It's new, it's big and goes up instead of down. Chicago now has its own symbol for welcoming the new year. Referred to simply as the "Rising Star."
It is 70 feet, 6 inches tall.
Unlike Times Square's ball drop, the "Rising Star" travels on tracks up the side of the Hyatt Regency Chicago as midnight approaches.
The star is based on the second star in the City of Chicago's flag design, which represents the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the city's rebirth.
Liz and I happened to be up at midnight Dec. 31st, and saw it rise, although a bit late. It was impressive. And, wow, that fireworks display that followed.
Might Even get me to Go Downtown for It. --RoadDog