Chicago will ring in the New Year with a bang this year. A midnight fireworks display will dazzle spectators along the Chicago river and lakefront for the first time this New Year’s Eve.

The free show will kick off at the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31. The river and lakefront fireworks will be choreographed to music to create one stunning, synchronized show.

Where to watch Chicago’s New Year’s Eve fireworks

Spectators will be able to see the inaugural display at multiple locations along the Chicago Riverwalk and lakefront. The lakefront fireworks show will launch from Navy Pier and can be viewed all along the lakeshore. The river fireworks will be launching from the following points from Wolf Point to Lake Shore Drive:

River bridge launch sites
Franklin Street
Clark Street
Wabash Avenue

River barge launch sites
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Sheraton Grand Chicago

For the best viewing experience along the river, check out these partner events and hotels that offer perfect views of the show:

Gibson’s Italia New Year’s Eve Rooftop Party
Gibsons Italia

This high-end Italian steak and pasta spot will be hosting a New Year’s bash on their enclosed rooftop. The party will include a live DJ, signature cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, desserts, lake night snacks, party favors and sweeping views of the river and fireworks display.

New Year’s Eve River Cruise with Odyssey

For the first time, celebrate the New Year with a fireworks cruise on the Chicago River. Sip champagne and enjoy an up-close view of the brand new river fireworks display. All tickets to Odyssey Chicago River’s inaugural New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise include a plated multi-course dinner, platinum open bar, a midnight champagne toast, DJ entertainment, and a night of dancing.

New Year’s Eve on the Lake at Theater on the Lake
The Lakefront Restaurant at Theater on the Lake

Theater on the Lake features floor to ceiling windows for panoramic views of the Chicago skyline and lakefront firework display. On New Year’s Eve, enjoy an upscale evening with an all-inclusive five hour premium drink package, gourmet food stations, midnight champagne toast, party favors and dancing.

LondonHouse Chicago New Year’s events

The chic downtown hotel is holding two New Year’s celebrations. In the luxurious Grand Ballroom, Talk of the Town Big Band will be performing from their extensive repertoire. Or dance the night away with live DJs on the 21st floor lounge, with panoramas of both the lake and river.

New Year’s Eve at SPiN
SPiN Chicago photo by Daniel Boczarski

Show off your serve at this subterranean ping-pong lounge. You’ll also be able to hit the dance floor, enjoy a four-hour premium drink package, munch on upscale appetizers, and explore interactive installations. Plus, get a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Where to stay in Chicago for New Year’s Eve

Hyatt Regency Chicago

Chicago’s largest hotel is perfectly situated along the river and Lake Michigan, making it a perfect home base for New Year’s Eve. Plus, you’ll be within walking distance of the city’s top attractions, including Millennium Park, shopping on The Magnificent Mile, and much more.

Sheraton Grand Chicago

The recently renovated Sheraton Grand Chicago is perfectly situated for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Set along the Chicago Riverwalk in the heart of downtown, you’ll never be far from the city’s most iconic attractions including Millennium Park, Navy Pier, and The Magnificent Mile.


With fabulous wrap-around views from Navy Pier to Millennium Park, Swissotel Chicago offers a perfect setting for a New Year’s Eve celebration. Situated at the confluence of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, guests will have easy access to all downtown has to offer.

LondonHouse Chicago

LondonHouse Chicago combines classic and contemporary architecture, unique amenities and incomparable service. The riverside hotel’s tri-level rooftop bar has quickly become one of the hottest spots in town, particularly for New Year’s Eve revelry.