The latest news from Chicago for new year's eve 2018 is that the Chi Town Rising party that has been the focus of the celebrations for the last couple of years will NOT be returning for this new year celebration.
Chicago will still be hosting plenty of other New Years Eve events across the city though, with fireworks displays chiefly focusing on the river, and traditionally centred around the city's famous Navy Pier area.
Elsewhere, the city's many hotels, bars and restaurants are packed with revellers as well as visitors from out of town, with many taking to the city streets at midnight to pass on their wishes and watch the various fireworks lighting up the Chicago sky.
The last couple of years had seen a new big new year's eve event in Chicago with the advent of the Chi Town Rising party, an aim to compete with more established venues such as New York's Times Square in providing a large scale, internationally renowned new year celebration.
However, Chi Town Rising is not returning again this year, which means the focus once again will be on the big fireworks display down at the Navy Pier, which is also the venue for some of Chicago's biggest, longest running and most popular new years parties.
This year you can also enjoy the 2017-2018 Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest, offering a plethora of festive fun including ice skating, live entertainment, an express zip line, climbing wall, inflatable slide and loads more, this looks like an especially good idea for those families with children to entertain.
A highly recommended party this new year's eve is the Big Night Chicago, taking place at the Palmer House Hilton and including all inclusive bars throughout the evening, food buffets, multiple dance floors and party rooms and 10 live bands and DJs. Get your tickets for this event asap as numbers are limted and they will sell out - online ticket sales here.
The Grand Ballroom at The Navy Pier will be hosting the annual Chicago Resolution Gala, which also provides access to the fantastic views from the Lakeview Terrace, one of the best possible vantage points for watching the fireworks. The event includes premium open bar, stationed buffet and of course champagne at midnight.
For live music fans the big party this new year looks to be REACTion New Year's Eve, an event at the Aragon Ballroom. Get your tickets here.
Another option many take up to capitalise on the city's maritime setting is to take a cruise, giving you the opportunity to guarantee yourself an unobstructed vantage point for viewing the fireworks. Most of the local cruise companies have new year's eve special offers, I really like the look of the Mystic Blue fireworks & dinner cruise which includes a premium bar package and fabulous looking menu.
Other cruise offerings that are available in Chicago this new year include the Odyssey Chicago NYE Fireworks Dinner, which includes a DJ, dinner, a premium bar package, champagne toast and fireworks from Navy Pier at midnight and the Spirit of Chicago 2017 New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise, which comes complete with dinner buffet, premium open bar, champagne toast at midnight. The full cruise range for new year 2018 includes:
Chicago NYE fireworks dinner cruise at Navy Pier
Spirit of Chicago fireworks dinner cruise
Spirit of Chicago new years eve family lunch cruise
If you just want a relatively quieter (and more affordable!) night out then the city's restaurants will be hosting a variety of parties to cater for most budgets. I like the look of MK Chicago as it has my initials, but there are offerings available for all cuisines - check out the Chicago restaurant guide for more details and to make online reservations.
The big new year event on the Chicago River is expected to be screened live by one of the local networks. Official broadcast partners have been announced as NBC 5, Telemundo Chicago (Spanish language version) and iHeart radio.
For live TV and online coverage of Chi Town Rising see our dedicated page here:
Coverage from Chicago on new years eve is also provided by the long running Countdown Chicago broadcast on ABC7, hosted by the ever-popular Janet Davies and Mark Giangreco - you can watch this one on their live stream here:
Places to watch live online on local webcams, including some excellent views of the Chicago city skyline:
There is a huge range of accommodation in Chicago for you new year's eve break, with most budgets catered for. This year a good topical choice might be the Trump International Hotel and Tower while we can also recommend the Cambria Hotel and Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile or the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront.
For the full range of hotels, guest houses and apartments in Chicago, and to make your reservation online, visit: local hotels here.
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