Chicago to ring in 2022 with New Year’s Eve fireworks along Chicago’s river and lakefront



The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) reminds everyone to be careful and alert for the City of Chicago New Years fireworks display, especially in crowds and to report any suspicious activity at 9-1-1. The free 1.5 mile long fireworks display will begin at midnight and can be seen along the Chicago River from Wolf Point near the Franklin / Orleans Street Bridge east of Columbus Drive to Navy Pier. For public safety, the Riverwalk will be closed to pedestrian traffic early before the fireworks display. The display can also be viewed live on WGN-TV.

Fireworks over the Chicago River
With increased health and safety measures in place, fireworks will be launched from five bridges and two river launch points along the main branch of the Chicago River. OEMC urges pedestrians, motorists, spectators and residents to be aware that streets and bridges in the Central Business District will be closed to all traffic as of 11 p.m. on Friday, December 31, and schedule to reopen at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday 1. January. Full details are provided below along with CTA and craft impacts. To note: Closures are subject to change as necessary due to public safety and operational needs.

Street, bridge and Riverwalk closures
• As of 4:00 p.m., the sidewalks will be closed to pedestrians on one side of each of the following bridges (pedestrians will have access to the sidewalk on the remaining side of the bridge and will be able to cross until the bridges close for the launch of the 11:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.): Franklin / Orleans Street Bridge (West Sidewalk), Lasalle Street Bridge (East Sidewalk), Clark Street Bridge (East Sidewalk), Dearborn Street Bridge (West Sidewalk), and State Street (east sidewalk).
• At 4:00 p.m., the Chicago Riverwalk will close east of State Street to all pedestrian traffic. The rest of the Riverwalk west of State Street will close for public safety reasons. Viewing will not be permitted from the Chicago Riverwalk.
• Beginning at 11:00 p.m., expect the Franklin / Orleans Street, Lasalle Street, Clark Street, Dearborn Street, and State Street bridges to close to all vehicles and pedestrians.
• In addition, at 11:00 pm, the Eastbound Upper, Middle and Lower Wacker Parkways will be closed to vehicular traffic from Lake Street to Stetson Avenue. Pedestrian traffic and viewing from Upper Wacker Drive will be permitted.
• Streets and bridges should reopen to vehicular traffic approximately 10 minutes after the fireworks display or when it is deemed safe. We anticipate that all bridges and streets will reopen by 12:30 a.m. on Saturday January 1.

Impact of the CTA service
• The CTA will operate on a Sunday / public holiday schedule on Friday December 31st.
• Free spins: The CTA once again offers free bus and train journeys from 10 p.m. on Friday (12/31) until 4 a.m. (1/1); customers do not need to use their Ventra card or other payment methods to board buses or enter stations during this time (more info).
• Rail service:
o The operating hours of the purple and yellow lines will be extended up to approx. 2 a.m
• Bus service:
o Expect complete closure of all Chicago River bridges between Franklin / Orleans Street Bridge and Lake Shore Drive for the fireworks display.
o From 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m., the following CTA buses traveling north and south on the river will only run to Wacker for the duration of the event: # 3 King Drive, # 6 Jackson Park Express, # 22 Clark, # 36 Broadway, # 62 Archer, # 146 Inner Drive / Michigan Express, # 147 Outer Drive Express and # 151 Sheridan.
o Other buses near the fireworks, including those serving Wacker Drive and Navy Pier, are subject to temporary and rolling detours to adjacent streets.
o A complete list of all impacts of the CTA bus service is available at
• Properly worn masks are required at all times on buses, trains and CTA properties.

Impact of boats
• Increased security measures will be in place.
• No boat is permitted to transit the USCG Security Zone which includes the area just west of the Franklin Street Bridge and continues east of the Columbus Drive Bridge.

To learn more about the New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration in Chicago and to view the full list of all official partners and event options, please visit OEMC will monitor all citywide events, activities, traffic and weather conditions throughout the weekend from the operations center and coordinate public safety resources as needed with the Chicago Police Department. , Chicago Fire Department, and City of Chicago Infrastructure Services.

Report suspicious activity: If you see something, say something. The city reminds the public to be aware of its surroundings and to report any suspicious activity. If you notice anything suspicious, notify security on site or call 9-1-1. If You See Something, Say Something â„¢ is a national public awareness campaign against terrorism that emphasizes the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement authorities.

COVID Tips: The Chicago Department of Public Health encourages all eligible people to get the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are by far the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the virus. Even if you are vaccinated, consider a COVID-19 test (through a health care provider or at home) before you gather, and encourage guests to do the same before indoor vacation gatherings. Testing can help protect unvaccinated children, older people, people with weakened immune systems, or people at risk for serious illness. As a reminder, the mask’s mandate for Chicago and Illinois remains in effect and a mask is mandatory in all indoor public places in the city. Many sites will also require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry. As of Monday, January 3, 2022, anyone 5 years of age or older will need to prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to dine indoors, visit gyms, or enjoy entertainment venues where food or drinks are served. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, are ill or have symptoms such as COVID or flu; you should not attend any New Years Eve gathering, even if you are vaccinated. For more information on how to stay safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19, visit

OEMC’s Private Sector Camera Initiative connects Chicago’s sister retailers, businesses and agencies to the city’s camera network that can provide the OEMC and public safety agencies with additional points of contact in the city that can be accessed in an emergency. For more information, see the OEMC website at

Additionally, a new Smart911 feature is available to help the Chicago Police Department (CPD) better serve Chicago communities. Residents with an existing or new Smart911 security profile can volunteer to share recorded home surveillance camera images with police if a crime occurs near or outside their residence. By simply opting for an existing Smart911 profile or creating a new profile on, residents can agree to share footage from home surveillance cameras by allowing the CPD to contact them in the event of a crime. All information is private.

Traffic control aids (ATC) will be available to direct the flow and impacts of heavy traffic. Public transport is encouraged. For more information on CTA services and rerouting, visit or call 312-836-7000 from any area code / 1-888-YOUR-I CTA.

OEMC advises Chicagoans to be aware of weather conditions, follow directions, and heed all warnings from public safety officials. We encourage residents to check the weather before going out. For the most recent weather information, please connect to local media or download a weather app.

OEMC will issue all necessary alerts and notifications to keep residents and participants informed of weather conditions and emergencies. Sign up for NotifyChicago alerts on OEMC also issues TEXT alerts for lakeside advisories, business issues, or COVID-19 updates:

• CHILAKE: For opinions by the lake, TEXT “CHILAKE” to 7-8-0-1-5
• CHIBIZ: For alerts affecting companies, TEXT “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3
• COVID: Receive COVID-19 updates by sending a “COVID19” SMS to 6-7-2-8-3

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the OEMC website at Follow the Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Facebook (@coemc), Twitter (@ChicagoOEMC) and Instagram (chicago_oemc_911).

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