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Reaction NYE Takes Over Chicago's Aragon Ballroom


Ring in 2018 at Reaction NYE! React Presents has been hosting the Chicagoland New Year's Eve fest for the last six years, bringing us artists such as Deadmau5, Zeds Dead, Skrillex, Justice, Flume, Porter Robinson and more!

Setting The Scene

While the event has been held at arenas in the past, this year's bash will be held at none other than Chicago's Aragon Ballroom! The original 1926 building is a local treasure for music enthusiasts of all genres. Fitted with one of the most captivating ceilings, sparkling with stars and galaxies above, attendees will be partying in the classiest of venues. From the glam gold and red velvet decor, to the castle-like balconies and close-up stage, this more intimate venue is the perfect place to enjoy music and company this New Year's Eve (and maybe even steal a midnight kiss)!

Sounds of the Season

To kick the night off, UK DJ and producer, Matt Lee aka "Gammer", will take stage! DJing since 2000, Gammer's been leading the UK hardcore scene, designing some of the best mixes from artists such as Pegboard Nerds, Diplo, Marshmello and Slander. Just after starting his own record label, Muffin Music, in 2007, he earned the title "Hardcore DJ of the Year". Next up will be Ookay's live set! Possibly best known for his original song 'Thief' with the sexy-sax drop, Ookay's songs make us feel uplifted with melodic tunes, chillstep vibes and soft, housey beats. His mixes, however, can be as filthy and grimy as ever! Ookay's been known to work with artists such as Marshmello, Getter, Slushii, Borgore and A-Trak so we expect nothing but boss tunes and good vibes to bring us together and get us hyped for a killer night. In the past, Ookay's live sets have been complete with dancers and instruments, so we're really looking forward to what live elements he has in store for us this New Year's Eve! Bear Grillz: you either love him or you don't. We love his 'Half Man, Half Bear' playlist on SoundCloud (make sure to check it out). His sound is very electro-dubstep, with heavy bass and riddim-like grime. It makes for a great live show, so we anticipate we'll be getting down to some killer, scritchy-wobs just hours before 2018 hits! And how will we be ringing in the new year? The headliner is none other than Adventure Club! This Canadian duo is a popular electronic-house and EDM act. Inspired by artists such as Tiesto, Flux Pavilion and Skrillex, their sound doesn't fall short of big room greatness. They've played festivals all over the globe and have also spent some time in Vegas for their residency at Drai's. Their mixes are pop-like, with chill, hazy melodies, plenty of risers, uplifters and feel-good squeals. It's not hard to imagine a glitzy, confetti drop while listening to these two mix electronic hits for a fabulous night to remember.

Event Info

General admission tickets are on sale for just $45 plus taxes and fees. Just a friendly reminder to plan your transportation and lodging arrangements ahead of time!  Consider using public transportation or Uber and Lyft instead of driving yourself and book a local hotel reservation to ensure a safe place to spend the night! Stay woke, Chicago, and party responsibly! RSVP here!

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