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Tips for Watching the New Year’s Fireworks on Navy Pier

For many people, New Year’s celebrations bring to mind fresh starts and big goals. Chicago’s Navy Pier is an excellent place to welcome the new year, consider new resolutions, and reflect on the past year. Here are some tips to help grab a spot and enjoy the fireworks show at the pier.

A city shoreline all lit up with fireworks

Pre-event Planning

Because the fireworks at Navy Pier are such a draw, be sure to outline a plan for this special event. Many guests stop at a local bar for drinks before the show. Z Bar offers great views of the city, which can help build anticipation for the night to come. If dinner plans are on the menu, consider The Purple Pig for meat and cheese plates and a great wine selection. Don’t linger too long, though—it’s important to arrive early to Navy Pier.

Arrival and Departure Procedures

If you’re going to the Chicago Resolution Gala, be sure to arrive at Entrance 2. If you’re going to the Crystal Gardens NYE or Boat Cruises, you should arrive at Entrance 1. This is true for pick-up, as well. When crowds reach capacity at the pier, all entrance gates will be closed; only those with tickets and reservations are allowed to go in and out. The pier recommends that parties stick together. Those using a car service should arrive and depart at the designated areas near the main entrance and the two parking circles.

Security Procedures

Guests will be required to pass through a security checkpoint to enter. Due to the high number of attendees, it’s recommended to not brings backpacks and bags. All bags are subject to search. Coolers, bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, and weapons are all prohibited. Additionally, no outside alcohol may be brought inside. Only service animals are permitted on the grounds.

Echo Limousine can’t wait to celebrate the new year with you. Whether you’re headed to Navy Pier or elsewhere, our experienced drivers provide smooth, luxurious rides to and from your destination. Text or call (773) 774-1074 or book online to ensure a fantastic New Year’s Eve experience in Chicago.