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, with host Mario Lopez and musical guests American Authors and Chicago, 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.
“Major cultural events like this one are a key reason Chicago is breaking tourism records and attracted more than 52 million visitors in 2015,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “I look forward to an even bigger and better event this year.”
Returning for a second year as Chicago’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration, Chi-Town Rising announces free ticketing details for secure viewing areas, as well as accompanying events, activations, and hotel partners.
Free Chi-Town Rising Tickets
With secure outdoor viewing areas available to the public free of charge, Chi-Town Rising will feature entrances on both the north and south sides of 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:
1. NORTH VIEWING AREA, Early Arrival, Guaranteed Entry – MUST ARRIVE BEFORE 9:00PM (CT) FOR ENTRY
Provides ticket-holder with guaranteed entry into Pioneer Court secure viewing area until 9:00PM. NOTE: Failure to enter before 9:00PM voids guaranteed entry; entry will be contingent on space availability after 9:00PM. Once capacity is reached, no additional ticket-holders will be permitted to enter.
2. SOUTH VIEWING AREA, Early Arrival, Guaranteed Entry – MUST ARRIVE BEFORE 9:00PM (CT) FOR ENTRY
Provides ticket-holder with guaranteed entry into Upper Wacker Drive secure viewing area until 9:00PM. NOTE: Failure to enter before 9:00PM voids guaranteed entry; entry will be contingent on space availability after 9:00PM. Once capacity is reached, no additional ticket-holders will be permitted to enter.
3. BOTH VIEWING AREAS, After 9PM, Space Available Entry – NO ENTRY UNTIL 9:00PM (CT)
Provides ticket-holder with space-available access to secure viewing areas. No entry will be permitted prior to 9:00PM in order to accommodate Early Arrival ticket-holders. Entry is contingent upon adequate space availability. Once capacity is reached, no additional ticket-holders will be permitted to enter.
Chi-Town Rising advises guests to arrive early, as the event anticipates that full capacity for both free viewing areas will be reached during the evening. For those wishing to enter the free viewing areas without having previously registered online, registration will be conducted on-site; registrants with tickets will receive an expedited entry upon arrival. Concessions will be available in both viewing areas.
For the safety of all those in attendance, all entrants will be screened using magnetometers and bag searches. No alcohol, weapons, or other prohibited materials will be allowed into the event areas. In addition to the security presence at the event sites, private security and public safety personnel will be patrolling areas adjacent to the footprint to ensure public safety.
Chi-Town Rising Official Events (Saturday, December 31, 2016)
Chi-Town Rising offers a full day of programming for Chicagoans and visitors to ring in 2017 all day long on New Year’s Eve; details and ticket options can be found on the Chi-Town Rising website. The North & South Viewing Areas are the official Chi-Town Rising locations to watch all the action, but the fireworks and giant Rising Star climbing 360-feet in the air should be visible from many of the buildings and parties around the downtown area. For those wishing to view from home, or from a nearby bar, restaurant, or private party, be sure to tune into NBC 5 and Telemundo on New Year’s Eve.
Chi-Town Rise & Shine 5K and Fun Run, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Millennium Park) Produced in partnership with Chicago Sport & Social Club, Chi-Town Rising presents the inaugural Chi-Town Rise & Shine 5K and Fun Run through Millennium Park, offering Chicagoans and visitors alike the chance to start the New Year off on the right foot, and enjoy the sights of downtown Chicago. 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 fun run emceed by “NBC 5 News Today” anchor Alex Maragos. Runners can register at chitownriseandshine.com and enjoy early bird pricing starting at $20.17, which is available now through November 28.
Family Countdown Celebration on the Chicago Cultural Mile, 3 – 6 p.m. (Wrigley Square, Millennium Park)
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.
Corona Extra Beach House, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. (Crystal Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Upper Wacker Dr.) Corona Extra – the #1 imported beer in the U.S.– is bringing the beach to Chicago for a second time this winter with the Corona Extra Beach House at Chi-Town Rising.
Headlined by international sensation DJ & Producer MATOMA, the Corona Extra Beach House takes place inside the Hyatt Regency Chicago’s Crystal Ballroom with an outdoor terrace featuring 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 complimentary beach-inspired food menu for your enjoyment. Coat check will be available. Tickets range from $199- 249, with a limited quantity of $149 early bird tickets for purchase here.
• Corona Extra Silent Disco Dance Floor, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. (Pioneer Court)
Located in Pioneer Court, just north of the Chicago River – Corona Extra and Chi-Town Rising present the Silent Disco and Interactive Dance Floor. The one of a kind experience will be open during the Chi-Town Rising celebrations on Saturday, December 31. Sounds will be provided by DJ Rhetorik with custom #CoronaRising wireless headphones, leading up to the Rising Star and fireworks display at midnight. 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.
• Chi-Town Rising Live Television Broadcast, 11:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. (NBC 5, Telemundo Chicago)
NBC 5 will begin the live broadcast at 11:00 p.m. and Telemundo Chicago will begin the live broadcast at 11:30 p.m. Additionally, Chi-Town Rising will also air nationally on select NBC affiliates, and on the COZI TV and TeleXitos networks.
Official Chi-Town Rising Partner Events
Howells & Hood, 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (435 N Michigan Avenue)
Just steps away from all of the Chi-Town Rising festivities, Howells & Hood offers two packages for the evening, both granting exclusive in-and-out privileges, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a toast at midnight. The restaurant will offer guests the option to choose from the largest draft beer list in Chicago, as well as a full line-up of wines, whiskey and cocktails. The full food menu will also be available throughout the evening. Tickets are available for purchase here.
• Resolution Gala, 8:15 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. (Navy Pier, Grand Ballroom)
Chi-Town Rising participants interested in experiencing the evening’s events in style are invited to purchase their tickets for Resolution Gala, taking place in Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom, featuring live music, a lavish buffet, and drinks from 30 bars. Guests will have the opportunity to watch the Star rising into the sky, visible directly from the Pier, and as he clock strikes Midnight, guests will enjoy a fantastic perspective, as a synchronized fireworks erupt across Chi-Town Central, showcasing the skyline, river, and lakefront.
Tickets available for purchase here.
• Rock Around the Clock NYE 2017 at The Hard Rock Café, 8:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m. (63
Hard Rock Café invites partygoers to ring in the New Year the right way at the Hard Rock Café! With lite bites from the appetizer buffet station and a 4.5-hour top shelf cocktail reception, Rock Around the Clock NYE 2017 kicks the celebration into full swing. Celebrate the arrival of the New Year with multiple top DJs and dance the night away until 4 a.m. Don’t miss out on this Chicago New Year’s Eve celebration that will be truly unforgettable. Tickets are available for purchase here.
Produced by Arena Partners, Chi-Town Rising is made possible by sponsor contributions, and supports the missions of Choose Chicago and the Illinois Office of Tourism, further positioning Chicago as a year-round visitor destination following a record year in 2015 for visitation to the city. The event rallied support from the private sector last year, and organizers are committed to delivering an even stronger celebration worthy of Chicago in the event’s second year.
“We were thrilled with the response from attendees from Chicago and around the world last year, who came out to be part of Chi-Town Rising or who watched the celebration on TV,” said John Murray, president and founder of Arena Partners. “We surveyed attendees from last year, and we have incorporated their feedback to make this year’s Chi-Town Rising celebration bigger and better.”
“Our entire team at Constellation Brands is excited to once again have our flagship brand, Corona Extra, serve as presenting sponsor of Chi-Town Rising,” said Paul Hetterich, president, Constellation Brands’ Beer Division. “Chicago has been home to our beer business for more than 30 years. We’re happy to do our part to continue this New Year’s Eve tradition and help our fellow Chicagoans, as well as those visiting from other cities around the world, ring in 2017 in a fun and responsible way.”
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. Ticketed options for this year’s Chi-Town Rising celebration will include indoor parties featuring Corona Extra and musical entertainment, gala celebrations within Hyatt Regency Chicago, and Official Partner celebrations at select venues across the City.
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.
“We’re looking forward to the second annual Chi-Town Rising New Years’ Eve celebration. Festivities of this scale have long taken place in iconic destinations around the world and we’re proud to now have Chicago be among them,” David Whitaker, president and CEO, Choose Chicago said. “Chicago is an incredible year-round destination and mega events like this are an excellent way to showcase the city during the winter season and to help kick-start a new year.”
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. Information regarding the full talent line-up, activities, private event access, and more will be shared in the coming weeks at www.chi-townrising.com.