Some thought 2016 would never end, but somehow we made it through. Whether you want to drink to forget or celebrate what’s to come, we’ve got you covered. Some of our top New Year’s Eve picks are below, with an ever-updating list here.
Diane Coffee 9 PM, Schubas
Flynt Flossy & Turquoise Jeep 9 PM, Subterranean
Lalah Hathaway 7:30 and 11 PM, City Winery A
High on Fire 9 PM, Empty Bottle
Hood Internet, Air Credits 10 PM, Lincoln Hall
Houndmouth 8 PM, Thalia Hall
Ben Miller Band 10 PM, Beat Kitchen
Over the Rhine 8 PM, Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music A
Reaction New Year’s Eve with Flume, Zeds Dead, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Gucci Mane, Dillon Francis, and more Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Mala Rodriguez 8 PM, Concord Music Hall 18+
Senebella, Samuel Mohammed, and Ryad Mateen 6 PM, W.C. Handy’s Bistro
Slim Jim Phantom 8 PM, Reggie’s Music Joint
Patti Smith 9:30 PM, Park West 18+
Suicide Machines 7 PM, Reggie’s Rock Club 17+
Swing Caribeno 7:30 PM, Las Tablas
Umphrey’s McGee 9 PM, Aragon Ballroom 18+
Lucinda Williams 8 PM, SPACE A
Artango The Argentine steak house offers three seatings for its three-course prix fixe menu at 3-5:30 PM ($65), 6-7 PM ($75 with wine-pairing option), and 9:30 PM ($85 with wine-pairing option). The night also includes a live Latin orchestra, dancing, and a champagne toast. 3 PM-2 AM, Artango, 4767 N. Lincoln, 872-208-7441, $65-$85.
Band of Bohemia The NYE dinner features two seatings: a 5-6:30 PM five-course tasting menu ($75 with optional drink pairings) and a 8-9:30 PM nine-course tasting menu ($150 with optional drink pairings). Starting at 9:30 PM the night continues with a performance from Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan and a champagne toast at midnight. 5 and 8 PM, Band of Bohemia, 4710 N. Ravenswood, 773-271-4710, bandofbohemia.com, $75-$150.
The Boarding House Tanya Baker prepares a four-course prix fixe, seating from 5-8 PM ($65, wine pairings for $40), and a six-course prix fixe, seating from 8 PM-midnight ($85, wine pairings for $60), both featuring lobster bisque, parsnip risotto, and a dessert duo. 5 PM-midnight, the Boarding House, 720 N. Wells, 312-280-0720, boardinghousechicago.com, $65-$85.
Cafe des Architectes The French restaurant offers a five-course prix fixe meal to ring in the new year that includes hamachi crudo, black sea bass, and a blood orange mimosa. 5-11 PM, Cafe des Architectes, 20 E. Chestnut, 312-324-4000, cafedesarchitectes.com, $95.
Cheers to 2017! Before 7 PM, the Italian restaurant offers a $75 prix fixe menu, and after 7:30 PM a larger New Year’s menu is available complete with a prosecco toast. Reservations required. Osteria Via Stato, 620 N. State, 312-642-8450, osteriaviastato.com, $75-$95.
Chez Moi Chef Dominique Tougne offers a special a la carte menu that includes foie gras terrine, bass en croute, and macaron brochette. Guests can also enjoy a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations required. Chez Moi, 2100 N. Halsted, 773-871-2100, chezmoichicago.com.
The Duck Inn This “black-tie dining experience with no tie necessary” features a four-course prix fixe menu—Nantucket Bay scallops, foie gras, beef fillet, and chocolate truffle crunch cake—with optional wine pairings ($35-$55) and champagne specials at the bar until 3 AM. 4 PM-midnight, the Duck Inn, 2701 S. Eleanor, 312-724-8811, theduckinnchicago.com, $95.
Frontier Chef Brian Jupiter presents his signature smoked-animal feast featuring pig, boar, lamb, and goat accompanied by oysters, mac and cheese, and a dessert buffet. The night also includes an open bar, party favors, and a champagne toast. 8 PM-1 AM, Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee, 773-772-4322, thefrontierchicago.com, $85.
Geja’s Cafe The fondue restaurant hosts three seatings of its four-course prix fixe dinner, which includes a flaming chocolate dessert fondue and champagne. Sat 12/31: 5, 7:30, and 10 PM, Geja’s Cafe, 340 W. Armitage, 773-281-9101, gejascafe.com, $90-$125.
Menu di Capo D’Anno Chef Luca Corazzina’s Italian four-course prix fixe menu features spinach souffle, crabmeat ravioli, herb-crusted rack of lamb, and more. Optional wine pairing for $35. 312 Chicago, 136 N. LaSalle, 312-696-2420, 312chicago.com, $75.
Moulin Rogue NYE The Latin restaurant offers a special a la carte menu that includes Kobe arrachera, Maine lobster paella, and jidori criollo chicken. Guests can also enjoy Moulin Rouge-themed entertainment and music plus champagne and a balloon drop at midnight. Reservations required. 4 PM-midnight, Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton, 312-850-5005, carnivalechicago.com.
Another 90s New Year’s Eve Party Ring in 2017 with a 90s-themed dance party. Tickets include a one-hour open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. 9 PM-3 AM, Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago, 312-226-8828, thebeautybar.com/home-chicago, $55.
Big Night Chicago Former Bachelorette contestant Wells Adams hosts this party, which features live music, a burlesque performance, a mock casino, an open bar, and a dinner buffet. 9 PM-1:30 AM, Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, 312-726-7500, bignightchicago.com, $125.
Black Metropolis Party Noire hosts this NYE celebration featuring an open bar, passed appetizers, party favors, live entertainment chronicling Bronzeville from its renaissance in 1930s Chicago to the future, and a champagne toast. 8 PM-3 AM, the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West, 312-801-2100, thepartynoire.com, $55-$100.
Brew Year’s Eve Ten local breweries—including Half Acre, Pipeworks, and Solemn Oath—offer up more than 20 beers along with hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a late-night pizza buffet. 8 PM-1 AM, Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard, 312-733-0098, brewyearseve.com, $135, $50 for designated drivers.
Chi-Town Rising The city’s outdoor New Year’s Eve celebration features music stages, celebrities, a fireworks display, and a “star”-drop marking the countdown at midnight. 8 PM-12:30 AM, Chicago River and North Michigan Ave., chi-townrising.com, free with registration. F
Chicago Social New Year’s Eve Party Susan Sarandon’s ping-pong bar bounces into 2017 with a dance party, interactive installations, an open bar, appetizers, a midnight champagne toast, and plenty of ping-pong, of course. 8 PM-2 AM, Spin Chicago, 344 N. State, 773-635-9999, chicago.wearespin.com, $75-$125.
Girl Power NYE Party All ticket sales and donations for this party—featuring food, prizes, and unlimited access to games—benefit one of five female-centric organizations: She’s the First, Girls Write Now, Girls Who Code, Girls for a Change, and Step Up. 7 PM-1 AM, Dave & Buster’s, 1155 N. Swift, Addison, 630-543-5151, daveandbusters.com, free, $50 for VIP.
Goat Down Tonight The diner turns into a 70s disco for NYE with unlimited food and drink, DJs, and, of course, a dance party. 8:30 PM-1 AM, Little Goat Diner, 820 W. Randolph, 312-888-3455, littlegoatchicago.com, $125.
Haymarket Eve Tickets include a menu of the brewery’s handmade sandwiches and sausages, five pints of the house beers, a late-night pizza buffet, and a midnight toast. 8 PM-1 AM, Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph, 312-638-0700, haymarketbrewing.com, $65.
Interstellar A space-themed celebration featuring music from Garrett David, DjHeather, Jeff Derringer, Justin Long, Olin, and more, plus an art installation by Nate Love and four drink tickets with VIP admission. 9 PM-5 AM, Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-4140, smartbarchicago.com, $35-$60.
Lottie’s Pub The night features an open bar; a buffet of pizza, wings, and sliders; and a champagne toast at midnight. 8 PM-1 AM, Lottie’s Pub, 1925 W. Cortland, 773-489-0738, lottiespub.com, $60-$75.
Nellcôte A party featuring passed bites from Nellcôte’s menu, party favors, an open bar, and a midnight toast. 9 PM-1:30 AM, Nellcôte, 833 W. Randolph, 312-432-0500, nellcoterestaurant.com, $105-$115.
New Year’s Eve at ZooLights The zoo offers festive hats, horns, and party favors to all who walk through the luminous display tonight. 4:30-9 PM, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon, 312-742-2000, lpzoo.org. F
New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise Spirit Cruises spends NYE on Lake Michigan complete with a dinner buffet, an open bar, a dance party, a champagne toast, and an-up-close-and-personal view of Navy Pier’s midnight fireworks. 9:30 PM-12:30 AM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312-595-7437, spiritcruises.com, $159.90.
New Year’s Eve Gala Kiss FM’s black-tie party features music from the station’s DJs, an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a casino room, and a confetti storm with a champagne toast at midnight. 9 PM-2 AM, Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan, 312-922-4400, chicagonye.com, $125-$155.
New Year’s Eve Hullabaloo This retro celebration features performances by the Kiss Kiss Cabaret, Chicago Magic Lounge, and Muffy Fishbasket, plus a red-carpet reception, a one-hour open bar, a dessert buffet, and a champagne toast at midnight. Attire from the 1920s to the 1940s is encouraged. 9 PM-3 AM, Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, 773-867-1946, uptownunderground.net, $100-$125.
New Year’s Eve Soiree Dance into 2016 with music from local cover band Stache, party favors, an open bar, a pasta buffet, and a champagne toast. 9 PM-2 AM, JW Marriott, 151 W. Adams, chicagonewyearsparty.com, $125-$145.
New Year’s Eve Yacht Party This at-sea (er, lake) party features a piano bar, a photobooth, food and drink, party favors, a champagne toast, and fireworks at midnight. 9 PM-2 AM, DuSable Harbor, 111 N. Lake Shore, mydrinkon.com, $150-$180.
Noon Year’s Eve The nature museum hosts a family-friendly celebration featuring make-your-own eco-friendly party favors, games, a dance party, and an apple juice toast. 11 AM-3 PM, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon, 773-755-5100, naturemuseum.org, $25, $10 for children 2-18.
NYE Cocktail Party This celebration features an open bar, an hors d’oeuvres buffet, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. 9 PM-1 AM, State Restaurant, 935 W. Webster, 773-975-8030, state-chicago.com, $75.
NYE Patio Bash The bar heats up its patio for an outdoor party featuring a taco buffet, an open bar, party favors, and a midnight toast. 8 PM-3 AM, D.S. Tequila Company, 3352 N. Halsted, 773-697-9127, dstequila.com, $85, $75 in advance.
Uncensored Michelle L’Amour hosts this “black tie and lingerie ball” with live music from the Uncensored Collective, more than 40 burlesque and variety performers, an open bar, appetizers, a dessert station, and party favors. 9 PM-2 AM, Untitled Supper Club, 111 W. Kinzie, 312-880-1511, untitledchicago.com, $100-$175.
Waveland Bowl New Year’s Eve Party This family-friendly party includes two hours of cosmic bowling, a pizza buffet, party favors, and a sparkling cider toast. 6-8 PM, Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western, 773-472-5900, wavelandbowl.com, $30.
WBEZ New Year’s Eve Admission to this NYE party includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, stories from the Moth, bowling and bocce ball games, and a dance party with tunes from DJ Ayana Contreras. 8 PM-12:30 AM, Pinstripes, 435 E. Illinois, 312-527-3010, $145.
Countdown Comedy Bash Stand-ups Tim McLaughlin and Marty DeRosa ring in the New Year with other local comics. Admission includes a midnight champagne toast. 10:30 PM, Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 773-327-3175, laughfactory.com, $40 plus two-drink minimum.
New Year’s Eve at Second City Both of Second City’s theaters are open, with performances at 7 and 10 PM followed by a party and countdown with the Second City cast. General admission ($60) includes complimentary soda and coffee plus discounts on drinks and snacks, with a champagne toast at midnight; the Laugh and Libations package ($90) includes a three-hour open bar, table snacks, party favors, and a midnight champagne toast; and the Premium NYE package includes the above plus a three-course dinner from the 1959 Kitchen & Bar. 7 and 10 PM, Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 312-337-3992, secondcity.com, $60-$200.
New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza A stand-up showcase counting down to midnight on the east coast. VIP tickets include party favors and a champagne toast. 8 PM, Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 773-327-3175, laughfactory.com, $25 plus two-drink minimum, $40 plus two-drink minimum VIP.
New Year’s Eve Cornstravaganza Drag queen Man Pussy hosts the night, which kicks off with an open bar and buffet, includes two sets of sketch and improv, and ends with a dance party and champagne toast at midnight. 8 PM-1 AM, Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, 773-650-1331, cornservatory.org, $75, $120 per couple.
New Year’s Psychic Eve Mentalist Sidney Friedman offers premonitions of what’s to come in 2017 along with party favors, a raffle, and a champagne toast. 10:30 PM, Davenport’s Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1383 N. Milwaukee, 773-278-1830, davenportspianobar.com, $49 plus two-drink minimum.
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding The New Year’s Eve performance of this interactive comedy features an Italian buffet dinner, an 80s wedding reception dance party, and a champagne toast. 5 and 9 PM, Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W. Belmont, wegottabingo.com, $75-$85.
Too Much Light: A New Year’s Party and Performance A special (and final) performance of the Neo-Futurists’s favorite plays of 2016 with a preshow reception featuring beer from Metropolitan Brewery and typewritten-on-demand poetry, plus a champagne toast at midnight. 9:30 PM, Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland, 773-275-5255, neofuturists.org, $50.
Under the Gun The night includes a buffet dinner, performances of Horrible Fun : An Interactive Show Based on Cards Against Humanity and Sonic the Hedgehog Fan Fiction, one drink ticket (with the option to buy as many more drinks as you like), party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. 8 PM-2 AM, Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 773-270-3440, undertheguntheater.com, $60.