Chi-Town Rising will be broadcast live on NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago for those wishing to view the event live on TV. Those interested in attending the event live have multiple options for securing a guaranteed spot, including FREE general admission tickets to the North or South Viewing Areas (limited quantities of guaranteed entry passes still available.) Guests at Official Partner Hotels can secure “pit passes” that guarantee entry and front row access, as well as a midnight toast. Paid party options include the Corona Beach House, The Arena Club VIP experience, Howells & Hood, and other partner events.
At 70 feet tip-to-tip and rising 360 feet in Chicago sky, the Rising Star is truly the star of the show. Located on the west tower of Hyatt Regency Chicago, the world’s largest NYE icon will rise above the South Viewing area as Midnight approaches.
Chi-Town Rising offers a full day of programming for Chicagoans and visitors to ring in 2017 throughout New Year’s Eve. 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!
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, Maggie Daley Park, and along the lakefront, 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.
Returning from last year, the popular Family Countdown Celebration, presented 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.
The Arena Club provides an upscale experience for New Year’s Eve, with all the authenticity of the full Chi-Town Rising experience. Guests will have in & out privileges to The Arena Club VIP chalet featuring free food & adult beverages flowing all night long. Located on Upper Wacker Drive, directly in front of the Hyatt Regency Chicago, The Arena Club also provides guests with Countdown Stage “Pit Passes” for access to the best viewing areas for musical entertainment, the Countdown and Rising Star, and the dazzling midnight fireworks.
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 a complimentary beach-inspired food menu for your enjoyment. Coat check will be available. Tickets range from $199-249 tickets for purchase.
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, Dec. 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.
Our live music showcase kicks off at 8 p.m. on the Countdown Stage located on Upper Wacker Drive that will be hosted by fan favorite and Chicago Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison. 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.
Just after 11p.m. NBC 5 and Telemundo will introduce the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the Midwest to an audience in 40 affiliate markets across the country. The 90-minute live broadcast will feature musical performances, a look back at 2016, 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 Sir the Baptist and Saint Motel.