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.
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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.
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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.
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Also at Navy Pier, the Chicago Children's Museum is throwing a "Noon Year's Eve" party, with dancing and confetti drop.
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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.
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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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