Family-Friendly Things to Do This NYE in Chicago Area

If you're looking for a way to ring in the New Year with the whole family, there are plenty of options.

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Zoo lights at Lincoln Park Zoo are free for the whole family. The lights will sparkle through 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve for zoo-goers of all ages.
If you're looking for an early countdown, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will have plenty of kid-friendly festivities to enjoy. Among them will be a countdown to noon, complete with an apple juice toast.
At Navy Pier, families and kids can enjoy more than two dozen rides and ice skating on New Year's Eve until 8 p.m.
Also at Navy Pier, the Chicago Children's Museum is throwing a "Noon Year's Eve" party, with dancing and confetti drop.
There's always the popular "First Night Evanston." Though this year will feature scaled back festivities, all activities and performances will take place at First Presbyterian Church on Chicago Avenue.
Families can ice skate at Rosemont's MB Financial Park. The rink opens at 11 a.m. and will have a fireworks display at midnight. The restaurant Hofbrauhaus is also offering families a chance to toast the New Year when it strikes midnight in Munich, or 5 p.m. CT.
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