Here's the earlybird posting of Chicago area New Year's Events in places that are known for beer. Now, some of these that are not beer brewers themselves may be putting away the craft taps for the champagne packages, so be sure to check early.
Some of these events may sell out in the coming weeks, and I will try to indicate them as I find out. In the meantime, if you don't have your plans made yet, be sure to check back, as there will be more parties to be announced!
Of course, I've added the New Year's Day "after parties" and brunches that I've learned about so far, as well.