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New Year's Eve Guide 2012

Our picks for the best places to be when the ball drops


Parties & Events

Black Ensemble Theater New Year's Eve Celebration The company performs excerpts from The Jackie Wilson Story, The Marvin Gaye Story, One Name Only, and others, followed by an open mike, dancing, and champagne toast. 8 PM, Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark, 773-769-4451,, $125, $200 per couple.

Bootlegger's Ball Roaring 20s-themed party, with open bar, dinner buffet, DJs, party favors, and champagne toast. 8 PM, Moonshine Brewing Company, 1824 W. Division, 773-862-8686,, $90, $65 in advance.

Burlesque New Year's Eve Striptacular Gorilla Tango's Geek Girls perform holiday-themed bits as well as selections from shows including Boobs and Goombas, A Nude Hope, Temple of Boobs, The Empire Brings Sexy Back, Boobs of the Dead, and Fellowship of the Boobs. 10 PM, Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee, 773-598-4549,, $60 (tickets must be purchased in advance).

Chemically Imbalanced Comedy Dinner buffet and drinks, followed by an improv show at 9 PM, followed by more drinks and food, and then short improv games at 11 PM. Champagne toast; music and dancing until 2 AM. Advance purchase required. 8 PM, Chemically Imbalanced Theater, 1420 W. Irving Park, 773-865-7731,, $50, $95 per couple.

Kiss Kiss Cabaret New Year's Eve Hullabaloo Burlesque show with buffet and cash bar, onstage champagne toast, and "special guest, Mindy the Capuchin Monkey!" 10 PM, Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-404-7336,, $42, $75 for two.

Nerd Year's Eve Star Wars-themed party, with drinks and food, prizes, and a champagne toast. Star Wars dress/costumes or "fancy" party attire required. Advance purchase required. 9 PM, Challengers Comics + Conversation, 1845 N. Western, 773-278-0155,, $30.

New Year's Eve @ the DANK Haus A demonstration and tasting of Feuerzangenbowle, or flaming tongs punch, is among the festivities. Music by the Polkaholics. Admission includes a raffle ticket to win an Epiphone guitar from the Polkaholics. 9 PM, DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western, 773-561-9181,, $15, $10 in advance.

New Year's Eve on the S.S. Poseidon Screening of The Poseidon Adventure, preceded by Hell in a Handbag Productions' Camp Midnight show, hosted by Dick O'Day. 70s cruisewear encouraged. With a costume contest and champagne toast. 11 PM, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, 773-871-6604,, $28, $23 in advance.

2nd Story New Year's Eve NYE party edition of the storytelling series, with four stories, live music, and a DJ after midnight. 9:30 PM, Morseland, 1218 W. Morse, 773-217-8679,, price TBA.

Slo 'Mo The New Year's Eve edition of this dance party features performances by burlesque troupe Les Soubrettes, an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and "other surprises." 9 PM, the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee, 773-227-3530,, $100.

Time Travel Spectacular Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dancers, a magic act, and live music from different eras of American history by Joe Messing & the Wisemen and Antony & the Tramps. Mon 12/31, 9 PM, Elastic, 2830 N. Milwaukee, 773-772-3616,, $75.


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