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Exclusive! Inside Chi-Town Rising

"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.

And that's not all. The Beachwood has learned of a raft of other changes to the event, including:

* At 10 seconds to midnight, the countdown will begin as Garry McCarthy is lowered into Lake Michigan.

* Free Rahm sweaters for the first 1,000 attendees.

* City council to pass honorary New Year's resolutions promising even more after-the-fact grandstanding in lieu of before-the-fact oversight.

* Rahm Emanuel dunk tank. At $1 a throw, CPS deficit expected to be closed by 1 a.m.

* Festival partner Uber to offer even surgier pricing.

* The U.S. Department of Justice will investigate claims that Redflex shortened by three seconds the amount of time between 11:59 p.m. and midnight.

* Michael Corleone and Rahm Emanuel will be seen fleeing Havana amidst a hail of bullets on New Year's Eve, but security footage of their departure will be destroyed.

* Forrest Claypool will move the Chi-Town Rising headquarters south to Flossmoor after trimming 650 jobs from the 7-person organization.

* Screech gets weekend pass to co-host with A.C. Slater.

* More like Chi-Town UP-rising, amirite?

* To honor Chicago's past, the whole city will be raised three feet at midnight.

* Partnering hotels will offer complimentary mint medical marijuana under the pillows.

* At midnight, guest musical act Chicago plays their hit "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?"

* Official broadcast partner NBC 5 to broadcast 24-hour Saved by the Bell marathon.

* Refreshments to include cups of Rahm Emanuel's tears.

* Jim Belushi.

* Join in the fun at the Corona Beach House bonfire as officials lead the burning all City Hall documents requested through the Freedom of Information Act.

* Rahm to appear from Cuba via Skype in Michael Bilandic's old Hawaiian shirt.

* Don't wanna go downtown? Attend a Chi-Town Rising neighborhood watch party at your local school. Bring rubber gloves.

* At midnight, media partner Sun-Times will increase the amount of time it takes to access a story on its website from 20:15 to 20:16.

Contributing: Matt Farmer, Tim Willette, Natasha Julius, Steve Rhodes


Comments welcome.


Posted on December 21, 2015

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