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New Years Eve 2018 Chicago Events

New Years Eve 2018 Chicago Events

New Years Eve 2018 Chicago Events

Can you believe 2017 is coming to a close? Do you have your plans set for New Years Eve 2018 yet? I’ve narrowed down my plans to either staying home totally alone (seriously not kidding), going to a friend’s house for a pajama party or getting the hell out of dodge (er, Chicago) and road tripping somewhere.

New Years Eve just isn’t really my thing, especially after last year which I think still traumatizes me! I had to work a NYE party and let’s just say I was not prepared for what all I ended up having to do. So quiet solitude sounds amazing to me this New Years Eve! But for those of you looking for the perfect plans, I’ve got quite a list of fun parties and other happenings.

Without further ado, here are some fun ways to ring in 2018 in style.

Send 2017 Off In Style – PARTIES!

10pin Bowling Lounge, 330 N State Street, Chicago invites you to Bowl in the New Year. A live DJ will be spinning all night, the bar and kitchen will be open, and food and beverage packages are available by request! Individual Social Package: $35/person will get you 2 drink tickets upon arrival as well as access to our light buffet, shared social lanes, ping pong, pool, and shuffleboard on a rotating basis. Good for any time throughout the day! Midnight Party Package: From 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM, $180 will get you and your entire group (maximum of 8 people) 4 hours of unlimited bowling on your own private lane, shoe rental, a complimentary magnum of Pierre Delize French Bubbly, and access to our buffet! Group Bowl Package: $180 will get you and your entire group (maximum of 8 people) 3 hours of unlimited bowling on your own private lane, shoe rental, and a complimentary magnum of Pierre Delize French Bubbly! Great for fun day/evening activity before your midnight plans! Get tickets here.

ROOF on theWit201 N State Street, Chicago’s original rooftop destination, will be hosting a lavish Monte Carlo-inspired New Year’s Eve Bash to ring in 2018 from 9:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 31. Those who purchase tickets, which range from $150 to $3,000, will have access to gambling tables, a premium open bar, that includes Absolut Elyx and Avion Tequila, and entertainment from famed the famed Chicago DJ, Flipside. The event, which will be set 27 stories above the bustling city, will feature several extravagant food stations, including fresh oysters, a Wagyu beef tenderloin carving station, and a seafood display with ceviche and crudo. All guests can also take part in the complimentary GH Mumm champagne toast at midnight. The beverage package, which starts at 9:30pm, will end at 12:30am. Those attending must be 21 years of age to enter.

SafeHouse Chicago will be celebrating New Year’s Eve all day long with their Spies Around the World Celebration on Sunday, December 31st starting at 11am. Fun for the whole family, those who visit SafeHouse will be treated to a complimentary glass of sparkling grape juice, or sparkling wine, for special spy-themed New Year’s Eve toasts every hour from 2pm-6pm. When the clock strikes 10pm, the real New Year’s Eve party will begin. Hosting their first ever New Year’s Eve Shag-a-delic Dance Party, SafeHouse will be ringing in 2018 with sparkling wine toasts both at 11pm and midnight, as some spies are still operating on New York City time. Throughout the evening, agents will enjoy a variety of different cocktail deals and a “Random Open Bar,” offering complimentary well cocktails, wine and domestic drafts of beer for short periods of time. A $50 prize will be awarded to both the best dressed male and female, and a $100 will go to the best dressed couple. The clearance fee (cover) for this event is $10. For $50, spies receive a special wristband that offers access to an open bar throughout the night and a VIP bartender. For more, visit www.safehousechicago.com.

Raised, An Urban Rooftop Bar, 1 W. Wacker Drive, is inviting Chicagoans to ring in the New Year in style at their ticketed New Year’s Eve party on Sunday, December 31 from 9pm to 1am. The third-floor rooftop hangout, which boasts panoramic views of the Chicago river and city skyline, will be offering a special Premium Drink Package that includes champagne cocktails from 9pm to midnight. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased HERE.

Staytion1 W. Wacker Dr,  is excited to continue its Celebrate the Neighborhood Series with a very special New Year’s Eve event, Cheers to the New Year, for both guests and locals alike. Cheers to the New Year takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Sunday, December 31, offering guests the perfect downtown spot to ring in the New Year with local sips and bites while enjoying live music, DJ beats and each other’s company.

Brickhouse Tavern3647 N. Clark Street (Wrigleyville). Join the first-ever NYE celebration at The Park at Wrigley! Brickhouse Tavern is hosting a celebration to remember, featuring an expansive passed food menu, premium drink package, champagne, party favors, exclusive guest list and more included with general admission tickets ($75-$80 per person). Doors open at 9 p.m. and private tables and sections are available to reserve including a high top table for four people ($100), high top table for 8 ($200), celebration booth for 8 ($300), superior booth for 10 ($350), luxury table for 10 ($400) and congregating table for 12 ($400). Reserved tables include assorted food trays, dedicated server, Ketel One premium vodka and champagne (one bottle each per table; two bottles each for luxury table for 10 and congregating table for 12). To purchase tickets, please visit www.BrickhouseTavernChi.com or call (312) 579-3637.

SteakBar1500 N. Wells St. (Old Town). It’s an “American Hustle” this New Year’s Eve at SteakBar. Get the gang together for a night at Old Town’s multi-level hotspot with party packages for every type of celebration. General admission tickets ($90-$100) include an expansive passed food menu, premium drink packages, a champagne toast, as well as dessert hour and party favors. Doors open at 9 p.m. and private tables and sections are available to reserve, including a luxury booth for 6 ($300), luxury table for 6 ($350), standing high top for 8 ($350), luxury table for 8 ($400), luxury table for 10 ($500), celebration table for 12 ($550), and a private atrium for 20 ($900). Reserved tables include assorted food trays, dedicated server, Ketel One premium vodka and champagne; amounts vary per package. Purchase tickets at www.SteakBarChicago.com or directly at this link.

Benchmark1510 N. Wells St. (Old Town). Pop, fizz, clink, and dance at Benchmark this New Year’s.  Grab your group and head to the Old Town hotspot for an all-in-one experience, including drink packages, champagne toasts (of course), a photographer, DJ, and a rotation of delicious bar bites. Doors open at 9 p.m. and drinks will be served until last call. Purchase tickets ($100) at www.BenchmarkChicago.com or directly at this link.

Fremont15 W. Illinois St. (River North). Be whoever you want at Fremont’s masquerade celebration, “A Night in Disguise.”  Unmask the New Year with a night full of drinks, dancing, and food. General admission tickets ($125) include a premium bar package, heavy appetizers, and a champagne toast when the clock strikes 12. Doors open at 9 p.m. and private tables and sections are available to reserve, including downstairs table packages for 4 ($700), 6 ($1,200), and 15 ($2,625), as well as upstairs table packages for 10 ($2,000) and 15 ($3,000). Each package includes general admission tickets, bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne, bottle of Tito’s, a porterhouse platter, seafood tower, and a dedicated server; amounts vary per package. Purchase tickets at www.FremontChicago.com or directly at this link.

Federales180 N. Morgan St. (West Loop). Channel your inner celebrity and celebrate the evening in style with Hollywood Night at Federales. Dress to impress, as this hotspot will be decked out with a red carpet and paparazzi snapping photos throughout the event. The night will be nothing short of glamorous, featuring a premium bar package from open to close (9 p.m. – 2 a.m.), extensive buffet, and a champagne toast to ring in the new year. Purchase presale tickets ($75) or general admission tickets ($100) at www.FederalesChicago.com or directly at this link. Table reservations are also available for large groups by contacting colleen@fourcornerstaverns.com or by calling (773) 831-9696.

Katana, 339 N. Dearborn St. The clock is ticking for the year’s most momentous night, and Chicagoans will soon be searching for the perfect place to ring in 2018. Look no further than Japanese hotspot, Katana, located in Chicago’s bustling River North neighborhood, who will be hosting an unrivaled evening to celebrate the New Year. On December 31, guests will take the party to the upstairs mezzanine, where they can overlook the bustle of the restaurant while enjoying Katana’s specialty robatayaki, sushi, and beverages. Tickets ($150) include:

  • 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. admission
  • 4 hour bar – premium liquor, beer, and wine
  • 1 hour passed and plated hors d’oeuvres, including: Brussels Skewers, Hanabi, Fried Chicken, Agedashu Tofu, Kobe Skewers, Seabass Skewers, Spicy Tuna Rolls, and Katana Rolls
  • Prosecco toast at midnight
  • Live entertainment

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page, here.

Joliet Union Station. The Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station rings in the New Year Roaring Twenties’ Style. Events by Mistwood Golf Club introduces the New Year’s Eve Gala at the Grand Ballroom Joliet Union Station. Looking for the glitz and glamour of a downtown party but want to avoid the long drive into the city on New Year’s Eve? The Grand Ballroom is hosting an elegant, high-end, fun-filled party in the suburbs. Join your friends and family for a night of cocktails, fabulous food, and dancing bringing in the New Year. Indulge in passed hors d’oeuvres and a seated 3-course dinner by Executive Chef Dan Casey. Take pleasure in a live jazz band during cocktail hour, premium open bar until midnight, and a DJ to keep the party rocking all night. Enjoy a specialty bar sponsored by friends from Tito’s, plus a Champagne toast at Midnight. This is one #GRANDNYE event.

What you need to know:

To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite.com.  General Admission: $100.00 per guest. Or reserve a table for 10:  $80.00 per guest – 20% savings. All Tickets include: cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres & LIVE entertainment by The Walkins, 3-course surf & turf dinner, 5-hour premium open bar, featured Tito’s Bar, step & repeat photo opportunity, complimentary party favors, with entertainment and live countdown by Awesome DJ’s, and a champagne toast at midnight. For additional information call (815) 254-7003, or visit jolietunionstation.com.

Additional Events at the Grand Ballroom include a ‘Brunch with Santa’ on December 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., adults $35.00, children (12 & under) FREE. On Saturday, January 27, ‘Wine Around the World’ will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., details on these events and more can be found at joiletunionstation.com.

20 East20 E. Delaware Pl. On New Year’s Eve, 20 East is celebrating early with a night of drinks, dinner, and a Champagne toast. The next morning, guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat family style brunch from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., including the holiday hot chocolate bar. For $45, start out the year right with Fried Chicken with bacon and pepper gravy; Sriracha Butter Waffles with housemade jam; Cavatappi Chili Mac topped with cheddar; Roasted Garlic Potatoes with truffles; and a Country Apple Tart with salted caramel and whipped cream. Throughout the holiday season, 20 East offers a hot chocolate bar at brunch and for special occasions. There are multiple topping choices included for $6: large and small marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate pieces, graham crackers, chocolate pirouettes, candy canes, and more. Alcoholic hot chocolates are available for $10. Reservations for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Brunch can be made here. Brunch is only available to tables with a minimum of two people.

Ada Street1664 N. Ada St. You are welcome into the exclusive Ada Street Secret Society, for a night full of luxury, secrecy, and pleasure. Begin with a ceremonial drink on your way to enjoying an exclusive inaugural celebration. Enjoy craft spirits from an open bar; and Chef Michael Kornick’s menu of fine passed hors d’oeuvres with dishes including Salmon Tartare on nori crackersOyster Po’ Boy Crostini, and Lamb Ribs. Get ready for an evening you’ll never forget, or one you’ll fail to remember, the decision is yours. Tickets are $100 per person, inclusive of tax and service, and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Arbella112 W. Grand Ave. Toast to 2018 in worldly fashion at Arbella’s Silver Lining New Year’s Eve party and dance the night away with DJ Phil Stone on the 1s & 2s. Partygoers celebrate the New Year in their chicest black threads with a premium open bar from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. featuring Avion Tequila, Absolut Elyx, Beefeater, Russels Reserve Bourbon + Rye, Cutwater Spiced + White Rums and passed appetizers. Guests may purchase general admission tickets for $100 (plus tax & gratuity) or get together a group of friends for a VIP Booth for four guests for $700 (plus tax & gratuity). Booths include premier reserved seating for four guests, four premium open bar wristbands, and a complimentary bottle of Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Champagne (a $250 value) on ice upon arrival. Arbella is open on Sunday, December 31 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite. For more information, call Arbella at 312.846.6654 or visit www.arbellachicago.com. General admission is standing room and does not guarantee seating. All guests must be 21+. Additional Eventbrite handling fee not included. Online pre-purchase for admittance only.

Chicago Athletic Association hotel12 S. Michigan Ave. Inviting guests to resolve to embrace the spirit of play, eat the best cuisine, indulge in elevated cocktails, and take a more active approach to health this coming year, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel offers the Resolution Rate of 25% off suites for the night of New Year’s Eve. Included in this package, guests receive a $50 in-room dining breakfast credit New Year’s Day, nutritional consultation and discounted private training package with On Your Mark Coaching + Training, and a personalized rate good for use throughout the rest of 2018 – assuming those resolutions are kept, of course. To learn more information or to book a reservation, visit www.chicagoathletichotel.com. Advance booking required. Offer subject to availability and blackout dates. Cannot be combined with any other discount, promotion or group rate.

Cindy’s12 S. Michigan Ave., 13th Floor. The rooftop restaurant perched atop the historic Chicago Athletic Association hotel offers guests three chances for funk and soul reflection to close out 2017 and welcome 2018. DJ Dave Mata’s Uptown Downtown spins an all vinyl set of vibrant soul music from every corner of the globe during daytime brunch on Sunday, December 31, prior to the restaurant’s first ever New Year’s Eve party. Guests can enjoy Chef de Cuisine Keith Potter’s canape selection beginning at 9 p.m. alongside bubbles selected by Sommelier Sterling Knight. The party continues with more soulful sounds from DJ Dave Mata of Soul Summit and Impala Sound spinning through the night as the ball drops at midnight and toasts abound.

The next day, guests welcome 2018 with New Year’s Day brunch, feasting on the shareable large format plates and platters such as Buttermilk Pancakes with yuzu & lemon curd, blueberries, and Chantilly or the Shellfish Platter featuring Maine lobster, oysters on the half shell, king crab, and accompaniments. Cindy’s is open for Sunday brunch on New Year’s Eve from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with dinner service from 4-8 p.m., and the party beginning at 9 p.m. New Year’s Day brunch is served at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 1. For more information and to make a reservation, please visit www.cindysrooftop.com or email nlarose@chicagoathletichotel.com.

Esco Bar738 W. Randolph St. Esco Bar invites guests to put their dancing shoes on and ring in 2018 with a night of delicious food, drinks and live music. For $80, guests have access to passed appetizers from Ronero and a premium open bar from 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

New Year’s Pre- and Post-Party Recovery

Cambria Chicago Loop – Theatre District32 W. Randolph, is hosting a special New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Brunch with bottomless mimosas and a build-you-own waffle station, the brunch is the perfect way to kick off, or recover from, New Year’s celebrations. The hotel’s brunch will be held on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 8am to 2pm at Intermission, their lobby restaurant. Intermission, which is located in the heart of the theatre district in downtown Chicago, is a great spot for people to grab a bite before catching a show on New Year’s Eve, or to recover after a long night of celebrations. Brunch-goers will enjoy bottomless mimosas, or a Bloody Mary bar, a carving station, featuring prime rib and ham, a Chef Omelet station, and a build-your-own waffle station. Guests can also choose from classic brunch selections like Eggs Benedict, a variety of flavored scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, breakfast potatoes and house made pastries and desserts. The brunch is available for $39.99 per person and is open to the public. Check out www.cambriachicagoloop.com for more information.

 Eden1748 W. Lake St. Guests will start the holiday out on a tasty note with NYE Brunch at Eden, featuring Chef Devon Quinn’s menu of indulgent dishes, such as the sweet Panettone French Toast, or the savory Grilled Skirt Steak & Eggs – full brunch menu here. Bottomless mimosas will run the show at NYE brunch, served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and priced at $30, and lead to a sweet treat to-go at Eden’s newly-launched bakery bar. Eden’s NYE Dinner will feature the full a la carte menu with seasonal highlight dishes at the forefront, including the Tea-Brined Berkshire Pork Chop, Beef and Veal Lasagna and Painted Hills Beef Carpaccio. Guests will end then ring in the new year at the restaurant with a midnight champagne toast.

Commonwealth Tavern, 2000 W Roscoe St. Enjoy your first brunch of 2018 with a Citrus Bowl Watch Party at Commonwealth on Monday, January 1 with food and drink specials ranging from $3-$14. Commonwealth Tavern will open on New Year’s Day at 10 a.m for a special “First Brunch of 2018”, available until 3 p.m. Commonwealth will broadcast the Citrus Bowl featuring Notre Dame vs the LSU Tigers at 12 p.m. Notre Dame Game day specials include $5 Guinness, $5 Jameson, $4 Fireball, $5 22-ounce Miller Lite Stadium Cups and $10 Fighting Irish Nachos. Additional specials include $5 microbrews and half-priced wings. Guests will enjoy a $3 Build-Your-Own Mimosa Bar with various fruits and juices and a $6 Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar stacked with hot sauces, veggies, meats and more. Menu highlights include Brunch Schnitzel (herb aioli, smoked potatoes, pickled red onion, fried egg; $14), Pig Muffin (maple pig head, farm egg, American cheese, English muffin; $12), and Kentucky Hot Brown (smoked turkey, bacon, tomato, beer cheese, sourdough, $14).

Rack House, 222 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights. Rack House in Arlington Heights invites New Year’s revelers of all ages to roll out of bed and start 2018 with a Pajamas Brunch! There’s no better time than New Year’s Day for the whole family to dress in their
most comfortable, silly or favorite bedtime attire and fill their bellies with a hearty brunch and drink specials. After a long night, adults can relax and be comfortable as they “cheers” to 2018 with $4 Mimosas and $4 Bloody Marys. Kids can continue their celebration with a special Kids Brunch Plate, cartoons on TV and games in the restaurant’s private dining room. Guests can order from Chef Bryant Anderson’s one-day- only New Year’s Day Menu including:

  • Cinnamon Roll Pancakes with whipped vanilla cream cheese butter $10
  • Waffle Breakfast Nachos with crispy waffle chips, bacon, scrambled eggs, scallions, melted cheese, crispy onions $11
  • Hangover Breakfast Sandwich with smoked brisket, fried egg, Merkts cheddar, arugula, tomato and crispy onions piled high on a toasted pretzel bun $12
  • Kids Brunch Plate with eggs, bacon, pancake, choice of drink and ice cream $7

New Years Eve Dinners

Pete Miller’s Steak and Seafood Naperville is offering a special New Year’s Eve Lobster deal for their Inaugural New Year’s Eve to usher a new tradition for the restaurant. The 1.5 pound lobster is served with a side salad and a choice of a baked potato or broccoli, all displayed and delivered on a smoking tray! The best live jazz in town will be in-house as usual with a special performance from Return II Soul, so come celebrate with neighbors and lobster lovers alike! For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.petemillers.com.

Geja’s Café will offer New Year’s Eve revelers a romantic repast featuring fondue and champagne in a festive, yet intimate, atmosphere complete with classical/flamenco guitar music. Geja’s Café will feature three special reserved seatings on Sunday, December 31, 2017.  Reservations are available for 5:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. All guests will enjoy a four-course fondue dinner complete with cheese fondue appetizer, salad, lobster, shrimp and beef entree and Geja’s famous flaming chocolate dessert fondue. The evening’s packages also include champagne and tax and gratuity! The 5:00 p.m. seating is $95 per person and includes a glass of Chandon Brut Sparkling. The 7:30 p.m. seating is $115 per person and includes a glass of Moet Brut Champagne. The 10:00 p.m. seating is $130 per person and includes a bottle of Etoile Rose Sparkling per couple with party favors galore for the countdown to midnight. Long acclaimed “Chicago’s Most Romantic Restaurant,” Geja’s Cafe offers guests an enchanting setting; intimate, candle-lit wine cellar atmosphere and private booths, together with an extensive list of fine, moderately priced wines. To purchase tickets or for more information on the New Year’s celebration; go to www.gejascafe.com or call Geja’s Café at 773-281-9101.

The Blanchard1935 N Lincoln Park W. Spend New Year’s Eve (or the Eve of the Eve) at The Blanchard, Chicago’s Jean Banchet-awarded restaurant, for a French-inspired culinary celebration. Chef Ryan Burns is preparing an eight-course tasting menu that is at once familiar and modernist – while many of the tastes and techniques are classic French, the presentation and ingredient pairings gently break a few traditions. Featured selections include Smoked Salmon Bathed in Edwards Country Ham consommé; Pacific Fish Crudo (Florida White Grapefruit, Ossetra Caviar); Venison (Tartare, Matsutake, Salsify, Black Currant); Sturgeon (Monkfish Liver Mousse, Muosseron Mushroom); Squab (Crispy Corn, Dried Marigold, Winter Greens); Harbison Cheese (Apple, Spruce, Birch). The final courses includes Florida Citrus Parfait (Horchata Snow, Mexican Chocolate, Scotch Essence) and Preserved Parsnip (Chocolate, Chicory, Black Lime). The 8-Course Prix Fixe Menu is $90 per person. Wine pairing is available for $45 or $75 for premier wine pairing (tax and gratuity additional). The menu is available on December 30th and December 31st. Dinner will be served in two seatings each evening: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 –10:00 p.m. Reservations: (872) 829-3971 or on OpenTable.

Carlucci1801 Butterfield Rd, Downers Grove. Ring In the New Year at Carlucci With Wine, Pasta and Song! Carlucci, the place to party in the West Suburbs, is celebrating with some delicious additions their seasonal a la carte menu and two toasts to the “Nuovo Anno” – one when the clock strikes twelve in Rome (5:00 p.m. in Chicago), and one when at midnight in Chi Town. The place will be rockin’ to the tunes of the “Crosstown Classics” from 8 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Call for Reservations from 5pm-10pm(630) 512.0990.

The Chocolate Sanctuary,  5101 Washington St, Gurnee IL. Celebrates Twice: With Afternoon Tea And A Midnight Toast. Join Lake County’s destination for cocoa-inspired cuisine made with the season’s freshest ingredients, the area’s premium meats and the world’s finest chocolate. The menu includes cocoa-infused entrees and appetizers, Certified Angus steaks and a variety of scratch-made dishes including seafood selections, savory soups, delectable house-made desserts and a variety of options with and without the restaurant’s namesake ingredient. The Chocolate Sanctuary is celebrating on the Eve of the Eve with a Children’s Celebration Tea on Saturday December 30th from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The party will feature a selection of scrumptious sweet treats and savory delights! A countdown to Noon will be commemorated with a sparkling juice toast! Party hats and tiaras will add to the fun! Adults $21 | Children $12 The restaurant’s New Year’s Eve celebration includes a specially prepared menu from Executive Chef Jeff Tomchek alongside a la carte selections from their regular menu, a special dessert prepared by Pastry Chef Haily Turso, and a midnight champagne toast. Reservations only: 224.944.0808, the least seating is at 10:00 p.m.

The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet736 W Randolph St. Escape to A Midwinter Night’s Dream at The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet

Sommelier Tom Powers, owner of Randolph Street’s acclaimed The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet is hosting a whimsical wine-filled New Year’s Eve at his multi-tiered wine-bar and restaurant. Escape into a world of Shakespearian imaginings where the lunatic, the lover and the poet come together for one enchanted evening. Many a bottle will be corked, large format selections will abound, and guests can choose to dine on a la carte items from the restaurant’s seasonal menu, or enjoy a four-course prix fixe dinner with paired wines for $65 plus tax and gratuity. Make reservations by calling (312) 775-0069.

Porkchop, multiple locations. Porkchop is throwing a Prohibition Party to honor the illicit “Blind Pig” speakeasies that helped ease the pain of everyday life when there was a constitutional ban on alcoholic beverages.While there’ll be no bathtub gin, tickets give partiers access to food and booze – including an open bar from 9 til midnight. Revelers will feast on an array of sliders, wings, cornbread and grilled sweet corn (AKA “elotes”). Of course, there’ll be a whiskey toast at midnight and party favors for all who make reservations. Music will abound at every location – some live, some DJ’d some through the sound system. Check the website for details. The party goes from 9pm until close. $40 tickets include the buffet and booze until midnight. $60 gets you all that AND top shelf drinks. Save $10 if you purchase your tickets by 12/15, save $5 if you purchase your tickets by 12/25. Tables first come, first served, bottle service upon request with table. For locations and contact info visit chicagoporkchop.com (available at West Loop, South Loop, Hyde Park, Bolingbrook, Glenwood, and Merrillville).

Victory Tap,  1416 S Michigan Ave. End the Year Victoriously at Chicago’s Victory Tap. Ring in an “Old School” Italian New Year at Chicago’s Famous The Victory Tap, Chicago’s Italian Steakhouse & Tavern. This iconic neighborhood establishment is fronted by a welcoming behemoth of a bar that will be serving classic cocktails throughout the evening. Diners will enjoy classics from legendary Chef-Owner Joe Farina, Chicago’s preeminent practitioner of Chicago-Italian cuisine. Selections include his famous homemade meatballs that are made fresh daily, parmesans, classic brick chicken and smaller versions of Chicago’s beloved Armand’s pizza. The menu also features classic pastas, prime steaks and chops, and fresh seafood. There will be a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations Recommended: (312) 496-3862

Victory Meat & Seafood116 N York St, Elmhurst, IL 60126. Elmhurst Has New a Spot – And a New Reason – To Celebrate The New Year

Victory Meat & Seafood, a steakhouse and seafood house serving a selection of prime meats and seasonal fish, has opened its doors in the heart of downtown Elmhurst. Ring in the New Year at their spacious bar while enjoying a champagne cocktail (or two) and a partaking in a midnight champagne toast! The kitchen is helmed by legendary Chicago chef Joe Farina, who invites diners to enjoy his curated selection of prime meats and exceptionally fresh oysters and seafood. The vibe is Nantucket-casual-meets-city-chic neighborhood eatery. The restaurant also offers an impressive selection of classic cocktails, wine and beer. Reservations Recommended: (630) 359-5599

New Year, New Beer!

Nevin’s Brewing Company, which just recently launched their new beer brand in post-Prohibition repeal style, is offering a special New Year’s dinner package for guests to taste the beer and enjoy the evening with magnificent food. For only $40 per person, this special package includes cover charge at the door, two drink tickets, amazing food and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight! Guests may choose one appetizer, entree and dessert as part of this package. Appetizers include Firecracker Shrimp, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Warm Jumbo Pretzel, Shanghai Cauliflower. Entree Choices are as follows: Parmesan Crusted Filet Medallions served with whipped potatoes, asparagus and red wine reduction, Crab Stuffed Atlantic Salmon served with asparagus and rice pilaf and Chicken Rotolo served with a tomato coulis, pesto oil and angel hair pasta. To top off a sweet night, guests can take their pick with a delicious dessert of Mascarpone Cheesecake with raspberry sauce, Flourless Chocolate Cake with vanilla ice cream. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.nevinsbrewing.com.

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