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New Year's Eve in Chicago: Where To Ring In 2017 Across The Neighborhoods

By DNAinfo Staff | December 27, 2016 6:25am | Updated on December 31, 2016 1:46pm

 How are you ringing in 2017?
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CHICAGO — How are you ringing in 2017?

We've got a list and a map of dozens of New Year's Eve celebrations across Chicago's neighborhoods. Many of these are full-on parties that will take you hours into the New Year. Some of the events are kid-friendly, ending well before midnight.

And an important reminder: The CTA will offer free bus and train rides on New Year's Eve.

360 Chicago's 360 Degrees of Celebration (Magnificent Mile): There might be no better place to watch New Year's fireworks than the 94th-floor observation deck at the Hancock Tower. The party starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $60 and include two glasses of sparkling wine. There's a cash bar for more drinks. (875 N. Michigan Ave.)

A10 (Hyde Park): The restaurant has a three-course prix fixe meal offer for $55 from 4 p.m.-midnight. (There's also a $10 supplemental pasta course and $30 wine pairings.) Reservations required. (1462 E. 53rd St.)

Acadia — "Earth and Ocean" (South Loop): Head to Acadia to see a glass tube full of contortionists, a confetti cannon, and 20-piece marching band on a three-tiered stage. Oh, and a buffet with drinks. Doors open at 11:30 p.m. (1639 S. Wabash Ave.)

AceBounce (River North): A wristband ($60 for early birds) for NYE gets a three-hour open bar, appetizers and unlimited pingpong from 9 p.m. to midnight. Dress in your most ultraviolet-friendly attire and you could get a year of free pingpong. (230 N. Clark St.)

aliveOne (Lincoln Park): A $60 to $70 package gets you access to an open bar, private access to the back room and a food buffet. (2683 N. Halsted St.)

Ampersand Wine Bar (Lincoln Square): Make reservations for seatings at 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m. The $95-per-person prix fixe menu features seafood, vegetarian and game options. (4845 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Angelo's Wine Bar (Albany Park): Drinks, passed appetizers, Champagne toast at midnight and live music from the Green Mill Jazz Club start at 9 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. (3026 W. Montrose Ave.)

Artango Bar and Steakhouse (Lincoln Square): Artango will have a four-course prix fixe menu, a Champagne toast, live Latin jazz starting at 7 p.m. and dancing long past midnight. There will be three seatings: 3-5:30 p.m. ($65); 6:30 p.m. ($75) and 9:30 p.m. ($85). Make a reservation by calling 872-298-7441. (4767 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Bad Apple (North Center): Open starting at 11:30 a.m. Reservations will be accepted for dinner but walk-ins are welcome. Bubbly toast at midnight. (4300 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Baptiste & Bottle (River North): Make your last meal of 2016 a five-course prix fixe dinner ($85) anchored by New York strip steak or halibut. Served at 6 and 9 p.m. Head to the rooftop after for a special midnight toast. Call 312-667-6793. (101 E. Erie St.)

Beauty Bar (West Town): At Beauty Bar, the last Saturday of every month is a '90s dance party, and this Saturday happens to fall on NYE, so it's business as usual at this West Town staple. The $55 ticket includes an open bar from 9-10 p.m. and Champagne toast at midnight. (1444 W. Chicago Ave.)

Big Night Chicago New Year's Eve Gala at Palmer House Hilton (Loop): The historic Palmer House Hilton transforms into a party house to ring in the New Year's, complete with multiple dance floors, drinks, DJs, cover bands and more. (17 E. Monroe St.)

Cape Cod Room (Magnificent Mile): Eat in the venerable seafood restaurant, which has called the Drake home for more than 80 years, before it closes for good on Sunday. Signature dishes include the Cape Cod seafood boil, oysters Rockefeller, and baked Alaska. (140 E. Walton Place)

Chi-Town Rising (Downtown): Ring in 2017 outside at Chi-Town Rising. Sir the Baptist, Saint Motel, and other acts will perform at the New Year's party, which culminates with a star rising up the Hyatt Regency Hotel and fireworks over the Chicago River. Tickets are required, but free. Earlier in the day, at 6 p.m., is the free "Kids Countdown Spectacular." (151 E. Wacker Drive)

Commonwealth (North Center): A $60-per-person package starts at 8 p.m. and includes beer, call drinks, wine, buffet and a Champagne toast. (2000 W. Roscoe St.)

Chicago Resolution Gala At Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom (Streeterville): Drink from 30-plus bars and listen to four DJs (led by B96/Chicago Bulls' own DJ Metro) as fireworks over Lake Michigan celebrate the new year. Tickets start at $129. (600 E. Grand Ave.)

Chop Steakhouse Party (South Loop): Indulge in the steakhouse's full menu and premium open bar from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. as a special guest DJ spins tracks. Tickets start at $40. (150 W. Roosevelt Road)

Cruz Blanca (West Loop): The restaurant's $50 NYE package includes three drinks, passed tostaditas, and your choice of Oaxacan specialty: taco plate, cheesy shrimp encamaronadas or a tlayuda (Mexican pizza). The brewery will be tapping brand new specialty beers every hour on the hour, from 8 p.m. until midnight with tunes from a live DJ. (904 W. Randolph St.)

DANK Haus (Lincoln Square): For $125 per person, get a heavy appetizer buffet, open bar, live music from Upbeat Orchestra and Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are limited. (4740 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Ema (River North): Chef CJ Jacobson will cook a four-course dinner full of house favorites for $79.95 per person. Includes a Champagne toast. Make a reservation by calling 312-527-5586. (74 W. Illinois St.)

Fatpour Tap Works (Wicker Park): A five-hour open bar on two levels with various table packages, a buffet and DJ music will be the NYE focus at this corner hot spot. Tickets range from $79-$500, plus service fees. (2005 W. Division St.)

Feast (Bucktown): Say goodbye to this neighborhood favorite on its very last night in business after almost two decades in the neighborhood. A special farewell a la carte menu offers chicken tortilla soup, macaroni and cheese, smoked trout, chopped salad, braised beef short ribs and the Feast burger, made with Angus beef and St. Andre cheese. Hours are 5-11 p.m. NYE, with several bars in the area to ring the new year in at midnight nearby. (1616 N. Damen Ave.)

Fifolet (Wicker Park): This new Cajun restaurant offers a four-course dinner with cocktail pairings for $60/person, or patrons can order off the regular a la carte dinner and drinks menu. The bar will be open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., NYE and the kitchen closes at 11 p.m. (1942 W. Division St.)

Fork (Lincoln Square): A four-course meal, including vegetarian options, costs $70 per person. Add wine pairings for $28. Reservations can be made online, by phone or in person, and the restaurant opens at 5 p.m. (4600 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Fountainhead (Lincoln Square): There will be no cover charge or dress code, and the restaurant opens at 4 p.m. The kitchen will serve until 1 a.m., with a free Champagne toast at midnight. (1970 W. Montrose Ave.)

Frontier (West Town): Indulge in a whole smoked animal feast (pig, boar, lamb and goat) plus oysters, sides and a dessert buffet at Frontier. The $95-per-person ticket (plus $11.73 service fee) also includes open bar, party favors and a Champagne toast. (1072 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Galvin's Public House (Jefferson Park): A $30 special includes unlimited domestic beer and "you call it" cocktails from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The deal also includes a Champagne toast at midnight. (5901 W. Lawrence Ave.)

Gideon Welles (Lincoln Square): The family-friendly evening will have live traditional Irish music starting at 5 p.m., $6 pints of Guinness and a Champagne toast. (4500 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Gold Coast Bounce-Around Party (Gold Coast): Six bars on Division Street are teaming up to throw a New Year's block party. Bounce around The Hangge Uppe, The Lodge Tavern, Original Mother's, Mother's Too, She-Nannigans and Coconutz to celebrate 2017 with some variety. Tickets start at $40. (13-26 W. Division St.)

High Noon Saloon (Wicker Park). A special Three Floyds tapping at High Noon Saloon will include Zombie Dust, Gumballhead, Jinx Proof, Space Station Middle Finger and Yum Yum. There is no cover, and the bar will be open from 4 p.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday. Revelers will also take part in a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight  with party favors. Tables can be reserved at 773-227-9339. (1560 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Hops & Barley (Portage Park): This friendly neighborhood bar will run a $50 special from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. set to include unlimited hors de'oeuvres, cocktails and a Champagne toast at midnight. Party favors like hats, horns and beads will await each guest. (4359 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Izakaya at Momotaro (West Loop): Izakaya Lounge at Momotaro will host a night filled with delicious Japanese food, a four-hour premium bar and a midnight Champagne toast. Tickets are available starting at $130. (820 W. Lake St.)

Jerry's Sandwiches (Lincoln Square): New Year's Eve for families runs from 5-7 p.m., with a countdown for the kids at 7. The restaurant will have special menu for grown-ups, and a bubbly toast included with purchase of entree. Reservations strongly encouraged; call 872-208-6264. (4739 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Kick (North Center): Dinner will be served from 3-11 p.m., and an all-inclusive drinks package for $40 runs from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Reservations at Opentable.com/kick. (1943 W. Byron St.)

Laugh Out Loud Theater (North Center): Enjoy drinks, party favors and a comedy show. Tickets available for 5:30, 8 and 10:30 p.m. shows. (3851 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Links Taproom (Wicker Park): "No Cover. No hassle. Lots of beer. Lots of sausage. No expensive package," this bar promises. But tables can be reserved by calling 773-360-7692. Hours are 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. NYE and there will be a free Champagne toast at midnight. (1559 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Little Goat Bakery - Goat Down Tonight: Little Goat Diner will transform into a dance floor and several bars with local brews. Dance out the remaining 2016 to a '70s disco theme and sate your hunger with various food stations and hors d'oeuvres. (820 W. Randolph St.)

Longman & Eagle (Logan Square): The Michelin-starred eatery is offering a New Year's Eve dinner package at 5:30, 8 and 10 p.m. The first two time slots include a five-course dinner for $95, while the final time slot includes an eight-course dinner with a Champagne toast for $125. For reservations, email info@longmanandeagle.com. (2657 N. Kedzie Ave.)

Lottie's Pub: Dine on a buffet of pizza, chicken tenders, hummus, wings and sliders while washing it all down with an open bar and Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $65. From 8 p.m.-1 a.m. (1925 W. Cortland Ave.)

Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar (Bridgeport): Solid Gold New Year's Eve Extravaganza will combine "parts of Soul Train, Glam Rock, Disco Boogie and '80s New Wave Electro-Pop for an explosive celebration" according to the bar. Maria's will be decked out in sparkling gold and disco balls. There is no cover, and the party takes place 8 p.m.-3 a.m. (960 W. 31st St.)

Mo Dailey's Pub & Grille (Norwood Park): A $50 package at Mo Dailey's entitles guests to unlimited appetizers like wings and pizza, along with well drinks, wine, domestic beer, and a Champagne toast at midnight. (6070 N. Northwest Hwy.)

Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (North Center): Ring in the New Year in Chicago — and in Ireland (at 6 p.m., a great early option for families) with free Champagne or sparkling cider. Chef specials include lobster bisque, herb-crusted rack of lamb, stout braised short ribs, and a roasted Amish half-chicken. (3905 N. Lincoln Ave.). The restaurant opens at 5 p.m.

Naoki (Lincoln Park): Chef Naoki will prepare a seven-course dinner. Seatings available at 5 p.m. ($105) and 9 p.m. ($125). The late show includes a Champagne toast and other party favors. (2300 Lincoln Park West)

New Year's Eve Soiree At JW Marriott (The Loop): Need a place to stay after the party? Try the JW Marriott, which promises live music and "lavish accommodations" in its NYE package. Tickets start at $404, but guests can secure a 20.17 percent discount. (151 W. Adams St.)

New Year's Party at Disco (River North): Celebrate 2017 on an LED dance floor. Tickets for the party start at $125, with bottle service available from $800. (111 W. Hubbard St.)

Noon Year's Eve at Chicago Children's Museum (Streeterville): Count down to 12 (noon) at the Chicago Children's Museum. Activities include making festive crowns and noisemakers, a dance party and a countdown to noon with a confetti finish. (700 E. Grand Ave.)

Old Irving Brewing (Irving Park): The party from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. will feature hourly beer tappings, music, games and a midnight toast. No cover, no reservations and no tickets required. (4419 W. Montrose Ave.)

Park & Field (Logan Square): The new sports bar is offering a New Year's Eve package from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets ($70-$90) must be bought online in advance and include a farm-to-table buffet with dishes like crab cakes, orchard chicken and quinoa cakes. (3509 W. Fullerton Ave.)

Punch House (Pilsen): Bookings for up to six are for $225, and get you table side Champagne punch. Seatings are at 9:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m., and 10 p.m. and you can stay put until 2 a.m. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. To reserve call 312-526-3851 and ask for Sam. (1227 W. 18th St.)

Quiote (Logan Square): Get a peek at the new Mexican restaurant and mezal bar taking over Letizia's Bakery. Quiote is offering a New Year's Eve package that includes tacos, cocktails and a Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets can be bought online and cost $70-$170. (2456 N. California Ave.)

Rock Around The Clock New Year's Eve Party At the Hard Rock Cafe (River North): Enjoy 4½ hours of appetizers and premium cocktails, or add bottle service if your crew is extra thirsty. This party lasts till 4 a.m. Tickets start at $99. (63 W. Ontario St.)

Roots Handmade Pizza (Lincoln Square): NYE for Kids kicks off at 5 p.m. and wraps up at 7:30 p.m. A $30 ticket for a family of four includes one order of mozzarella sticks for the table, one glass of sparkling juice per child, one glass of sparkling wine per adult, one cake ball for each person from West Town Bakery and party favors. (2200 W. Lawrence Ave.)

Roots Handmade Pizza (Ukrainian Village): Roots offers an early family-friendly party with mozarella sticks, one glass of sparkling juice per child, one glass of sparkling wine per adult, one cake ball per person and party favors. Tickets are $30 for a family of four (plus service fees) and $10 per person for single tickets. Regular items off the menu can be ordered a la carte. The party runs 5-7:30 p.m., with a NYE countdown at 7 p.m. (1924 W. Chicago Ave.)

Salvage One — Brew Year's Eve (River West/West Town): Celebrate the New Year's Eve with fellow beer lovers and a selection of 20 local craft brews including Goose Island and Half Acre. (1840 W. Hubbard St.)

Sidetrack The Video Bar (Boystown): Doors open at 7 p.m. for the party featuring free party favors and a Champagne toast. Advance tickets cost $25 and benefit The Legacy Project. (3349 N. Halsted St.)

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar and Dueling Pianos (Wrigleyville): Good for people who haven't planned ahead with reservations, $20 gets you in the door at this Wrigleyville bar. (3540 N. Clark St.)

Studio Paris (River North): Ring in 2017 in style at Studio Paris. Too $hort will perform. Tickets start at $175. (59 W. Hubbard St.)

The Drake Hotel — Chicago Scene New Year's Eve Party (Streeterville): Ring in the New Year at the Drake Hotel with 3,000 partygoers and five hours of drinks, food and dancing. Don't forget to catch the midnight balloon drop in one of five ballrooms. (140 E. Walton Place)

The Curragh Traditional Irish Pub (Edison Park): For those who want to start 2017 in touch with their Celtic roots, the Curragh will play traditional Irish music all night. The rock duo Acoustic Generation will play live at 9 p.m., and the bar will hold free Champagne toasts at 6 p.m. and midnight. (6705 N. Northwest Hwy.)

The Garage Bar & Sandwiches (Norwood Park): Usually a lively sports bar, The Garage will host a classy New Year's Eve with a $21.95 surf-and-turf food special. The bar will have party games and a photo booth, and they'll raffle off a bottle of high-value Champagne. Drink specials are TBA. (6154 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

The Northman (North Center): Seatings for NYE will be offered at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Call to make a reservation, 773-935-2255. (4337 N. Lincoln Ave.)

The Pasta Bowl (Wicker Park): For a more low-key and casual celebration, The Pasta Bowl is offering an all-you-can-eat buffet along with open bar for an all-inclusive $50 per person over age 21. The NYE special runs from 9 a.m.-2 am. (1852 W. North Ave.)

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum — Noon Year's Eve Party (Lincoln Park): Count down to 12 (noon) at this kid-friendly New Year's party, complete with music, an apple juice toast, create-your-own eco-friendly party favors and a dance party. (2430 N. Cannon Drive)

The Violet Hour (Wicker Park). This speakeasy style cocktail lounge's black tie celebration offers two seatings, from 6 to 8 p.m. for $50 and from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $125. All prices are per person and do not include tax or gratuity. Guests will enjoy a welcome drink, cocktails, beer, wine and Champagne. The second seating also offers a late night snack from neighboring Big Star. (1520 N. Damen Ave.)

Trader Todd's (Lakeview): The party starts at 8 p.m., featuring two complimentary Champagne toasts and no cover charge. (3216 N. Sheffield Ave.)

Tuman's Tap & Grill (Ukrainian Village): Looking for no cover charge and no package prices? Tuman's, a popular Ukrainian Village staple, will offer free party favors, a free midnight Champagne toast and drink specials, such as $6 blood orange Champagne cocktails and $5 Jameson shots. (2159 W. Chicago Ave.)

Via Lima (North Center): Honored by Michelin's Bib Gourmand list, Via Lima will serve its Peruvian cuisine on NYE. (4024 N. Lincoln Ave.)

Vol. 39's "Speakeasy" (The Loop): Cake batter truffles, caviar hors d'oeuvres and a Champagne tower are the highlights of this party in a swanky wood-paneled bar in the new Kimpton Gray hotel. Tickets start at $100. (39 S. LaSalle St.)

Volo (Roscoe Village): The late seating is sold out, but early seatings start at 5 p.m. A la carte and prix fixe options will be available. (2008 W. Roscoe St.)

Won Fun/2 Fun Chinese (West Loop): With karaoke upstairs at 2Fun Chinese and reservations available on Reserve for Won Fun Chinese, the bilevel restaurant will be offering no cover and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. (905 W. Randolph St.)

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