Chi-Town Rising

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Chi-Town Rising
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Chicago's largest outdoor celebration returns for a second year, still sporting its rather unfortunate name (we refuse to call our city Chi-Town). This year's event includes performances by Saint Motel, Sir the Baptist, and DJ Sye Young. At midnight, a gigantic star will ascend the Hyatt Regency until it reaches the top and a fireworks display will light up the riverfront. Tickets to the event are free, with viewing areas on each bank of the Chicago River, but you'll need to register to secure your spot. If you want to watch from the comfort of your couch, the whole event will be broadcast live on NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago.

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Andy F

Not only do we hate the term Chi-town, this embarrassing event needs to stop. The hosts and musical acts are abysmally bad, It's very poorly attended, obvious from TV live feed and as a city, we never have, don't and shouldn't attempt an NYC type NYE. Its just not our style. Although entertaining to watch for its sheer awkwardness, they really need to shoot this dead horse.

Chris P

I thought we in Chicago hated the term "Chi-town." Is this really going to be a thing?