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Weird New Year’s Eve in Chicago

By Amanda on December 31, 2012


So many things to do on New Year’s Eve tonight: schmancy parties, prix-fixe menus, and special concerts. Ringing in the new year in Chicago has so many options, and of course many Chicagoans choose to avoid the craziness and  just stay home.

Archival New Year’s Eve

The video below was shot live for Chicago’s WTTW on New Year’s Eve of 1989. It was a celebration for the 10th anniversary for Image Union, a very cool independent film and video showcase. Image Union is currently in its 33rd season, and this television program shares short documentaries, experimental film, and great things produced by Chicago filmmakers.

We don’t know why they counted up, rather than down!

You’ll find more archival Chicago video from Image Union and lots of other Chicago filmmakers at Media Burn Archive. It’s where we get a lot of the video that we use for our guided architectural and historical tours.

Whatever your plans, here’s a special wish from Chicago Detours hoping that you have a lovely New Year’s Eve.

-Amanda Scotese, Executive Director


Chicago Detours offers guided walking and bus tours of architecture, history and culture to public and private groups. We are a passionate team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, and are proud to be one of very few tour companies in Chicago that is rated five stars on both Google and TripAdvisor.


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