New Years Eve 2014 Chicago: Top 25 Celebrations

New Years Eve 2014 Chicago: Top 25 Celebrations
NYE Fireworks at Navy Pier will ring in 2014 in Chicago

New Year’s Eve 2014 in Chicago is a night for parties and celebrations. Where to go? How much to spend?  With enough choices to make your head spin even before your first drink, it’s hard to know what to do.   If you are planning a night on the town and haven’t made reservations, we’re here to help.   Here’s 25 spots from casual to elegant with something for burger, bacon and barbecue lovers to those looking for multi-course gourmet options.

1. Ada St.                                                                                                                                                                                          664 N. Ada St., 773-697-7069
Time: Early (6:30, 7:00, 7:30) and Late (9:00, 9:30, 10:00)
Price: $60 (Vegetable) and $80 (Animal)

Ada St.’s NYE celebration features an intimate dining experience where diners can create their own atmosphere by DJing with Ada St.’s collection of vinyls.  In addition to the music, guests can choose animal or vegetable prix fixe menus designed by Chef Zoe Schor.   A Champagne & Oyster starter is also available for an additional $75. For reservations, call the restaurant and ask for Chef Zoe Schor or Lindsey Becker, or email the chef directly at

2. Barcito
151 W. Erie Street, (312) 274-1111
Time: 10 p.m.
Price: $50 without table, $80 per person with table reservation

Barcito offers a casual celebration filled with small bites and festive cocktails, in the Barcito adjacent to Tavernita. Barcito will offer its regular menu before 10 p.m. followed by an all-you-can-eat-tapas package.  Starting at 10 p.m. Guests may reserve a table and a three-hour open bar for $80 per person. A three-hour open bar package without a table reservation (standing only) is also available for $50 per guest.

3. bellyQ
1400 W. Randolph, (312) 563-1010
Time: Reservations available starting at 5 p.m.
Price: A la carte

Executive, Chef Bill Kim’s Asian barbeque concept in at West Loop’s bellyQ, will be featured NYE on their a la carte menu. There will be a live DJ throughout the evening and they’re also partnering with Lumen on a variety of packages that can be customized depending on the group size and interest. To purchase tickets for an evening with bellyQ and Lumen, please click here.

4. Blackfinn Ameripub
65 West Kinzie St., (312) 836-0290
Time: Reservations available throughout the evening; tickets and tables 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Price: $75 online, $85 at the door

Blackfinn Ameripub’s NYE celebration features an open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. as well as a Champagne toast at midnight and party favors. VIP Table Packages will also be available starting at $400 and will include a bottle of Champagne and Blackfinn’s signature appetizers. The regular menu will also be available a la carte throughout the evening in the dining room. Tickets for the evening are available online ($75) or at the door ($85).

5. The Boarding House
720 N. Wells St., (312) 280-0720
Time: First Seating from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Second Seating from 8-11 p.m.; Wine Bar: 8 p.m.-Midnight
Price: First seating: $65 per person + $40 wine pairings, Second Seating: $85 per person + $60 wine pairing; Wine Bar: $38 per person

The Boarding House, the River North wine-driven destination from Proprietor and Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, will ring in 2014 with two prix fixe dinner seatings at the restaurant and a Bubble Bash on the first floor wine bar for $38. Guests opting for dinner in the elegant dining room will enjoy a multi-course dinner with the option to add wine pairings selected by Singh as well as an extra touch of decadence with a serving of truffles, for an additional cost. New Year’s Eve Dining Room reservations are required and are available by calling (312) 280-0720 or visiting OpenTable.

6. County Barbeque
1352 W Taylor St., (312) 929-2528
Time: 9:00p.m. until the wee hours of January 1
Price: $60 per person

Celebrates NYE with an Old Fashioned Pig Roast along with bottomless bacon, midnight eggs and brisket & debris. The night includes an open bar featuring American whiskey, spirits and craft beers.  Reservations can be made by visiting Brown Paper Tickets or by calling the restaurant.

7. DMK Burger Bar
Lakeview: 2954 N. Sheffield, 773-360-8686
Lombard: 2370 Fountain Square Drive, 630-705-9020
Time: 9 p.m. until late
Price: The Best of ’13 NYE celebration is priced at $75 at DMK Lakeview and $50 at DMK Lombard.

DMK Burger Bar’s Lakeview and Lombard locations invite revelers to celebrate the greatest hits of 2013 by reliving the most beloved burgers of the year, in slider form.  Not only will a selection of the year’s favorite burgers be passed, but a secret midnight burger will be revealed just in time for the ball drop. Guests can also indulge in tater tots, fries and boozy shakes as they dance to DJ Groover Cleveland.  Party-goers will enjoy an all night open bar. Reservations are available on Brown Paper Tickets for DMK Lakeview here and DMK Lombard here or by calling the restaurant.

8. ENO Wine Bar
505 N. Michigan Ave., (312) 321-8738
Time: 4 p.m.- Midnight

A perfect spot to grab a flight of wine, cheese or chocolate to celebrate the end of the year, ENO Wine Bar will be open on New Year’s Eve from 4 p.m. until midnight. For more information, please visit ENO Wine Bar’s website or call (312) 321-8738.

9. The Florentine
151 West Adams St., 312-660-8866
Time: Dinner reservations starting at 5 p.m.
Price: A la carte

Chef Chris Macchia will be featuring several specials along with an a la carte menu, including oysters with champagne mignonette ($3pc), Housemade pasta with Alba White Truffles ($80), 40oz Porterhouse for Two ($80), and Alba White Truffles will be available to top any dish ($65 for 7 grams).

10. The Gage
24 S Michigan Ave, (312) 372-4243
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Price: a la carte

The Gage Executive Chef Peter Coenen has created a special NYE menu promising a delicious start to 2014. While the doors open at 11 a.m., Chef Coenen and Head Bartender Thomas Mooneyham will keep the festivities going until the wee hours of January 1 with a menu of rustic, yet refined contemporary American fare, lush wine selections, and handcrafted cocktails. Mooneyham’s cocktail selection. Diners will have the choice of The Gage’s a la carte dinner menu, or Chef Coenen’s special holiday menu, paired with suggested wines by Wine Director Jon McDaniel.

11. Henri
18 S Michigan Ave, (312) 578-0763
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Price: $80, additional $40 for wine pairings for regular prix fixe $130 for Grand Tasting $205 with wine pairings.

Diners looking for an exquisite New Year’s Eve dining experience against the backdrop of Millennium Park, can do so by heading to Henri. Revelers will have the opportunity to experience decadent dishes and indulgent pours with a special menu prepared by Executive Chef Chris Gawronski and wine pairings by Wine Director Jon McDaniel. With a choice of a four-course Prix Fixe Menu or Grand Tasting Menu, diners will have an array of options for welcoming the New Year.

12. J. Rocco Italian Table & Bar
749 N. Clark St., 312-475-0271
Time: 5 p.m. until midnight
Price: $55 per person

Be a part of the Italian family by celebrating New Year’s Eve at J. Rocco Italian Table & Bar with a rustic Italian meal and a Champagne toast.  A four-course menu created by Chef Steve Chiappetti will be offered, along with the regular dinner menu. Guests will also sip on a complimentary champagne cocktail toast to help kick off 2014.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant.

13. J. Rocco, The Bar
749 N. Clark St., second floor, 312-475-0271
Time: 9 p.m. until late
Price: $85 per person

At J. Rocco, The Bar, the upstairs destination atop J. Rocco Italian Table, revelers can celebrate New Year’s Eve “At the top of the Roc,” beginning at 9 p.m.  Party-goers can enjoy a four-hour premium bar package, complete with champagne, and an assortment of J. Rocco’s legendary pastas, meatballs and pizzas.  Partyers can dance the night away to live music by DJ Kristin and Desiree Fawn.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant.

14. mk the Restaurant
868 N. Franklin, (312) 482-9179
Time: First Seating: 5:30p.m.-7:30p.m.; Second Seating: after 8:30p.m.
Price: $90 (5:30-7:30 p.m.), $125 (after 8:30 p.m.). Wine pairings are also available for both seatings for an additional $50 per person

MK will offer Executive Chef Erick William’s seasonally infused four-course New Year’s Eve feast, live entertainment from DJ John Young, and all-around festive cheer throughout the recently revamped River North locale.

15. Rebar
401 N Wabash Ave, (312) 588-8131
Time: Seatings begin at 9 p.m.
Price: Varies per package

Rebar Chicago hotel’s chic mezzanine-level lounge will be transformed into a modern interpretation of a Victorian-era circus with a Cirque Soiree Celebration. Guest will enjoy a performance from DJ Vourteque with his steam-punk gramophone, a photo booth to capture the evening’s memories and a wide variety of entertaining performances throughout the evening as they take-in the spectacular ambiance, sweeping vistas and delectable fare and cocktails.

Packages available: The Entertainer Package includes a bottle of Dom Pérignon Luminous Rosé and choice of hors d’oeuvres or desert plate. ($495 plus tax and gratuity per table of up to four guests)

The Main Event package includes preferred window seating along with a 1.5-liter magnum of Dom Perignon Luminous Rose and choice of a hors d’oeuvre or dessert platter. ($995 plus tax and gratuity per table of up to six guests)

The Big Top package includes preferred window seating along with a 3-liter double magnum of Dom Perignon Luminous Rose and choice of a hors d’oeuvre or dessert platter. ($1,595 plus tax and gratuity per table of up to ten guests)

16. Roka Akor
456 N. Clark, (312) 477-7652
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 8:00-10:00 p.m., and 10:30 p.m.- midnight
Price: Early seating: $85, Later seating: $125, $40 with wine pairings

Roka Akor is offering an early NYE celebration between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. featuring five succulent courses crafted by Chef Vibber ($85). Later seatings are available from 8 to 10 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. to midnight with Chef Vibber’s special five-course dinner ($125) inclusive of a Modern Nigiri and Premium Sashimi Platter and Grilled Lobster and Mussels can add expertly selected wine and sake pairings to compliment each course for $40 per person. The dinner is also inclusive of a celebratory glass of sparkling wine for the midnight toasting.

17. Slurping Turtle
116 W. Hubbard, 312-464-0466
Times: Three seating options at 5-6:30 p.m., 7:30-9 p.m. and 9:45-11 p.m.
Price: $40 or $65; add $10 for last seating, for party favors and sake toast

Slurping Turtle will celebrate New Year’s Eve by staying true to its Japanese roots with classic Japanese action films Godzilla and Ultraman playing on the restaurant’s concrete wall throughout the night, two tasting menus featuring the restaurant’s signature Japanese comfort food and a sake toast for all at midnight.

18. The Talbott Hotel
20 E. Delaware, 1-800-TALBOTT
Time: Dinner reservations at Little Market Brasserie starting at 5p.m.
Price: Package rates starting at $285

You can drink and not have to worry about driving home with The Talbott Hotel package. The Hotel has teamed up with Little Market Brasserie to offer guests a New Year’s Eve package that takes the planning off of their hands. Guests who book the New Year’s Eve package will enjoy a special four-course dinner at Little Market Brasserie, located inside the hotel, and an overnight stay at the boutique hotel. Call the hotel to book the package directly and make a dinner reservation for December 31st.  Rates for a Standard King Room start at $285 and include a 4-course dinner at Little Market Brasserie. Beverages must be purchased separately and tax and gratuity are not included.

19. Takashi
1952 North Damen Ave., (773) 772-6170
Time: 5-7 p.m., 7 p.m. -Midnight
Price: $90, optional wine pairing +$45 (5-7pm) or $110, optional wine pairing +$60 (7pm midnight)

This New Year’s Eve, Takashi invites guests to ring in 2014 while enjoying succulent dishes prepared by Chef Takashi Yagihashi. A four-time Michelin star recipient including the recent 2014 honor, Takashi has quickly became a classic Chicago restaurant

20. Tortoise Club
350 N. State Street, 312-755-1700
Time: 5 p.m. to late
Price: a la carte

To celebrate 2014, the Tortoise Club will offer their regular dinner menu along with New Year’s Eve specials including, Turbot, Lobster Thermidor and Miyazaki Strip Loin. Tortoise Club puts on its party hat this New Year’s Eve with a festive celebration including a live jazz trio, late night dancing, cigarette girls passing out holiday flair for guests, mini caricature sketches and a Midnight balloon drop with champagne toast.

21. Urbanbelly
1400 W. Randolph St., 773-583-0500
Time: 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.

Looking to get your slurp on for the Holidays? Don’t fret – Urbanbelly will be open on New Year’s Eve (normal hours). Lay low this year and head to Urbanbelly for noodles, dumplings, rice and new Eggnog soft serve – yes it really is as good as it sounds.

22. North Pond
2610 N. Cannon Drive, 773.477.5845

New Year’s Eve at North Pond offers a wonderful evening in a beautiful setting. Reservations are available 5:30 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. (open seating); Seven-course Tasting Menu, $120 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity), $60 optional wine pairing; vegetarian option not available. Credit card required to reserve; 72 hour cancellation policy. Reservations strongly recommended.

23. Clark Street Dog and Bar
3040 N. Clark St. 773.281.6690

What’s  more Chicago than the Chicago Hot Dog plus the price is right. Ring in the New Year without a lot of frills at Clark Street Dog and Bar. The restaurant, open until 4 a.m. and will be serving their always fresh and never frozen menu which includes favorites like Original Style Gyros, Old Fashioned Polish Sausage, Italian Beef and the Signature Clark Street Dog. The Lakeview staple will also be offering Goose Island drafts for $3.50, Root Beer Beer drafts for $5, their signature Jameson Pickleback shot for $5 and Jim Beam and Jack Daniels shots for $5. The bar, open until 2 a.m., will also offer a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, party favors and their everyday low pricing on both food and drinks. There is no cover.

24. New Year’s Eve at Brasserie by LM
800 S. Michigan Avenue  312.431.1788
5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., $37 per person

This New Year’s Eve, Brasserie by LM invites guests to celebrate “Midnight in Paris” with a special prix fixe menu. For $37 per person, guests can enjoy a three-course menu including a soup or salad, main entrée and dessert. The menu also includes a complimentary glass of champagne. For an additional $5, guests can enjoy an individual Beef Wellington with garlic spinach and a red wine sauce. The restaurant will be taking reservations from 5:00 p.m. through 10:30 p.m.

25. The Langham —Travelle’s New Year’s Eve Party, 330 N. Wabash Ave. (312)  923-9988

The famous black and white ball of 1966 set the standard for midcentury mod chicness with guests dressed in black and white and donning masks.  In a playful nod to an era captivated by fun and frivolity, Travelle at The Langham, Chicago will welcome in the New Year with a festive party that celebrates in black and white.

Black and white bow tie pasta to black and white croquembouche balls will set the culinary stage for Executive Chef Tim Graham’s and Pastry Chef Scott Green’s festive New Year’s Eve menu.  Two seatings will prevail.  At 5:00 p.m., a three-course menu will be featured.  This will be followed by a five-course black and white gala dinner starting at 7:30 p.m. and continuing into the New Year.   Guests joining the second seating are encouraged, but certainly not required, to wear their favorite mask along with black and white attire.  The recipient whose mask is deemed the most festive will win a magnum of Veuve Clicquot champagne for their table.  Price is $125 per person plus tax.

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