Chicago to kick off 2016 with epic New Year's Eve party

Photo Source: Arena Partners / This rendering shows 'Chi-Town Rising'

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Chicago will kick off 2016 with an epic New Year’s Eve party called ‘Chi-Town Rising.’

The six hour event is free and will include fireworks, music and more! The event will be located along a stretch of the Chicago River between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.

At midnight, instead of dropping a ball, the centerpiece will be an ascending star.

The purpose of this event is to attract tourists to Chicago during its extremely cold winters.