UPDATE: What's Closed, Open For New Year's Weekend 2017-18

UPDATE: What’s Closed, Open For New Year’s Weekend 2017-18

What’s closed and what’s open is once again a mixed bag for local units of government, businesses and public transportation during the New Year’s weekend.

With New Year’s Day falling on a Monday, you’d think it would be a no-brainer — that pretty much everything would be closed. But hold on! A lot of businesses make the most of the New Year’s holiday celebration, and transportation has a few sweet deals.

As usual, you’ll probably have to think twice about your garbage pick-up day this coming week, which generally is delayed one day after a holiday. And there are a few more anomalies that you should pay attention to.

Here’s a roundup of the usual suspects, a few of whom have some New Year’s surprises.



  • Many businesses (other than banking institutions) are closed New Year’s Dayf, but consult your local chambers of commerce for more information. Most restaurants — and most of the big-name fast-food chains — are open, from Applebee’s to Waffle House.
  • Some big-name retail stores (Wal-Mart not so much, but Target maybe) close a little early on New Year’s Eve.
  • Many pharmacies will be open, including CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid, but the hours may vary. Call ahead before making the trip.

Cities And Villages

Most municipalities’ non-emergency offices, including public works facilities, are closed Monday, Jan. 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday.

As mentioned above, waste and recycling collection services generally operate a holiday schedule, and that usually means a one-day delay.

Some board meetings that usually fall on Monday are postponed to Tuesday. Click on the following links to find out more about what’s happening in your community.

Kane County

Libraries and Park Districts

Post Offices




  • Metra will be modifying service during the 2017 Holiday Season between Dec. 21 and Jan. 1.
  • Metra will have a Sunday/Holiday schedule in effect on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. That means there will be no service on the Heritage Corridor, North Central Service and SouthWest Service on any of those days.
  • Metra is also extending its $8 unlimited ride Weekend Pass over the three-day holiday weekend, Dec. 30 to Jan. 1. Customers who use the Ventra App to make their purchase will need to select the special “New Year’s 3-Day Pass” instead of the Weekend Pass to receive this special deal on those weekends.
  • In addition, from Dec. 16 to Jan. 1, up to three children aged 11 or younger can ride free with each adult.
  • On Dec. 31, most lines will hold the last train of the evening for a later departure time to accommodate customers attending New Year’s Eve festivities downtown.
  • For more details, click on this Metra link.

Pace Bus

  • On New Year’s Day, Routes 208, 215, 223, 250, 270, 290, 301, 303, 305, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 313, 315, 317, 318, 322, 330, 332, 349, 350, 352, 353, 356, 357, 359 , 364, 366 and 606 will run on a Sunday schedule. On New Year’s Day, Routes 360 and 361 will run a normal Monday schedule.
  • No other routes will run on New Year’s Day.

Links To Kane County Chambers of Commerce