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New Year’s Eve fireworks show dazzles

The massive fireworks display was launched from five bridges and two other points along the Chicago River.

Fireworks display along the Chicago River from Marina City, Jan. 1, 2022.
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Chicagoans eager to welcome in 2022 — or maybe just happy to bid 2021 goodbye — gathered downtown and in front of their televisions to enjoy a massive fireworks show that kicked off at midnight.

The big display was launched from five bridges and two other points along the Chicago River. The show spread along a mile-and-a-half stretch of the river and lakefront allowing people to space out to watch it outside, though it also was broadcast on several local TV stations.

Others gathered at Navy Pier to enjoy the view of the fireworks from there and to attend other New Year’s festivities at the pier.

Some streets and bridges were closed due to the fireworks, as were parts of the Downtown Riverwalk.

Fireworks explode over the Chicago River as Chicago celebrates the new year, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.
Fireworks explode over the Chicago River as Chicago celebrates the new year, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.
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Fireworks explode over the Chicago River as Chicago welcomes the new year, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.
Fireworks explode over the Chicago River as Chicago welcomes the new year, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
Revelers line Wacker Dr. near the Chicago River in downtown Chicago to watch the New Year’s fireworks display, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.
Revelers line Wacker Dr. near the Chicago River in downtown Chicago to watch the New Year’s fireworks display, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.
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Fireworks explode over the Chicago River as Chicago celebrates the new year, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.
Fireworks explode over the Chicago River as Chicago celebrates the new year, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times