Win a Pair of Tickets to Reaction NYE, Dec. 30-31!

We at Third Coast Review are giving you a chance to count down to 2017 with Zeds Dead at one of the best 17+ New Years Eve concerts in Chicago, Reaction New Years Eve!

The array of electronic, hip hop, funk and more will be held at Rosemont’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Friday, Dec. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 31. The DES Convention Center will become a warehouse fit to encapsulate a full new year’s worth of music and beautiful sights; it’s a wide open space of hopes and goals ready to come to fruition once and for all.


Friday’s headliner will be Australian sound engineering genius Flume, closing out a night featuring soul singer Anderson .Paak with his band, The Free Nationals, fashion beats extraordinaire Dillon Francis, Chicago’s own Noname and more. Saturday’s lineup is comprised of your favorite “Trap God” Gucci Mane, Chicago’s beloved live band and DJ composite of ‘90s dance Manic Focus and headliner Zeds Dead. Preview the entire lineup right here.

If you can handle one final 2016 weekend packed with some of your favorite electronic and smooth funk acts, comment below with the highest goal you want to achieve this upcoming year, and how you plan to pursue it. The most soul-enriching entry will win. We all stumble, and then we pick ourselves up to chase after one dream. So, tell me what it is that will change your world in 2017, and Third Coast Review will help to send you off to a prosperous new year filled with your personal power anthems. Entries will be accepted through Dec. 15.

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Elif Geris
Elif Geris


  1. My goal in 2017 is to help the homeless. I’m going to start this by bringing warm clothes and non-perishables to homeless people on the streets. We all know these winters can get brutal. And today so many schools in the Chicagoland area were closed because of how dangerously cold it is. I was homeless for about a half year.. It was unbearable. It was cold. But I managed to save up enough money to get an apartment. It wasn’t much, but you wouldn’t believe how it feels like when you dont have an actual ground to stand on. Something to call home and come home to at the end of the day. The stress and fear that carries out from that experience made me want to actually go out and do something. My goal in 2017 is to start a non-profit organization that picks up items such as coats, gloves, socks, and, non-perishables and delivers them to the homeless. Also I’m learning to code so I can build a website for this organization. I really want as much people to be able to stay warm and fed during 2017 and the rest of the following years. Also to spread the word so people can donate whatever they have on hand. I want to work on getting enough volunteers so people can just sit at home and let us know they have items to donate and to come pick them up. People don’t have to do much but everybody’s loved!

  2. One of my goals for 2017 is to complete my master’s degree in sociology, focus on social welfare/public policy studies. I volunteer my time to work with a non-profit organization that works with individuals that live in poverty. It’s easy to grow up in our generation, surrounded by capitalism practically screaming out at us to “buy buy buy” , “spend spend spend”. It’s easy to put up the screen and avoid the fact that there are individuals out there who are struggling just to survive whilst we are bombarded with commercials and advertisements aimed to make the masses become ruthless spending machines. It is my goal in 2017 to spread awareness of the political and social factors of poverty and my ultimate goal is to finish school and begin reapplying to begin law school. This wasn’t something I realized I wanted to do until this year. I realized that while we have organizations that try hard to help, sometimes it’s not enough. When change needs to occur, it needs to first start with the institutions. My goal for 2017 is to get accepted into law school so I can one day acquire enough knowledge to become a lobbyist. What really peaked my interest in this were some of the malignant laws surrounding those in the lowest tax brackets. A country is only as strong as its weakest citizens. And right now, we’re not doing so well.

  3. My goal is to work at the Residential Treatment center that I once went to. Timberline Knolls in Lemont, IL is a Female Treatment center where I stayed for a month. This facility treats Mental Illness-Addiction. I was admitted for severe depression, and being there absolutely changed my life. I actually felt incredibly comfortable all the other residents. In my lodge, I stayed with women who were suffering from, PTSD, Eating Disorder, Anxiety, Bi-polar, Addiction, Depression etc. It completely opened my eyes to what people go through on a daily basis when suffering with a mental illness. I loved being able to talk with and support the other females I stayed with. The counselors that we dealt with on a daily basis were amazing, and I hope to be one some day. They’re not like the therapists and nurses, they are working with you everyday. Being there for you to help you get through just another day/hour. I believe that I could really make a difference from my personal experience, and learn from them just as much as they are learning from me. I just want to help. I think I can start by finishing up school, and getting some training done at a smaller company.

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