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8 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Navy Pier

Ring in the New Year at Navy Pier, Chicago’s top New Year’s Eve destination, and toast to 2020 with Pier-wide celebrations, boat cruises, fireworks and more. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly daytime activity or festive celebration with friends at midnight, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination has got you covered.


19th Annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest

To kick start the holiday, visit Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest and enjoy dozens of rides, attractions, entertainment and holiday décor across 170,000 square feet. The event provides fun for all ages and opportunities for families to spend time together before the New Year. Returning favorites include the Xfinity Ice Skating Rink and Arctic Express Train, and you won’t want to miss this year’s brand-new attraction, The Wind Chill. Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.


Navy Pier New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show Presented by Miller Lite

When the clock strikes midnight, take in the spectacular fireworks show at Navy Pier, which is the longest fireworks display in the city! Paired with music, this signature display promises an unforgettable viewing experience over more than 15 minutes long.




Chicago Children’s Museum Noon Year’s Eve

Chicago Children’s Museum invites families and their children to celebrate early during their Noon Year’s Eve bash from 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The event will feature a variety of family-friendly festivities, including festive crown-making, the last dance party of 2019 and a multi-colored confetti finale. The event is free with museum admission ($19 for adults and children) and membership.



The 8th Annual Chicago Resolution Gala

The 8th Annual Chicago Resolution Gala returns to Navy Pier’s iconic Aon Grand Ballroom from 8:30 p.m. – 2 a.m., featuring a delicious food spread, more than 30 bars, music from Chicago’s top DJs, a New Year’s Eve countdown, fireworks and more. Ring in 2020 in this stunning space, with a dome-style ceiling and panoramic window display of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. Tickets are available for purchase online. *Must be 21 years or older to attend.



The Crystal Gardens New Year’s Eve Party

The Crystal Gardens New Year’s Eve Party is back at Navy Pier for its 14th anniversary to provide an unforgettable experience in the unique botanical gardens setting of The Crystal Gardens. Highlights include premium top shelf beverages, Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants food station package, more than 20 premium liquor bars, midnight champagne toast, private terrace for fireworks viewing, red carpet step and repeat photo opportunity, complimentary noisemakers, hats and party favors, live DJ NYE countdown, coat check and more. The event will run from 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. Ticket packages and information can be found online. *Must be 21 years or older to attend.


Offshore’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

New this year, Offshore, the world’s largest rooftop confirmed by Guinness World Records, is ushering 2020 in with style, with stunning 360 views of the city and lake from its glass-enclosed, climate-controlled space. Offshore’s New Year’s Eve Celebration kicks off at 9 p.m. and will offer incredible views of Navy Pier’s fireworks, along with premium bar and chef stations. Each ticket grants guests access to a five hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, chef stations, live music and fireworks. Tickets to Offshore’s inaugural New Year’s Eve event are available for purchase online. *Must be 21 years or older to attend. Cocktail attire required; black tie recommended.


Boat Cruises

Celebrate on water with Entertainment Cruises and aboard one of their festive New Year’s Eve fleet options. New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruises will be hosted Odyssey Lake Michigan, Spirit of Chicago and Mystic Blue, including platinum open bar and complimentary champagne toast, as well as a plated or buffet-style dinner. The cruises will board at 8:30 p.m. and cruise from 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. They also offer New Year’s Eve Lunch cruises and a New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch. Please visit here for more information.




Plan a delicious dinner at one of Navy Pier’s on-site dining options. For a full listing, please visit the Navy Pier website.






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