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There are multiple options depending on your party style. If you love music and want to be part of the show, be sure to look at Broadcast Boulevard for options to be in the television audience for the event.

If you are looking for a unique party option, check out the Corona Beach House, where you can view all the action from your own beach, just across the river.

And be sure to check out our Official Partners for additional events around the City this New Year’s Eve that are sure to fit every party style.

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At the epicenter of it all is Chi-Town Central, where multiple options are available to be part of the action. Guests of Official Hotel Partners can get exclusive room packages that include tickets or discounted access to the TV Audience Zone on Broadcast Boulevard; those seeking a high-energy party for guests 21 and older can head to the Corona Extra Beach House for a unique NYE experience; and official Chi-Town Rising events at Navy Pier offer both adult and family-friendly options for welcoming in the new year, while providing a unique perspective of the countdown, Rising Star and fireworks against the backdrop of our beautiful skyline. The action will start at 7PM with 4 hours of musical entertainment on the Countdown Stage, hosted by talent from KISS-FM. Just after 11PM, the live broadcast begins on NBC 5 and Telemundo, with host Mario Lopez and live performances by Billboard top recording artists American Authors and rock legends Chicago.

Broadcast Boulevard

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Broadcast Boulevard is the ultimate way to be part of Chi-Town Rising. An exclusive television audience area, with direct access to the Countdown Stage, Music Series, Host Talent, Countdown and Rising Star…you simply can’t be closer to the action. Guests of our Official Partner Hotels have access to discounted passes and special room packages to make the most of their New Year’s experience, or you can purchase tickets directly.

Corona Beach House

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Find your own beach on the shores of the Chicago River, and join the hottest party in town. The Beach House is a ticketed party for guests 21 and over, featuring DJs spinning tunes all night long, multiple bars serving your favorite beverages, beach-inspired food options, and an incredible view of the Countdown Stage and Rising Star across the river.

Family Countdown Celebration on the Chicago Cultural Mile

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Chi-Town Rising’s Family Countdown Celebration offers families a free and fantastic alternative to the late-night festivities around Chi-Town Central.

Chi-Town Rising Music Series


Our live music showcase kicks off at 7 p.m. on the Countdown Stage and will feature a selection of Chi-Town’s hottest artists. Club and concert veteran DJ Sye Young will be setting the tone, spinning tracks all evening long to keep the energy level high and the crowd warm. And iHeart Radio will be onsite, broadcasting live from the Countdown Stage on KISS-FM. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., so be sure to get there early to catch all the action.

Please Note: Event schedule is subject to adjustment, sign up for our mailing list to be alerted regarding any changes.

The NuBlu Band

Presented By: Buddy Guy's Legends

7:00 PM

Carlito Olivero

7:30 PM

Kweku Collins

Presented By: Closed Sessions

8:00 PM

The Heard

9:55 PM

The O’My’s

10:35 PM

Chi-Town Rising Live Television Broadcast


Just after 11p.m. NBC 5 and Telemundo will introduce Chicago and the world to a brand new tradition for celebrating New Year’s Eve. The 90-minute live broadcast will feature celebrity guests, A-list musical performances, a look back at 2015, a very special New Year’s toast, a dazzling countdown featuring our iconic Chicago Star rising 360 feet into the night sky, and an epic fireworks display. Musical artists will include American Authors and Chicago.


American Authors

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