Whiting kicks off new year with pierogi drop

The illuminated, 10-foot wide pierogi was dropped from a crane and fell 90 feet into a pot with a 2017 label at last year's event.

Provided by Brian Lowry

Spend New Year's Eve in Whiting at one of the most novel holiday happenings.

The Whiting Knights of Columbus will ring in 2018 with its second annual Pierogi Drop on Sunday. The event takes place at Atchison Avenue and 119th Street in Whiting.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the event. A 10-foot illuminated pierogi will drop about 100 feet at midnight. Revelers also will be treated to a fireworks display sponsored by Krazy Kaplan's Fireworks.

The New Year's Eve celebration begins with party activities at 8 p.m. at The Knights of Columbus Hall, 1120 119th St. There will be entertainment, indoor/heated outdoor beer gardens and food. Admission to the beer gardens is open to individuals 21 and older. Food and drink also will be available for purchase at a variety of Whiting's restaurants.

"We didn't really know what to expect last year, but approximately 2,000 partygoers witnessed the inaugural drop," said event chairman Andy Dybel, in a news release. "Given last year's success, we have worked to make this year's event even more enjoyable. It's going to be a great way to celebrate the new year."

For more information, call 219-659-1658 or visit the Facebook page of the Whiting Knights of Columbus.

Here's a look at a few more fun New Year's Eve celebrations happening in the Region:

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Features reporter

Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.