Chicagoans ring in the New Year at Navy Pier.

The countdown to 2023 was full swing at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was one of the largest in recent years.

There was music playing, and the dance floor was said to be the largest in town. The balloons were released as soon as the clock struk twelve.

It is the first time in Navy Pier history that the celebration has returned to pre-pandemic proportions, with so many artists performing and everyone celebrating together.

The Aon ballroom was packed with people celebrating the year 2022 and ringing in the new year. The party was ticketed, but that didn’t stop people from lining up hours in advance to see the fireworks, which were open to the public at midnight.

Sabraina Franza of CBS 2 spoke with revelers about their New Year’s resolutions. Some people voted for improved health. Some people stated that they want to make more money. However, some people expressed hope that 2023 will be full of new relationships and human connection, which had previously seemed out of reach due to the pandemic.

“We were all affected by a pandemic, and it was extremely difficult for people to come together to celebrate. So it feels like things are getting back to normal now. Everyone watching the fireworks together, up close and personal with their family and friends, “Navy Pier’s director of communications, Felicia Bolton, stated.

The celebration was scheduled to last until 1 a.m.

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