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New Years Eve is a unique time of year to visit a new place, and we aim to travel to as many as we can.

We've already visited some of the main ones: Paris, Sydney, London and Edinburgh but have the ambition to get to as many of the others listed on this site as we can.

We hope you find our listings useful in finding the best NYE fireworks, parties, hotels, concerts, restaurants, cruises and events wherever you are!



Chicago New Years Eve 2015

Fireworks, Events, Webcams, Cruises, Parties, Hotels, Restuarants

Chicago, Illinois, USA, 31 December 2014, Midnight

Lake Michigan by night

Chicago hosts a number of New Years Eve events across the city, with fireworks displays chiefly focusing on the river, and traditionally centred around the city's famous Navy Pier area, but there are displays to be seen right across the city, with the famous city skyline providing a spectacular backdrop to the pyrotechnics.

Elsewhere, the city's bars and restaurants are packed with revellers, with many taking to the city streets at midnight to pass on their wishes and watch the various fireworks lighting up the Chicago sky. There's no shortage of cultural diversions either, with the city's music venues hosting all flavours of musical entertainment, including everything from hip-hop to classical concerts.

Fireworks, Events & Party Listings


The main fireworks display in Chicago at New Years has always traditionally been the official municipal display at the city's famous 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 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.

The Grand Ballroom at The Navy Pier will be hosting the 2nd 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. There are several VIP options too - tickets are available online here.

The Crystal Gardens NYE 2015 is a VIP event, which may seem a little pricey at over $100 a ticket but does include 20 free bars, red carpet arrival, a champagne toast and private terrace at midnight to watch the fireworks as well as the chance to watch the countdown from the iconic Navy Pier ferris wheel - it will book up early though so be sure to get your reservation early if that's where you're headed.

A very glamorous event is in store at the Chicago Hard Rock Hotel, with the NYE 2015 Playboy Party. The event promises a Masquerade Lounge with a live set by DJ Summer Altice, cocktail bars, buffet and the Playboy treasure hunt. Sounds interesting! Ticket sales here.

Another fabulous looking party is at the Palmer House Hilton, based at one of Chicago's most instantly recognisable landmarks. This is another formal event and includes 4 ballrooms with different entertainment, celebrity DJs, live casino gambling and the ubiquitous midnight champagne toast. You can also pay a bit (or quite a lot!) extra to get access to one of the hotel's VIP rooms.

The InterContinental O'Hare hotel will again be holding their 17th annual New Year's Eve Rock 'N' Roll Ball, with live entertainment provided by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, supported by Cracker, Rod Tuffcurls and the Benchpress, Modern Day Romeos and My Blue Valentine, playing across 3 different live music rooms. The event also includes an open bar, and VIP dinner packages are also available - more details and tickets here.

You also might like to check out the NYE Soiree 2015 Party on the Magnificent Mile, featuring a pre-party on December 30th at Sound Bar, the main event at the Hyatt Chicago with live entertainment with The Hot Sauce Committee, DJ Krush and DJ Onit and Post-NYE party at the Hard Rock Cafe. 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 (albeit not too many vegan options for yours truly sadly!)

There is also a fireworks party cruise on the Anita Dee I Yacht, which features entertainment by a live DJ, and an open bar, which promises to make this one of the livelier cruise options - tickets are available online here.

For live music fans, Russian-German electronic music DJ Zedd will be playing  alive set at the Aragon Ballroom, supported by Monsta and Nick Thayer. This is probably the biggest live event in Chicago this year, so tickets will go fast - secure your place here.

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.

Streaming, Webcams & Video


Places to watch live online, including some excellent views of the Chicago city skyline:

Chicago webcams

Hotels & Accommodation


For a wide range of hotels, guest houses and apartments in Chicago, visit: local hotels here.

Comments & Reviews


We would love to hear feedback from anyone who has visited Chicago for New Years Eve and would like to share their experiences.

Also if you know of any events or parties we don't yet have listed, whether it's something you're attending or organising, please let us know and we'll be happy to update the page.

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