Following its debut last year as the largest New Year's Eve celebration in Chicago's history, Chi-Town Rising will return again to ring in 2017. After drawing an outdoor crowd of 90,000 attendees in its first year, the highly-anticipated outdoor mega event is back for a second year, poised to be bigger, better, and even more accessible to Chicagoans and visitors alike.
This year's celebration will feature a larger public footprint, incorporating outdoor and indoor elements. A large outdoor viewing area, on both the north and south sides of the Chicago River, will offer secure viewing for locals and visitors to enjoy, FREE of charge. In addition to video screens providing entertainment, attendees will witness an outdoor countdown to Midnight, culminating in the ascension of the Rising Star (the largest New Year's Eve icon in the world) 360-feet into the air on Hyatt Regency Chicago's West Tower, a fireworks display synchronized to music along the Chicago River and on Lake Michigan, and more.
Returning from last year, the popular Family Countdown Celebration, hosted by the Chicago Cultural Mile Association, will once again entertain and educate kids of all ages on New Year's traditions around the world, provide warm refreshments, live entertainment, and a special "Halfway to Midnight" countdown for those too young to stay up all night.
New this year will be the Chi-Town Rise & Shine 5K, a timed race and fun run on New Year's Eve morning. Participants are encouraged to get up early and "earn their right to party tonight" by getting some exercise in to start the day. The 5K will be staged in collaboration with Chicago Sport & Social Club, and take place around Millennium and Grant Parks, showcasing the beauty and amenities that the Chicago Park District offers to visitors year-round.
NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago will showcase this mega-event live with highlights from the crowds, musical stages, celebrities, fireworks display, and countdown spectacular.