Spending New Years Eve in Chicago is the right choice on numerous levels. Here in The Windy City there's plenty to do from parties, to concerts, to a score of free and local events for you and your friends or for the full family! And while New York City typically gets all the buzz surrounding New Years, this year, Chicago is going to give the world a show everyone will be talking about! So read on for your guide to all things New Year in the city that's no longer content with being the second city.
To ring in 2017 Chicago is getting its own riverfront New Years Eve show! Taking place on the north and south sides of the river between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive, 2017 will see its birth a la multiple stages of live music, fireworks, a live broadcast on NBC 5, and of course a midnight countdown culminating with an enormous star climbing 36 stories in the air! Know as Chi-Town Rising follow the link to learn more of the fun!
Looking for some live music to ring in the new year? Chicago sure won't disappoint. New Years Eve will see sounds both new and old with favorites such as Lalah Hathaway at City Winery, High on Fire at Empty Bottle, Patti Smith at the Riviera Theatre, and Houndmouth at Thalia Hall!
And if you're going to be celebrating New Years with the little ones then why not check out these kid-friendly New Years celebrations— all with their own unique countdown! LegoLand will host a balloon drop at noon, 3pm, and 6pm. And if you're looking for a pizza party Roots Handmade Pizza won't disappoint with both delicious pizza and a countdown at 7:45!