New Year's Eve falls on a Saturday this year, so you better be sure you have plans on one of the biggest nights out of the year. Many Chicago restaurants are celebrating with special prix fixe dinners, complete with live entertainment and midnight champagne toasts. Whether you want a bite before heading to New Year's Eve concerts or New Year's Eve parties or just want to greet 2017 from the dinner table, here's where to celebrate.
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New Year's Eve dinners
Get ready for a black-tie affair complete with a midnight champagne toast at this award-winning cocktail bar. Two seatings are available, one from 6–8pm and the other from 9pm–1am. For $20 per person, a vintage bar cart will make the rounds dazzling guests with absinthe demonstrations and tastings of the mysterious drink. A la carte small places will be available throughout the night as well as late night snacks from Big Star.
Head to Honey’s for a tasting menu, open bar package and champagne toast at midnight. For $125 per person, enjoy a six-course tasting menu with dishes like lobster terrine, cotechino tortellini, braised lamb and smoked black tea cake with ganache, black sesame tuile and coconut. The bar package includes two specialty cocktails, champagne and a beer or well open bar for $100 per person.
When there is champagne and caviar service, a roaming table-side cocktail cart and an overflowing chocolate trolley, there is really no other place to be on New Year’s Eve. Swift & Sons' year-end bash will feature a celebratory champagne toast at midnight and a DJ to keep the party going.
Spend New Year’s Eve singing to ‘90s hits at a celebration with house party vibes. Dance all night with a glass of punch from Paul McGee, Hopewell beer and fried food galore. Book a table for $95 per person, which includes a large format cocktail, a growler of Hopewell beer, a mini bottle of Moet Chandon for a midnight toast and a large platter of snacks (including a tray of cookies at midnight).
Toast the New Year in Boka’s whimsical and romantic dining room. From 5–7pm, the restaurant will offer a five-course meal for $120 per person and from 7:30–11pm a seven-course dinner for $150 per person. There will be a few surprises, including a sweet one from Chef Meg Galus.
At Chicago Athletic Association's hidden microbar, Paul McGee has crafted a special New Year’s Eve experience for $250 per person. Guests can choose drinks from two menus—one with champagne-focused cocktails and the other with whiskey. Elegant bites will tide you over until it’s time to toast with a 1908 Blandy’s Bual Madeira egg nog.