Every year around this time, it happens. Friends start asking, "What are you doing for New Years?" If you're like me, you may try to avoid thinking about this overhyped night. There are so many options and so much planning that must go in to a successful New Years Eve event, that I'm just not up for the pressure! Give me a house party and some champagne, and I'm happy.
But for those of you who do like to do it up big, Chicago has plenty, and I mean hundreds, of awesome New Years Eve options for everyone. Whether you prefer a cozy dive bar surrounded by your closest friends, a grandiose ballroom with hundreds of handsome strangers or an intimate culinary experience with your significant other, here are some of Chicago's best New Years Eve options.
Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard and her team will be preparing some of their best dishes of the year, with special cocktails, wines and beers brought in just for the occasion. Start with a sit-down dinner full of individual and family-style courses and end the night with bubbly, dancing and a DJ.
Kick off the night in Shaws' festively-decorated Oyster Bar, while the "Fabulous Fish Heads" rock out in the background. Expect a complimentary champagne toast and oyster favors when the clock strikes twelve. Reservations accepted in the Oyster Bar and the main dining room.
One of the most popular Chicago NYE destinations, Navy Pier will be hosting a blow-out gala in the Grand Ballroom. Guests have access to the ballroom and Lakeview Terrace, with over 20 bar stations, and a buffet. Grab your champagne and catch the midnight fireworks from the best seats in the house!
Join the official Playboy New Years Eve soiree hosted by playmate Raquel Pomplun. General admission tickets include four-hour cocktail reception, pasta buffet, hors d'oeuvres and several desserts. Party on with the DJ, state-of-the-art lighting system and more at the Hard Rock Hotel on Michigan Avenue.
Forget the harsh winter weather and ring in the new year tiki-style at Three Dots and a Dash! General admission tickets include island hors d'oeuvres like coconut shrimp, thai fried chicken and souvenir tiki mugs. Leis are provided!
A general admission ticket at Sheffields gets you premium open bar from 8:30 pm to 1:00 am, craft beer and cocktails, passed appetizers, party favors and more. Enjoy a midnight champagne toast while you party with the live DJ.