New Year’s Eve Events in Chicagoland

| December 27, 2011 | 2 Comments


840 N. Wabash Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.944.8400 |

Celebrate NYE at Bistronomic
Saturday, December 31
Bistronomic, the celebrated French bistro from Executive Chef Martial Noguier, invites guests to ring in the New Year. Guests can enjoy an exclusive four-course menu with different choices for each course, available between 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM ($60 without wine pairing and $85 with wine pairing).

After 7:30 PM, guests can celebrate with the Gala Menu. This five-course menu features a choice on each course ($80 without wine and $105 with wine pairing). Featured menu items include Madagascar Shrimp Salad (American caviar, cucumber, lemon crème fraiche), Mache Salad (Blood orange, pleasant ridge shaving, lemon dressing), Beef Tenderloin Au Poivre (Dried plums, duck fat fingerling potatoes, aged Armagnac sauce), Homemade Parmesan Gnocchi (Glazed winter squash, sage, butternut squash emulsion), and Napoleon of Crème Brulee (Caramelized phillo, vanilla bean, butterscotch sauce). Reservations required – 312-944-8400.

702 W Fulton St | Chicago, IL 60661| 312.850.5005 |

Carnivale NYE Cabaret
Saturday, December 31
No Cover
Carnivale’s New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature exciting entertainment like a DJ, cabaret and specialty acts including: a drag queen, fan dancer, contortionist and burlesque entertainers (provided by BigTop JoJo,, stilt walker, magician, Action Photo Booth ( in the bar and lounge and much more. The evening will culminate with a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Carnivale’s soulful menu features dishes from Central and South America, The Caribbean, Cuba and Spain. Dinner service is from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Reservations are highly recommended.

3506 N. Clark St. | Chicago, IL 60657 | 773.549.9100 |

Chen’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
Saturday, December 31 from 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM
$45 per person
Chen’s rings in the New Year with their annual celebration on New Year’s Eve. The evening features a mouth-watering, authentic Chinese buffet, fresh Japanese sushi, open bar, and party favors at midnight for $45 per person. Chen’s will also accept regular dinner reservations. Tickets are required:

1160 N. Dearborn St. | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312.642.1160 |

Chicago q New Year’s Eve Specials
Saturday, December 31
Guests can enjoy New Year’s Eve specials by Chicago q’s Chef/Partner Lee Ann Whippen like Dry-Rubbed Rack of Lamb with port cherry compote and toasted rice pilaf ($39.95) and Diver Sea Scallops in smoked tomato saffron brother with a crispy risotto cake ($37.95). There will be a champagne toast at midnight and discounted champagne prices all night.

700 East Grand Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611| 312.595.5436 |

New Year’s Eve at the Crystal Gardens
Saturday, December 31 from 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
$110 per person
New Year’s Eve at the Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier is the best NYE venue in the city. The opulent setting at Navy Pier features a one-acre botanical garden inside a six-story glass atrium. The ticket includes a full premium open bar from 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM, a specialty cocktail upon entry as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Guests will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres catered by Phil Stefani Signature Events and music from DJ Jordan V and DJ J-Donn while experiencing a premier viewing of the fireworks show at midnight from a private terrace for Crystal Garden’s guests only. Guests will also receive an official after-party wristband. To purchase tickets visit: For VIP TICKETS, table reservations & more information call 312-560-4422 or email

624 Davis Street | Evanston, IL 60201 | 847.866.6969 |

Kids’ New Year’s Eve at Koi
Saturday, December 31
Families can celebrate New Year’s Eve early at a special Kid’s New Years Eve at Koi – the perfect place to ring in the new year with the whole family. The evening will feature a la carte dining options for adults and a kids menu for children 12 and under (menu available upon request). Families will also enjoy festive hats, party favors and a special countdown to the New Year at 7:59 PM. Reservations are required.

300 N. LaSalle St. | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.329.1800 |

Chicago Cut Steakhouse NYE 2011
Saturday, December 31
As the hottest spot in town, Chicago Cut Steakhouse, adorned in festive holiday decorations, will take reservations up until 1:30 AM this New Year’s Eve. Guests can indulge in a Surf and Turf special ($65) which features a 30 day Aged Prime Filet Mignon with Two Tristan Lobster Tails or dine from the popular daily menu. Live music from jazz vocalist Typhanie Monique ( will entertain a lively crowd from 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM. Included with dinner is a Billecart-Salmon champagne toast which will be served at midnight accompanied by a balloon drop and grand celebration of streamers and dancing. Reservations Required: (312) 329-1800.

Entertainment Cruises offers Chicagoans three days of New Year’s celebrations for end-of-the-year and first-of-the-year dinner cruises. Jump-start the festivities on Mystic Blue’s “Eve of the Eve” dinner cruise with a holiday buffet, DJ, dancing and entertainment. On December 31, guests can count down 2011 in-style aboard the Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago or Mystic Blue with a premium dinner and hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast at midnight, entertainment, premium open bar and a stunning fireworks display. And to usher in 2012, the elegant Odyssey will offer a New Year’s Day Champagne Dinner Cruise complete with a live band, dinner menu and a complimentary glass of champagne while boarding.

Reservations required | 877.299.7783 |
Mystic Blue Eve of the Eve Dinner Cruise
Friday, December 30
Board 7:00 PM, Cruise 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Dockside party 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM
From $49.90
Includes: Holiday dinner buffet including Tuscan Panzanella Salad, House Roasted Brisket and Penne alla Vodka, DJ, dancing and amazing skyline views
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruises
Board 8:30 PM, Cruise 9:30 PM – 12:30 AM, Dockside until 1:00 AM
From $147.90
Dinner buffet with premium open bar (21+ ages), champagne toast at midnight, DJ and Navy Pier fireworks display.

Reservations required | 866.305.2469 |
Odyssey New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise
Saturday, December 31
Board 8:30 PM, Cruise 9:30 PM – 12:30 AM, Dockside until 1:00 AM
From $219.90 per person
Includes: Plated dinner menu featuring Filet Mignon and Lobster, premium open bar (21+ ages), butlered hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast at midnight, live entertainment and Navy Pier fireworks display.
New Year’s Day Champagne Dinner Cruise
Board 5:30 PM, Cruise 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
From $84.90
Includes: Complimentary champagne while boarding, featured plated dinner menu and live entertainment.

Reservations required | 866.273.2469 |
Spirit of Chicago New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise
Saturday, December 31
Board 8:30 PM, Cruise 9:30 PM – 12:30 AM, Dockside until 1:00 AM
$159.90 per person
Includes: Dinner buffet, premium open bar (21+ ages), butlered hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast at midnight, DJ entertainment and Navy Pier fireworks display.

1072 North Milwaukee | Chicago, IL 60642 | 773.772.4322 |

New Year’s Eve at Frontier
Saturday, December 31
$80 until December 15; $95 after December 15
This New Year’s Eve, Frontier will feature a 4-hour premium drink package from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM. The 4-hour package will include a live DJ, Smoked Whole Animal Buffet and Champagne Toast at Midnight. Large groups, call 312.453.9397 to inquire about private party rooms. Guests can purchase tickets online at

2075 N Lincoln Avenue | Chicago, IL | 60614 |

NYE at Gemini Bistro – Family Seating at 5:30 PM
Saturday, December 31
Seatings at 5:30 PM, 7:30 PM, 10:00 PM
This New Year’s Eve, Chicagoans are invited to celebrate in style at Lincoln Park’s “gem,” Gemini Bistro with a four-course prix fixe menu created by Executive Chef Jason Paskewitz for only $55 for 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM seatings, and $65 for a 10:00 PM seating (per person excluding tax and gratuity). The meal includes a champagne toast. Menu highlights include Duck Confit , Sole a la Meuniere , Roasted Rack of Lamb, and Triple Chocolate Bombe. Complete menu available upon request.

This year, Gemini Bistro invites families to celebrate with their little ones during the 5:30 PM seating’s Family New Year’s Eve. Grownups will enjoy Chef Paskewitz’s special menu while kids can indulge in a special X-Small Menu just for New Year’s available for $15 per kid. The menu features a choice of kid-friendly entrées like Mac & Cheese (baked macaroni and cheese gratin), the Small Burger (Gemini Bistro burger, crispy frites or fruit), or Pasta (served buttered, plain or with marinara and parmesan cheese) and a special dessert. Kids are welcome to toast with the adults with Gemini Bistro’s Kiddie Cocktails, like an old-fashioned Shirley Temple or Roy Rogers (Coca Cola, grenadine, cherries) for only $3 each. Kids New Year’s Eve will culminate with a “countdown” to 2012 at 6:29 PM and an apple cider toast for the whole family. Prices exclude tax and gratuity, reservations recommended.


Giordano’s Babysitter Special for New Year’s Eve
Available Saturday, December 31 for delivery and carry-out only
$24.95, price does not include tax, gratuity or delivery fee.
Chicagoland families are invited to treat the kids and the babysitter to Giordano’s pizza this New Year’s Eve. For only $24.95, parents can order in some fun to ring in 2012 with the Giordano’s Babysitter Special.

The Babysitter Special includes a large Thin Crust Pizza (cheese or one-topping, additional toppings extra), Mozzarella Sticks (mozzarella cheese breaded to perfection and served with Giordano’s famous marinara sauce), a six-pack of soda, and noisemakers complete the party. Serves 3 – 4 for a festive New Year’s Eve celebration.

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848 N. State Street | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312. 252. 9946 | Other locations include: Bolingbrook, Deer Park, Lincolnshire, Northbrook and Warrenville | FOR ALL LOCATIONS AND HOURS, visit

Family New Year’s Eve at Go Roma – Countdown with the Kids
Saturday, December 31 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Go Roma invites families to ring in 2012 together with a special Family New Year’s Eve celebration at all six of their Chicagoland locations. Go Roma’s Family New Year’s Eve is the perfect solution for parents wanting to celebrate with the kids then still enjoy a night on the town later in the evening. Plus, the event is only $15 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under. Family New Year’s Eve includes a hearty all-you-can-eat Italian buffet of starters, salads, pastas, pizzas, Italian classics and dessert followed by a countdown to 2012 at 7:59 PM with a sparkling wine (or cider) toast. To celebrate the New Year right, Go Roma will give each child a goodie bag that includes party hats, noisemakers, and a special Go Roma gift certificate to use in 2012. Reservations are required.

Holiday Inn Mart Plaza | 15th Floor | 350 W. Mart Center Drive | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.529.1157 |

ItaliAsia New Year’s Eve
Saturday, December 31
$29.95 per person (tax and gratuity not included)
ItaliAsia will offer the ultimate VIP experience with no crowds this New Year’s Eve. For $29.95 per person, patrons will receive a four-course prix fixe menu at ItaliAsia that features a selection of items including Crab Cakes, Miso Glazed Salmon, Chicken Milanese, Polenta with Mushroom Ragout and more. Full menu available upon request. Reservations required.

4539 N Lincoln Ave. | Chicago, IL 60625 | 773.942.7585 |

NYE Menu at LM Restaurant
Saturday, January 31
LM Restaurant celebrates New Year’s Eve with two holiday prix fixe menus. For reservations before 7:00 PM, guests can enjoy a three-course menu for $50. After 7:00 PM, guests can enjoy a five-course menu for $80. Featured menu items include Cauliflower bisque caviar, lemon confit, brioche; Seared scallop, winter vegetable “tart”, truffle jus; Prime tenderloin, pommes puree, salsify, jus; Chocolate soup, vanilla mousse, strawberry puree and more.

Reservations Required – 773.942.7585

1925 W Cortland | Chicago, IL 60622 | 773.489.0738 |

New Year’s Eve at Lottie’s
Saturday, December 31
$65 per person
Guests who ring in the New Year at Lottie’s will enjoy a 5-hour package from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM which includes premium drinks, pizza and appetizer buffet, champagne toast and party favors. Large groups can call 312.453.9397 to inquire about Lottie’s private party space. Patrons can purchase tickets online at

18 E. Bellevue Place | Chicago, IL 60611| 312.642.3400 |

LUXBAR’s New Year’s Eve Party
Saturday, December 31
Guests can ring in the New Year with LUXBAR, where they enjoy no cover ever, even on New Year’s Eve. This year, LUXBAR will offer a “no-package-deal” party. White Label DJs Madrid and Sadie Woods will spin in the LuxLounge and the kitchen will be open until 1:00 AM. All guests will receive party favors and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight.

437 N. Rush St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.222.0101 |

437 Rush and Amalfi Hotel New Year’s Package
Saturday, December 31
Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush has teamed up with the Amalfi Hotel to create a perfect New Year’s Eve package for sweethearts. Guests who book a room at the Amalfi Hotel ( ) for Saturday, December 31 will receive a $150 437 Rush Gift Card for dinner, a bottle of champagne and specialty chocolates delivered to their room and a complimentary Buon Giorno continental breakfast. Package is available on December 31 only. In addition, 437 Rush will have live music on New Year’s Eve starting at 9:00 PM featuring the Dynamic Duo of Jason and Johnny Stone.

941 W Randolph St. | Chicago, IL 60607 | 312.733.9333 |

NYE Celebrations at Porkchop
Saturday, December 31; Open bar 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
$50 per person
Porkchop, the West Loop’s only late night BBQ and whiskey spot, invites guests to celebrate this New Year’s Eve. For $50 per person, from 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM, guests can celebrate with an open bar package that includes a live DJ and small bites from the kitchen. A complimentary champagne toast will be presented at midnight. Regular dinner service will be available from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Late diners will rejoice as the kitchen will remain open until 3:00 AM. Those on a budget can still join the fun as guests do not have to buy the package to celebrate at Porkchop.

700 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.644.7482 |

New Year’s Fireworks at RIVA
Saturday, December 31
Guests who dine at Riva Crab House this New Year’s Eve will enjoy the best restaurant view of the fireworks as well as Chef Specials and a champagne toast at midnight. Guests who purchase a glass or bottle of champagne will receive a special commemorative champagne flute (while supplies last). There will be fireworks shows at both 8:15 PM and midnight.

1967 N. Halsted St. | Chicago, IL 60614 | 312.929.3227 |

Rustic Prix-Fixe for New Year’s Eve
Saturday, December 31
Seatings at 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM
$65 for 6:00 PM seating and $75 for 9:00 PM; per person, excludes tax and gratuity
This year, Chicagoans are invited to ring in 2012 with Lincoln Park’s newest hot spot for new American cuisine. Chef Jason Paskewitz has created a decadent 5-course menu and a spectacular Champagne and Sparkling list just for the occasion.

Menu highlights include Veal Cheek Ragout, Pan Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops, Duck a la Orange and Rotisserie Prime Rib Au Jus. The complete menu is available upon request. Reservations recommended.

52 West Elm St. | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312.573.4000 |

New Year’s Eve Special Menu
Saturday, December 31
Seatings until 10:00 PM
Chicagoans can enjoy a spectacular special menu at Art Smith’s Chicago restaurant, complete with a champagne toast and lots of balloons for guests there at midnight. Menu highlights include Fried Green Tomatoes ($15), Pig and Brie Wood Fired Pizza ($14), Southern Pickle Board ($16), Cornmeal Crusted Catfish ($26), Filet and Maine Lobster Tail ($51), and more. Complete menu available upon request.

1031 N. Rush St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.644.9600 |

New Year’s Eve at Tavern on Rush
Saturday, December 31
Tavern on Rush invites guests to enjoy their regular dinner menu a la carte in addition to a few holiday dinner specials, entertainment and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

1638 West Belmont | Chicago, IL 60657 | 773.828.5055 |

New Year’s Eve at The Pony
Saturday, December 31
$75 per person
Guests can enjoy a 5-hour package from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM featuring a live DJ, premium drink package, appetizer buffet, champagne toast and party favors. Large groups can call 312.453.9397 to inquire about the second floor party room. Guests can purchase tickets online at

Additionally, The Pony will open at 9:00 AM on New Year’s Eve for the Rise and Shine UK vs Louisville pregame party. The $15 package features a breakfast buffet from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM which includes bottomless mimosas, Miller Lite and Coors Light Drafts.

1301 S Wabash | Chicago, IL 60605 | 312.705.0595 |

New Year’s Eve at The Scout
Saturday, December 31
$75 per person
Guests who ring in the New Year at The Scout in the South Loop can enjoy a premium open bar package from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM. The package includes passed hors d’oeuvres, party favors, entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets will be available via The Scout website.

2711 N Elston Avenue | Chicago, IL 60647 | 773.489.WINE |

Vino 100 New Year’s Eve Wines and Champagne
Under $25 Each
Chicagoans can pick up the perfect sparkling wine or champagne for New Year’s Eve at Vino 100 Chicago. Featuring 100 great wines for $25 or less, Vino 100 is a boutique wine shop with a unique selection of wine, spirits, and craft beers. Using the customized and user-friendly Vino 100 Wine Barometer™, guests are able to choose their wines based on flavor and body. In addition, guests can shop from Vino 100’s selection of craft beers, unique spirits, gourmet food and wine accessories.

New Year’s Sparkling Recommendations
Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvee Brut
Joseph Perrier Champagne Cuvee Royale Brut
Moletto Prosecco
90+ Cellars Prosecco
Domaine Camile Braun Cremant d’Alsace Brut
Mistenguette Cava
Santa Julia Brut Rose
Vueve de Vernay Blanc de Blanc Brut
Pearly Bay Celebration Sweet Sparkling Wine
Sansovino Vigneti Cantine Prosecco



64 South Northwest Hwy. | Palatine, IL 60074 | 847.991.2150 |

NYE Celebration at Agio Italian Bistro
Saturday, December 31
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Seating – $55 per person; 8:30 PM – Close Seating: $75 per person
Agio Italian Bistro in Palatine invites guests to celebrate the New Year with a five-course menu, live entertainment, party favors, champagne toast and more. Guests can choose from two separate seating times: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ($55 per person) and 8:30 PM – Close ($75 per person). Featured menu items include Braised Short Rib, Champagne Sorbet, Beef Tenderloin, Pan Roasted Sea Bass and House-made Tiramisu. Note: a $20 per person credit card hold and 48 hour cancellation policy applies. Reservations Required – 847.991.2150


1801 Butterfield Road | Downer’s Grove, IL 60515 | 630.512.0990 |

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Carlucci
Saturday, December 31 from 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM
$75 per person
Carlucci will host a special New Year’s celebration featuring live entertainment, cocktails, dinner, dancing, party favors and a champagne toast and entertainment provided by The Niche from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM. $75 per person includes tax and gratuity, 2 drink tickets (followed by a cash bar), and a full buffet complete with appetizers, salads, pastas, entrees, carved prime rib and desserts. Tickets can be purchased by calling the restaurant.


1000 N. Milwaukee Avenue | Wheeling, IL 60090 | 847.465.2300 |

Chevy Chase Country Club New Year’s Eve Ball
Saturday, December 31
Cocktails at 7:00 PM; Dinner at 8:00 PM
$79 per person
Chevy Chase Country Club invites guests to ring in the New Year with a spectacular event in their historic Grand Ballroom. For only $75 per person, partygoers can indulge in a four-station dinner presentation including Chef-Carved Sirloin of Beef, Chicken Wellington, Salad, Pasta and international pastries. Master of Ceremonies Bob Urbon of Ballroom Chicago fame will host an evening to remember as guests dance the night away to live music provided by the Dick Elliott Orchestra, and sip on a celebratory champagne toast as the clock strikes midnight. Complete Menu available upon request.

HOURS: Visit for tee times.

2360 Lakewood Blvd. | Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 | 847.765.0085 |

Celebrate NYE at Jerseys Pizza & Grill
Saturday, December 31
Tickets purchased before December 26 – $35; Tickets purchased after December 26 – $50
Guests are invited to ring in the New Year at Jerseys Pizza & Grill in Hoffman Estates with an exclusive drink package. From 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM, guests can enjoy premium well cocktails and draft beers, and after 10:00 PM guests can snack on $6 one topping pizzas.

105 Hollywood Blvd | South Barrington, IL 60010 | 847.898.0500 |
Free Kids Party and New Year’s Eve at The Lucky Monk
Saturday, December 31
Chicagoans are invited to ring in the New Year in style at The Lucky Monk. The restaurant will be open for lunch on New Year’s Eve with regular hours. In addition, they will host a FREE Kids New Year’s Eve Celebration from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. All children will receive complimentary pizza and soda and will enjoy a unique countdown at 5:59 PM.

The Lucky Monk will offer a special New Year’s Eve menu in addition to their regular dinner menu. Guests will receive party favors for a countdown at midnight and enjoy live entertainment by the band TRIADD from 9:30 PM to 1:00 AM (acoustic 60s 70s 80s 90s and current rock; beatles, eagles, goo goo dolls, bon jovi and more)

1415 W. 22nd St. | Oak Brook, IL 60521 | 630.990.1993 |

New Year’s Live Music at Tuscany Oak Brook
Saturday, December 31
Guests who join Tuscany Oak Brook on New Year’s Eve will enjoy the sounds of Blonde Date Music Trio which starts at 8:00 PM and goes until 1:00 AM. Tuscany Oak Brook will offer regular menu items and reservations are accepted.


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