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New Year's Eve events in Chicago

Ring in 2017 with our guide to Chicago's best concert, events and things to do this New Year's Eve

Photograph: Jose Calvo
Crowds welcomed the new year with fireworks and music at Chi-Town Rising, December 31, 2015.

New Years Eve is perhaps the most hyped-up holiday of the year. With so much pressure to have a good time, it’s easy to get roped into some overpriced open bar you never wanted to go to in the first place. But don’t worry, those days are over—We’ve gathered the concerts, parties and free things to do that will actually make you like New Years again. Come on, have a little bit of fun before you kick off your new gym regimen.

New Year's Eve events

New Year's Eve parties
Things to do

New Year's Eve parties

Celebrate with champagne, tiki drinks, dinner buffets, burlesque and dancing.

New Year's Eve concerts
Music

New Year's Eve concerts

Get recommendations and tickets for killer NYE shows.

New Year's Eve with kids
Kids

New Year's Eve with kids

Pop the sparkling cider with the kids during the day before heading out for more adult celebrations at night

Chi-Town Rising lights up the skyline on New Year's Eve
Things to do

Chi-Town Rising lights up the skyline on New Year's Eve

Chi-Town Rising is back in action for its second year

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New Year's Eve photos

NYE at the Hilton 2013 photos

NYE at the Hilton 2013 photos

Mike Posner and Bad Boy Bill ring in the new year.

Official Playboy NYE 2012 photos

Official Playboy NYE 2012 photos

Hef throws a New Year's party at the Hilton.

Windy City Soul Club NYE 2012 photos

Windy City Soul Club NYE 2012 photos

A northern soul New Year's at Logan Square Auditorium.

Big Freedia at Empty Bottle NYE 2011 photos

Big Freedia at Empty Bottle NYE 2011 photos

Ass everywhere, ass-ass everywhere!

Comments

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Telesto A
Telesto A

Danger!!!  It is horrible, terrible rotten luck for the new year to hug and/or kiss a woman at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve!  It doesn't matter if she's a cheerleader, a Hooters girl, a movie actress (yes, even if she's Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Rosario Dawson, Emma Watson, or whoever's your favorite), a track star, a basketball star, or if she's 300 pounds, it is still horrible, rotten luck to hug and/or kiss her at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve!  In fact, hugging and/or kissing a woman, even a cute hot babe, at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, will guarantee you a whole year in which your entire world will literally crumble like a sandcastle being flooded by an incoming high tide on a windy day.

Derby C
Derby C

Come to Derby in Lincoln Park for a Gatsby New Year!  Details & Ticket info available at www.derby.ticketleap.com/nye/