Chicago will ring in 2024 in grand style, with the return of a New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacular along the Chicago River at Wacker Drive.
The event will be held in partnership with Art on the Mart projections on the facade of Merchandise Mart (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza), showcasing highlights of artists’ works from the past five years.
The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. on December 31 with the Mart window display, followed by a countdown to the new year, which will also project onto the side of the iconic building.
Guests are invited to watch the show along Upper Wacker Drive from McClurg Court to Franklin Street, although access to the riverfront will be restricted from 11 p.m.
The Franklin, LaSalle, Clark, Dearborn and State Street bridges will all be closed beginning at 11:45 p.m. The bridges are expected to reopen at 12:15 a.m. The Columbus Bridge will also be closed during this time.
The bridges over Wabash and Michigan Avenue will remain open.
A fireworks display and countdown to Navy Pier will also take place at the lake.
Admission to Navy Pier for the show is free, but there is a charge for parking, according to officials.
“Chicagoans have the unique ability to find hope and resilience every day and New Year’s Eve is the foundation for starting a new year with the same unbridled optimism,” said Mayor Brandon Johnson, via the official announcement in conjunction with the Chicago Ministry of Culture. Business and special events.
The Mart’s screenings will feature the following artists and works, according to Wednesday’s announcement:
- Jonas Denzel: “explore”
- Nick Cave: “Ba Boom Boom Pa Pop Pop”
- Derrick Adams: “Funtime Unicorn: Ruby Goes Through Four Seasons”
- Charles Atlas: “The geometry of thought”
- Wills Glasspiegel and Brandon Calhoun: “Footnotes”
- Jan Tichy: “Artes in Horto — Seven Gardens for Chicago”
- Jason Salavon: “Homage between the two (Chicago Art, 20th Century)”
- Spectralina: “woven”
- Yuge Zhou: “Love Letters”
- Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project: “The Big Bang: theory of movement + the black dancing body”
For more information, visit Chicago.gov/NYE.
At Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., a 10-minute fireworks display takes place at midnight following a countdown to the new year. Arrive early (capacity may be reached throughout the evening); Entrance to the pier is free, but there is a charge for parking. Visit Navypier.org for more details.
“A Very Chicago New Year”: NBC 5 to welcome 2024 with Billy Corgan and other musicians
NBC 5’s annual Emmy-nominated show “A Very Chicago New Year” will feature an A-list lineup of hosts and performances, including Chicago music legend and Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan, and his wife, fashion designer Chloe Mendel.
Starting at 11:00 p.m. CT on December 31, “A Very Chicago New Year” will feature celebratory parties throughout the Chicago area, with Chicago Today hosts Matt Rodrigues and Cortney Hall in Bridgeport at the newly renovated Ramova Theater, and NBC 5 anchor Evrod. Cassimy and Country Music Television present Marley Sherwood at the iconic Palmer House in downtown Chicago. Contestants from the hit Netflix reality show “Love is Blind” will also make appearances.
Corgan and Mendel will offer an evening of performances at their popular tea room, Madame ZuZu’s in Highland Park, featuring sets from some of Chicago’s most talented jazz musicians.
Special musical performances include singer-songwriter and three-time Latin Billboard Music Award winner Ivan Cornejo, indie rock sensation Mt. Joy and appearances by Billy Corgan & Friends.
More information can be found here.