New Year 2020 Chicago: Fireworks and more at Navy Pier and the Riverwalk

New Year 2020 Chicago: Fireworks and more at Navy Pier and the Riverwalk

Chicago will be ringing in the new decade with two major fireworks displays running in tandem on Navy Pier and the Riverwalk when the clock strikes midnight.

Here’s what you need to know to go.

Navy Pier

Navy Pier, is the Midwest’s top-visited destination. If you are planning on heading there for New Year’s Eve it’s good to plan ahead and get there early--as the pier closes once capacity is reached.

In additions to the midnight fireworks, there’s lots to do for those who arrive early. 

Winter WonderFest

Winter WonderFest features dozens of rides, attractions, entertainment and holiday décor across 170,000 square feet, Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. Favorites include the Xfinity Ice Skating Rink, Dasher’s Crashers Bumper Cars and Arctic Express. Open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.

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The 200-foot-tall Centennial Wheel will be rolling on NYE. Reservations can be made in advance online.

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.


Navy Pier offers many on-site dining options. For a full listing, please visit the Navy Pier website.

Parties on the Pier

The 8th Annual Chicago Resolution Gala The 8th Annual Chicago Resolution Gala returns to Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom from 8:30 p.m. – 2 a.m., featuring a food spread, more than 30 bars, music from Chicago’s top DJs, a New Year’s Eve countdown, with a panoramic view of the  fireworks. 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 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. 


New this year, Offshore, the world’s largest rooftop confirmed by Guinness World Records, is ushering 2020 in with 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  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.

Celebrate on water with Entertainment Cruises and aboard one of their New Year’s Eve fleet options. New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruises will be hosted on Odyssey Lake MichiganSpirit 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.

Fireworks on the Pier
Navy Pier New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show 
pairs music with fireworks, presenting an over 15 minute show--the longest fireworks display in Chicago blasting off at midnight.

The Riverwalk


The Riverwalk will kick off 2020 with a fireworks display along a mile-long stretch of the Chicago River featuring a synchronized soundtrack to accompany the fireworks. The fireworks will be launched from three barges and four bridges.
River Barge Launch Locations
  • Hyatt Regency Chicago
  • Sheraton Grand Chicago
River Bridge Launch Locations
  • Franklin/Orleans Street
  • State Street (new this year)
  • Clark Street
  • Dearborn Street (new this year)
  • LaSalle Street (new this year)
Visitors can view the fireworks from the Riverwalk or various New Year's Eve parties at many venues along the river including  Swissôtel, LondonHouse and Terrace 16. 
For information about the fireworks including viewing locations, please click here to visit the event website.
Traffic Impacts - Street and Sidewalk Closures 
To view the neighborhood notification letter, which provides detailed information about street and traffic lane closures, as well as pedestrian traffic impacts, please click here.
From 5:00pm until 1:30am
  • Curb lane and sidewalk closures at:
    • East side of the LaSalle Street Bridge
    • East side of the Clark Street Bridge
    • East side of the Dearborn Street Bridge
    • East side of the State Street Bridge
    • West side of the Franklin/Orleans Street Bridge
  • Curb lane and sidewalk closures on eastbound E. Wacker Drive, between 111 E. Wacker Drive and Stetson Avenue
At 8:00pm
  • Closure of the Riverwalk to pedestrians
From 11:45pm to 12:15am
  • Full closures of bridge for fireworks launch:
    • LaSalle Street Bridge
    • Clark Street Bridge
    • Dearborn Street Bridge
    • State Street Bridge
    • Franklin/Orleans Street Bridge

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