Chicago Rings in 2017 With Chi-Town Rising

Happy New Year, Chicago!

Chicago rang in 2017 with the city's second downtown New Year's Eve celebration, Chi-Town Rising.

From performances by American indie pop band Saint Motel and Chicago's award-winning hip-hop artist Sir the Baptist, to the rising star and the massive fireworks display -- the epic moments from start to finish were televised live as Chicago counted down to midnight. 

Thousands gathered along the Chicago River to watch along as cities across the country joined in to welcome the New Year. 

On Pioneer Court, food trucks, a silent disco dance party and sparkly hat giveaways entertained revelers ahead of the big party.

Sheinelle Jones of NBC News’ Weekend TODAY and NBC 5's own Siafa Lewis hosted the bash along with Kye Martin, Alicia Roman, Marley Kayden and Byron Miranda as co-hosts of the bash.

Penelope Menchaca of Telemundo’s 12 Corazones and Telemundo Chicago’s Maria Elena Ponticiello return as the host talent for Telemundo Chicago, accompanied by Lily Fragoso, Veronica Cruz and David Miranda as co-hosts.

The NBC 5 broadcast, airing on over 40 NBC affiliates in the central United States and streamed on TV Everywhere on the NBC Chicago app.

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