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Chi-Town Rising lights up the skyline on New Year's Eve

Take a look at photos of the crowds, the fireworks and the gigantic star at the first Chi-Town Rising New Year's celebration

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It may have downsized its festivities and gone back on its promise of being a free, public event, but the inaugural Chi-Town Rising celebration ended up being a pretty decent New Year's Eve spectacle. Thousands of attendees bought tickets and showed up to stand in front of the Hyatt Regency, taking in musical performances, fireworks and the gradual ascension of a 70-foot tall star tricked out with a video screen.

While you're busy completing your list of New Year's resolutions, take a look at our photos from the first (and probably not last) Chi-Town Rising party.

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
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Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
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Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
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Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
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Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
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Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
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Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
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Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
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Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
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Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
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Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
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Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
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Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
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Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
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Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.
Photograph: Jose Calvo

Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015. 
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