Chicago to host 1.5-mile display, city’s largest ever – NBC Chicago

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A 2.5 km Chicago New Years Eve fireworks display will explode along Lake Michigan and the Chicago River at midnight, marking the entrance to the city in 2022 with its largest fireworks display never seen.

“It will be the largest fireworks display in the city’s history and one of the largest in the world,” said Arena Partners CEO John Murray, who is producing the event after a 2-hour hiatus. years due to the COVID pandemic, in a statement. declaration.

The show will be choreographed to a “special soundtrack” and will be synchronized at eight separate launch sites along the Chicago River, in Lake Michigan and near Navy Pier.

City officials say that although the historic exhibit comes at a time when COVID cases are on the rise, they are encouraging residents to celebrate the holidays safely.

“I am delighted that we can host our New Year’s fireworks again and look forward to continuing this tradition in the future,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement. “It is important to note that the display can be viewed outdoors where the spread of COVID-19 is less likely, so our residents and visitors should feel comfortable while masking and distancing themselves socially or even while watching safely from home. I look forward to welcoming a happy new year.

The show will air live on NBC 5’s “A Very Chicago New Year” and will air live on NBCChicago.com and the NBC Chicago app.

NBC 5 Chicago will ring in the New Year with a special hosted by Cortney Hall and Matthew Rodrigues from “Chicago Today”. The program celebrates some of the best the city has to offer.

To help kick off 2022, several celebrities are making appearances, including Chicago New Years Eve icons Janet Davies and Mark Giangreco. The unofficial Chicago couple’s reunion on New Years Eve leads to some fun antics the couple have been known for for the past 20 years.

“We’re excited to bring this Chicago ensemble together to start the new year and bring viewers an expanded show this year,” said Kevin Cross, president of NBC Universal Local Chicago.

It wouldn’t be New Years without some fun games and keepsakes with celebs Buddy Guy, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Giuliana Rancic and more. Plus, performances by rock legends Chicago and The Blues Brothers.

The show will air Friday, December 31 at 11:08 p.m. on NBC 5, streaming on NBCChicago.com and through NBC Chicago’s free apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple.


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