Chicagoans prepare to ring in the new year

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The world is a serious place these days. Whether you are focused on financial crisis, international unrest or mounting problems here at home,  there is but one day a year where looking forward–not back– and toasting to the future is the order of the day. Here’s how people are preparing for it New Year’s Eve in Chicago

A fireworks show at Navy Pier began at 7 p.m., not midnight, and made for a family New Year’s celebration on the early side.  Onlookers were anxious to get inside where it was warm and tables were set.  Celebrations commenced to welcome 2013.

By all accounts at Doolins Party Supplies, New Year’s Eve is their busiest day of the year. After 6 decades in the party business, the key is to have enough party stuff to go around. With hats, horns and  helium balloons, Doolins owners started planning for this New Year’s Eve 12 months ago.

Despite the nationwide helium shortage, the store is  blowing up and delivering 6000 balloons today alone.

But what’s a party without a little bubbly? At Binny’s Beverage Depot, the staff would rather you buy a lot of bubbly. They are well stocked. The store is open til 8.

If you shopped early, perhaps your plans are to stay at your party late. Dr. Jack Dybis, a surgeon at Evanston Hospital opened Revive, a hydration clinic in River North for the sick, the run down and, on January 1st, for a lot of people, the hungover. For $99 you get an IV to make you feel better. It’s a cross between a medical clinic and a spa.  Pluses for those curious about the whole hydration clinic idea, they handle hangovers, stave off colds and flu symptom, tackles athletic exhaustion and jetlag and enhances skin.  For more information, log on to

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  • "Old Chicago"

    The Anti-gun lobby is scared because it is loosing control. Their strict gun laws have not only harassed decent American people but they have failed to control crime. We are all citizens who want crime reduced and civil liberty restored, locally and across the country, without another Kent State.

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