How to Watch NBC Chicago's Live NYE Show ‘A Very Chicago New Year'

Special appearances will also be made by Thomas Lennon, Yung Gravy and the cast of "Chicago Fire"

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Looking to countdown to midnight with some Chicago excitement? NBC Chicago has you covered.

We will be ringing in the new year with a star-studded special beginning at 11:08 p.m. on NBC Chicago.

The hour-long " A Very Chicago New Year" will include musical performances by Smashing Pumpkins legend and Chicago native Billy Corgan, rock band Everclear and Chicago blues artist Wayne Baker Brooks. Corgan will perform hits from his very own Madame ZuZu’s Teashop in Highland Park.

“It doesn’t get ‘more Chicago’ than our dynamic lineup of artists. In what is sure to be a memorable New Year’s Eve, we’re looking forward to bringing viewers the best local music and entertainment,” said Kevin Cross, President and General Manager of NBCUniversal Local Chicago.

Matthew Rodrigues and Cortney Hall from "Chicago Today" will return as hosts alongside NBC 5 News Today anchors Michelle Relerford and JC Navarrete. The program will give viewers a front row seat to the hottest parties across the city and suburbs, including Pizzeria Portofino, Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana in Gary and The Ivy in Wheaton.

As NBC Chicago counts down to midnight, celebrity guests will stop by for fun and games, including Reno 911 actor and Oak Park native Thomas Lennon, rapper Yung Gravy and the stars from NBC’s hit drama "Chicago Fire." Plus, viewers at home can play live trivia for their chance to win $2,023 thanks to NBC Chicago’s sponsor Miller Lite. NBC Sports Chicago’s Chuck Garfien and Pat Boyle will also make special appearances. "A Very Chicago New Year" will sign off with the breathtaking fireworks at Navy Pier.

Looking to watch it live?

The special will air on NBC 5 and on the NBC Chicago streaming channels on Peacock, Roku and Samsung TV, as well as on and the NBC Chicago app.

Here's how to watch NBC Chicago News on Peacock: 

  • First, go to or download the free Peacock app for your streaming device, phone or tablet. It's available for iPhone or Android.
  • Then, click on the “channels” tab in the app. 
  • Scroll through the channels to NBC Chicago News

Here's how to watch NBC Chicago coverage on Roku:

Turn on your Roku device and use one of the following access points:

  • Select the Live TV tile on your Roku TV home screen and then click the left arrow button, OR
  • Open The Roku Channel app, click the left arrow button to access the left-hand navigation menu, scroll down to Channel 129 and select Live TV
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