New Year’s Eve


Ringing In The New Year Chicago Style

Ball dropping in Times Square is New York’s thing. In Chicago, we ring in the New Year with amazing views of the Magnificent Mile, local rock and roll, our glittering skyline and nods to our frothy Prohibition past. In other words, when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations in Chicago, you can find just about any party to fit your style. Here are some of the most fun, festive and unique ways to ring in the New Year.


Steven Spielberg directs this 3D film (produced by Peter Jackson), based on “The Adventures of Tintin,” the comic book series created by Belgian artist Hergé. Combining the stories of The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure, the film depicts Tintin's (Jamie Bell) first encounter with Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and the discovery of a clue to the treasure of his ancestor Sir Francis Haddoque. (Photo: Paramount Pictures/Columbia Pictures)

Gallery: Holiday Movie Preview

From action-packed sequels to 3D spectaculars, we take a look at the must-see films of the 2011 holiday season.


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More Than A Dozen Cars Burglarized In Wheaton

More than a dozen cars were burglarized in west suburban Wheaton between New Year’s Eve and Day.

WBBM Newsradio–01/03/2011

Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Couple’s First Anniversary Ends Tragically With New Year’s Eve Drowning

Michael Hilling and Jessica Woytonik were at the lakefront celebrating their first anniversary as fireworks went off at midnight at nearby Navy Pier on New Year’s Eve.


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$700,000 Bond Set In Fatal New Year’s Eve Stabbing

After fatally stabbing a man on New Year’s Eve, Marcus Byrd told police the victim “said something smart — and he only stabbed him once,” prosecutors said.


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Teen Charged With Fatal Stabbing At New Year’s Eve Party

A 19-year-old man was charged with murder on Saturday for allegedly stabbing a man to death during a fight at a New Year’s Eve party.

CBS Chicago–01/01/2011

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Big Crowds Expected For New Year’s Eve

Crews are preparing to big crowds that are willing to open up their wallets to ring in 2011.

CBS 2–12/31/2010


UPDATE: New Year’s Eve Weather Springlike, But Volatile

The weather was springlike this New Year’s Eve, but the skies were volatile, as rain and thunder erupted over the course of the day.

CBS Chicago–12/31/2010

Police Supt. Jody Weis

Police To Reckless New Year’s Revelers: Watch Out

As the New Year approaches, city, county and state police are sending a clear warning to be safe.

WBBM Newsradio–12/31/2010


New Year’s Eve Weather Springlike, But Volatile

The weather was springlike this New Year’s Eve, but the skies were volatile, as rain and thunder erupted over the course of the day.

CBS Chicago–12/31/2010

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People Splurging Again On New Year’s Eve

Those preparing to celebrate say the rebounding economy gives them confidence to cut loose, after a few years of penny-pinching.


CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CTA To Offer New Year’s Eve Penny Rides

Once again, the Chicago Transit Authority is saying “Happy New Year” with its famous penny rides.

CBS Chicago–12/29/2010

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Girl’s Guide to Finding the Perfect New Year’s Dress

Ditch the generic party dress and create a look of your own on the most glamorous night of the year. Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect dress and stand out from the crowd.


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Best Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Activities In Chicago

Remember when New Year’s Eve meant a glamorous party, champagne toasts and dancing the night away? So do I – barely. Here are the best bets for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration.


New Year's Brunch

Best Places To Have New Year’s Day Brunch

You might want to sleep in New Year’s Day, but there is nothing better to kick that hangover from too much champagne the night before then to have a hearty breakfast the next morning. You […]


Photo Of Pennies. (AP Photo)

It’s Back: Ride For A Penny On New Year’s Eve

For those who can give up their cars, penny rides on public transit on New Year’s Eve are a way to avoid sky-high parking fees and let someone else do the driving.

WBBM Newsradio–12/20/2010


Best New Year’s Eve Parties In Chicago

Where will you be when the clock strikes 12? We’ve got a list of some of the hottest New Year’s Eve parties in Chicago.


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Best New Year’s Eve Menus In Chicago

This New Year’s Eve, take advantage of one of the many restaurant specials in Chicago. Check out this list of the best New Year’s menus, discounts, and dinner for two specials.