Adobo Grill The four-course prix fixe menu features a choice of items such as guacamole prepared tableside, chicken breast with serrano ham, empanadas de barbacoa, and several desserts, plus unlimited margaritas, beer, and wine and a tequila toast at midnight. Live mariachi music; seatings at 9, 9:30, and 10 PM. Reservations required. a1610 N. Wells, 312-266-7999, adobogrill.com, $89.
Adobo Grill Wicker Park Five seatings by reservation only between 9 and 10 PM; the menu includes lobster soup, beef tenderloin, and stuffed trout with shrimp. Unlimited margaritas, beer, and wine; a tequila toast at midnight; and a DJ. a2005 W. Division, 773-252-9990, adobogrill.com/wickerpark, $79.
Aigre Doux Three-course prix fixe dinner from chef Mohammad Islam, with a seating at 6:30 PM ($90) and one at 9:30 PM that includes live jazz, party favors, and a champagne toast ($125). Choices include asparagus salad with truffled hollandaise; lamb pappardelle with preserved lemon, eggplant, and black olive tapenade; squab with candied chestnut stuffing and smoked maple vinaigrette; and maple flan with a Moravian gingersnap and caramelized apple compote. a230 W. Kinzie, 312-329-9400.
Alhambra Palace The palatial restaurant offers three packages: a family-style dinner with entertainment including a DJ, belly dancer, and a merengue band for $125; hors d’oeuvres and entertainment for $60; and entertainment alone for $35. a1240 W. Randolph, 312-666-9555, alhambrapalacerestaurant.com.
Ballo Appetizer buffet and pizza, plus a DJ, dancing, and a champagne toast from 10 PM to 2 AM. The regular menu will be available until 9 PM. a449 N. Dearborn, 312-832-7700, $50.
Bin 36 This New Year’s bash features multiple food stations including a raw bar, a whole suckling pig, a whole striped bass, prime rib, artisanal cheeses, lobster-stuffed twice-baked potatoes, and a dessert spread, plus an open bar, music by the Josh Burke Quintet, and coffee and doughnuts “for the trip home.” a9 PM-2 AM, 339 N. Dearborn, 312-755-9463, bin36.com, $175 till 12/25, $225 after.
Bistrot Margot The Old Town bistro will be offering a select menu featuring favorites from its regular menu such as escargots, Brie tart, and rack of lamb as well as New Year’s specials. Complimentary glass of champagne at midnight. a1437 N. Wells, 312-587-3668.
Blu Coral The sushi restaurant will offer its regular menu, plus complimentary dessert, champagne, and mimosas and a goody bag including a $10 gift certificate. a1265 N. Milwaukee, 773-252-2020.
Blue 13 The River North newcomer is offering two “grown-up New Year’s Eve” packages: a four-course prix fixe dinner menu from 7 to 10 PM for $100 and, from 10 PM to 1 AM, a party with heavy appetizers and a champagne toast for $30. Cash bar. a416 W. Ontario, 312-787-1400.
Blue Water Grill Open bar and hors d’oeuvres, with DJs provided by Debonair Entertainment, 9 PM-2 AM. a520 N. Dearborn, 312-777-1400, $150.
Boka Chef Giuseppe Tentori offers two seatings, the first a three-course prix fixe at 5:30 PM ($70), the second a six-course prix fixe between 8 and 9 PM ($125). Featured items in the latter include big-eye tuna, crab, and oyster; quail with seared foie gras; duck breast; and a chestnut financier. a1729 N. Halsted, 312-337-6070.
Brasserie Jo Three-course menu served at an early-bird seating, 5-6 PM ($39), and a four-course menu served at a second seating, 6-11 PM ($59, includes champagne toast). Live music 7:30 PM-12:30 AM. a59 W. Hubbard, 312-595-0800.
The Bristol The new gastropub will offer a three-course menu at $39 per person; choices include bouillabaisse; Sicilian tuna with fennel, chiles, and bottarga; blini with trout roe, creme fraiche, and sunchokes; and a chocolate-date pudding cake with extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt-chestnut honey panna cotta. Reservations accepted. a2152 N. Damen, 773-862-5555.
C-House Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant in the Affinia Hotel is offering two seatings: from 5:30 to 7:30 PM a four-course prix fixe is $90 and comes with a complimentary glass of champagne; from 8 to 10 PM a five-course prix fixe is $115 (wine pairings $40). Items include butternut squash soup, seared scallops, poached duck leg, trout with foie gras, and a dry-aged New York strip. a166 E. Superior, 312-523-0923.
Cafe des Architectes New chef Martial Noguier offers a five-course prix fixe menu at two seatings, 5-6:30 PM and 8:30-10 PM. a20 E. Chestnut, 312-324-4000, $85.
Cafe Matou In addition to the regular menu, chef Charlie Socher offers a five-course meal ($71) featuring butternut squash soup with truffle oil, ale-poached shrimp, roasted halibut, and prime steak. a5-10:30 PM, 1846 N. Milwaukee, 773-384-8911.
Campagnola Four-course prix fixe menu with seatings at 5:30 and 8:30 PM. a815 Chicago, Evanston, 847-475-6100, $70.
Carnivale A la carte dining with New Year’s specials on food and drink, entertainment including ballroom dancers and a DJ backed by live musicians, and a midnight balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast. a702 W. Fulton Mkt., 312-850-5005.
Charlie Trotter’s Trotter’s throws open its doors at 7:30 PM for its annual New Year’s Eve party, featuring luxury food stations such as caviar, sushi, and tapas bars. DJ Mother Hubbard spins. Black tie optional. a816 W. Armitage, 773-248-6228, $450.
Chen’s In addition to the regular menu, Chen’s is offering a Chinese buffet, open bar, and champagne toast from 10 PM to 1 AM. a3506 N. Clark, 773-549-9100, $60.
China Grill The Hard Rock Hotel restaurant is offering a six-course tasting menu for $75 ($100 with two glasses of Moet Chandon), plus party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. a230 N. Michigan, 312-334-6700.
Cité The restaurant on the 70th floor of Lake Point Tower will offer a six-course prix fixe menu at two seatings: 5:30-7 PM ($125) and 8:30-10:30 PM ($225), followed by jazz, dancing, a champagne toast, and a view of the fireworks at midnight. a505 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-644-4050.
Club Lucky At this restaurant, annually decorated with 5,000 balloons for New Year’s, there will be three seatings: 4-6:30 PM, 6:30-9 PM, and 9:30 PM, after which admission is $30. Dining is a la carte; admission to the party covers live music, favors, and a bottle of champagne per couple. Reservations required. a1824 W. Wabansia, 773-227-2300.
Cordis Brothers Supper Club The restaurant will offer the regular menu along with a five-course surf-and-turf dinner that comes with a bottle of bubbly ($80). Live jazz at 8 PM; champagne toast at midnight; a DJ spins after. a1625 W. Irving Park, 773-935-1000.
Cuatro Special items such as lobster-morel enchiladas and tamarind-glazed duck confit will be available until 9 PM, after which there’s a party with DJs and a cash bar, bottle service, or a $60 drinks package including specialty cocktails. Cover is $10 till 10 PM, $20 after. a2030 S. Wabash, 312-842-8856.
Custom House Four-course prix fixe menu from executive chef Shawn McClain, offered in two seatings: 5:30-7 PM ($75) and 8:30-10 PM ($110). Live music 9 PM-1 AM; party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are not required for the bar, where an a la carte menu will be served. A vegetarian tasting menu is available with advance notice. a500 S. Dearborn, 312-523-0200.
Cyrano’s Bistrot & Wine Bar A la carte dining 4:30-6:30 PM, after which there will be two seatings: a four-course prix fixe menu with champagne from 7-8:30 PM ($59) and a third seating with a choice of a four-course prix fixe with jazz ($69) or a five-course prix fixe with cabaret entertainment by Suzanne Petri ($89). Dishes include lobster bisque, beef tenderloin, rack of lamb, and lobster tail. Complimentary party favors and champagne toast at midnight. a546 N. Wells, 312-467-0546.
Deleece Before 10 PM the regular menu as well as a five-course prix fixe menu ($60, $75 with wine pairings) will be available; after 10 PM a five-course prix fixe is $75, $95 with wine. a4004 N. Southport, 773-325-1710.
Deleece Grill Pub A four-course prix fixe menu featuring porcini-garlic soup; your choice of rib eye, a stuffed double pork chop, or sesame-crusted tuna; a cheese course; and dessert is $35, $50 with beer pairings. The regular menu will also be available. Complimentary PBR toast at midnight. a3313 N. Clark, 773-348-3313.
Dinotto Ristorante Six seatings on the hour between 5 and 10 PM; the last features complimentary champagne. Specials include lobster ravioli in champagne sauce and chocolate truffles. a215 W. North, 312-202-0302.
Duchamp Chef Michael Taus offers three options at his Bucktown restaurant. A three-course early-bird prix fixe (5-6:30 PM) includes choices like duck rillette tartines, white pizza with lobster, sweet potato-truffle risotto, “Return to Thailand” bouillabaisse, and a dessert trio for $40. From 6:45 to 9 PM the same menu is available with an artisanal cheese plate for $55. And a party featuring a premium open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, party favors, and a champagne toast from 10:30 PM to 1:30 AM is $75, or $40 for diners at the second seating. a2118 N. Damen, 773-235-6434.
English The top two floors of this restaurant are rented out, but on the bottom floor $125 gets you all you can eat and all you can drink, plus party favors and a champagne toast. a444 N. LaSalle, 312-222-6200.
Eve Chef Troy Graves will offer two seatings at his new restaurant: a six-course prix fixe (5 to 8 PM, $65) and a seven-course prix fixe (after 8 PM, $90). Complimentary champagne toast. a840 N. Wabash, 312-266-3383.
Everest Three- , four- , and seven-course meals from the regular menu will be available, including dishes like roasted lobster in gewürztraminer; sauteed foie gras with apples, Belgian endive, and grapes; rack of lamb; and duck breast with wild pine honey. Seatings on the half hour between 5 and 10 PM. a440 S. LaSalle, 312-663-8920.
Exposure Tapas Supper Club The South Loop restaurant will be serving a “banquet-style special menu” at this party, which features cocktails from 6 to 8 PM, dining from 8 to 10 PM, and DJs from 10 PM to 2 AM. Live music from 6 PM on; black tie. a1315 S. Wabash, 312-662-1082, $65.
Fiddlehead Cafe Two tasting menus are on offer: a three-course prix fixe ($45, $62 with wine pairings) and a five-course ($69, $98 with wine). A five-course vegetarian menu is also available ($45). Dishes include lobster bisque with a mini crab cake, spinach and mushroom crepes, duck confit with gnocchi, osso buco-style lamb shank, and soy-glazed chicken breast with honey-roasted peaches, farro, mushrooms, bacon, and truffle jus. There’s brunch on New Year’s Day. a4600 N. Lincoln, 773-751-1500.
The Gage In addition to the regular menu chef Dirk Flanigan offers specials such as fried whiting and caviar with a buckwheat pancake and maple cream, butter-poached lobster, and quail with sweetbreads and chanterelles. A roving “Bubble Bliss” champagne cart will offer glasses from $10 as well as bottle service. a 24 S. Michigan, 312-372-4243.
Geja’s Cafe Seatings at 5 PM ($75), 7:30 ($95), and 10 PM ($115), all featuring a four-course fondue dinner and sparkling wine by the glass or bottle. Live flamenco. a340 W. Armitage, 773-281-9101.
Graham Elliot Choose either three ($65) or five items ($90) from the categories cold, hot, sea, land, and sweet. Offerings include “bagel and lox” (smoked salmon with bagel chips, pickled onions, and caper powder), homemade sausage risotto, roasted monkfish Wellington with truffle puree, and Kentucky-fried pheasant. Seatings at 6 and 9 PM. a217 W. Huron, 312-624-9975.
Green Zebra Five-course vegetarian tasting menu offered at four seatings: 6, 6:30, 9, and 9:30 PM ($75, $120 with wine pairings). A vegan version is available with advance notice. a1460 W. Chicago, 312-243-7100.
Japonais Seating prior to 7:30 PM requires a minimum of $75 per person; after that $100 minimum per person is required. A DJ spins from 9 PM on, and there’s a complimentarychampagne toast at midnight. a600 W. Chicago, 312-822-9600.
Joey’s Brickhouse In addition to offering its regular “Jewish-Italian” menu, beginning at 8 PM Joey’s is throwing a “Spank the Economy” party featuring an open bar, live music and a DJ, and a “Caesar’s Palace-style” buffet for $44 (in honor of the soon-to-be 44th president). a1258 W. Belmont, 773-296-1300.
Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club A five-course menu featuring choices like beet salad with goat cheese and hazelnuts, lobster tail served over lobster ravioli, and chocolate truffle cake a la mode is $75 at the 7 PM seating, where Diva Madame X will perform, and $85 at the 9:30 seating, when Diva Tracy Ross will provide the entertainment. Vegetarian options available. a3700 N. Halsted, 773-525-1111.
Kohan Japanese Restaurant Japanese buffet, open bar, and a champagne toast. a730 W. Maxwell, 312-421-6254, $50.
Las Tablas The Lincoln Avenue location offers a six-course meal, unlimited sangria, salsa lessons, a DJ and dancing till 2 AM, and a complimentary champagne toast served with 12 New Year’s resolution grapes—a Colombian tradition. A party-only option with unlimited sangria and mixed drinks is $30. a2942 N. Lincoln, 773-871-2414, $99.
Las Tablas The event at the Irving Park location features your choice of three appetizers, a pitcher of sangria and bottle of champagne per table, and a DJ. a2942 N. Lincoln, 773-202-0999, $35.
Le Lan New executive chef Chad Starling offers two tasting menus: a five-course meal at an early seating (5:30-6:30 PM, $80, $107 with wine pairings) and a seven-course meal (after 8:30 PM, $120, $158 with wine). a749 N. Clark, 312-280-9100.
Mado Chefs Allison and Rob Levitt will offer a five-course prix fixe dinner served family style for $85 per person. BYO bubbly. a1647 N. Milwaukee, 773-342-2340.
May Street Market Seatings at 5:30 and 9:30 PM offer an a la carte menu as well as a four-course prix fixe ($75, $100 with wine pairings); there’s a vegetarian option. Complimentary glass of champagne. a1132 W. Grand, 312-421-5547.
Mercat a la Planxa A tasting menu from chefs Jose Garces and Michael Fiorello is $75 between 5 and 7 PM. At 9 PM there’s a New Year’s Eve party including dinner, dancing, party favors, and a cava toast ($125); those who dined earlier are also invited. A party package without dinner starts at 10 and features an open bar, a DJ, and dancing for $75. a638 S. Michigan, 312-765-0524.
Merlo The regular menu, as well as a special menu featuring black and white truffles, will be available. Seatings are every half hour starting at 5 PM. a2638 N. Lincoln, 773-529-0747.
Merlo on Maple A four-course menu ($90) is available at the first two seatings, at 5 and 7 PM; the third seating, at 8:30 PM, offers a five-course menu ($130). a16 W. Maple, 312-335-8200.
MK Early seatings for a four-course prix fixe menu by chef Erick Williams are available at 15-minute intervals between 6 and 6:45 PM ($70); late seatings ($80) run between 8:30 and 9:30 and include a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The menu offers a choice of such dishes as Maine lobster, quail, scallops, bronzino, lamb, and chocolate and lemon desserts by pastry chef Amy Sampson. a868 N. Franklin, 312-482-9179.
Mon Ami Gabi A la carte dining and a special New Year’s menu with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. a2300 N. Lincoln, 773-348-8886.
Moto Chef Homaro Canto offers a 12-course tasting menu for $150 ($240 with wine pairings). a945 W. Fulton, 312-491-0058.
Nacional 27 The pan-Latin restaurant and lounge offers a three-course meal selected from six or seven items in each category, with parties of six or more served family style; it’s $39.95 at the early seating (5:30-8:30 PM), $75 at the second seating (9-10:15 PM), which includes a cava toast at midnight. There’s a DJ and dancing from 11 PM to 2 AM, with a $20 cover charge. a325 W. Huron, 312-664-2727.
N9ne Steak House Two seatings featuring caviar, lobster, and prime aged steaks from an a la carte menu. The first, 5:30-7 PM, requires a minimum of $40 per person. The second, 8-10 PM, requires an $80 minimum and includes admission to Ghostbar after 11 PM. At both seatings diners have the option of sitting at the champagne and caviar bar, complimentary champagne cocktail included. Ghostbar offers a separate package including a complimentary glass of champagne and hors d’oeuvres from 9 to 11 PM for $20.09. Dancing continues till 2 AM. a440 W. Randolph, 312-575-9900.
NoMi Chef Christophe David offers a five-course prix fixe menu with a champagne toast for $195, $275 with a champagne flight. The a la carte menu will be available in the lounge with a minimum of $90 per person; reservations required after 9 PM. a800 N. Michigan, 312-335-1234.
North Pond Chef Bruce Sherman offers a five-course prix fixe menu for $110 (wine pairings are an additional $50), with open seating from 6 to 10 PM. Choices include lobster-stuffed tortelloni; diver scallops with black truffles and pork belly; venison loin with glazed chestnuts, wilted spinach, foie gras, and bitter orange preserve; and dark chocolate-hazelnut cremeux with passion fruit cream meringue. a2610 N. Cannon, 773-477-5845.
Oceanique A five-course French prix fixe menu with choices; complimentary champagne toast at midnight. a 505 Main, Evanston, 847-864-3435, $95.
Old Town Brasserie Early seatings at 5:30 and 6:30 PM feature a four-course prix fixe menu for $60; at 9:30 and 10 PM a five-course meal is $80. Live music in the lounge till 2 AM. a1209 N. Wells, 312-943-3000.
Park 52 Dinner from the regular menu will be served until 10 PM, after which there’s a New Year’s Eve celebration with passed appetizers, live music, and a champagne toast for $25. a5201 S. Harper, 773-241-5200.
Park Grill Five-course tasting menu with several options for each course, a special price on Veuve Clicquot champagne ($10 a glass), a champagne toast, and a free trolley ride home (within a two-mile radius). Seatings every quarter hour between 6 and 6:45 PM, then between 9 and 9:45 PM. a11 N. Michigan, 312-521-7275, $65.
Piece Piece’s annual anti-black-tie party runs 9 PM-1:30 AM with pizza, salad, dessert, a champagne toast, and all-you-can-drink wine, Piece drafts, and Miller Lite bottles. A DJ spins all night. a1927 W. North, 773-772-4422, $80.
Province Randy Zweiban’s environmentally friendly new restaurant offers two three-course prix fixe menus: the first, available before 8 PM, is $36; the second, served after 8, is $64 and includes more opulent items and a champagne toast. a 161 N. Jefferson, 312-669-9900.
Quince Chef Mark Hannon offers two seatings, 5-7:30 PM and 8 PM. Both feature a four-course prix fixe menu ($85) with choices including mushroom consomme with truffled gnocchi and chanterelles, grilled arctic char with braised artichokes, duck breast confit ravioli with foie gras and baby beets, and smoked chocolate cake with buttercream. a 1625 Hinman, Evanston, 847-570-8400.
Real Tenochtitlan Chef Geno Bahena offers a four-course prix fixe menu at three seatings: 5-7 PM ($65), 7:30-9:30 PM ($75), and 10 PM-midnight ($85); items include chiles en nogada and rack of lamb in black mole. Live mariachi music. a2451 N. Milwaukee, 773-227-1050.
Risque Cafe A barbecue buffet with live music, all-you-can-drink cheap beer, and call drinks. a9 PM-close, 3419 N. Clark, 773-525-7711, $50, $60 at the door.
Room 21 Two seatings: the first (7-9 PM) offering a three-course menu for $45 ($70 with wine pairings), the second (10 PM-midnight) offering four courses for $55 ($90 with wine). a2110 S. Wabash, 312-328-1198.
Sepia Chef Kendal Duque offers a four-course tasting menu for $60 and a five-course meal for $80. Choices include chestnut soup with oxtail and black truffles; a roasted red kuri squash salad with serrano ham, walnuts, and arugula; farro risotto with foie gras and wild mushrooms; seared scallops with lemon, chives, and chervil; braised Wagyu short ribs; and a poached pear with mascarpone cream. a123 N. Jefferson, 312-441-1920.
Sheffield’s A four-course dinner from 6 to 8 PM will feature lobster bisque; salad; your choice of prime rib, plank salmon, or seared chicken breast; and cheesecake ($45; reservations required by 12/29). From 9 PM to 1 AM there’s a party with an open bar, appetizers, a complimentary champagne toast, and an after-midnight breakfast buffet; it’s $95, $125 at the door. a3258 N. Sheffield, 773-281-4989.
Signature Room at the 95th Seatings every half hour between 5 and 6:30 PM offer a five-course prix fixe menu for $110; seatings every half hour between 8 and 9:30 PM offer a seven-course meal for $225. Both menus feature choices such as crispy fried quail with farro salad, grilled fillet of beef, lobster tail with saffron couscous, wild mushroom dumplings with cavalo nero and smoked cipollini, and chocolate truffle madeleines. There’s a $15 cover charge for the lounge. Live jazz; black tie required. a875 N. Michigan, 312-787-9596.
Sixteen A six-course prix fixe tasting menu ($230, $320 with champagne) and a ten-course tasting menu ($320, $470 with champagne) will be available at two seatings, 5:30 to 6:30 PM and 8:30 to 9:30 PM on the half hour. Live music and an outdoor ice bar. a 401 N. Wabash, 312-588-8030.
Spiaggia and Cafe Spiaggia At Spiaggia chef Tony Mantuano will offer tiered prix fixe menus at three seatings. The first seating, from 5 to 5:30 PM, will offer a choice of three courses for $85; the second, from 7 to 7:30 PM, a choice of four courses for $125. The 9:30 PM seating features a eight-course chef’s tasting menu, each course of which will highlight a menu item certified DOP (for denominazione di origine protetta, the classification for foods produced and processed in a designated area according to established methods). It’s $195, $290 with wine pairings. Cafe Spiaggia will offer three- and four-course options for $55 and $65, respectively. a900 N. Michigan, 312-280-2750.
Sushisamba Rio Dining downstairs requires a minimum of $120 per person; the Sugarcane rooftop lounge will offer a fixed menu with open bar, appetizers, and a bottle of champagne for $150. There will be DJs and, at 9 PM, samba dancers. a504 N. Wells, 312-595-2300.
Swirl Wine Bar Three packages are available: a four-course dinner with wine pairings and seatings at 6:30 ($75) and 9:30 PM ($85); hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, a champagne toast, and dessert with a DJ ($85); and the VIP package, which combines both of the above for $155 (first seating) or $168 (second seating). Tax and tip included. a111 W. Hubbard, 312-828-9000.
Takashi Chef Takashi Yagihashi is offering a five-course prix fixe menu throughout the evening. Choices include a peekytoe crab salad, baby pheasant, and duck-fat-fried chicken, named one of the best restaurant dishes of 2008 by Food & Wine. Complimentary glass of cava. a1952 N. Damen, 773-772-6170, $70.
Tizi Melloul The Mediterranean restaurant and lounge will offer five courses for $50 or six courses and a champagne toast for $75. a531 N. Wells, 312-670-4338.
Tru Two seatings featuring chef Rick Tramanto’s multicourse tasting menus: the Market Collection, which features prosciutto-wrapped prime beef rib eye, whipped raclette, cornichon pearls, paprika jus ($225) and the Black and White Truffle Collection, every course of which features the fungi ($300). Tramonto’s caviar “staircase” ($300) or five ounces of grilled Japanese Kobe beef ($175) may be added to either menu. At the first seating only, from 5 to 6:45 PM, a three-course prix fixe menu will also be available ($110); the second seating is from 8:30 to 11 PM and includes a champagne toast at midnight. Live piano music. a 676 N. Saint Clair, 312-202-0001.
200 East Supper Club This all-inclusive package gets you a premium open bar from 8 PM till 1:30 AM, a four-course dinner with choice of salad, side, and entree, dancing to live music from singer Keely Nicole, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. a200 E. Chestnut, 312-266-4500, $150.
Uncommon Ground Both locations offer a four-course prix fixe menu with choices like seared scallops with heirloom squash puree, grilled arctic char with tarragon gnocchi, braised short ribs or vegetable cassoulet, and lemon-ginger cheesecake with cranberry glaze ($50, $75 with wine pairings). Seatings at 6, 8, and 10 PM; live music at both locations. On New Year’s Day brunch will be served from 10 AM to 3 PM. a3800 N. Clark, 773-929-3680, and 1401 W. Devon, 773-465-9801, uncommonground.com.
Va Pensiero Two seatings: the first, at 6 PM, offers a five-course tasting menu and complimentary champagne toast ($65); the second, at 9 PM, features a seven-course tasting menu, live music and dancing, unlimited champagne from 11:30 PM on, and “wicked-bad” party favors ($95). a1566 Oak, Evanston, 847-475-7779.
Vermilion The seven deadly sins serve as the theme for this New Year’s celebration, a seven-course prix fixe with seatings at 5 PM ($65), 7 PM ($90), and 9 PM ($130); add $75 for wine pairings. The restaurant and lounge will be open till 2 AM, with a DJ spinning. a10 W. Hubbard, 312-527-4060.
Viand From 3 to 6 PM the restaurant hosts a family-friendly New Year’s Eve with a prix fixe menu and activities for kids; $35 adults, $10 kids. A four-course dinner, by reservation only, features half-price bottles of bubbly ($55). a155 E. Ontario, 312-255-8505.
Vinci A four-course Italian Capo di Anno menu ($38) includes sausage with lentils and rosemary, butternut squash gnocchi with Parmigiano cream, and profiteroles with gelato and chocolate. A party package including favors, a champagne toast, and dancing is another $30. There’s just one seating, at 9 PM; a DJ spins till 1 AM. a1732 N. Halsted, 312-266-1199.