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Questions

Where to watch:

Multiple options will be available to participate in Chi-Town Rising events, including:

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For those wanting to view from home, or from a nearby bar, restaurant, or private party, be sure to tune into NBC 5 and Telemundo to follow all of the action.

What to wear:

Everyone likes to dress up for a party, but remember that a lot of the action will be happening outside, so dress for the weather. There is no dress code at CTR, so wear something that will allow you the feel comfortable, warm, and festive!

Public Viewing Areas
Attendees enjoying the free viewing areas on the north and south sides of the Chicago River will be part of a mass celebration outside with event hosts enjoying the entertainment, countdown, and fireworks. Be sure to dress warmly and wear comfortable (and warm) footwear

Corona Extra Beach House
Held in the Hyatt Regency Chicago, we suggest dressing for an indoor New Years Eve party with a club-like atmosphere while preparing to be outside in cold weather. We recommend bringing warm clothing, such as a jacket, as there will be an opportunity to view the Rising Star on an outdoor terrace at the party. Coat check will be available.

Arena Club
As a VIP, upscale offering for attendees, guests should plan to dress their New Year’s Eve best. Please keep in mind this is an outdoor event with access to heated tents. As such, we recommend bringing warm attire should you choose to step outside and view the Rising Star, Countdown Stage, fireworks show, and live music showcase.

Official Partner Events
Whether attending a private party, or attending one of Chi-Town Rising’s Official Partner Events, guests can defer to each event’s host for the final word on appropriate attire. These events are primarily indoors.

When to arrive:

Gates to the public viewing areas will open at 8PM. Be sure to come early to secure a spot; public viewing areas are open on a first-come basis and gates will close when capacity is reached. While entrance is free of charge, tickets are required. Register for free tickets HERE.

How to get there:

Public Transportation
The CTA system consists of 140 different routes and almost 12,000 bus stops. The city’s eight CTA “L” train lines connect the city, serving 144 stations all over town. The fare for a single trip is $2.25. This system makes it easy to get anywhere in Chicago by public transportation—including Chi-Town Rising. CTA will be offering FREE RIDES from 10PM – 4AM.

By “L” Train
Take the Orange, Green, Purple, Pink or Brown “L” train lines to State and Lake stop. Walk 2 blocks east to Michigan Avenue and 2 blocks north to Wacker Drive.

By Bus
Take the #2, #6, #10, #134, #135, #136, #146, #148 to the Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive (Upper) stop.

For public transit directions from your location, visit TransitChicago or search “CTA” in your mobile phone app store.

Parking
For those with designated drivers, ample parking is available downtown. The Grant Park North and Millennium Park garages are a 5-minute walk from the South Viewing Area; head north from the garages up Michigan Avenue or Columbus to Upper Wacker Drive.

Where should I plan to be dropped off and picked up?

  • Corona Extra Beach House – Intersection of South Water St and Stetson Ave
  • South Viewing Area – Upper Wacker Drive & Wabash Ave
  • North Viewing Area – Michigan Ave & Ontario St

Age and Entrance Restrictions:

We hope everyone in Chicago is inspired to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but most of our events are geared toward an adult audience. Please keep in mind, the City of Chicago’s curfew rules will be enforced:

Public Viewing Areas
Guests who cannot provide proof of age 21 and over will not be allowed to purchase or consume beer or wine; there will be 100% ID check enforcement for all consumption. All guests will be required to submit to security screening to enter the event. Attendees will be able to exit and re-enter, provided that capacity limits have not been reached. Once capacity is reached, gates will be closed for entry. Please note that each guest who leaves the event will be subject to complete security screening upon re-entry.

Corona Extra Beach House
This event will be 21 and over only. Guests will be asked to provide proof of age upon entering. Entrance will be allowed into the event until 11 p.m.

Prohibited Items:

Below is a list of items that will be prohibited in any of our Chi-Town Rising events:

  • Oversized Bags: larger than 12” x 12” x 12”
  • Backpacks
  • Duffel Bags
  • Tote Bags
  • Satchels and Briefcases
  • Luggage of any Kind
  • Oversized Purses
  • Outside food or beverage
  • Chairs
  • Coolers or Ice Chests
  • Fireworks, Smoke Devices, Confetti Cannons
  • Weapons of Any Kind
  • Laptops, Portable Speakers, or Oversized Electronics
  • Poles to Display Banners or Flags
  • Cameras with lenses longer than 3 inches
  • Strollers
  • Umbrellas
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones)
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Laser Pointers and Devices
  • Alcoholic Beverages

 

How will Chi-Town Rising secure this large-scale event?

Chi-Town Rising is working closely with the City of Chicago, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, and Office of Emergency Management to ensure all appropriate safety measures are in place. Security measures will be in effect to proactively address potential issues, including public intoxication and open alcohol. Ticketed attendees to Chi-Town Rising events will be required to show positive ID and submit to inspections. All ticketed attendees of our events will go through a security screening and bag check upon entry.

Will food and drinks be available for purchase in the free viewing areas?

Yes, food and drinks will be available throughout the footprint.

North Viewing Area
Seven food trucks will be stationed on Cityfront Plaza offering the public a variety of food options:

  • Beavers Coffee + Donuts
  • Cheesie’s Pub & Grub
  • Da Pizza Dude
  • Hot Dog Fiend
  • La Patrona
  • Mimi’s Chicago Humble Pie
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop

South Viewing Area
Concessions will be provided for those attending this area. Options include beer, wine, hot beverages, water, and snacks.

Corona Extra Beach House
Your favorite Constellation Brands beverages will be complimentary for attendees.

Arena Club
Inclusive in the package, upscale food options will be available in addition to beer, wine and Ruffino Prosecco for a midnight toast.

Weather & Safety Issues:

Chicago has four seasons and we embrace all of them. Our team has a well-defined safety and weather plan, and the event will proceed in accordance with this approved plan. In the event of hazardous weather or other unsafe conditions, security and public safety personnel will be on hand to communicate appropriate procedures for moving quickly and safely to sheltered areas. Our security plan has been developed in collaboration with private security and public safety officials, similar to other large-scale events hosted in Chicago.

How large of a crowd is Chi-Town Rising expected to draw?

Organizers expect that Chi-Town Rising will attract more than 50,000 attendees across the various venues and events throughout the day. The main event, taking place between Michigan Ave and Columbus Drive, will be seen by as many as 30,000 attendees on both sides of the River. We expect that tens of thousands more will watch the Star rising from the many hotels, residences, restaurants & bars in the area, as well as in public spaces nearby.

Is there more to do besides the main event?

Chi-TownRising.com offers a full listing of events taking place on New Year’s Eve and throughout the holiday weekend. Whether you are looking to watch the Star rise in person, have a great dinner, attend a private party, or watch the festivities on TV, you can get all the details from our website.

Who are the sponsors of Chi-Town Rising?

Chi-Town Rising is a private sector initiative produced by Arena Partners; our Presenting Sponsor is Corona Extra, and NBC5 Chicago & Telemundo Chicago are the official broadcast partners of Chi-Town Rising. Additional partners can be found HERE. The event would not be possible without the support of our partners.

Where will Chi-Town Rising’s main event take place on New Year’s Eve?

Chi-Town Rising will take place along the Chicago Riverfront between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. As the countdown to 2017 begins, the star will ascend 36 stories up Hyatt Regency Chicago’s West Tower, culminating in iconic imagery and an unprecedented fireworks show for the city.

Will Chi-Town Rising be postponed or moved due to weather for any reason?

Chicago has four seasons and we embrace all of them. Our team has a well-defined safety and weather plan, and the event will move forward as long as conditions allow. In the event of hazardous weather conditions, security and public safety personnel will be on hand to communicate appropriate procedures for moving to quickly and safely to shelter.

Are there any activities for families?

Chi-Town Rising is designed to be enjoyed by all ages, and to offer activities across age groups. For families and children, the CTR Family Countdown Celebration on the Chicago Cultural Mile offers an opportunity to learn about other cultures, engage in activities, enjoy entertainment, and participate in a special Kid’s Countdown just before 6PM. Additionally, our PLAY page lists many events around the city designed for children and families.

Do I need to buy a ticket to view the fireworks and hear the live music performances?

No, access to viewing areas on the north and south sides of the river are free upon registration. Guests who do not register before arrival will have an opportunity to register on-site at guest services. Attendees will need to undergo security screening, and capacity is limited for the public areas, so guests should arrive early to ensure access.

Is there a cancelation policy for your event tickets?

Tickets to Chi-Town Rising are non-refundable. Like many other New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world, this is an all-weather event, and multiple contingencies are in place to deal with inclement conditions

I have seen that there are free elements to this event. Can you please explain what is free at Chi-Town Rising?

Chi-Town Rising will once again be offering a free Family Countdown Celebration on the Chicago Cultural Mile, and will be adding two free public viewing areas on the north and south sides of the Chicago River for those seeking an outdoor celebration experience.

I am staying at the Hyatt Regency, how I am supposed to get out of my hotel during CTR if I am not going to the viewing areas?

Guests of the Hyatt Regency Chicago should direct access questions to the hotel directly for the latest details, but it is our understanding that all guests will have access in and out of the hotel, whether they are attending Chi-Town Rising events or not.

Do you have any indoor events?

Chi-Town Rising will once again offer multiple event options for guests seeking to celebrate indoors. The Corona Extra Beach House, and many of our partner pages will offer information and links to tickets for these areas as they become available.

What is Chi-Town Rising?

Chi-Town Rising is the Midwest’s largest and most impressive New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring celebrity and musical guests, an epic countdown featuring the largest New Year’s Eve icon in the world rising into the night sky, and a dazzling fireworks display at Midnight.

What is the meaning behind the name “Chi-Town Rising”?

Our founders wanted to clearly align this event’s brand with their hometown, pay respect to its history and indomitable spirit, and be forward-looking & aspirational in tone; all while differentiating this celebration from the countless “ball drops” that occur around the world. Chicagoans don’t drop the ball, we rise to meet the challenges and opportunities of the New Year head-on. Just as the second star of the Chicago flag represents the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and the city’s resolve to rebuild itself and become the fastest growing city in the world by the end of the 19th century, Chi-Town Rising will feature a Chicago Star rising to meet the New Year. The ascending star symbolizes our city’s rich history of rising in the face of adversity, and is meant to be a beacon, encouraging everyone to “rise” and meet the opportunities of the New Year.

What is your mission?

The mission of Chi-Town Rising is To Inspire Celebration in Chicago. That mission is driven by a passion for making Chicago a top destination for travelers from around the world, and encouraging residents to celebrate all that this great city has to offer.

How large of a crowd is Chi-Town Rising expected to draw?

Organizers expect that Chi-Town Rising will attract more than 100,000 attendees across the various venues and events throughout the day. The main event, taking place between Michigan Ave & Columbus Dr, will be seen by as many as 50,000 attendees on both sides of the River. We expect that tens of thousands more will watch the Star rising from the many hotels, residences, restaurants & bars in the area, as well as in public spaces nearby.

Is there more to do besides the main event?

Chi-TownRising.com offers a full listing of events taking place on New Year’s Eve and throughout the holiday weekend. Whether you are looking to watch the Star rise in person, have a great dinner, attend a private party, or watch the festivities on TV, you can get all the details from our website.

How has the local Chicago community received the notion of a large scale New Year’s Eve celebration like Chi-Town Rising?

Chi-Town Rising has been met with enormous support from Choose Chicago, the Illinois Office of Tourism, the Illinois Restaurant Association, and many more as a catalyst for helping the city reach Mayor Emanuel’s ambitious tourism goal of welcoming 55 million visitors to Chicago by 2020. Response to the event announcement and details has received very positive coverage in mainstream and social media.

How will Chi-Town Rising secure this large scale event?

Chi-Town Rising is working closely with the City of Chicago, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Fire Department, and Office of Emergency Management to ensure all appropriate safety measures are in place. Security measures will be in effect to proactively address potential issues, including public intoxication and open alcohol. Ticketed attendees to Chi-Town Rising events will be required to show positive ID and submit to inspections.

Who are the sponsors of Chi-Town Rising?

Chi-Town Rising is a private sector initiative produced by Arena Partners; the Presenting Sponsor is Corona Extra. NBC 5 is the official television partner of Chi-Town Rising.

What kind of economic impact will Chi-Town Rising have on the City of Chicago?

In its inaugural year, Chi-Town Rising contributed more than $20 million to Chicago’s economy, including $2 million in direct tax revenues. Chi-Town Rising puts Chicago on the world’s stage of New Year’s Eve events, showcasing that Chicago is a year-round destination. Falling in the middle of a weekend, Chi-Town Rising is more than one evening of events, encouraging locals and visitors alike to make the most of what Chicago has to offer. Chi-Town Rising is a privately funded event, from which the city benefits as thousands of people celebrate in the heart of the city.

How has the local Chicago community received the notion of a large scale New Year’s Eve celebration like Chi-Town Rising?

Chi-Town Rising has been met with enormous support from Choose Chicago, the Illinois Office of Tourism, the Illinois Restaurant Association, and many more as a catalyst for helping the city reach Mayor Emanuel’s ambitious tourism goal of welcoming 55 million visitors to Chicago by 2020. Response to the event announcement and details has received very positive coverage in mainstream and social media.

What kind of economic impact will Chi-Town Rising have on the City of Chicago?

In its inaugural year, Chi-Town Rising contributed more than $20 million to Chicago’s economy, including $2 million in direct tax revenues. Chi-Town Rising puts Chicago on the world’s stage of New Year’s Eve events, showcasing that Chicago is a year-round destination. Falling in the middle of a weekend, Chi-Town Rising is more than one evening of events, encouraging locals and visitors alike to make the most of what Chicago has to offer. Chi-Town Rising is a privately funded event, from which the city benefits as thousands of people celebrate in the heart of the city.

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