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New Year's Eve in Lakeview: Dancing, Comedy and More

By Serena Dai | December 26, 2012 12:42pm
 The Music Box Theatre will be screening the 1972 film  The Poseidon Adventure , where a luxury cruise ship overturns at midnight. 
The Music Box Theatre will be screening the 1972 film  The Poseidon Adventure , where a luxury cruise ship overturns at midnight. 
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LAKEVIEW — Looking to kick off the new year in the neighborhood? 

Whether you like a good scare or a good laugh, Lakeview has an option for you. And don't worry, a good drink accompanies nearly all of them. Just remember to buy in advance; some of these events sell out quickly.

For the artsyBottle & Bottega2900 Lincoln Ave., $55

This art party space will host their usual BYOB painting class. The special addition on New Year's Eve? A buffet from Fiesta Mexicana before the painting and dancing afterward. 

For the pro-gay marriageSidetrack the Video Bar, 3349 N. Halsted St., $25

Proceeds from the tickets at this landmark Boystown bar will be donated to the Equality Illinois, a pro-gay marriage political action group. Illinois marriage equality bill is expected to go to a vote in the new year.

For the film buff: Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., $23

The indie theater will be screening The Poseidon Adventure, a 1972 Gene Hackman film about a cruise ship overturning on New Year's. People dress up to see it, and New Year's in the film happens at the same time as New Year's in real life — commemorated with a glass of champagne, of course.

For the people who miss HalloweenStage 7731225 W. Belmont Ave., $70

The theater will transform for a New Year Eve's Monster Ball, with unlimited drinks, appetizers, cover band Uncomfortably Large, a haunted house and — beware!— "spooky surprises all night long," the event page says. Oh, and in case you miss Halloween, you can dress up for this dance party.

For the laughs, kids or adults: Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway Ave., $25 or $35 general admission; Comedy Sportz, 929 W. Belmont Ave., $25 for early show or $32 for late show

Both Laugh Factory and Comedy Sports are having early and late shows. Comedy Sportz' kid friendly early shows start at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and end with a toast of cider. The later show at this improv theater starts at 10 p.m. and ends with dancing. 

Laugh Factory, whose headliners have not yet been released, will be having a show at 8 p.m. ($25) and 10:30 p.m. ($35). Both ticket prices include a Laugh Factory gift certificate, and the night one includes party favors and a champagne toast. 

But if you're really just looking for a solid drink deal: Most Wrigleyville bars have tickets for sale at a set price that includes unlimited drinks and food, including The Irish OakMoe's CantinaJohn Barleycorn, Red Ivy, and Sluggers Wrigleyville. Check your favorite bar to see if they have a special you can take advantage of. Be fast — as the date gets closer, bars tend to sell out of these tickets.