the viewing areas is FREE OF CHARGE, BUT TICKETS ARE REQUIRED. Email address required for tickets, and only one ticket may be secured for each email address. There will be TWO secure viewing areas for this year’s celebration. Both viewing areas are outdoors, open to ticket-holders of all ages, will have food and beverage concessions available, and offer great views of the Midnight Fireworks.
No New Year’s trip to Chicago would be complete without enjoying the rides and attractions at Navy Pier along Lake Michigan, a great place to view the fireworks show close-up.