Free tickets to Chi-Town Rising
It appears that the organizers of “Chi-town Rising (no one from Chicago calls it Chi-Town) have, to some extent, seen the error of their ways and are offering a limited number of free tickets to the event this year.
Current forecasts indicate it will be 25 degrees this evening. Bundle up and don’t forget the CTA is free after 10PM.
***Update 12/31/16 3PM from Chi-town Rising Organizers:
*Guaranteed Access Before 9PM are now SOLD OUT! To guarantee your access into the event, purchase tickers to Howells and Hood! Space Available after 9PM tickets are still available for download.
8:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. | CHI-TOWN RISING NORTH VIEWING AREA
In the North Viewing Area, gates will open at 8PM for guests with Guaranteed Access tickets. At 9PM, the gates will open for the rest of the crowds and stay open until capacity is reached. NBC will offer a live DJ for attendees beginning at 8:30PM and food trucks will be located on CityFront Plaza serving Chicago’s favorite food options. Beer, wine and beverage concessions will be available for purchase. Positive proof of age is required for each individual purchasing alcoholic beverages.
Beginning at 9PM, Corona Extra and Chi-Town Rising present the Silent Disco and Interactive Dance Floor. This one-of-a-kind experience will be open during the Chi-Town Rising celebrations. 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.
NOTE: Failure to enter before 9PM voids guaranteed entry; entry will be contingent on space availability after 9PM. Once capacity is reached, no additional ticket-holders will be permitted to enter. End Update***
There are three types of free tickets:
- Access to North Viewing area Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan, admission before 9PM. COTC note: The view of the river here is obstructed by the construction barricades around the new Apple Store construction site.
- Access to South Viewing area Upper Wacker Drive somewhere between Columbus and Michigan Ave. before 9PM
- Access to both areas after 9PM.
When you register be sure to provide your cell phone number to receive text updates on event logistics, including real-time information on capacity levels on New Year’s Eve.
Tons of free tickets available but limited capacity
Once you read through all the disclaimers it looks like they are issuing a ton of free tickets but only the first to arrive will actually get access to the free viewing areas. Terms and conditions state that “Once capacity is reached, no additional ticket-holders will be permitted to enter”. I doubt these areas will have any kind of seating or shelter so you may be forced to stand in the cold for hours before the midnight fireworks.
More details about secure viewing areas, musical guests, concession options, and entrance points will be shared in the weeks leading up to the event.
Chi-Town Rising 2016
There will be five paid party locations ranging from $82.69 to stand at Howells and Hood to $149 to stand at Navy Pier. There is also a family option at Millennium Park:
Corona Extra Beach House
Join Corona Extra in a one-of-a-kind experience for the ultimate New Year’s celebration, featuring international sensation DJ & Producer MATOMA and Cofresi.
Hours: 9PM-2AM on 12/31-1/1/17
Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E Wacker Drive
Corona Extra Beach House entrance on Stetson, drop off for taxis/Uber at Stetson & Upper South Water streets
Hyatt Regency Chicago: Admission 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. Beach inspired food stations will be available for your enjoyment. Coat check will be available.
Must be 21+ to purchase. Tickets $149
The Arena Club
The Arena Club offers 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
PASSES: $250 per person – Reserved Areas Available
Note: TICKETS ARE ON SALE FROM 12PM – 5PM IN THE HYATT REGENCY CHICAGO LOBBY
The Arena Club at Chi-Town Rising will be open from 8:00PM to 12:30AM and feature:
- Heated Enclosure with Cocktail Tables and Lounge Seating
- Unlimited Beer, Wine and Prosecco
- Gourmet Food Buffet
- Access to Premium Viewing Area near Music Stage, Rising Star, and Fireworks
- A Midnight Toast
Howells & Hood
Just steps away from all of the Chi-Town Rising festivities, Howells & Hood offers two packages for the evening, both granting exclusive in-and-out privileges, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a prosecco toast at midnight. The restaurant will offer guests the option to choose from the largest draft beer list in Chicago, as well as a full line-up of wines, whiskey and cocktails. The full food menu will also be available throughout the evening.
Howells and Hood:435 North Michigan Avenue.
8:15PM – 2:00AM
Location: Navy Pier 700 E. Grand
Party to the music of four different DJs spinning tunes in the beautiful Grand Ballroom on Navy Pier. Enjoy a lavish buffet and drinks from 30 bars serving cocktails all evening long. Catch the Star rising into the sky, visible directly from the Pier. And as the clock strikes Midnight, enjoy a fantastic perspective, as a synchronized fireworks erupt across Chi-Town Central, showcasing the skyline, river, and lakefront as never before.
Welcome to the 5th Annual Resolution Gala at Navy Pier. All guests will receive the following amenities:
• Stationed Buffet and Hors d’oeurves Provided by Chicago Signature Services
• Premium Hosted Ticket Reception from 8:30pm to 1:30am
• Over 30 Premium Liquor Bars( No Long Wait for Drinks)
• Midnight Champagne Toast
• PRIVATE Access to Watch the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show
• Live DJ 2017 NYE Countdown
• Festive NYE Party Favors
• Access to the Grand Ballroom, Lakeview Terrace,and Lake Michigan Room
• Extra Bathrooms to Eliminate the Long Lines
• Price is per person
• Coat Check- Provided by and responsibility of venue- additional charge not included with ticket
*Ticket reception includes 10 drink tickets per person. Additional drinks will cost $1.00 with proceeds benefiting Stefani’s Children’s Charity. COTC: Wow 10 drinks per person! Does Uber have an ambulance option?
The Hard Rock Cafe
Rock Around the Clock NYE 2017 at The Hard Rock Café
8:00PM – 4:00AM
Bring in your New Year the right way at the Hard Rock Café! Grab lite bites from our appetizer buffet station and wash that all down with a 4.5-hour top shelf cocktail reception. Celebrate the arrival of the New Year with multiple top DJs and dance the night away until 4 am! Don’t miss out on this Chicago New Year’s Eve celebration that will be truly unforgettable.
Family Countdown Celebration on the Chicago Cultural Mile. 3:00PM – 6:00PM.
Millennium Park will be the site for fun activities, musical entertainment, cultural exhibits, and treats for the kids. The activities will culminate in a very special “Kids Countdown Spectacular” at 6:00 PM.
Wrigley Square @ Millennium Park
In case of inclement weather the event will be moved to the Chicago Cultural Center at 78 East Washington (Preston Bradley Hall). An announcement will be made by 12PM on Thursday, December 31st.
Experience how New Year’s is celebrated around the world by visiting activity stations that feature fun customs from countries all over the world! Kids will be provided with a special passport so that they can receive a stamp at each station they visit.
6:00 PM KIDS COUNTDOWN SPECTACULAR
Join the celebration as we countdown to 2016.
- 7-11 p.m.
- 103.5 KISS FM’s Fred and Angi of the ‘Fred + Angi in the Morning Show’ will be hosting the Countdown Stage and checking in with other iHeartMedia Chicago personalities in the crowd. These personalities include Kristina heard mornings on 93.9 MYFM, Erik Zachary heard evenings on BIG 95.5 and Rufio heard evenings on 103.5 KISS FM.
- 11 p.m. – 12 a.m.
- iHeartMedia Chicago will be broadcasting the NBC 5 Chicago feed across 103.5 KISS FM, 93.9 MYfm, and BIG 95.5
- Listen Live on 103.5 KISS FM here.
- Listen Live on 93.9 MYfm here.
- Listen Live on BIG 95.5 here.