New Year's Eve listings will be posted at chicagoreader.com, where they'll be updated throughout the month. All venues are 21 and over unless otherwise noted; call ahead to verify special admission packages and ticket availability.
Rock, Pop, Etc.
abbey pub 3420 W. Grace | 773-478-4408 or 866-468-3401 | 8 PM | $48-$80
Josh Kelley, Strain Busy Sky, Todd Carey, Matthew Santos
1106 W. Lawrence | 312-666-6667 or 312-559-1212 | 7 PM (18+) | $65
Umphrey's McGee, Taj Mahal & the International Rhythm Band
Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont | 773-281-4444 10 PM | $12
Russian Circles, Maps & Atlases, Teith
1059 W. Addison | 773-327-1662
9 PM | $25
Super American Happy Fun Good Time Jamband, 16 Candles, One Hit Wonders
bar & cabaret
1383 N. Milwaukee | 773-278-1830
6 PM | $23
1572 N. Milwaukee | 773-489-3160
or 312-559-1212 | 9 PM | $55
My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult
1035 N. Western | 773-276-3600 | or 866-468-3401 | 9:30 PM | $25, $22 in advance
Girl Talk, Lando Mondo vs. Waterbabies
6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn |
708-788-2118 or 312-559-1212
PM | Call for price
Pat McLaughlin, Patrick Sweany
House of blues
329 N. Dearborn | 312-923-2000
or 312-559-1212 | 9 PM | $145
Tragically Hip, Matisyahu
House of blues
back porch stage
329 N. Dearborn | 312-923-2000
11 PM | $45
The Hold Steady
940 W. Weed | 312-337-3486
or 312-559-1212 | 9 PM | $85-$100
3855 N. Lincoln | 773-404-9494 or 800-594-8499 | 9:30 PM | $30
(Sly & the Family Stone tribute),
the Big Three
3730 N. Clark | 773-549-0203 or 312-559-1212 | 10 PM (18+) | Call for price
Alkaline Trio, Smoking Popes
96th Floor Lounge
96th floor, John Hancock Center | 875 N. Michigan | 312-787-9596
9 PM | Call for price
322 W. Armitage | 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212 | 9:30 PM (18+) | $30
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Budos Band
4746 N. Racine | 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212 | 10 PM (18+) | $80
3159 N. Southport | 773-525-2508
10 PM | $20
Redwalls, Catfish Haven
2011 W. North | 773-278-6600 or 800-594-8499 | 9 PM | $70
Legendary Shack Shakers, Scott H. Biram
3145 N. Sheffield | 773-472-0449
or 312-559-1212 | 9:30 PM (18+)
$46, $40 in advance
Poi Dog Pondering
Betty's Blue Star lounge
1600 W. Grand | 312-243-1699
9 PM | $50
DJ Stixx, DJ Corso
817 W. Lake | 312-666-8106
9 PM | Call for price
Dino Latino, DJ Twenty's, DJ Boris
1543 N. Kingsbury | 312-266-1900
9 PM | $115
Alex Peace, KCJ, Hair Dave, Victor R.
632 N. Dearborn | 312-266-1944 | 7 PM | $50-$125, includes admission to Vision
Pat Mann, DJ Dammit Jim, DJ Slim Maybe
Finn McCool's Irish pub
15 W. Division | 312-337-4349
9 PM (24+) | $110
825 W. Erie | 312-563-0495 | 7 PM | $10
7 W. Division | 312-337-2583 | 9 PM | $20
Lion head pub & the Apartment
2251 N. Lincoln | 773-348-5100
10 PM | $60
15 W. Division | 312-337-4349
10 PM | Call for price
2247 N. Lincoln | 773-549-5884 | 9 PM | $65
PJ the DJ
3730 N. Clark | 773-549-4140
9 PM | $30-$90, $25-$75 in advance
Colette, James Amato,
Jason Hodges (cabaret room)
632 N. Dearborn | 312-266-1944
10 PM | $50
DJ Spin, DJ Mach 1, DJ Structure
644 N. Lake Shore Dr. | 312-255-4463
9 PM | $150
W Hotel City Center
172 W. Adams | 888-718-4764
9 PM | $135-$150
Folk & Country
4659 N. Clark | 773-334-2402
9 PM | Call for price
Blues, Gospel, R & B
11 E. Hubbard | 312-642-6805 | 9 PM | $100
1029 Davis, Evanston | 847-424-9800
:30 PM | $75 per person, $135 per couple
Eddy Clearwater, Melvin Taylor
536 N. Clark | 312-661-0100 | 9 PM | $20
with Patricia Scott
736 N. Clark | 312-642-626 | 9 PM | $20
Big Time Sarah
2519 N. Halsted | 773-528-1012
9:30 PM | $30, $25 in advance
Buddy Guy's legends
754 S. Wabash | 312-427-0333
9:30 PM | $30
Shemekia Copeland, Charlie Love
5201 S. Harper | 773-684-1472
9 PM | $25, $20 in advance
Jo Jo Murray, Sidney Joe Qualls
2548 N. Halsted | 773-477-4646
9:30 PM | $25
Magic Slim, Joanna Connor
lee's unleaded blues
7401 S. South Chicago | 773-493-3477
7 PM | $40 (reservations required)
1516 N. Milwaukee | 773-252-1155
7 PM | F
3420 W. Armitage | 773-342-0452
9:30 PM | $25
4802 N. Broadway | 773-878-5552
PM | $25
Von Freeman & Edward Petersen
59 W. Grand | 312-670-2473
9 and 11 PM | $40
Henry Johnson Organ Express with David "Fathead" Newman
67 E. Cermak | 312-791-9050
9 PM | $10
Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble
2030 S. Wabash | 312-842-8856
10 PM | $89
4740 N. Western | 773-561-9181
9 PM | $60, $45 before 12/22 (includes dinner and champagne) for Skyline Lounge; $4.99 for Maraunde Ballroom)
Die Lustige Kameraden (Skyline Lounge), Polkaholics (Maraunde Ballroom)
3477 N. Clark | 773-348-3998
10 PM | Call for price
31 E. Balbo | 312-362-9707
10 PM | $90, $75 advance
Yves Francois et Rocambu Jazz
Pete Miller's Seafood & Prime Steak
1557 Sherman, Evanston | 847-328-0399
Call for time | F
Wille Gomez & Cache
1610 N. Wells | 312-266-7999
The bar opens at 3 PM; seating is 4:30-7:30 PM and includes four courses plus unlimited margaritas, wine, beer, a tequila toast at midnight, and mariachi music for $95. The menu includes crab empanadas and mar y tierra (surf and turf of flatiron steak and jumbo shrimp). Open till 1 AM.
adobo Grill WICKER PARK
2005 W. Division | 773-252-9990
The bar opens at 4 PM; seating is 5-7:30 PM and includes four courses plus unlimited margaritas, wine, beer, a tequila toast at midnight, and a DJ for $89. The menu includes pan-seared sea bass la Veracruzana and budin azteca (tortilla casserole with chicken, chanterelle mushrooms, and asadero cheese). Open till 1:30 AM.
1723 N. Halsted | 312-867-0110
The first seating (5-6:30 PM) features ten courses and a champagne aperitif for $175. The second seating (8:30-9:30 PM) offers 17 courses and a midnight champagne toast for $225. Acoustic guitarists play throughout the evening.
2300 N. Lincoln Park West | 773-472-5959
Two seatings are available on the half hour: a five-course degustation menu from 5 to 6 PM ($110) and a six-course menu from 8:30 to 9:30 PM ($135). Guests at the later seating dine to live jazz music and take home a doggie bag of breakfast treats.
1 W. Washington | 312-368-1900
A three-course prix fixe menu ($42) is available as well as regular offerings a la carte from 5 to 11 PM; there's also a New Year's Day brunch from 9 AM to 2 PM.
695 N. Milwaukee | 312-243-1133
The early seating (6:15 PM) is $100 for a four-course dinner; the 9:15 seating is $125 for a four-course menu that includes a champagne toast. Guests at the late seating may keep their table all evening but cannot attend the upstairs party without paying an additional admission of $125, which includes a premium open bar (8 PM-1:30 AM). Booth pricing is available upon request.
339 N. Dearborn | 312-755-9463
For $125 guests enjoy canapes, artisanal cheeses, and "small bites" from chef John Caputo as well as a dessert bar from pastry chef Matt Kelley; an open bar with reds, whites, and sparkling wines from around the world; a champagne toast at midnight; and music by DJ J. Gravity. "Come as you are, from diamonds to Dockers," 9 PM-2 AM.
blue water grill
520 N. Dearborn | 312-777-1400
Two seatings, both offering prix fixe menus including choices such as pan-seared diver scallops, Dover sole, lobster, filet mignon, and mango-orange napoleon. The first seating is 6:30-7:30 PM ($60), the second 9:30-10:30 PM ($90).
cafe des architectes
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower | 20 E. Chestnut | 312-324-4000
Two seatings, both offering prix fixe French menus: 5-6 PM ($82), and 8:30-10 PM ($102).
2024 N. Halsted | 773-935-5000
The newly designed menu features specials like citrus-cured salmon with cucumber bread, rioja short ribs with manchego mashed potatoes, and jalapeno shrimp. Complimentary pincho tapas, DJ, and dancing (8 PM-1 AM); there's a $15 cover charge after 8 PM. On New Year's Day from 10 AM to 3 PM guests who show up in their jammies receive a gift certificate for the value of their meal.
1846 N. Milwaukee | 773-384-8911
Chef Charlie Socher will offer a prix fixe four-course menu ($65) plus a shorter version of the cafe's usual a la carte menu in an open seating from 5-10 PM.
702 W. Fulton Market | 312-850-5005
The restaurant and bar is open from 5 PM to 1 AM; specials include lobster-sweet potato bisque, rib eye, and Dover sole, plus a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. For entertainment there are stilt walkers, capoeira dancers, DJs, and the Chicago Bulls "Bucket Boys."
816 W. Armitage | 773-248-6228
Trotter's offers a party (7:30 PM-1:30 AM) to kick off its 20th anniversary. For $350 guests receive cheese tastings in the cellar, carved meats, a caviar bar, truffle station, a selection of wine and drinks, music, and dancing. Black tie optional.
Restaurant and Pub
3471 N. Elston | 773-583-3066
"All you care to eat" brunch buffet from 10 AM to 2 PM on New Year's Eve for $12.95 (half price children ten and under, children two and under free). From 2:30 to 10 PM guests can order from the regular menu; champagne will be served at midnight. No cover in the bar, which stays open until 2 AM.
230 N. Michigan | 312-334-6700
The restaurant offers a four-course "Reveillon menu" from 5-8 PM featuring dishes such as pumpkin-dusted sea scallops, Szechuan peppercorn tuna, Australian loin of lamb, and a traditional Yule log ($35). From 5 PM to midnight the regular a la carte menu and other specials are available, along with a champagne toast.
Merchandise Mart, suite 107 | 773-472-6700
4747 N. Lincoln | 773-472-6700
Both locations offer a multicourse meal and cooking lesson from 9 to 11:45 PM: $150 for Merchandise Mart, which is BYOB, and $200 for the Lincoln Avenue location's "Festa Italiana," which focuses on Italian cuisine and also includes wine.
505 N. Lake Shore Dr. | 312-644-4050
Two seatings offering a seven-course prix fixe menu. The early seating (5:30-7:30 PM) is $125; the late seating (8:30-10 PM) is $195 and includes wine, a champagne toast, and live music.
1824 W. Wabansia | 773-227-2300
The early seating (4-6 PM) and second seating (7-8 PM) both offer
a la carte selections with dinner specials along with "5,000 helium-filled balloons." The late seating (9:30-10:30 PM) is $40 and includes live entertainment and a bottle of champagne.
937 N. Rush | 312-255-0088
The three-course prix fixe menu featuring red snapper and rack of lamb ($55) is available from 5 PM to midnight and includes a midnight glass of champagne.
2152 N. Damen | 773-862-5555
The restaurant offers seatings at 5, 7, and 9:30 PM. The first two are a la carte only, the last is prix fixe (price was not available at press time). Upstairs there's a cocktail party with a DJ.
& Wine bar
546 N. Wells | 312-467-0546
Three seatings: an a la carte "pretheater" seating from 4:30 to 6 PM, an "early celebration" with a four-course prix fixe menu and a glass of champagne from 6:30 to 8 PM ($49), and a "grand finale" from 9 to 11 PM, with a five-course prix fixe dinner and champagne for $99, $109 for those opting for the live music in the cabaret room.
david Burke's Primehouse
James Hotel | 616 N. Rush | 312-660-6000
The first seating (5:30-6:45 PM) offers four courses at $125, the second (8:30-9:30 PM) six courses at $155. Special items include stuffed smoked quail, veal Diane, lobster, venison Wellington, and a variety of sorbets. A three-course children's menu featuring favorites such as grilled cheese, PB&J, and pasta is available all evening for $28. All adult meals include a complimentary mimosa, mojito, or glass of champagne.
465 E. Illinois | 312-464-1700
The first seating (6-7 PM) offers a four-course prix fixe menu for $65, the second (9-10 PM) the same menu plus a champagne toast and live music from the Audley Reid Jazz Ensemble.
4004 N. Southport | 773-325-1710
All guests seated before 10 PM have the option of a four-course prix fixe menu for $60 ($75 with wine pairing) or the regular menu. From 10 PM on a six-course prix fixe is available for $75 ($95 with wine pairing and champagne toast). A DJ plays from 11 PM to 2 AM.
215 W. North | 312-202-0302
Six seatings on the hour between 5 and 10 PM. Specials include lobster ravioli, veal chops, truffles, and osso buco, along with a complimentary glass of champagne.
2301 W. Foster | 773-561-3780
Three-course prix fixe menu including grilled beef tenderloin, rack of lamb with cognac guajillo pepper sauce, and seafood. The first seating is at 5 PM ($65); the second and third seatings are at 7 and 9 PM ($75).
741 W. Randolph | 312-474-0700
The restaurant is open from 5 PM to 3 AM. A four-course prix fixe meal is $85 ($160 with wine pairings); admission includes two free drink cards for Virgin Lounge and a complimentary champagne toast. DJ Patryk spins house music to 2:30 AM.
269 S. Milwaukee, Wheeling |
Chef Roland Liccioni offers a five-course degustation menu at 6 PM for $125 and a seven-course version at 9 PM (with champagne toast) for $160.
33 W. Monroe | 312-960-0000
Five-course prix fixe menu with wine pairings and a champagne toast ($140); last reservation is at 10 PM.
GROTTO ON STATE
1030 N. State | 312-280-1005
Open seating available on the half-hour from 4 to 6:30 PM, then on the hour; a DJ plays all night in the lounge, and there's a complimentary champagne toast.
33 W. Kinzie | 312-828-0966
A five-course prix fixe menu pairs Italian food and wines ($85, $65 without wine); the regular menu will also be available. Walk-ins are welcome and complimentary champagne is served at midnight.
1747 N. Damen | 773-489-1747
$100 covers food, beer, and wine, as well as a champagne toast; cash bar. The seating begins at 8 PM and there will be DJ entertainment until 2 AM.
kit kat lounge
and supper club
3700 N. Halsted | 773-525-1111
Seatings at 6:30, 8:30, and 10:30 PM, priced at $65, $85, and $95, respectively. Each features a five-course dinner and complimentary martini plus performances by Diva Madame X and Diva Traci Ross; the late seating also offers a champagne toast.
749 N. Clark | 312-280-9100
The first seating (5:30-6:45 PM) features a five-course prix fixe menu for $90; the second (8 PM) a seven-course prix fixe menu and a Dom Perignon toast for $130.
833 W. Randolph | 312-226-8399
The Marche Moulin Rouge party includes an $85 prix fixe menu and an a la carte menu. Family reservations are available from 5 to 7 PM; children dine free from a special menu, and there's a "kiddie countdown" with party favors at 6:30 and 8 PM. Grown-ups get a champagne toast at midnight.
1670 W. Division | 773-276-8700
Two seatings both offer a five-course prix fixe menu, including wine pairings. The 7 PM seating is $75, the 9:30 PM seating is $85 and includes a champagne toast.
Meritage cafe & wine bar
2118 N. Damen | 773-235-6434
Chef Troy Graves offers three prix fixe seatings. The first (5:30-6 PM) is $70 for five courses, ($105 with wine pairings), the second (6:30-8 PM) $90 for six courses ($130 with wine pairings), and the third (8:30-10 PM) is $110 for seven courses and a champagne toast ($155 with wine pairings).
710 N. Wells | 312-274-9500
Five-course tasting menu with wine pairings and an open bar from 9 PM to 1 AM for $90.
868 N. Franklin | 312-482-9179
The first seating (6-6:45 PM) includes a four-course tasting menu with desserts by pastry chef Kate Neumann for $60; specials include turbot, rack of lamb, and Meyer lemon meringue pie. The second seating (8:30-9:30 PM) also features music by the Alexander Rea Jazz Trio and a complimentary glass of champagne for $110.
6727 Olmsted, Edison Park | 773-631-1223
Kids are kings and queens for the night at a "Kids' New Year's Eve Bash." The child-friendly menu features chicken fingers, spaghetti, hot dogs, and macaroni and cheese; festivities include a balloon drop and a DJ as well as "an explosive multimedia countdown." Seatings at 4:30, 6:45, and 9 PM.
1150 N. Dearborn | 312-440-8888
From 5 to 8:30 PM the restuarant offers an a la carte menu. Beginning at 9:30 PM a four-course prix fixe menu including a champagne toast is available for $150; specials include double-cut veal chops, rack of lamb, ravioli porcini, and pappardelle with sausage.
Mrs. Murphy &
Sons Irish Bistro
3905 N. Lincoln | 773-248-3905
The restaurant offers parties on two floors. Upstairs diners receive a five-course dinner and complimentary champagne for $75 ($120 with wine flight). Downstairs features an open bar, wood-oven pizzas and appetizers, and a DJ for $50 ($75 after 12/25 or at the door).
325 W. Huron | 312-664-2727
Two prix fixe seatings: The first, available until 8:30, is a three-course dinner for $45; the second, from 9 PM on, offers three courses for $65, including a champagne toast. Salsa dancing begins at 11 PM; those wishing to dance and drink can join the party at 8:30 for $20 (cash bar).
710 N. Clark | 312-787-2675
The restaurant's Extravagance 2007 celebration begins with a 7:30 PM seating that includes a four-course dinner with such choices as Chinese five-spice carpaccio, vanilla-chipotle cured duck breast, a cheese course, and chocolate-peanut butter bread pudding for $95. There's also a party from 9:30 PM to 2 AM for $120, including appetizers, a DJ, and open bar with complimentary champagne.
440 W. Randolph | 312-575-9900
Two seatings featuring caviar, lobster, and steak. The first (5:30-7 PM) offers a four-course menu for $80. The second (8-10 PM) features a five-course menu and admission to the adjacent Ghostbar for $130. Ghostbar also offers a separate party package for $75, which includes dancing, entertainment, a champagne cocktail (other beverages not included), and a buffet from 9 to 11 PM.
Park Hyatt Hotel | 800 N. Michigan |
At press time reservations were still available for the early seating (5:30 PM), which features a three-course menu for $110 including a champagne toast.
1301 S. Wabash | 312-461-0161
The staff dress as operagoers and performers, and executive chef Paul Wildermuth offers special items to complement the regular a la carte menu. Complete information was not available at press time; call for more details.
1927 W. North | 773-772-4422
Piece's annual anti-black-tie party runs from 9 PM to 1:30 AM and features pizza, salad, dessert, wine, a champagne toast, and all-you-can-drink Piece drafts and bottles of Miller Lite for $70. A DJ spins music all night.
POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE
& STAR BAR
601 N. State | 312-266-7677
The longtime jazz and bubbly institution celebrates its first New Year's since moving from Lincoln Park to River North. The dinner show (6-9 PM) features the Russell Alan Rowe Quartet, appetizers, and dessert for $50. The late show (10 PM-2 AM) features the Nicole Kestler Quartet until 1 AM along with appetizers and dessert for $70. Admission to the jazz club only is $25 at the door (cash only) from 6 PM on.
820 W. Randolph | 312-733-8880
This Asian restaurant offers both chef Jackie Shen's regular menu and some special items, with a champagne toast at midnight. The staff will dress in "traditional Asian attire"; reservations available beginning at 5:30 PM.
W Hotel | 172 W. Adams | 312-917-5608
Executive chef Michael Hazen offers a Tuscany-inspired four-course menu including butternut ravioli, lobster with spaghetti squash, pan-roasted sea scallops, and Meyer lemon panna cotta for $75. Seating is 5 to 11 PM.
ritz-carlton dining room
Ritz-Carlton Hotel | 160 E. Pearson | 312-266-1000
This black-tie gala offers a seven-course dinner with champagne toast, live jazz, and dancing from 8 PM to 1:30 AM for $290.
1350 W. Randolph | 312-455-1919
The restaurant and club offers two seatings (6:30 and 9 PM) of a four-course tasting menu for $85. After 9:30 the lounge is open for a four-hour open bar with hors d'oeuvres and DJ music, plus a champagne toast. Tickets for the party alone are $120.
901 W. Weed | 312-266-1200
A five-course "celebration dinner" is $40, a six-course "premiere dinner" $50; both offer unlimited glasses of sangria.
410 W. Huron | 312-943-5900
There's a family-oriented early seating (4-6:30 PM) during which kids get dinner, dessert, sparkling grape juice, entertainment from clowns, and party favors for $10. The regular menu is available from 6:30 to 10 PM.
1952 N. Damen | 773-227-2995
The French and Italian restaurant offers a five-course tastmenu for $75 (includes vegetarian options). Seatings are on the hour from 6-11 PM; the last includes a champagne toast.
SHAW'S CRAB HOUSE
21 E. Hubbard | 312-527-2722
Blues singer Grana Louise is in the dining room from 8 PM to 1 AM; the Fabulous Fish Heads play in the oyster bar from 7 PM to 1 AM, and all patrons receive a complimentary champagne toast.
Signature room at the 95th
875 N. Michigan | 312-787-9596
Two seatings. The first (5-6:30 PM) is black-tie optional and features a five-course menu and live jazz for $125. The second seating (8-9:30 PM) is black tie and offers an eight-course menu as well as dancing to the Bill Porter Orchestra and a champagne toast for $275. Menu specialties include roast pheasant, grilled fillet of beef, and South African lobster tail. Reservations must be paid in advance.
3868 N. Lincoln | 773-327-3868
A la carte selections from the restaurant's regular menu along with specials such as ginger-butter poached lobster, miso-brined filet mignon with white truffle bread pudding, and Grand Marnier souffle. Seatings are open from 6 to 8:30 PM and 9 to 10:30 PM, with a champagne toast at midnight.
SPIAGGIA AND CAFE SPIAGGIA
980 N. Michigan | 312-280-2750
Spiaggia's first seating is 5 to 5:30 PM and includes three courses for $90. The second is 7 to 7:30 PM and includes a four-course dinner for $120. The third is at 9:30 PM and features a grand degustation of nine courses for $205. Live jazz music all night. At the more casual Cafe Spiaggia next door you can get three courses for $52 or four for $62.
504 N. Wells | 312-595-2300
The restaurant's White Party includes a seven-course menu for $100 served 6 PM to midnight and featuring yellowfin tuna, pan-roasted free-range duck breast, and an Asian pear-and-chestnut tart. Live favela band and Brazilian dancers, plus a feed of the Reveillon celebration in Rio de Janeiro. (The Brazilian festival honors Iemenja, the goddess of the sea.) A party on the rooftop deck from 10 PM to 2 AM is $100, which includes appetizers and an open bar. For $150 guests also receive a table all night; an additional $25 gets you a champagne package. Guests who show up dressed in all white as tribute to Iemenja receive a complimentary caipirinha.
464 N. Halsted | 312-226-4300
The first seating (5:30-8 PM) offers a three-course menu and a glass of champagne for $40; the second, at 9:30 PM, a four-course menu and a glass of champagne plus jazz from the Mike Allemana Trio for $75. Specials include pork shank with gnocchi, butternut squash ravioli, risotto, wood-grilled steak with red wine sauce, and a creme brulee trio.
531 N. Wells | 312-670-4338
Four-course prix fixe menus from 6 to 8 PM and 8 to 10 PM ($50). The final seating (10 PM-close) is $75 and includes a five-course dinner plus a champagne toast. Entrees include grilled Kobe skirt steak, Moroccan-spiced tuna loin, and roasted striped bass. DJ Disco Kitty spins Moroccan music, and there's belly dancing at 7 and 8 PM.
1441-45 W. Fullerton | 773-883-8722
A child-oriented menu is available 4:30 to 6:30 PM, including a kiddie countdown and goody bag ($9.95 for children 12 and under). Two adult seatings are offered at 7 and 9 PM; the five-course prix fixe is $68 and includes champagne. An eight-course menu features lobster sashimi and steak with sake, wine, and champagne pairings for $98.
1566 Oak, Evanston | 847-475-7779
A $70 five-course menu including a champagne toast is offered at a 6 PM seating; at 9 PM there's a $95 seven-course menu with unlimited champagne. Live entertainment by cabaret singer Robert Whorton and the Beckie Menzie Trio.
10 W. Hubbard | 312-527-4060
"The seven deadly sins" are the focus of this celebration, featuring a seven-course meal and "sultry decor." A DJ spins Latin, Bollywood, bhangra, and house. Specials include tandoori skirt steak and lobster with coconut rice. Three seatings are available at 5, 7, and 9 PM for $65, $90, and $125; wine pairings $60 extra. Admission to the party only is $25.
1732 N. Halsted | 312-266-1199
Three prix-fixe menus--three-course ($40), four-course ($45), and five-course ($75)--are offered. The first two are available during the first seating (5-7:30 PM), the last at the second (9 PM), which includes a champagne toast and live music by the Grady Johnson Orchestra. Specials include seared quail stuffed with wild mushrooms, bass cooked in parchment, and risotto.
W Hotel Lakeshore | 644 N. Lake Shore Dr. | 312-943-9200
Chef Kristine Subido offers four "waves" of Mediterranean cuisine including a duo of tuna and salmon tartare, crab falafel, beef tenderloin, pan-roasted duck, and a selection of desserts for $75. Open seating from 5 to 11 PM.
3441 N. Halsted | 773-348-9696
A four-course prix fixe menu is offered 5:30 to 11 PM for $75 along with champagne specials. The "Bubbling Over" package includes dinner plus admission to the lounge for a party with DJs and an open bar from 10 PM to 1 AM for $125. Those wishing to enjoy the party sans dinner pay $55.
419 W. Superior | 312-475-9112
Chef Michael Taus's global fare is offered at multiple food stations along with wine pairings from Don Sritong of Just Grapes, including an open bar from 8 PM to 1 AM and DJ for $195.
358 W. Ontario | 312-302-9977
The restaurant and tequila bar offers seatings at 5, 7, and 9:30 PM. The food is served family style; music by Latin jazz band Son Trinidad. $75 includes dinner and well drinks, with a cash bar available after midnight. Last seating 12:30 PM.
the apartment and
the lion head pub
2251 N. Lincoln | 773-348-5100
Two parties on two levels including a multimedia countdown and champagne toast at midnight. For $60 revelers get access to a deluxe buffet dinner (8-10 PM) and open bar (8-11 PM) at the Lion Head, with admission to the Apartment after 11. $85 provides the same food and beverage package plus access to the entire building. $25 general admission after 11. Doors are open 7 PM-2 AM.
Apollo Theater | 2540 N. Lincoln | 773-935-6100
WNEP Theater's annual apocalyptic parody of the golden age of radio returns. Doors open at 9:30 PM; the performance begins at 10:30. $60 including a champagne toast.
athletes united for peace
Heartland Cafe | 7000 N. Glenwood | 773-465-8005 or www.heartlandcafe.com
Start the year with a bid for peace and goodwill (and a touch of friendly competition) at this annual 5K. For $25 participants receive awards, a shirt or hat, and a postrace feast at the Heartland.
belly's bar & Grill
3210 N. Lincoln | 773-525-3632
$70 gets you an open bar 8 PM-1 AM, hors d'oeuvres, DJ entertainment, and a champagne toast.
black and White new year's eve extravaganza
Room 43 | 1039 E. 43rd St. | 773-259-4420
This party includes an open bar, appetizers, a champagne toast, and DJs spinning hip-hop and R & B 9 PM-2 AM. Tickets are $80 before 12/16, $100 after, and "fancy dress" is required.
809 W. Evergreen | 312-751-2900
The $100 "platinum ticket" for this party (9 PM-1 AM) includes a hosted cocktail reception and champagne toast.
bringin' old school back
Lakeview Broadcasting Company | 3542 N. Halsted | 773-857-244
This retro party runs 8 PM-midnight and includes DJs spinning hip-hop, arcade games, a premium open bar, fried chicken, and an Olde English 40-ounce toast. Tickets are $100; no cover after midnight.
buckingham fountain fireworks
Grant Park | Congress and Columbus |
Recorded music provides the aural backdrop for this annual display of pyrotechnics counting down to the New Year, which is coordinated with the fireworks at Navy Pier. Attendees are asked to assemble by 10 PM. F
15 W. Hubbard | 312-245-3100
A hosted cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres, and a champagne toast are included in the $120 admission. Open 9 PM-2 AM.
cans bar & canteen
1640 N. Damen | 773-227-2277
A gourmet buffet, "top shelf" open bar, and champagne toast are on tap at this Bucktown watering hole for $90. Open 9 PM-2 AM.
3660 N. Clark | 773-755-4444 | www.chicagobarevents.com
The sports bar offers cocktails, a dinner buffet, champagne toast, and DJs 8 PM-1 AM for $115.
celtic crown public house
4301 N. Western | 773-588-1110
The Celtic Countdown to 2007 includes an open bar 9 PM-midnight for $35. Open 11 AM-2 AM.
Celtic Knot public house
626 Church | Evanston | 847-864-1679
The pub is "calling all Celts" for this annual celebration of what the Scots call Hogmanay. Live music, pub grub, and drink specials available till 2 AM. F
Hyatt Regency Chicago | 151 E. Wacker | 312-239-4536
Promoters Another Level and Spy Bar Events bring the rock (and hip-hop and house) to the Hyatt Regency Chicago. For $129 patrons get an open bar (9 PM-3 AM), hors d'oeuvres, and lineup of DJs, as well as a performance by a Dave Matthews tribute band, Crash. $159 covers the same plus a champagne toast and entrance to the hotel's Hard Drive club.
CHemically imbalanced comedy and corn productions
Cornservatory | 4210 N. Lincoln | 312-409-6435 or www.cornservatory.org
The two companies combine their talents for Cornstravaganza, featuring sketch comedy, improv, and "a big fat party." The evening starts at 8 PM and tickets are $35 or $60 per couple, which includes dinner, drinks, and a champagne toast. A DJ will spin after the show till 2 AM.
2833 N. Sheffield | 773-477-3661 or www.tickets.com
The party runs 9 PM-2 AM and includes a "top shelf" open bar, appetizer buffet, champagne toast, and DJ. $100 , $90 in advance.
CHicago Cultural Center
77 E. Randolph | Registration requested at chicagonye.com
This formal party, hosted by Lincoln Park Young Professionals, offers patrons a premium open bar, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and a champagne toast along with music by DJ Asiatic for the general admission of $125. For $150 the VIP package offers expanded beverage service and access to the VIP room, where "old school, 80s, and retro music" will be played by DJs Jay Funk and Kid Kris. The festivities run 9:30 PM-1:45 AM.
New Year's Eve Gala
Drake Hotel | 140 E. Walton | 800-882-4275 or www.tickets.com
Chicago-scene.com hosts this mammoth party spread over four ballrooms with 45 bartenders. Entertainment includes DJs and a live performance from Cat Fight along with a balloon drop at midnight. Various dinner packages are available for $205-$235; seating begins at 6:30 PM; last seating at 9 PM. General admission tickets are $190 and include hors d'oeuvres and midnight dessert service. Hotel packages available; black tie optional.
817 W. Lake | 773-292-9010 or www.ticketmaster.com
The party runs 7 PM-2 AM with open bar 7-10 PM. The $40 admission includes a buffet, DJs, and a balloon drop.
CHuckle bowl spectacular
Lincoln Square Lanes | 4874 N. Lincoln | 773-251-1539 or www.thelincolnlodge.com
The Lincoln Lodge's stand-up and variety showcase takes over the Lincoln Square bowling alley for New Year's. In addition to 12 lanes of bowling (accented with theatrical lighting and "found film" projections) and comedy performances curated by Mike Bridenstine and Steve O. Harvey, the evening includes pizza and a "value-priced" bar with $3 domestic beers and $3.50 imports. $25, $20 in advance, 9 PM-1 AM.
3641 N. Halsted | 773-325-2233 or www.circuitclub.com
The club features DJs Fast Freddy and Alex Perez and a countdown with "diva hosts" Veronica Zaid, Miss Ketty, and Miss Foozie. There will also be a money-filled balloon drop, confetti blast, and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $50, $30 before 12/30. Open 7 PM-4 AM.
720 N. Wells | 312-787-8720
This dance party (8 PM-1 AM) includes a premium open bar, DJs on four floors, and a champagne toast for $75 or $125 per couple. Table reservations for five or more available for $200 per person.
235 N. Ashland | 312-226-6300
The club presents "Rock 'n Roll High School--80s Edition," which includes an open bar 9 PM-1 AM, buffet 9-11 PM, arcade games, balloon drop, and a champagne toast for $80. Period attire is "highly encouraged."
Chicago Center for the Performing Arts | 777 N. Green | 312-733-6000 or www.comedysportzchicago.com
The troupe offers two packages of games-based improvisation. The 6 PM show is billed as "family friendly" and costs $17. Tickets for the 10 PM performance are $35 and include a champagne toast and postperformance dance party with a DJ.
1232 W. Belmont | 773-929-2667
An open bar, buffet, and live funk from Eli Jones & the Bare Bones highlight this party, which runs 9 PM-1 AM and costs $50, $40 in advance.
coyote ugly saloon
316 W. Erie | 312-642-2400
The party runs 8 PM-2 AM and features an open bar, buffet, champagne toast, and balloon drop at midnight as well as "Coyote Ugly signature dances" performed by the waitstaff every hour. $100, $65 in advance.
4804 N. Broadway | 773-784-2739
This party is a benefit for the Center on Halsted and includes an appetizer buffet (8-10 PM), complimentary well drinks, draft beer, wine, champagne toast, dancing, and a raffle. $50, $40 in advance. Open until 2 AM.
1543 N. Kingsbury | 312-266-1900
For $115, patrons get a four-hour premium open bar (9 PM-1 AM) with DJs Mixin Marc, Alex Peace, Victor R, KCJ, and Hair Dave, an interactive countdown with a "confetti storm," and a champagne toast. Open until 4 AM.
DANK haus German cultural center
4740 N. Western | 773-561-9181
The party takes up two floors. In the sixth-floor Skyline Lounge, guests receive a buffet dinner, champagne toast, and entertainment by the band Die Lustige Kameraden (cash bar). The Polkaholics play in the fifth-floor Marunde Ballroom. Tickets $45 before 12/22, $60 after. Those interested in the Polkaholics alone will be admitted for $4.99 on a "space available" basis. Doors open 8 PM, music begins 9 PM, and the party runs until 2 AM.
DArk Horse Tap & Grille
3443 N. Sheffield | 773-383-4178
The $65 package includes an open bar, buffet, and champagne toast.
DArkroom New Year's Eve: Class of '06
2210 W. Chicago | 773-276-1411 | www.darkroombar.com
A high school theme dominates this party (10 PM-2 AM), which features live music from the Gaylords and DJ sets by Tobias and Brock. "High school-themed attire encouraged." $35, $25 in advance.
Dave And Buster's
1030 N. Clark | 866-468-3401
"Bringing the Fun Back" is the theme of this party, featuring "house, deep house, old school, and Neo Soul" along with games, a buffet dinner for the first 400 patrons, three VIP rooms, and two bars downstairs. Upstairs features hip-hop, reggae, R & B, more games, billiards, and two more bars. Drinks are complimentary 11 PM-1 AM for the first 200 patrons. $60 advance, $100 door (call for info on various package upgrades).
2624 N. Lincoln | 773-871-0205
Open until 4 AM, the bar offers a video countdown, balloon drop, and champagne toast. Tickets at $30 include an open bar (9 PM-midnight). The $50 VIP package includes hor d'oeuvres (8-10 PM) and an open bar (8 PM-midnight) as well as admission to the 2D Lounge upstairs.
debonair social club
1575 N. Milwaukee | 773-227-7990
The $100 party package includes an open bar 8 PM-midnight, appetizer buffet 8-10 PM, sets by DJs Jordan Z and Paradise Ryan, and a champagne toast.
duffy's Tavern and grill / Durkin's Tavern / Mcgee's Tavern & Grille / Redmond's / Wrightwood Tap
4201/2 W. Diversey / 810 W. Diversey / 950 W. Webster / 3358 N. Sheffield / 1059 W. Wrightwood | 773-868-8073 | www.bar1events.com
The party runs at all five taverns
9 PM-2 AM, courtesy of Bar1 Events. $75 buys an all-you-can-drink assortment of draft beers, cocktails, champagne, and wine as well as an all-you-can-eat buffet and DJ entertainment. Advance reservations required.
2871 N. Lincoln | 773-549-5549
DJ Tony Healy spins hip-hop, funk, and dance music at this party, which includes an open bar and champagne toast. $65, $50 before 12/25.
220 W. Chicago | 312-654-0234
Bob O'Connell, Jason Beninato, and Nina Pierce host this celebration, which includes a premium open bar 9 AM-1:30 PM, gourmet hors d'oeuvres and buffet, and a champagne toast for $145.
Evolution of dance
New year's Eve Party
Hard Rock Hotel Chicago | 230 N. Michigan | 312-335-9596
Comedian and dancer Judson Laipply (star of the video "Evolution of Dance") headlines at this party sponsored by the Chicago Sport and Social Club, which includes DJs, hors d'oeuvres, a midnight balloon drop, a champagne toast, and a five-hour premium open bar for $140. Packages including rooms at the hotel are available.
Excalibur and Vision
632 N. Dearborn | 312-266-1944
Four different environments (and 25 bars) are involved in X-treme New Year's Eve 2007. The $125 "platinum" reserved admission includes a dinner buffet (8-11 PM) and an open bar (8 PM-midnight); the $80 "gold" reserved package includes a buffet (7-9:30 PM) and open bar (7-11 PM); admission after 9 PM can be reserved for $50, and general admission may also be available.
Finn McCool's and the loft
15 W. Division | 312-337-4349
Make Some Noise: NYE '07 offers a multimedia countdown, music spun by DJ Guns, and a champagne toast for a $10 cover charge from 7 PM on (based on space availability). The bar is open 11 AM-4 AM.
FIRST NIGHT EVANSTON
Downtown Evanston, various locations | 847-475-6483 or www.firstnightevanston.org
Evanston holds its annual alcohol-free, family-friendly downtown arts festival with performances on 19 stages. On the schedule: Second City, Dave Herzog's marionettes, mentalist Christopher Carter, folk music, the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, storytellers, and comedians. There will be the traditional fireworks at midnight. Buttons guaran- teeing admission to all events are $14 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12, with children under 5 admitted free.
2706 N. Ashland | 773-248-3331
For $125 patrons enjoy a premium cocktail party 8 PM-1:30 AM including appetizers and a DJ. "Reservations and proper attire requested."
3724 N. Clark | 773-248-3330
The Wrigleyville pub's "Irish Eve" includes a three-hour open bar (9 PM-midnight) along with appetizers, balloon drop, and champagne toast for $45. The bar is open 11 AM-2 AM.
955 W. Fulton Market | 312-942-9500
This party includes a premium open bar, hors d'oeuvres, video countdown, DJ, and champagne toast for $95 and runs 9 PM-2 AM.
Funky Buddha Lounge
728 W. Grand | 312-666-1965
Two party packages are available. For the $115 "superpremium" package patrons get an open bar 8 PM-12:30 AM, a Moet champagne toast, and a 2007 Buddha VIP card. The $150 "VIP" package buys free drinks all night, the VIP card, and extra Funky Buddha swag (a hat and a mix CD). Both packages include Kaze sushi and a buffet from La Scarola along with DJ entertainment.
Chicago Marriott Downtown | 540 N. Michigan | 800-882-4275
Tara Reid, star of American Pie, hosts this party produced by Purefuture and UR Chicago. DJs Jernell Geronimo, John Curley, and Sativa spin and the package includes a premium open bar, buffet, and a midnight toast. $120 general admission, $145 VIP (includes access to exclusive lounges and a VIP party with Reid), 9 PM-3 AM.
gamekeepers Tavern & Grill
1971 N. Lincoln | 773-549-0400
The Lincoln Park sports bar offers a $30 package, including an open bar (10 PM-1 AM), music by DJ Dizzzi, appetizers, and a champagne toast. The bar is open until 4 AM.
1934 W. Irving Park | 773-871-3757 or www.theglobepub.com
The bar's $65 package includes a four-hour open bar (9 PM-1 AM) and champagne toast.
hard rock cafe
63 W. Ontario | 312-943-5572 or www.hardrock.com
The cafe offers an open bar (9 PM-2 AM), live music from Maggie Speaks, appetizers, and a breakfast buffet and champagne toast (both at midnight). $125, $100 in advance.
Hilton Hotel Chicago | 720 S. Michigan | 866-468-3401
This party pays tribute to the tight pants and big hair of 80s glam rock courtesy of DJs Flipside, Kalendr, and Nathan Scott. A four-hour premium open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet, video countdown, confetti storm, and champagne toast costs $150. For $475 patrons receive two party tickets and overnight accomodations. VIP reservations including private seating and a cocktail server cost $1,000.
hogs & honeys
1551 N. Sheffield | 312-397-1277
The bar features a "Four Food Groups Buffet" of hot wings, Cap'n Crunch, Slim Jims, and Twinkies as well as free bull rides, a champagne toast, and cocktail reception 9 PM-1 AM, all for $49.99.
3438 N. Clark | 773-383-4178
The $65 package includes an open bar, buffet, and champagne toast.
Howl at the Moon
26 W. Hubbard | 312-863-7427
The "Howl Me" package is $85 and includes an open bar 9 PM-1 AM along with a champagne toast. For $500 guests receive dinner for two at 437 Rush and a room at the Amalfi Hotel. The venue is open until 2 AM.
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Wacker | 312-565-1234 or www.chicagonewyears.com
Party With Style hosts this black-tie-optional bash, which benefits the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in the hotel's Crystal Ballroom. Highlights include a silent auction, DJ, premium open bar (9 PM-1 AM), and appetizers.
3541 N. Clark | 773-880-0199 or www.iochicago.net
The Wrigleyville improv powerhouse showcases some of its longtime favorites for New Year's Eve. Doors open at 9 PM for hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. At 10 PM performers from I.O.'s house team Bullet Lounge take the stage along with The Improvised Shakespeare Company and selections from I Live Next Door to Horses (see listings in Improv/Sketch Comedy). A dance party follows 11:30 PM-1 AM. The whole package is $100.
IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY
4626 N. Knox | 773-282-7035, ext. 10
The center's Fifth Province Lounge hosts its annual celebration with sandwiches, hors d'oeuvres, and a champagne toast for $25 advance and $30 after 12/30. Doors open at 7 PM.
Jake melnick's corner tap
41 E. Superior | 312-266-0400
The bar offers a party package including an open bar, champagne toast, midnight pastry buffet, appetizers, and DJ for $90, $80 in advance. The party runs 9 PM-3 AM.
Junior's Sports Lounge
724 W. Maxwell | 312-421-2277
$70 gets patrons an open bar 9 PM-2 AM, a buffet, and a champagne toast.
1909 N. Lincoln | 312-731-7777
The club offers a seven-hour open bar (9 PM-4 AM) plus a champagne toast and DJs spinning hip-hop and contemporary for $85. "Smart attire" is requested.
333 N. Dearborn | 312-923-2453
The club celebrates its last New Year's before undergoing a face-lift, with live music from Toronzo Cannon and the Cannon Ball Express and drink specials. Cover is $25, $20 in advance, and the party runs 8 PM-2 AM.
kiss the sky
W Hotel Lakeshore | 644 N. Lake Shore Dr. | 312-421-7672, ext. 23
DJ Predator spins all night in Whiskey Sky and the Altitude Room, which offers a view of the Navy Pier fireworks. Tickets are $150, which includes a premium open bar 9 PM-2 AM, light hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment. "Creative black tie" requested.
7 W. Division | 312-337-2583
DJ Johnny Price hosts this bash. $60 includes a premium open bar (9-11 PM) with champagne toast; table reservations are available in advance. $20 general admission after 11. Open 7 PM-4 AM.
1045 N. Rush | 312-714-2626
The party runs 9 PM-1 AM and includes a premium open bar, DJ entertainment, and a champagne toast for $135.
2432 N. Lincoln | 773-472-8100
The party runs 9 PM-2 AM and includes an open bar, champagne toast, appetizer buffet, DJ, and dancing. $100, $75 in advance.
415 S. Dearborn | 312-957-0460
The South Loop bar offers a party 9:30 PM-2 AM including an open bar, food, DJ, and champagne toast for $60.
mark twain in person
Apple Tree Theatre | 1850 Green Bay, ste. 100 | Highland Park | 847-432-4335
Richard Henzel brings his long-running solo Twain show to Highland Park for two performances. The 6:30 PM show includes a preshow hors d'oeuvres buffet, the 9:30 PM performance a postshow dessert buffet. Tickets are $55.
1206 N. State | 312-475-9450 | www.mcfaddenschicago.com
The $120 party package includes a "top-shelf" open bar (9 PM-2 AM), dinner buffet, and champagne toast. The bar stays open till 4 AM.
Merkle's bar & grill
3516 N. Clark | 773-244-1025
The $85 package includes an open bar 8 PM-2 AM, buffet, DJ, and champagne toast.
W Hotel City Center | 172 W. Adams | 312-421-7672, ext. 42
This "creative black tie" party offers dancing, light hors d'oeuvres, and five hours of complimentary cocktails (9 PM-2 AM) as well as music from DJ Sheik and a burlesque performance and countdown from Miss Exotic World 2005, Michelle L'amour, along with her Sugarbabies, all for $135.
3339-41 N. Halsted | 773-871-6227
The basic $25 advance package includes a cash bar, champagne toast, and DJ entertainment. The upgraded package includes an open bar 9 PM-midnight and appetizers and is $75 (increases to $100 before New Year's; call for pricing details). Open until 2 AM.
2843 N. Halsted | 773-528-7569
The party runs 9 PM-2 AM and includes an open bar, appetizer buffet, champagne toast, and music from DJ Bliss for $90.
1824 W. Division | 773-862-8686 or
The Prohibition-themed bar carries over its weekly "Bootlegged" event to New Year's. The party runs 8 PM-2 AM and includes a five-hour premium open bar, dinner buffet, and champagne toast, along with music by DJs Brian Gardner and Brenda D. for $100.
600 W. Chicago | 312-822-2900 or www.themotelbar.com
The bar eschews party packages this year and encourages patrons to "just hang out." Open 6 PM-2 AM, Motel is offering a variety of cocktail specials at $8 per drink , a DJ (10 PM-closing), and a complimentary champagne toast.
3655 N. Sheffield | 773-281-5356
Live bands Steampowered Aeroplane and Plaid Penmanship play and the party also includes all-you-can-drink beer, wine, and select cocktails, an appetizer buffet, and a champagne toast. $100, $75 12/26-12/30, $50 until 12/25.
MYSTIC BLUE NEW
YEAR'S EVE CRUISE
Navy Pier | 600 E. Grand | 877-299-7783 or www.mysticbluecruises.com
The folks on the Mystic Blue have again chosen a Brazilian carnival theme for their annual NYE cruise. The $175 ticket includes hors d'oeuvres, food stations, a premium open bar, DJs, party favors, a champagne toast, and, of course, a view of the harbor fireworks. Boarding starts at 8:30 PM; the ship cruises at 9:30 PM and docks at 12:30 AM.
3443 N. Southport | 773-529-8550 or www.mysticceltchicago.com
The $85 package includes an open bar, appetizer buffet, and champagne toast. The party runs 8 PM-1 AM.
710 N. Clark | 312-787-2675
The party runs 9:30 PM-2 AM and offers an open bar, champagne toast, appetizers, and hip-hop and house music spun by DJ Greg Bauer for $120.
NAVY PIER Crystal gardens
600 E. Grand | 312-560-4422
Alife Group presents this party at the Pier, which includes cocktails, buffet, DJ Jumpin' James, and champagne at midnight along with a view of the fireworks. The event runs 9 PM-2 AM, and tickets are $125.
NAVY PIER Grand Ballroom
600 E. Grand | 773-248-4045
Allen Entertainment Management hosts this party, which includes a premium open bar, appetizers, champagne toast, DJ, balloon drop, and a view of the Navy Pier fireworks. The party runs 9 PM-2 AM, tickets are $150, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a charity selected by the host.
NAVY PIER NEW YEAR'S
600 E. Grand | 312-595-7437
You can shell out big bucks to watch this display at a private party, but there's always the option of hiking down to Navy Pier to view it for free. The lights on the Ferris wheel will count down to midnight and the fireworks will be coordinated with those over Monroe Harbor to the south. F
NEIGHBOR'S EVE 2006
Multiple locations | 773-268-1356
This annual Hyde Park family-friendly party is now in its 11th year. The focus this year is on jazz, blues, and world music. The First Unitarian Church (5650 S. Woodlawn) is designated the "World Music Palace" and features klezmer and reggae musicians. The United Church of Hyde Park (1448 E. 53rd St.) is the "Jazz Palace," featuring the Marlene Rosenberg Trio and the Bethany Pickens Trio. The "Blues Palace" is hosted by Saint Ambrose Church, 1012 E. 47th St., and features Johnny Drummer and the Starlighters and the L.V. Banks Swingin' Blues Band. Storytellers, clowns, magicians, and face painters keep the kids entertained. A free trolley service provides transportation between the venues. Events run 5 PM-1 AM. $10 adults, $5 kids 12 and under.
Neo-Futurarium | 5153 N. Ashland | 773-275-5255 or www.neofuturists.org
Find out if too much light makes Baby New Year go blind when the troupe celebrates with a special performance of its long-running trademark hit. The usual pizza will be on hand, as well as hors d'oeuvres, nonalcoholic refreshments, and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 9:30 PM, the performance begins at 11, and in a break from their usual policy the company is requiring advance reservations.
NEW YEAR'S EVE
ROCK 'N' ROLL BALL
Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers | 301 E. N. Water | 312-559-1212 or www.ticketmaster.com
WKQX, WLUP, and Metromix/RedEye team up for this annual rock concert and party (formerly held at Navy Pier). This year's lineup includes Collective Soul, Marty Casey and the Lovehammers, and Too White Crew. The $85 admission includes an open bar 8 PM-midnight. The Tom-Tom Lounge, located on the river level,
also offers a DJ and dancing.
Hotel packages available.
1635 N. Damen | 773-384-3555
The party runs 9 PM-1:30 AM and includes DJs, an open bar, appetizer buffet, and a champagne toast for $95.
NYE Gala 2007
Millennium Park Plaza | 151 N. Michigan | Registration requested at
A pasta buffet, full-service bars, DJs, and panoramic views of Millennium Park and the lake are on hand at this party, which runs 9 PM-1:30 AM.
At press time the price was $50,
but it will increase after midmonth. The promoters suggest checking online for the latest updates.
NYE Soiree 2007
The Tower Club | 20 N. Wacker | Registration requested at www.chicagonye.com
The Civic Opera House provides the perch for this event, styled "formal to black-tie optional." DJs Sandman and Funk perform in two rooms and the $150 package includes a premium open bar, champagne toast, appetizers, and a complimentary pre-New Year's Eve party on December 30 and postmidnight New Year's party, both at locations to be announced (call for details). The Soiree runs 9:30 PM-1:45 AM.
ODYSSEY NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS CRUISE
Navy Pier | 600 E. Grand | 888-741-0281 or www.odysseycruises.com
The Odyssey's three-hour aquatic extravaganza costs $235 and includes hors d'oeuvres, a three-course dinner, a premium open bar, dessert station, live entertainment and dancing, party favors, champagne toast, and, of course, a view of the midnight fireworks. The boat boards at 8:30 PM, leaves an hour later, and docks at 12:30 AM.
937 N. Rush | 312-255-0022
This nightclub and restaurant offers an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, party favors, and bottomless champagne (8 PM-4 AM). A DJ spins all night. Admission is $125; for $200 per person parties of four or more will be guaranteed a table and a bottle of Veuve champagne.
1560 N. Milwaukee | 773-793-0508
The party runs 9 PM-2 AM and offers two packages. For $85 guests enjoy a prix-fixe tapas menu, unlimited sangria, domestic beer, DJ entertainment, and a midnight toast. The upgraded $100 package includes all that plus unlimited wine by the glass and imported beers.
1104 W. Madison | 312-491-9800
The West Loop club offers a premium open bar (9 PM-1 AM) along with a champagne toast, balloon drop, and DJ for $80. Table service is available for an additional $20 (includes a bottle of champagne) and the dinner menu will also be available. The party runs until 2 AM.
1009-11 N. Rush | 312-355-3600
The longtime Rush Street nightclub offers a party that includes a six-hour premium open bar, a finger-food buffet, and a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. $125, $85 in advance.
REMEMBER THE TIMES
Congress Plaza Hotel | 520 S. Michigan | 312-656-7064
This party, sponsored by Two Fingers Entertainment and Executive Entertainment, features two ballrooms with DJs Ezoh, Anton, Hot, and Jermaine offering up hip-hop, reggae, R & B, and house. Ten cash bars, a balloon drop, raffles, a fashion show, an appetizer buffet, and a champagne toast round out the festivities, which run 6 PM-3 AM. $60 admission. Discounted room rates also available.
858 W. Lake | 312-455-1111
The swanky lounge offers a premium open bar (9 PM-1:30 AM) along with appetizers and champagne toast for $145.
343 W. Erie | 312-587-3433
$85 gets you a premium open bar, appetizers, and DJ entertainment 9 PM-1 AM.
rock bottom Brewery
1 W. Grand | 312-755-1677
The brewery offers two floors of entertainment including live bands and karaoke in the main bar and a DJ dance party on the 2nd floor. The $85 package includes a full dinner buffet, champagne toast, and open bar 9 PM-2 AM.
rockit New Year's Eve Party
Rockit Bar and Grill | 22 W. Hubbard | 312-645-6000
From 8 PM-2 AM patrons enjoy a premium open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a DJ, and champagne toast, all for $125. Private table packages also available.
1471 N. Milwaukee | 773-235-5577
A tequila connossieur's delight, this Wicker Park hot spot provides an open bar 9 PM-2 AM along with hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast for $90.
SECOND CITY &
SECOND CITY E.T.C.
1616 & 1608 N. Wells | 312-337-3992
Second City is offering two revues (War! Now in Its 4th Smash Year! on the main stage and Disposable Nation at the E.T.C.--see separate listings in Improv/Sketch Comedy) in two seatings at 7 and 10 PM. Admission is $50, which includes a champagne toast at the late show and postshow party.
3418 N. Southport | 773-348-0100
For $85 guests enjoy an open bar, buffet, DJ, and a champagne toast. Open 8 PM-1:30 AM.
226 W. Ontario | 312-787-4480
The River North club offers an open bar 8 PM-midnight, dinner buffet, and DJ entertainment for $75 general admission, $125 table reservations. Open until 5 AM.
SPIRIT OF CHICAGO NEW YEAR'S EVE CRUISE
Navy Pier | 600 E. Grand | 866-211-3804 or www.spiritcruises.com
The Spirit of Chicago cruise offers a traditional New Year's Eve gala with a dinner buffet, DJ, live entertainment, premium open bar, and champagne toast at midnight plus a view of the fireworks at Navy Pier for $175. The ship boards at 7:30 PM; it'll cruise 9 PM-12:30 AM.
873 N. Orleans | 312-440-9680
The Asian-themed restaurant and club offers several packages. The $125 general admission covers a private premium cocktail reception 9 PM-1 AM and private champagne reception 9-10 PM as well as hors d'oeuvres. There are also several table packages available ranging from $175-$225 per person that include a tasting menu and various levels of bottle service. DJs spin all evening.
Swirl wine bar
111 W. Hubbard | 312-828-9000
Two party packages are available. The $95 package includes a premium open bar 9 PM-2 AM, wines, appetizers, late-night desserts, live jazz and DJs, and a champagne toast for $95. Those wishing to enjoy a four-course dinner (7-9 PM) in addition to the party will pay $144.
tangochicago dance centre
408 S. Michigan | 312-850-1078 or www.tangochicago.com
If your resolution is to learn some new dance steps the instructors here will be on hand 7-8 PM to teach the basics of Argentine tango. The lesson is followed by a candlelight buffet salmon supper and dancing 8 PM-1 AM. $75, $100 per couple.
The Tasting Room at randolph wine cellars
1415 W. Randolph | 312-942-1313
For $100 ($175 per couple) guests enjoy wine, cocktails, appetizers, and music 9 PM-1 AM.
330 N. State | 312-644-0300 or www.10pinchicago.com
In addition to 24 bowling lanes the lounge offers a balloon drop, prizes, an open bar (9 PM-1 AM), hors d'oeuvres, and a champagne toast plus music by DJ Speed, who will be mixing and scratching music videos all night for the lounge's 128-foot video wall. $150, $125 in advance, and $75 after midnight. Room packages at the House of Blues Hotel are also available.
tini martini ultra lounge
2169 N. Milwaukee | 773-269-2900
The party includes an open bar (9 PM-1 AM) and music by DJs Thomas Penton, JoeSeff, and PM Project (Palindrome and Misha) for $75. The lounge is open until 2 AM.
2483 N. Clark | 773-447-3479
The "Kaiser party" runs 8 PM-2 AM and includes a premium open bar, finger-food buffet, DJ Chad playing requests, and champagne toast for $70.
3216 N. Sheffield | 773-348-3250
Guests are encouraged to "party like a rock star" (and dress like one) at this bash, which runs 8 PM-12:30 AM and includes an open bar, appetizers, shrimp and roast beef dinner, dessert, and champagne for $85.
1000 W. North | 312-645-8300
The Wright Institute and Transitions cohost this event, which includes "New Year's visioning," music, nonalcoholic beverages, food, and dancing 7 PM-12:30 AM. Tickets are $35 ($45 after 12/24), $5 children 6-12, children 5 and under free. The store also hosts "World Peace Meditation" at 9:15 AM on New Year's Eve.
228 S. Racine | 312-243-9002
The $85 party package includes an open bar, buffet, DJ, and champagne toast. Open 8 PM-2 AM.
311 N. Sangamon | 312-733-6900
For $135, patrons get an open bar 9 PM-midnight, a champagne toast, and hors d'oeuvres. Table packages available.
2610 N. Halsted | 773-348-5600
The party includes a premium open bar 9 PM-1 AM, buffet, DJ, and a champagne toast. $100, $85 in advance.
1248 W. George | 773-935-5700
The club offers an $80 package ($70 apiece for couples) that includes a premium open bar 9 PM-1 AM, buffet, champagne toast, chocolate fountain, and DJs. The club will be open until 2 AM.
WEBSTER's Wine Bar
1480 W. Webster | 773-868-0608
The party runs 8:30 PM-1:30 AM and includes an open bar and dinner buffet for $95.
8900 S. Archer | Willow Springs | 708-839-1000 or www.willowbrookballroom.com
The legendary dance hall emphasizes formality for its annual New Year's party. Those looking for dinner and dancing can start with cocktails at 7 PM, dinner at 8 (including surf and turf), and dancing to the Teddy Lee Orchestra from 9 on (with champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight) for $100. For those wishing only to dance, admission is $45, $37.50 in advance.
Navy Pier | 600 E. Grand | 312-595-5225 or www.winterwonderfest.com
The annual family-oriented festival includes indoor ice- and in-line skating, a model train display, crafts and cookie decorating, train rides, a carousel, a giant slide, and climbing walls. It's open 10 AM-6:30 PM. Admission is free, but wristbands granting access to some activities are $14, $17 with skate rental.
1983 N. Clybourn | 773-301-2626
This indoor-outdoor party (a heated tent with bar service is available) runs 9 PM-1:30 AM and includes a premium open bar, all-night buffet, DJ, and champagne toast for $100.
923 W. Weed | 312-787-0400
A masquerade ball offering "three rooms of sound and atmosphere," an open bar 9 PM-midnight, appetizers and hors d'oeuvres 9-11 PM, and a champagne toast, along with DJ entertainment, is available for $85. Table packages are also available.
zoo year's eve
Brookfield Zoo | First Ave. between the Stevenson and Eisenhower expwys. | Brookfield | 773-935-6100 or www.brookfieldzoo.org
The zoo's festivities include singing to the bears at 6 PM and a party with Radio Disney (7 PM) in the Discovery Center, which will include music, games, and prizes. $8, $4 children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and over, children under two free.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustrations/Matthew Corell.