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Chi-Town Rising Star By the Numbers

As the midnight countdown begins, the star will ascend 36 stories up the Hyatt Regency Chicago's West Tower

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    A giant star rising into the Chicago sky will usher in the New Year at the Chi-Town Rising New Year's Eve event.

    As the midnight countdown begins, the star will ascend 36 stories up the Hyatt Regency Chicago's West Tower, culminating in a fireworks show at the stroke of midnight.

    Take a look at the rising star by the numbers: 

    • 24,000 - Pounds of steel used on the front of the Hyatt Regency as a guide for the star
    • 12,000 - How many pounds the star weighs
    • 10,000 - Pounds of steel used on the roof to support the cantilever and the star
    • 1871 - Year of the Great Chicago Fire, which served as the inspiration for the rising star
    • 1,400 - Feet of wire rope used to make the star rise up the building
    • 950 - Weight in pounds of each motor used to make the star rise
    • 360 - How many feet the star will ascend into the sky
    • 250 - Number of bolts used in the star
    • 86 - Number of steel plates that were permanently installed to the Hyatt. Each plate was galvanized in custom powder to match the facade of the building
    • 70 - Height of the star in feet
    • 8 - Number of stories tall the star measures
    • 3 - Number of pick-up trucks the weight of the star is equivalent to

    Behind The Scenes: Making of Chi-Town Rising Star

    [CHI] Behind The Scenes: Making of Chi-Town Rising Star
    A behind-the-scenes look at what it took to create the more than 70-foot tall star of Chi-Town Rising.
    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015)

    The Rising Star was designed and built in Chicago by ONE618 and the Chicago Flyhouse Incorporated.

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