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The Weekend Desk Report

For completists, there was no Friday Papers.

"Chi-Town Rising, a new New Year's Eve event intended to boost winter tourism in the city, will be a smaller celebration than planned and the main attraction is no longer free to the public," the Tribune reports.

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"When the spectacle was announced in September, organizers boasted there would be free live music at a stage in Pioneer Court off Michigan Avenue. Visitors to that plaza also could watch the main event, a 70-foot star rising 360 feet up the west tower of the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive.

"Acts slated for Pioneer Court were moved to the main stage near the Chicago River. Tickets now sell for $150 to view the attractions - which include fireworks and performances by the band Chicago and alt-rockers American Authors - along 'Broadcast Boulevard' on Upper Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. Adults 21 and older can pay $99 to watch the event with a dinner buffet at the "Corona Beach House," a heated space at 225 E. North Water St.

"The event, slated to run from 7 p.m. to past midnight, is being privately funded without city money, according to a rep for event producer Arena Partners and a city spokesman. Hyatt Gold Passport and Corona Extra are sponsors."

Also, the event will be renamed "Taste of Privatized Chicago."

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"The event rep could not say when organizers ultimately decided to reduce the footprint of the celebration and charge for admission but on Dec. 3, an event rep tweeted there would be a free viewing area for the celebration in Pioneer Court. On Dec. 4, a rep posted ticket sales information on the event Facebook page."

One day later:

Be a part of Chicago history & purchase your ticket for this first ever Chicago New Year's Eve celebration!

Posted by Chi-Town Rising on Friday, December 4, 2015

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I'm starting to feel nostalgic for houses on the river that won't burn.

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The The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #82: Robin Ventura Still Killing White Sox Buzz
Can Rick Hahn's rescue mission overcome the lameness of his manager? Plus: We Have Jason Heyward, Can We Ditch The Onesies Now?; Everyone Still Upset That The Bulls Are Winning So Much; and Corey Crawford Hotter Than Cory Matthews.

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The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: "Get out those sleigh bells . . . it's time for the 2015 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular. As always, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by Christmas record collector Andy Cirzan who will share a mix of yuletide tunes you won't hear anywhere else. This year's theme is rare country, bluegrass, and hillbilly Christmas music."

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BeachBook

I'm tempting to go see the movie just to spoil it for these losers. Who's up for kicking some geek bar ass?

Posted by The Beachwood Reporter on Friday, December 18, 2015

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The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Dump a lump.



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