What does the idea of New Year’s Eve in Chicago bring to your mind? Images of lavishing parties, beautiful dress ups, and expensive Champagne on the Gold Coast! Of course, you can bestow a small fortune for New Year’s Eve celebration, but there are a plenty of cheap and affordable options for you to celebrate. From personal observations to public celebrations, you can enjoy New Year’s Eve in Chicago, without having to spend a hefty amount.
So, here are few of the affordable options for you to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Chicago.
- Navy Pier Fireworks
The Navy Pier takes on a new identity during New Year as a “Wonder Fest” featuring musical arts, crafts, fairytale characters, puppets, jugglers, and tumblers. Navy Pier becomes a perfect destination for family celebration during New Year’s Eve. It features two firework displays, one held in the early evening, and the other at midnight. The early display is perfectly timed for younger children who can’t stay awake until midnight, while the second show follows the traditional New Year’s Eve countdown. The entrance to Navy Pier is absolutely free.
- Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo is another attraction for New Year’s Eve in Chicago, where the admission is always free. You are not allowed to stay there until the clock strikes 12, but the Zoo features evening hours as a part of its winter zoo-lights extravaganza. The festive lights mark the paths throughout the zoo. Except visiting animals, you can enjoy checking ice carving exhibits and holiday craft displays, or watching musical performances, while your little ones can enjoy merry-go-round, and train rides.
- A bird’s-eye view from Wills Tower
Wills tower is the tallest building among all in Chicago. It is a great place to observe all the ongoing activities, including the New Year’s Eve celebration. From the 103rd storey Sky-deck, you can check out the celebration along the lakeshore, including a group of small boats ready for the fireworks, and even get a bird’s-eye view of partying crowds of North Michigan Avenue. There is a very moderate admission fee for anyone above 3 years of age.
- The Rush Street Scene
For a truly affordable (if somewhat frosty) New Year’s Eve Celebration, you can try some people watching in Chicago. The Wicker Park and Lincoln Park draw a must-watch, vigorous crowd including college kids and professionals. Among all the Chicago’s entertainment districts, the Rush Street is worth watching during New Year’s Eve. Rush Street is a renowned nightclub and hotel district that draws a pool of tourists, fun-lovers, and exhibitionists, and is sure to provide an entertaining street theatre for you.
New Year’s Eve draws a hip, artsy crowd to downtown Chicago. Parking is at premium, and there is a high demand for all transportation services. So, plan ahead, and allow a plenty of time planning your transportation needs to get to your destinations.