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Navy Pier celebrations and fireworks greet the New Year

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Chicago's Navy Pier offers festive entertainment and celebrations to ring in the New Year on New Year's Eve. Parties and fireworks greet 2014 starting on Tues., Dec. 31, 2013.

New Year's Eve celebrations run all day, with events for children and families during the day turning to festive adult parties in the evening and into the wee hours of the morning.

Ring in the New Year with celebratory cruises at Navy Pier

Chicago Children’s Museum will host a special event just for kids during the day! CCM’s annual Noon Year’s Eve features noise makers, confetti and a special kid-hosted countdown! Stop by starting at 10 a.m. to make your own personalized hat or crown. Regular museum admission applies.

Winter WonderFest features new rides and attractions from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.. Live entertainment on the Winter WonderStage makes for a great family celebration on New Year’s Eve. Winter WonderFest a holiday destination for families in Chicago

The Navy Pier midnight fireworks illuminate the lakefront to greet the New Year. This year’s fireworks show will be longer and better than ever, according to a statement from Navy Pier.

Navy Pier also has two of the biggest parties in Chicago this New Year’s Eve in the Grand Ballroom and in the Crystal Gardens.

The 2nd Annual Chicago Resolution Gala in Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom includes a five hour open bar, stationed buffet tables, DJ entertainment, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8:15 p.m. Visit Chitownevents for more information and to buy tickets.

Crystal Gardens' gala (9 p.m.-2 a.m.) features a premium open bar with 20 bars, Phil Stefani Signaure hors d'oeuvres and champagne toast at midnight. General admission is currently $155, but the price goes up as the party approaches, so book as soon as possible if this in in your plans. The party runs from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., greeting New Year's Day.

ZooLights holiday lights show and ice skating at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago

Holday Magic at Brookfield Zoo runs through the holidays

Winter Wonderland holiday light show at Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills


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