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Lobster Spaghetti from Andros Taverna
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Where find New Year’s Eve dinner in Chicago

Send 2021 off on a high note with prix fixe menus, holiday specials and more NYE offerings from Chicago restaurants.

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp
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It's never a bad idea to treat yourself to dinner in honor of the new year, whether you're planning a low-key meal and early bedtime or gearing up to dance all night at one of the many New Year's Eve parties happening later in the evening. Luckily, some of Chicago's best restaurants have devised special menus with options for every kind of NYE celebration, including decadent tasting menus from Michelin-starred restaurants, casual family-style meals and dinners that end with complimentary champagne toasts at midnight. We've come a long way since New Year's Eve 2020—back when this list was takeout only—so celebrate the end of a tumultuous year and welcome a new one with our list of restaurants serving New Year's Eve dinner in 2021.

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New Year's Eve dinner in Chicago 2021

  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Lincoln Park
  • price 3 of 4

On New Year's Eve, the arts-focused fine dining joint Esmé plans to unveil a new installation called "Champagne Tower," a structure designed by artist Benjamin Edgar to house the champagne that guests sip during the canapés portion of the restaurant's tasting menu. In honor of the debut (and the arrival of 2022), chef Jenner Tomaska's crafted an eight-course tasting experience that will include an hour-long reception with passed canapés. The menu comes with a glass of champagne, but you can boost the celebratory vibe with beverage pairings from beverage director Tia Barrett.  

Hours: Seating at 8pm

Price: $450; optional beverage pairings $150–$250

Reservations: Resy

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  • River North

Chef Carlos Gaytán presents a four-course New Year's Eve menu that highlights the restaurant's Mexican-French bonafides, moving from an amuse-bouche of Kumamoto oyster, caviar and yuzu gelée to halibut bouillabaisse and chile relleno served with ratatouille and tomato fondue. For the dessert course, we recommend this very cute snowman crafted from white chocolate and rosemary ice cream. 

Hours: 4pm–10:30pm

Price: $150; optional wine pairing $60

Reservations: Resy

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • North Center

At this new-ish French spot in North Center, diners can choose between two NYE prix fixe menus—one full-length, the other condensed—with selections like Lièvre à la Royalefrom chef Rob Shaner (Scottish hare, foie gras and Burgundy black winter truffle), interspersed with bread courses and desserts from pastry chef Cat Molnar. A joint wine-and-cocktail pairing is available, to accompany your meal as is a spirit-free beverage option.  

Hours: 4pm–10:30pm

Price: $205 full menu, $130 condensed menu; wine and cocktail pairing $90 (spirit-free $70)

Reservations: Tock

 

  • Restaurants
  • Logan Square

Joe Frillman's pasta-centric Logan Square restaurant offers a four-course New Year's Eve meal. The first two dishes (including choices like beet rillette and black truffle ravioli with Brussels sprouts, grapes and pancetta) are shareable; for the third course, guests choose from duck confit, seared scallops and roasted maitake mushrooms. Dessert—either chocolate panna cotta or pistachio profiterole—rounds off the meal. 

Hours: 5pm–10:45pm

Price: $75, wine pairings available

Reservations: Tock

 

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Bucktown
  • price 2 of 4

This Bucktown restaurant is cooking up a nine-course, farm-to-table tasting menu to celebrate the new year with toothsome dishes like Dover sole veronique, wagyu strip with apple and turnip puree, black cod rillette and chocolate ganache. Certain dishes can be pumped up with luxe add-on options, like uni or shaved white truffle.

Hours: 6:30pm–10pm

Price: $125

Reservations: OpenTable

  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • West Loop
  • price 4 of 4

Send 2021 off on an extravagant note with a special NYE tasting menu at Smyth, John Shields and Karen Urie Shields' two Michelin-starred fine dining venture inspired by Smyth County, Virginia. Reservations for two to four people are available in two seatings throughout the evening. 

Hours: First seating 5pm–6:30pm, second seating 8:30pm–10pm

Price: $375 first seating, $450 second seating (does not include service charge, gratuity or beverages)

Reservations: Tock

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • West Loop
  • price 3 of 4

For a slightly more modest price point, visit Smyth's sister restaurant downstairs, The Loyalist, which will offer a four-course menu with options like smoked sturgeon, French onion éclair, gnocchi parisienne and other French-adjacent dishes (plus celebration-worthy add-ons like caviar, seafood towers and oysters on the half shell). Reservations are available for groups of two to eight people. 

Hours: 5pm–10:30pm

Price: $125

Reservations: Tock

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Loop

Ring in New Year's Eve like a Parisian at Venteux, which will feature a four-course prix fixe menu with savory beignets and caviar, scallops in cauliflower brown butter puree, Grand Marnier souffle and other French-inspired plates. After your meal, drift upstairs to Bar Pendry for a cover-free cocktail party until 1am.

Hours: 4pm–11pm

Price: $150 

Reservations: OpenTable

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • West Loop

Settle in for a 2.5-hour, three-course meal—which you can build from a menu of scallops with grits and pine nut vinaigrette, lobster bisque and a half chicken with potatoes truffle jus—amid the glam environs of BLVD Steakhouse. For an extra-festive vibe, book a reservation during the restaurant's second seating of the night, which will include a midnight champagne toast and other New Year's Eve party favors.

Hours: First seating 5pm–8:15pm, second seating 8:30pm–close

Price: $95 first seating, $125 second seating

Reservations: OpenTable

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  • Italian
  • West Loop
  • price 3 of 4

Chef Joe Flamm's buzzy Italian-Croatian restaurant, which opened this year in Fulton Market, will serve a 2.5-hour, family-style meal for New Year's Eve—plan on bringing a group to devour dishes like grilled oysters with garlic confit butter and pork coppa pampanella with yogurt cabbage slaw, among other highlights. 

Hours: 5pm–10:30pm

Price: $125

Reservations: Tock

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • River West/West Town
  • price 2 of 4

No need to bundle up for outdoor dining—The Dawson's lush patio is enclosed in a mostly-transparent structure so you can keep warm this New Year's Eve while dining on the restaurant's three-course holiday menu, which will include dishes like oysters on the half shell, scallops with pumpkin gnocchi and an 8oz steak filet (plus a glass of champagne upon arrival). 

Hours: 4pm–10:30pm

Price: $95

Reservations: OpenTable

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Boystown
  • price 2 of 4

Head to Wood in Lakeview for an eight-course prix fixe menu from chef Devin Kreller, including dishes like smoked trout with soft-cooked farm egg, roasted quail, prime steak from Slagel Family Farm and caramelized pineapple with passion fruit curd and toasted coconut. Diners can also add an optional wine pairing priced at a very sensible $45 per person. 

Hours: First seating 5:30pm, second seating 8:30pm

Price: $95

Reservations: OpenTable

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • West Loop
  • price 3 of 4

Diners have two choices at Sepia, chef Andrew Zimmerman's Michelin-starred restaurant in the West Loop: Make a reservation during the first seating for a four-course, $90 menu, or opt for the second seating for a six-course, $130 menu; plus, stick around until midnight for a champagne toast to the new year. 

Hours: First seating 5pm–7pm, second seating 8:30pm–10pm

Price: $90 first seating, $130 second seating; wine pairings $75 first seating, $95 second seating

Reservations: OpenTable

  • Restaurants
  • West Loop

Sepia's globetrotting sister restaurant will also host two New Year's Eve seatings—with four- and five-course menus, respectively—along with a midnight champagne toast. 

Hours: First seating 4:30pm–7pm, second seating 8:30pm–10:35pm

Price: $70 first seating, $90 second seating

Reservations: OpenTable

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  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • West Loop

Summer might feel like an all-too-distant memory at this point, but you can still indulge in a little rooftop dining this New Year's Eve inside Aba's heated and enclosed patio in Fulton Market. The Mediterranean restaurant will feature a selection of holiday specials—like braised lamb shank with Moroccan mint salsa ($45.95) and shrimp with harissa cocktail sauce ($23.95)—alongside its regular menu, and the bar will remain open until 1am for sipping cocktails into the new year. 

Hours: 3pm–1am

Price: Varies

Reservations: Tock

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Loop
  • price 2 of 4

Tap your toes to live jazz from Christy Bennett's Fumée during The Gage's New Year's Eve celebration, in which the downtown restaurant will offer a prix fixe menu of baked petite brie in puff pastry, braised pork shank, chocolate coconut cream pie and more contemporary American picks. 

Hours: 11am–11pm, live jazz from 9pm–12:40am

Price: $95, optional wine pairing $70 

Reservations: OpenTable

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Portage Park

Elina's, one of the latest additions to Chicago's recent influx of Italian-American restaurants, is serving a five-course menu of dishes like rigatoni a la vodka, steak tartare, chopped salad and other classics. The restaurant's still waiting on a liquor license, so bring your own bubbly!

Hours: Seatings at 5pm, 7:30pm and 10pm

Price: $150

Reservations: Resy

  • Restaurants
  • Greek
  • Logan Square

A "Greek Feast" awaits diners at Andros Taverna in Logan Square, which will offer a four-course menu of indulgent dishes like Athenian lobster spaghetti, oysters and caviar, dry-aged lamb ribeye and honey-soaked baklava baba alongside its regular menu. 

Hours: 4pm–11pm

Price: $125 for Greek Feast

Reservations: Resy

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