Make your plans now to ring in the New Year in style in Chicago!

Chicago’s Very Own New Year’s Eve Blast! will return on 12/31/2021 with a live broadcast on WGN-TV and a spectacular midnight fireworks display on Lake Michigan. Stay tuned for updates and submit your email below to be the first to learn about celebration options from our hotel & restaurant partners.

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Watch Live on WGN-TV!

Catch all of the excitement on television this New Year’s Eve with our Exclusive Broadcast Partner, WGN-TV.

Catch all the action at the hottest parties downtown and see the epic river fireworks show live at Midnight!


Our partners have the best food, drink, entertainment, and accommodations to make your New Year’s Eve celebration truly special.

Make your plans now before they sell out!




Hyatt Regency Chicago

Celebrate the evening at Chicago’s largest hotel! Nestled in the heart of downtown along the Chicago River. Toast to the new year in BIG Bar and take in some of the city’s most spectacular views from your guest room.

Sheraton Grand Chicago

The Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk is the perfect place to stay when visiting Chicago or planning a holiday staycation. An urban sanctuary amid iconic attractions and offering a blend of refined comfort and stylishly appointed accommodations, the hotel offers striking views of the lake, river and Chicago skyline. With a location steps away from holiday shopping along Michigan Ave. and ice skating in Millennium Park, you can enjoy the show in person along the riverwalk or watch the fireworks with family and friends from one of the river view suites.

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Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown

Breathtaking views. Transformational moments. Ring in 2022 with a stay at the newly renovated Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown and look out to the year ahead through a whole new window.

LondonHouse Chicago

New Year’s Eve celebrations are back at LondonHouse Chicago and better than ever. Ring in 2022 with a bang at the esteemed Magnificent Mile hotel that boasts iconic Chicago River views and puts revelers in the middle of it all. Offering two lively parties with entertainment options., LondonHouse is the place to be this December 31, 2021.


Trump Hotel

Soaring 92 stories above North Michigan Avenue and the trendy neighborhood of River North, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago is a showcase of bold style and engaging design situated along the Chicago River.. Reserve one of our river or lake view rooms and enjoy spectacular views from your guest room or suite. Dinner reservations are available at Terrace 16, offering three distinct seatings to accommodate your busy schedule. If you prefer a more lively atmosphere, Rebar is offering a Le Rebar Rouge themed evening with festive libations and dinner packages. Rebar’s spectacular location offers direct views of the fireworks from 12′ floor-to-ceiling windows.. Celebrate the new year at Terrace 16 with an amazing brunch with bottomless mimosas and bloody mary drinks.  


Designed by renowned Chicago architect Harry Weese, Swissotel Chicago is an award-winning luxury hotel overlooking the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, and just steps from the Magnificent Mile. The distinctive 4-diamond, all-glass hotel offers spectacular wrap-around views from Navy Pier to Millennium Park, 662 guest rooms and suites, five premier ballrooms, state-of-the-art penthouse fitness center, and spotless European-style service. 

Renovated sleek accommodations: 662 generously over-sized luxurious rooms and suites, with a full range of exclusive amenities. 

A Taste Of Chicago: Featuring The Palm, a city tradition, along with our lobby lounge, Amuse. 


Westin Chicago River North

Celebrate the Windy City’s most memorable event of the year in grand style at The Westin Chicago River North! Located along the Chicago River in the prestigious River North neighborhood, the 4-star downtown Chicago hotel offers large suites to accommodate entire families and spectacular views of the city skyline, and Chicago Riverwalk. Continue the revelry into the weekend by treating yourself to a special culinary experience at 320 RiverBar — our on-site restaurant providing delectable dining options, including a breakfast buffet, with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing a vibrant, city backdrop.


The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park offers sophisticated, modern luxury in the heart of downtown Chicago. Overlooking Lake Michigan, Grant and Millennium Parks, and the legendary skyline, the Fairmont Chicago is the perfect backdrop for an urban escape or event.

We are excited to unveil the Fairmont Lodge for our winter months.  The lobby will be transformed into a warm and welcoming lodge with fun filled events, hand crafted signature drinks and specialty menu.

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Gibsons Italia

Ring in the New Year with Gibsons Italia!
Enjoy refined Italian dishes and American steakhouse classics, including a variety of meats, seafood, vegetables, risotto, and pasta at Gibsons Italia. At the heart of the menu is a world-class tour of beef, starring Gibsons Prime Angus, Gibsons Grassfed Australian, Japanese Kobe and Miyazaki, and Carrara 640 Wagyu. The elegant and comfortable four-level restaurant and bar features dining on two levels, two fireplaces and a rooftop with a retractable roof showcasing stunning views of the Chicago River and the city’s skyline.
Reserve your table today!

RPM Seafood

RPM Seafood features the truest expression of the world’s best fish and seafood. The menu highlights a variety of crudo & tartare, seafood towers and globally-inspired preparations as well as signature pastas and both beef and seafood steaks. 

City Cruises

Ring in the new year in style with City Cruises and countdown to midnight on a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise on the Chicago River. Enjoy a delicious plated dinner, top-shelf open bar, a festive atmosphere, and the best views of the Chicago River!

(This event is 21+ only). 

LH New Year's Eve 2021

Join us on the third floor for a night filled with glamour and intrigue at the LondonHouse Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. Your ticket grants you access to the 4-hour open bar, live musical performance by MIKE & JOE, DJ Jaedon Mendoza, an hors d’oeurvres buffet, photo booth, a complimentary Champagne toast to ring in the new year, and a midnight breakfast buffet. 

Mike & Joe is a modern rock cover band widely regarded by its peers and the industry as one of the very best sounding cover bands in the nation. The bulk of the setlist includes popular rock from the 90’s through today, but occasionally they’ll throw in some tunes from the 70’s and 80’s as well. Bring your shoes, bring your glasses.

Some of the artists Mike & Joe cover are: Blink 182, Maroon 5, U2, Fallout Boy, Fleetwood Mac, Justin Timberlake, Third Eye Blind, Mumford and Sons, Sublime, Dave Matthews Band, Weezer, Train, Keith Urban, Ed Sheeran, The Eagles, Jimmy Eat World, Goo Goo Dolls, Foo Fighters, Florida Georgia Line, OAR, The Cure, Pearl Jam and many more!


Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago hosts a private Fireworks Viewing Party.

Blast in 2022 in style of Moulin Rouge with the sophisticated views of the city’s most iconic architectural landmarks at Rebar!

Enjoy show-stopping views of Chicago’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display over Lake Michigan, live DJ entertainment, and more.

Reservations are required. For more information about packages, pricing, and reservations at Book Now. 

Ballroom Blitz New Year's Eve Party 2022

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Swissotel Chicago, a newly renovated, premiere downtown Chicago hotel that offers a full spectrum of services. The hotel offers magnificent views of the magnificent Chicago River and skyline that will leave you spell bound and inspired to explore the Windy City. The hotel is walking distance to Michigan avenue, New Year’s Eve Magnificent Mile and Chicago NYE 2022. Its location makes the hotel cushioned in the heart of the restaurant and theatre districts where one can find plenty of things to do in downtown Chicago. So what are you waiting for?

Celebrate ChicagoNYE 2022 with us, as we say goodbye to New Year’s Eve 2021 and ring in the New Year 2022. Book your tickets to the most happening Chicago New Year’s Eve Party, which is at a walking distance from the top New Year’s Eve attractions.



Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom plays backdrop to an over-the-top celebration highlighted by live entertainment on the big stage, Chicago’s largest dance floor, a countdown spectacular and a FIREWORKS show at midnight. The city’s most iconic landmark rings in the new year in grand fashion!


Navy Pier will light up the night with a fantastic fireworks display over Lake Michigan.


Named Best Large City in America for the fifth consecutive year by Conde Nast Traveler, Chicago is known as a top international destination year-round. But it is especially marvelous to visit in wintertime, when the City is decked out in its holiday finery and offers a broad range of activities and attractions that are sure to please everyone in your traveling party.

Whether you are a foodie, seeking out one of our many Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning restaurants; a sports fan hoping to catch a BearsBulls or Blackhawks game; or a theatre junkie looking to see one of the many award-winning productions around town, you will find it all in Chicago this holiday season.  

So start planning your trip to Chicago with our very own Top Ten list of things to do and see in Chicago around the holidays. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

  • Experience “alpine in the city” while ice skating the ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

  • Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo features luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities under 2.5 million lights

  • Relive the magic of the classic holiday story when you hop aboard The Polar Express at Union Station

  • See the Chicago-themed reinvention of “The Nutcracker” at the Joffrey Ballet

  • Visit, shop, eat and drink at Chicago’s holiday marketplace, the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza

  • Visit the wold famous Walnut Room at Macy’s on State Street, a holiday tradition for Chicagoans since 1905

  • Enjoy family fun inside a 170,000 square-foot winter playground at Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

  • Earn your right to party by participating in the New Year’s Eve 5K run along Chicago’s Lakefront

  • Explore rich holiday traditions from around the world in Christmas Around the World at the Museum of Science and Industry

  • Watch model trains run past Chicago landmarks at the Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Gardens

Maggie Daley Park
Lincoln Park Zoo Lights
The Polar Express
The Nutcracker
The Walnut Room
Winter Wonderfest
New Year's Eve 5K
Museum of Science & Industry
Chicago Botanic Gardens

For even more ideas on how to get the most out of your Chicago vacation, visit the City’s official tourism site: Choose Chicago


Thank you to our amazing partners who help make the New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks the best way to ring in the New Year in Chicago! Whether you are looking for a place to stay or a place to celebrate, our partners have it all. We encourage visitors and locals alike to eat at our partner restaurants, stay at our partner hotels, and celebrate the New Year enjoying the festivities at our partner clubs and events. Without their generous support, it would not be possible to host this free event for all to enjoy.

Frequently asked questions

Want to know more about New Year’s Eve in Chicago? We’ve included answers to some commonly asked questions below. If you have questions about any of our partner events, please visit their respective websites, you can access these by clicking on their logos.

If you are unable to find an answer to your question, please complete the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Cheers!

Q: How much does it cost to attend this event, and where can I get in on the fun?

A: This FREE fireworks display will be located in the heart of the City, along the river front. Specific watch locations can be found in the “Where to Watch” section! Want to party at some of the best events in Chicago? Information on our partner events is listed above and many of these venues are perfectly located for a front row view of the fireworks!


Q: Will there be parking specifically for this event? If not, where will I be able to park?

A: There will not be dedicated parking for this event, we suggest booking parking prior to arriving downtown in order to ensure you have a space. You can book parking through Spothero. Better yet, take advantage of our City’s fantastic transit infrastructure for fast & efficient transportation without the need for a designated driver!


Q: Where is the best place to watch the fireworks?

A: You can watch the Midnight display from anyplace along the Chicago River between Wolf Point and Lake Shore Drive. To have a guaranteed viewing spot, join us at one of our partner events!


Q: In the event that there is rain or other bad weather what will happen?

A: The fireworks display will take place regardless of the weather conditions, provided it is safe to proceed. We will be working with our meteorology team to monitor the weather and advise of any safety concerns. We will share any schedule changes via email-blast, so don’t forget to sign-up for the mailing list above.

Additional Questions?


As a Chicago business or establishment, you are invited to participate in the celebration as an official partner. The focus of this year’s event is encouraging visitors and locals alike to stay at one of our hotel partners, eat at our partner restaurants, and celebrate the New Year enjoying the nightlife at our partner clubs and events. Partners of the event will receive rights and benefits that include promotion of your business/establishment, and much more.

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