Chicago gets ready for 2009

December 31, 2008 3:41:21 PM PST
From fireworks at the lakefront to champagne toasts at midnight, people throughout the Chicago area are getting ready to ring in the New Year with celebrations at home or out on the town. At Navy Pier, there's entertainment at the Winter Wonder Fest- and an early fireworks show caters to families.

"If you just want to come down to navy pier and be with your family, we have a flat rate parking rate. You can come inside and enjoy the beautiful festivities and take holiday pictures. And just enjoy the New Year with your family," said Delores Robinson, Navy Pier.

"I come on Christmas Eve day and New Years Eve Day," said Jean Keating

"A lot of rides and they're all fun," said Jenna Keating

"I want to go ice skating. And I like to go on rides," said Carol Ann Frugoli

For many, the fun at Festival Hall is an annual New Years Eve event.

"This is our exciting New Years Eve. Once you have kids, this about as good as it gets," said Frosini Smith

Navy Pier can also be romantic. At Reva's restaurant, you can see the fireworks with the city skyline as a backdrop.

"We get a lot of engagements. Birthdays. A lot of celebrations here. Very romantic. We got two showings of the fireworks. 8:15 and midnight. And no better view than Chicago land," said Joe Costantini, Reva's It's a big night for folks who are staying in and hosting parties, too. At Party City, 1700-block of West Fullerton, it's the busiest day of the year.

"We're having a Mardi Gras party at home," said Yvette Reymusdi