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December 15, 2023

5 Places to Enjoy NYE 2024 in Chicago

New Year’s Eve is one of the best nights in Chicago. The city comes alive with lights, music, and visitors and locals alike. Parties all along the Chicago River serve unique cocktails and treats to enjoy on your own or with a special someone. With so many places to ring in the new year, you’re sure to have an unforgettable night. If you’re looking for a special event to start 2024 with a bang, look no further than these parties and celebrations across the city.

Navy Pier

One of the most iconic spots in Chicago is no less magical on New Year's Eve. Navy Pier is home to not only the Ferris wheel but also shops and restaurants that plan special menus and music performances. Along the pier, patrons can be found dancing and drinking the night away. Once the clock strikes midnight, the sky lights up with fireworks to dazzle and amaze. The venue may host fireworks throughout the year, but the New Year's firework show is a unique experience that even the most seasoned local will marvel at. For a one-stop-shop of all your favorite New Year's Eve traditions, Navy Pier is the place to be.

On the Chicago River

For an experience you won’t find anywhere else, you can spend the last moments of 2023 on a yacht. The Chicago River hosts cruises throughout the evening where you can enjoy the iconic skyline amidst the night sky. With all-inclusive premium packages, you can enjoy desserts, cocktails, and party favors. The three-and-a-half-hour party includes a photo contest and fireworks all from the deck of a gorgeous yacht with other party-goers. With a DJ spinning intoxicating tunes you can get your dance on or just enjoy the nighttime views with your loved ones close by. Spend your last night of the year in style onboard a luxury cruise between the skyscrapers.

On the Ice

Ice skating is popular all winter long, but something about skating at midnight is especially memorable. Chicago has two unforgettable rinks to choose from, including one within Millennium Park, just under “the bean”, and Maggie Daley Park, weaving in and out of the city. Maggie Daley Park’s rink even features zoned decor to take you on a winter wonderland journey. Enjoy specialty hot chocolate from nearby shops while whizzing by scenic skyscrapers or holding hands with your midnight kiss. Novices or expert figure skaters can all lace up their skates and enjoy a chilly and magical night.

Lincoln Park Zoo

The zoo isn’t just for children. The Zoo Years Eve celebration is an adults-only party that’s never-ending fun. The lights from the Lincoln Park ZooLights are still up, and you can walk the giant displays of sparkling lights, perfect for photo ops or a scenic detour. There are also games available to play while you listen to DJs picking out the best music for your New Year's Soundtrack. Train rides are available, as well as live ice carvings and carousel rides to bring out your inner child. The night takes on its adult spin with a cash bar offering all kinds of delicious drinks. There are so many ways to enjoy your night at the zoo that you’ll be busy ‘till midnight and beyond.


Foodies will love this New Year’s Eve location. the Albert is an Italian-inspired restaurant in the heart of downtown Chicago. On the last day of 2023, you can enjoy a special menu to celebrate the occasion and ring in the new year. For $55 a plate, you can taste Sicilian-style pizzas, homemade pasta, and more. Come and celebrate a night in Italy from 3-7 pm inside Hotel EMC2. The inventive and imaginative dishes will dazzle you and give you great views from the loft of the science and art-themed hotel.

New experiences in the new year

As this year comes to a close, your last night deserves to be spent somewhere special. All you have accomplished and learned while making plans for a hopeful new beginning should be celebrated in a big way, and Chicago is a big place to do it. Hotel EMC2 is a one-of-a-kind place to spend the night after partying and enjoying yourself in the Windy City. Within walking distance to many of the top attractions in the area, we strive to make each stay special and memorable. To book your new year stay with us, click here.

Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection
228 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 915-0000
Reservations: (844) 205-3939
Email: Info@HotelEMC2.com
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