The Ultimate Guide to New Year’s Eve in Chicago

To absolutely no one’s surprise, there is A LOT to see and do this New Year’s Eve in Chicago. And while we’ve been toiling away at our desks, we’ve also been daydreaming about all the events, parties, and down-right blowouts we could be going to on the 31st.

The good news? Since we’ve spent so much time thinking about it, we’ve actually been able to compile a pretty solid list of the best celebrations around the city.

So without further ado, here is our Ultimate Guide to New Year’s Eve in Chicago.

 

Hotel Extravaganzas

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New Year’s Eve Soiree @ Hilton Chicago – 9pm – 2am | Inclusive drinks and buffets | 7 Party Areas | 12 Party Acts |  Live DJs & Band | Comedy Club | Silent Disco |  Free Pre and Post Party | Discounted rooms | Starting at $119 (720 S. Michigan Ave.)

Chicago New Year’s Eve Ball @ Congress Plaza Hotel – 9pm – 2am | Inclusive drinks and buffet | 2500 | Discounted Rooms | Starting at $89 GA (520 S. Michigan Ave.)

Ballroom Blitz New Year’s Eve Party @ Swissotel Chicago – 9pm – 2am | Newest NYE Party Spot on the River | Inclusive drinks and buffet | Live Cover Band | Top DJs | Discounted Rooms | Starting at $119 (323 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601)

New Year’s Eve Soiree @ JW Marriott – 9pm – 2am | Inclusive drinks and buffet | Live Cover Band + DJs | Pre and Post Parties | Discounted rooms | Starting at $125 (151 W. Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603)

W Chicago New Year’s Eve Party  – 9pm – 2am |  Inclusive drinks and buffet | Multiple Party Rooms | VIP Amenities | Pre & Post Parties | Discounted Hotel Rooms | Starting at $125 (172 W. Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603)

 

Dinners & Brunches

Acanto Restaurant + Wine Bar – Prix fixe menu | $95 per person with $55 optional wine pairings (18 S. Michigan Ave.)

Gemini – Four-course prix-fixe menu | Three seatings | $90 per person | $35 additional wine pairing option (2075 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Bar Biscay – Five-course prix-fixe menu | Mangalista Cured Pork; Goat Butter Toast; Cavier-topped Potatoes; Loup de Mer; Filet Minon | $75 per person | $25 drink pairings (1450 W. Chicago Ave.)

mfk. – Four-course prix-fixe menu | Caviar-topped Deviled Eggs; Galician Carabineros; White Bean Cocido; Smoked Pork; Shellfish; Leche Frita | $65 per person | Drink pairings available (432 W. Diversey Parkway)

Michael Jordan’s Restaurant – Five-course prix-fixe menu | Seafood Trophy Showcase; Rose Sparkling Wine; Lobster; Filet Mignon; Wagyu Tenderloin; Dessert Platter | Party favors (including cigars) | $175 per person | $900 tables for 6 (1225 W. 22nd St.)

Coda di Volpe – Prix fixe menu with two seating times | $90 per person (6 p.m. seating) or $110 (8:30 p.m. seating) with $45 optional wine pairings (3335 N. Southport)

The Gage – Regular, à la carte menu with dinner specials (24 S. Michigan Ave.)

Walton Street Kitchen & Bar – Five-course prix-fixe menu and a la carte at the bar | $90 for 6 pm seating or $110 for 9 pm seating | Wine pairings available (912 N. State St.)

Beacon Tavern – Regular, à la carte menu with dinner specials (405 N. Wabash)

Geja’s Cafe – Prix-fixe menu | Four-course fondue; Lobster, Shrimp, and Beef Entree; Swiss Gruyere Cheese Fondue; Belgian Chocolate Fondue; Champagne | Live flamenco music | $95 – $115 per person (340 W. Armitage Ave.)

Fish Bar – Prix-fixe menu | Oysters on a Half Shell; Shrimp Scampi; New England Clam Chowder; Winter Salad; Lobster Roll; Alaskan King Crab; Pecan or Key Lime pies | $55 per person (2956 N. Sheffield Ave.)

The Dawson – Regular, à la carte menu with dinner specials and Upstairs Dance Party beginning at 10 p.m. (730 W. Grand Ave.)

Honey Butter Fried Chicken – Pick-up or delivery takeaway packs | Honey Butter Fried Chicken; Bacon Pimiento Mac and Cheese; Duck Fat Smashed Potatoes; Dark Chocolate Brownies | $50 per pack (3361 N. Elston Ave.)

Ronero – A la carte or four-course prix-fixe menu | Chef-selected signature passed bites; complimentary champagne toast | $50 per person or $70 with nightclub access (738 W. Randolph St.)

The Signature Room – Three and five-course prix-fixe menus | $125 (three-course) – $225 (five-course and 21+) per person (875 N. Michigan Ave.)

Travelle Kitchen + Bar – Four-course prix-fixe menu | Maine Lobster Bisque; Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut; Chestnuts and Fontina Tortellini; | $95 – $185 per person | $40 – $60 optional wine pairing | $150 minimum spend for a table (330 N. Wabash Ave.)

Hard Rock Cafe – Appetizers | 4.5-hour premium cocktail reception | Party favors | Complimentary champagne toast | $99 per person, group pricing available (63 W. Ontario St.)

Ada Street – Fine spirits and hors-d’oeuvres | Fried Pacific Oyster Bahn Mi; Prosciutto, Coppa, Soppressetta; North Atlantic Salmon Gravlax; Foie Gras Torchon; Duck Confit Mac N’ Cheese; Roasted Beef Tenderloin | $85 per person (1664 N. Ada St.)

The Promontory – Four-course prix-fixe menu | $60 per person | $25 optional wine pairing (5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West)

Dusek’s Board & Beer – Five and seven-course prix-fixe menu | Sunchoke Veloute; Gnocchi; Seared Foie Gras; Lacquered Duck Breast; Dry Aged Ribeye; Gianduja Mont Blanc | $65 (five-course) – $85 (seven-course) per person (1227 W. 18th St.)

Carnivale – Prix-fixe menu | Appetizers; Entrees; Desserts | Live entertainment | $85 per person (702 W. Fulton Market)

The Loyalist – Prix-fixe menu | Whole loup de mer OR prime rib | Drink specials | Optional a la carte menu | $65 per person (177 N. Ada St.)

bellyQ – Family-style feast | Baby Back Pork Ribs; Tea-Smoked Duck Breast; Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts | $45 per person (1400 W. Randolph St.)

 

Parties

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ROOF on theWit – Premium open bar | Buffet stations | Gambling tables | Starting at $175 (201 N. State St.)

Arbella – Premium open bar and hors d’oeuvres | $100 per person | $700 group VIP booth for four (112 W. Grand Ave.)

Headquarters Beercade – 10 Pairs of Concert Tickets Giveaway| Premium open bar | Chef-driven appetizers | Champagne Toast | $70 per person (213 W. Institute Pl.)

The Rec Room – Midnight buffet | Bottomless drinks | Party favors | $60 – $100 per person (18 W. Hubbard St.)

LondonHouse – Open bar | Hors-d’oeuvres | Midnight breakfast buffet | Live entertainment | Starting at $100 (85 E. Upper Wacker Dr.)

Marshall’s Landing – Premium drink packages | Passed hors d’oeuvres | Champagne | Party favors | Starting at $80 per person (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza)

Old Town Pour House – Hors d’oeuvres | Midnight toast | Snappiest Dresser $100 Award | New Year’s Day brunch | $20.19 Champagne bottles | $45 per person (1419 N. Wells St.)

The Boundary – Premium bar | Hors-d’oeuvres: Mini Burgers, Carolina Fried Chicken Sliders, and Chicken Quesadillas | Midnight toast | New Year’s Day brunch | $20.19 Champagne bottles | $65 per person (1932 W. Division St.)

Deuce’s & The Diamond Club – Santa Baby Pop-up Bar | Tables and champagne toast | Starting at $40 limited time only (3505 N. Clark St.)

Moe’s Cantina – Premium bar package | Dinner buffet | Pre-party | Balloon drop at midnight | Starting at $50 per person (155 W. Kinzie St.)

Old Crow Smokehouse – Premium bar package | Dinner buffet | Balloon drop at midnight | Live entertainment | Starting at $50 (149 W. Kinzie St.)

Hubbard Inn – Complimentary champagne | Hosted bar | Passed hors-d’oeuvres | Party favors | Champagne toast | Starting at $50 per person (110 W. Hubbard St.)

Spybar – Open bar | Champagne toast | Party favors | Live entertainment | Starting at $30 (646 N. Franklin St.)

The Violet Hour – Champagne slushies & NYE punch | A la carte appetizers and prix-fixe dishes | $15 for early-bird 6 – 8 pm seating | $150 for 9 pm – 1 am seating & unlimited cocktails (1520 N. Damen Ave.)

Drumbar – Premium drink package | Passed hors d’oeuvres | Starting at $80 | Private lounge reservations available for additional fee (201 E. Delaware Pl.)

Joy District – Premium drink package | Passed hors-d’oeuvres and desserts | Champagne bar | Starting at $100 | Private table reservation & bottle service available for additional fee (112 W. Hubbard St.)

Studio Paris – Premium drink package | Passed hors d’oeuvres | DJ set by Jerzy | Starting at $80 per person | Private table reservations available for additional fee (59 W. Hubbard St.)

Prysm Nightclub – Premium open bar | Small bites | Live entertainment | Starting at $100 | Private table reservations available for additional fee (1543 N. Kingsbury St.)

 

Concerts

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Blue Man Group – Briar Street Theatre | Starting at $64 (3133 N. Halsted St.)

Windy City Soul Club – Logan Square Auditorium | Starting at $20 (2539 N. Kedzie Blvd.)

Boy Band Night – Covering N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, New Kids, Boyz 2 Men, One Direction, and More! | 103.5 KISS FM Throwback NYE Party | Joe’s on Weed St. | Starting at $85 (940 W Weed St.)

 

Other Activities

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Navy Pier Fireworks & Resolution Gala – Noon Year’s Eve at Chicago Children’s Museum | Chicago Resolution Gala at Aon Grand Ballroom | Crystal Gardens New Year’s Eve | Fireworks Show | Prices Vary (600 E. Grand Ave.)

NYE Weekend Cocktail Cruises – Five cruise options (three Cocktail Cruises, one family-friendly, and one all-inclusive fireworks cruise) | Chicago’s Top DJs | Starting at $25  *** Special UrbanMatter Discount: $1 Tickets to 1 of 5 Cruises for a limited time only – buy now (does not apply to all-inclusive cruise)! Promo code: URBANMATTER ***

Brew Year’s Eve – 10 Chicagoland breweries | 25 different craft beers | Live music | Passed hors-d’oeuvres | $135 per person (4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.)

 

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