Chicago's New Year's Eve Fireworks Spectacular

Sunday, December 31, 2023 • Along the Chicago River

Best viewed along the Chicago River from Upper Wacker Dr. from McClurg Ct. to Franklin St.

Featuring "Best of ART on THE MART" beginning at 7:30pm

Fireworks launched from six bridges at Midnight • FREE Admission

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The fireworks show can be best viewed along the Chicago River from Upper Wacker Drive from McClurg Court to Franklin Street. Bridge closures will be in place at Franklin Street, LaSalle Street, Clark Street, Dearborn Street, State Street and Columbus Drive beginning Sunday, Dec. 31, from 11:45pm until 12:15am. The Wabash and Michigan Avenue bridges will remain open. Public transportation is recommended for the best experience. ART on THE MART, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2023, will present a new program of the “Best of ART on THE MART,” featuring works from the public art series’ past five years, including projections (in order below) by the following renowned artists and performers:

- Jonas Denzel | explore

- Nick Cave | Ba Boom Boom Pa Pop Pop

- Derrick Adams | Funtime Unicorn: Ruby Rides Through Four Seasons

- Charles Atlas | The Geometry of Thought

- Wills Glasspiegel and Brandon Calhoun | Footnotes

- Jan Tichy | Artes in Horto – Seven Gardens for Chicago

- Jason Salavon | Homage in Between (Chicago Art, 20th Century)

- Spectralina | Woven

- Yuge Zhou | Love Letters

- Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project | The Big Bang: Movement Theory + the Black Dancing Body

The Riverwalk will be closed beginning at 11pm, with only a section from Wells Street to Orleans Street open until 12:15am for spectators to enjoy the full audio/visual projection program for the ART on THE MART show. Projections will begin at 7:30pm and repeat until 11:55pm before displaying a countdown to the New Year. Following the fireworks, a special New Year message will be displayed until 12:15am. Note: The Chicago River will be closed to boat traffic from Franklin to Columbus from 11:30pm to 12:15am.

Spectators are also invited to take in Navy Pier’s nationally award-winning fireworks show, presented by Flyover. Learn about NYE celebration citywide at

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