Is it just me or are there WAY more New Year's Eve parties this year? You have your typical bar parties, but I feel like a lot of venues have stepped it up: Lawry's is offering a Pop-Up Opera dinner, Sushi O Sushi has a Sake Bomb Party and you can enjoy an evening of retro bowling at The Chuckle Bowl Spectacular. Of course, I hope you have your plans set because I bet a lot of places are pretty booked by now.
Cabs can be hard to come by on New Year's Eve, and Miller Lite wants to make sure everyone gets to where they need to go safely. The company has partnered with the city for the Miller Lite Free Rides program, offering free shuttles all over the city. The route runs in a giant loop, stopping at major bars, celebrations and EL stops from the South Loop to Wrigleyville. Click here to view the route map.
The CTA will offer penny rides from late New Year's Eve to early New Year's Day on all buses and trains. If you swipe your Chicago Card you will be charged, so don't forget! (They say rides cost a penny, but every year I see CTA workers open the gate and let everyone through for free.)
Sunday marks the opening of the Hancock Building's Skating in the Sky. Ice skate on a rink 1,000 feet above Michigan Avenue.
For more New Year's Day entertainment, check out the Comedy Sportz Hangover Stand-Up Marathon from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on January 1. You'll see 20 comics for $10, and you can c0me and go as you please.
Happy New Year!
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