It's time to shout, "Farewell!" or perhaps, "Good Riddance!" to 2016 and say, "Hello!" to 2017. And nothing says, "Happy New Year!" better than a New Year's Eve packed with champagne toasts, far-reaching fireworks, extra-silent disco dancing, a rising star and a 5K. Wait . . . what? It's Chi-Town Rising! Chicago’s biggest, brightest and newest New Year’s Eve celebration.
Chi-Town Rising launched with a bang for NYE2016 and organizers expect that the event will attract more than 100,000 attendees this year. Most of the action will be taking place between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive, where as many as 50,000 attendees on both sides of the Chicago River will watch the capstone event—a rising star—the largest NYE public icon in the world. As the countdown to 2017 begins, the star will ascend 36 stories up Hyatt Regency Chicago, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show.
DAYTIME FUN FOR EVERYONE
Chi-Town Rise & Shine 5K and Fun Run // 9 a.m.–Noon in Millennium Park
The Chi-Town Rising extravaganza begins on a healthy note with the Chi-Town Rise & Shine 5K and Fun Run through Millennium Park. Produced in partnership with Chicago Sport & Social Club, this inaugural race gives Chicagoans and visitors alike the chance to start the New Year off on the right foot. Enjoy the sights of downtown Chicago while burning off some of those extra holiday pounds!
The city’s first 5K to start and end in Millennium Park, the Chi-Town Rise & Shine will begin at Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street, followed by the youth fun run emceed by “NBC 5 News Today” anchor Alex Maragos. Register today.
FREE Family Countdown Celebration on the Chicago Cultural Mile // 3–6 p.m. at Wrigley Square in Millennium Park
Just because little ones might not make it to midnight for the big celebration doesn't mean they have to miss out on all the fun. The Family Countdown Celebration, hosted by the Chicago Cultural Mile Association, will ring in 2016 a tad early—from 3 to 6 p.m. Learn more about New Year’s traditions around the world and enjoy warm refreshments, live entertainment and a special “Halfway to Midnight” countdown, so you can comfortably sleep your way into the actual new year at midnight.
EVENING EVENTS TO RING IN 2017 THE CHI-TOWN WAY
Corona Extra Beach House // 9 p.m.–2 a.m. in the Crystal Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Chicago
It might be wintertime, but Corona Extra is bringing the beach back to Chicago. DJ & Producer MATOMA will headline this sunny event inside the Hyatt Regency Chicago’s Crystal Ballroom. Step back into winter on an outdoor terrace, where you'll find views of the Chi-Town Rising celebration and fireworks.
Admission to this ticketed 21+ indoor/outdoor party includes complimentary Corona Extra and Constellation Brands beverages, plus a New Year's Toast featuring Ruffino Prosecco, the official sparkling wine of Chi-Town Rising, as well as a complimentary beach-inspired food menu for your enjoyment. Coat check will be available.
FREE Corona Extra Silent Disco Dance Floor // 9 p.m.–Midnight at Pioneer Court
If you're the time of person that dances to her own beat, you'll want to take part in the Corona Extra and Chi-Town Rising Silent Disco on the Interactive Dance Floor. Located in Pioneer Court, just north of the Chicago River, this one of a kind experience will be open during the Chi-Town Rising celebrations on Saturday, December 31. DJ Rhetorik will spin the beats, but you'll have to don the custom #CoronaRising wireless headphones to hear the noise.
The Silent Disco and Interactive Dance Floor is free to attend for all guests 21 and over. Constellation Brands beverages, including Corona Extra, will be available for purchase on site.
FREE Chi-Town Rising NYE Countdown // 11 p.m.–12:30 a.m. at the Chicago River
To guarantee the safety of all attendees, all interested participants are required to register for tickets online prior to arrival or on-site on Saturday, December 31. Chi-Town Rising offers three options for complimentary tickets available online. Register today.
*Insider Tip: Chi-Town Rising advises guests to arrive early, as they expect a full house in both free viewing areas. If you don't register online, registration will be conducted on-site; however, registrants with tickets will receive an expedited entry upon arrival.
Get free event registration information, book your New Year’s Eve stay at one of Chi-Town Rising's partner hotels, and join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Can't make the fun? NBC 5 will begin the live broadcast at 11 p.m. and Telemundo Chicago will begin the live Spanish broadcast at 11:30 p.m.