Our Guide to Reaction New Year’s Eve

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Photo Credit: React Presents

The New Year’s Eve festival of all festivals returns to Chicago to ring in 2017. Are you ready to party with the hottest names in EDM, pop, indie, and hip-hop? Here’s everything you need to know about Reaction NYE.



Where Is It

Reaction NYE will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The venue is located at 5555 North River Road. Rosemont is located just off of I-294 and there is a parking garage located south of Bryn Mawr Avenue and west of River Road. If you’re not planning to drive, there’s also a convenient Rosemont stop on the Blue Line.




General admission
Friday, December 30: $79
Saturday, December 31: $89
Two-day pass: $139

Friday, December 30: $109
Saturday, December 31: $119
Two-day pass: $189


Friday, December 30: $159.50
Saturday, December 31: $159.50
Two-day pass: $299

Ticket types vary depending on your preferred experience. VIP pass holders receive express entry, premium viewing areas, and access to private premium bars. Platinum ticket holders can enjoy express entry, exclusive private viewing areas, access to a private premium bar and a private dance floor, and a midnight champagne toast. Bottle service can be requested separately. Want to buy tickets without the fees? They’re currently on sale (cash only) at the Concord Music Hall box office, at 2047 North Milwaukee Avenue.


Attendees must be 17 and over and need to bring an ID for admission. The event has a strict no re-entry policy. Due to the weather, coat check will be available at the door. All attendees will be searched upon entry. A few prohibited items include backpacks, laser pointers, glow sticks, blankets, professional photography equipment, and musical instruments. You’re welcome to bring fanny packs, disposable or point-and-shoot cameras, flags, lighters, and binoculars.

A cool new feature are lockers that are available to rent online! And get this – each of them comes with a phone charger.



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Photo Credit: React Presents



What to Wear

Even though the festival takes place indoors (whew…), make sure to dress practically. Wear comfortable clothes that you can dance in that aren’t too binding. Closed-toe shoes are also recommended for safety.



What to Do

Dance the night away, obviously! Go from stage to stage listening to the hottest beats. If you’re making it a weekend event, Rosemont has some great attractions that are wonderfully easy to do during the day. Hit up the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, go indoor skydiving at iFLY, see a matinee at Muvico, or grab lunch at one of the many awesome restaurants, like Hofbräuhaus.


Where to Stay

Due to its proximity to O’Hare International Airport, there are tons of lodging options that are within minutes of the venue. Some great options include the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Aloft Chicago O’Hare, Sheraton Chicago O’Hare, Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare, Chicago Marriott Suites O’Hare, and the Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites Hotel. Many of these conveniently offer 24-hour shuttles, so you’ll be able to travel to-and-from the event with ease. Visit the event’s hotel page to book rooms with applicable rates.



Stay tuned for a full schedule!

Flume, Zeds Dead, Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, Gucci Mane, Dillon Francis, Tchami, Danny Brown, Manic Focus, Mr. Carmack, Bondax, Noname, Smino, Kweku Collins, Emily Nichols, Air Sine (Zebo & Tews), Fee Lion, Milk n’ Cooks, Antics, Ingenue, Intermodal, J. Squared, Kyral & Banko, Redux, Vapor Eyes, Statik, Smiirk, Dakota, Dogma, Solstis, Caliago, Home Improvement, The Architects, Hi Five, Rckt Pwr, Dago, Elevated

Wanna get pumped right now? Check out Reaction NYE’s official Spotify playlist and watch their official lineup video below.

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