Ringing in 2017 at Chi-Town Rising

Happy New Year! As a local tourist, I was able to experience the second annual Chi-Town Rising, Chicago’s version of the ball drop in Times Square. With its second year, NBC Chicago aired the countdown live, so Chicagoans could enjoy the festivities in the comfort of their own home or warmth of a party indoors. 

The countdown event is free to the public, as long as attendees register online in advance. Entertainers from all over the globe, including DJs, live music acts, a fireworks show and celebrities to make Chicago’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration one of the best. For those who can’t brave the cold, including me, has numerous paid partner events.  

The Corona Extra Beach House had a beach theme, but it was a little confusing if guests were to dress in beach attire or party favorites. The beach party included light bites and an open bar with Corona Extra and other popular Constellation Brands beverages, such as Svedka, Ruffino Prosecco Casa Noble and more.

As it was my first year attending, I spoke to a couple attendees of the 2016 Corona Extra Beach House who stated the event improved in 2017. Guests danced the night away to a live DJ as sponsored drinks were flowing throughout the countdown.

The new New Year’s Eve event is a must-see for locals and regional tourists, as I spoke to people from other states who ventured to Chicago to ring in 2017. As the event continues to grow, Chi-Town Rising will become the destination for Midwesterners and beyond to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

If you’re looking for a little taste of New York City, then Chi-Town Rising is the place to go.  Plus, Chicago didn’t have any lip-syncing malfunctions.

The Local Tourist Tip for those who plan to go for the 2018. The best viewing area is most likely north of the Chicago River. Plan to arrive early, as security lines are long.

Disclaimer: I was invited to cover the event, but opinions expressed are of my own.  


Photo Credit: Arena Partners and Chi-Town Rising

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