What: A number of downtown Chicago hotels, such as Hyatt Regency Chicago, collaborate for the city's grandest New Year's Eve celebration right off the Magnificent Mile. Sponsored by Corona Extra, Chi-Town Rising features live entertainment, special ticketed parties and a "star drop" counting down to the New Year. This guide details the events, plus where to dine and drink nearby. Chi-Town Rising will be broadcast live on NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago, beginning at 11 p.m.
When: 8 p.m. Dec. 31
Where: Along the Chicago River (between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive)
How Much: It's free to watch along the Chicago River; there are also a number of ticketed events (TBA)
Chi-Town Rising Corona Extra Beach House Party
The official party for Chi-Town Rising takes place at 225 E. Water St. (lower level), which is along the Chicago River in temporary "beach house"-style accommodations. It will offer revelers a warm place to watch the fireworks show and New Year's Eve countdown, musical performances and more. In addition, they'll get to enjoy deejay performances, a dinner buffet and midnight champagne toast. There will be three stages of entertainment. As the countdown begins, the star will ascend 36 stories up the Hyatt Regency Chicago's West Tower, culminating in the fireworks show. There will be a cash bar.
Chicago's Official New Year's Eve Celebration: Where To Stay
Drake Hotel Chicago: The Drake is a grand hotel reaping the rewards of an unsurpassed location. A choice hotel even before its most recent renovations completed in 2011, all guest rooms are decorated with high style furniture, drapes, upholstery and Italian marble bathrooms. It's also home to Coq D’Or, a dimly lit lounge that has been around since the repeal of Prohibition.
Four Seasons: As one of the city's most beautiful properties, Four Seasons Chicago is filled with classic European furnishings. The hotel offers a popular restaurant called Allium, plus a top-notch health club and spa, and convenient indoor access to the 900 North Michigan Shops. Guests are treated to eagle-eye views of the city. It offers 345 luxury hotel rooms and suites.
The Gwen: The Mag Mile newcomer is adjacent to Shops at North Bridge, which boasts the likes of Nordstrom, BOSS Hugo Boss and Louis Vuitton. There are 300 rooms, including 33 suites, as well as a restaurant, gym and customizable minibars in each room.
Hyatt Chicago: The city’s largest hotel, overlooking the Chicago River, is right off what’s known as Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Hyatt Regency Chicago features 2,019 guest rooms and suites and occupies 228,000 square feet. It exists as the Hyatt Corp.’s largest property in the world.
Intercontinental Chicago Hotel: started life as the Medinah Athletic Club back in 1929, and over the years the hotel has done its best to maintain the Art Deco facade and 1920s sensibilities all with modern touches. The hotel fits in nicely with its historic neighbors the Wrigley Building and the Tribune Tower. The Intercontinental's location at the south end of the Mag Mile makes it convenient for a whirlwind day of shopping.
Park Hyatt Chicago: The Park Hyatt boasts great city views, with sizable, modern rooms featuring king-sized beds and high quality furnishings such as Eames chairs. Located steps from Michigan Avenue shopping, the Park Hyatt offers a prime location on top of its opulence.
Peninsula Chicago: The Peninsula Hotel Chicago is one of the finest in the city, and has received the exclusive Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond awards several years in a row. The Peninsula's decor is modern, with a Far East flair. It offers a number of different choices in rooms, from a basic guestroom to a 3,000-square-foot suite with a private terrace.
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