party NYE 2024
  • Dec 28, 2023

With New Year's Eve landing on a Sunday this year, there's no better excuse to spend the entire weekend having fun in Chicago. As one of the largest cities in the U.S., Chicago offers plenty of things to do and see during the winter season, from ice skating to cold-weather beer gardens. Of course, you'll want to end your weekend at one of the city's best New Year's Eve parties held at the historic Congress Plaza Hotel. Check out our recommendations for a busy New Year's Eve weekend in Chicago.

Take In Picturesque Views

Start your weekend in Chicago by taking in epic views of Lake Michigan. When the lake freezes over, the area is a picture-perfect location. Walk down the Lakefront Trail before traveling toward the city skyline, which is home to The Magnificent Mile, a premier shopping destination, and cool museums like the Adler Planetarium and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Go for a Leisurely Skate

Ice skating is arguably one of winter's best pastimes and can be found in areas all over Chicago. Choose the sizable ice rink at Midway Plaisance Park to skate with friends or head over to Maggie Daley Park and show off your skills. Skate rentals are available at most rinks.

Try Iceless Curling

Have you ever been to an iceless curling rink? Located on the fifth-floor rooftop of The Gwen, there is an iceless curling rink where guests can participate in this popular winter sport while sipping on the venue's signature cocktail. This festive rooftop terrace also offers a full food and drink menu, as well as cozy firepits.

Head to an Adventure Park

Adventure awaits at The Forge. Approximately 20 miles from downtown Chicago you'll find a 300-acre outdoor space that offers fun activities year-round. From ziplines and laser tag to climbing walls and towering ropes courses, The Forge is the ultimate location for an active afternoon.

Go Snowshoeing

Northerly Island is a human-made peninsula situated just east of Soldier Field, jutting out into the waters of Lake Michigan. Snowshoeing is a popular activity on Northerly Island, especially for those who enjoy spending time out in the crisp, winter air. During your travels, you're likely to come across some winter birds and possibly other wildlife.

Explore the Zoo

Lincoln Park offers 35 acres of space filled with unique wildlife, including polar bears and African penguins. In fact, the park is home to more than 1,100 animals from all around the world. Each year, the zoo also hosts their annual ZooLights event that includes new and exciting holiday displays, interactive programming, and photo ops.

Attend a Local Concert

The music scene in Chicago is unlike any other in the world, specifically for jazz and blues music. While there are many amazing venues in the city that put on incredible shows, two of the most popular include Buddy Guy's Legends and the Green Mile. Both clubs offer live music seven nights a week.

Party at Chicago's New Year's Eve Party

When New Year's Eve rolls around, the only place you'll want to be is at the Congress Plaza Hotel. The event hosts A-list clientele and draws in more than 2,500 party-goers each year. Guests can enjoy multiple bars, a food buffet, appetizers, multiple party rooms, dance floors, and some of Chicago's most recognized DJs and talent.

At midnight, there is a massive celebration that includes a balloon drop and a champagne toast. If you're a VIP guest, you'll have access to even more amazing features and perks. If you haven't yet, grab your tickets for the 2024 Chicago NYE Party.