Free Rides and Attractions in Chicago on NYE

December 30, 2010

So where are you going to ring in the New Year?

Here are some free options for spending a fun, safe New Year’s Eve in Chicago.

*Navy Pier: You might have to pay for parking, but there are so many free things to do at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., that it’s worth it. Plus, you’ll pay holiday season parking rates, which aren’t as much of a bite.

A Family New Year’s Eve Bash is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at Winter WonderStage in Festival Hall and admission is free.

Fireworks over Navy Pier

Focusing on fireworks is a free and fabulous way to fete in a fantastic New Year.

Winter WonderFest is also going on at Navy Pier and is free to enter. Things inside cost money, however, but there’s plenty to look at for free.

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*Fireworks: There is no better way to mark a huge occasion than watching art fill up the sky. There will be a free fireworks displays at Navy Pier at 8:15 p.m., right after the Family New Year’s Eve Bash, and again at midnight, right as the new year begins.

Also scheduled is a light show and fireworks display at Chicago’s Grant Park at midnight.

*Free Rides: The Chicago Transit Authority has announced that all rides on CTA buses and trains in Chicago will be one penny on New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. New Year’s Day.

In addition, Miller Lite Free Rides will be offering free shuttle bus service throughout Chicago on New Year’s Eve.

The rides, which will go through areas such as River North, West Loop, Wrigleyville and Union Station, will run on Friday, December 31 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Saturday, January 1.

To see the full Chicago route, click here. For more information, call (800) FREE-RIDES or visit

And, if you live in Orland Park, Tinley Park, Palos Heights, New Lenox and Mokena, you can take advantage of the Safe Ride Home Program.

limo in front of the city.

Be safe this New Year's Eve. There are free rides available in the city and south suburbs.

Residents of those five south suburbs can call Carey Limousine Chicago, Inc. for a free ride home from 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve through 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

The program was put together by all the municipalities along with a grant from the Michael P. Gordon Memorial Foundation.

Chicago police officer Michael Gordon was killed in 2004 at age 30 when his squad car collided with a drunk driver.

Carey Limousine Chicago can be reached at (800) 752-5400.

Finally, in the Rockford area, the 30th annual Sheriff’s New Year’s Eve Ride Home Program will offer free rides home to any Winnebago County resident from 11 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday.

To get the free ride, call (815) 639-4674.

Whatever you do, be safe and have fun. Chicagoland Real Estate Forum wishes you a wonderful New Year.


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