Snacks, champagne, and games aren't the only things you need to be worrying about as you get ready for New Year's Eve...finding a safe way home should be number one on your list! Thankfully, Illinois has several free (and safe) ride options to choose from on New Year's Eve.

Make the Smart Choice This New Year's Eve

Nobody wants to start the new year with a criminal record, especially not one for driving under the influence. And let's be real, spending the night in a cold, dingy jail cell is a pretty crappy way to ring in 2023 let's avoid that at all costs.


We may not want to admit it, but many of us have driven home after having too much fun at a party or a bar because we didn't have enough money for an Uber and/or didn't want to leave our car at the bar/party. We know it wasn't the right decision, and thankfully it didn't end horribly for ourselves or someone else. PLEASE promise me you won't make that choice on New Year's Eve when there are several other free ride options to choose from!

Free Ride Options in Illinois on New Year's Eve

The key to ending any party evening successfully is having a plan. You can call a taxi, use a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft, or even designate a sober driver for the night, but when all those fail or the wait for a rideshare is too long, you still have options. Here are just a few of the free and safe ride options available in this New Year's Eve:

  • Chicago AreaNBC Chicago says both Chicago Transit Authority and Metra will offer passengers free rides on New Year's Eve starting at 10 p.m. through Sunday, January 1, 2023, at 4 a.m.
  • Winnebago County - The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department will once again offer free rides home to residents in Winnebago County starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2022, through 3 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2023. Just call the non-emergency number at 815-282-2600 to schedule a pickup.
  • Belvidere - The Belvidere Police Department will offer free rides home to residences within the city limits. Call 815-544-2135 to schedule a pickup.
  • Boone County - The Boone County Sheriff's Department will offer free rides home to residents within Boone County limits. Call 815-544-2144 to schedule a pickup.

If you know of more free sober ride programs available in the Rockford area on New Year's Eve, please send us an app message with all the info so we can add it to this list!

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Wherever you go and whatever you do this New Year's Eve, PLEASE stay safe! We need to see each of your smiling faces in 2023!

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