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