New Year’s Eve: Chicago Style

Chicago-Style New Year’s Eve parties aren’t topped with neon relish and sport peppers, but they are some of the hottest events of the year.

While toasting the New Year at home is just fine, especially if you can’t get a babysitter, this is the time of the year when you can dress up and paint the town red. Many of the huge hotel bashes are sold out, so why not stay local? Here’s my roundup of local establishments that are throwing one heck of a party this year:

Mrs. Murphy & Son’s Irish Bistro: For only $50 to $75 bucks, celebrate Irish style with an open bar, appetizers, party favors and a champagne toast. Sounds like a good time to me!

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba: There’s no cover to ring the New Year in over tapas. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., cocktails are half price. This Lettuce Entertain You gem will also be providing a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight.

Rockit Bar & Grill: All of Billy Dec’s establishments are hosting some sort of event, but this one is a great deal. For $95 to $125, you will get to partake in an open bar, appetizers, a dinner buffet, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Oh, and to cure the hangover you might have, Rockit is including a 20% of coupon for New Year’s Day brunch.


Big Star: I know you wouldn’t think about this Wicker Park gem for New Year’s Eve. There’s no cover and you can spend the night with specialty cocktails and tacos. That sounds like my kind of party.

Fat Cat: This Uptown bar is hosting a costume contest. Come dressed in your best fedora or flapper dress for a 1920’s-themed bash. A $100 gift card is on the line. There’s no cover for this event. Canapes and mini-sandwiches are on the menu along with Templeton Rye Prohibition cocktails.

Where are you spending New Year’s Eve? Share your neighborhood gems with me on Twitter: @RyanKDean.