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New Year's Eve dinner specials to ring in 2017

Find the best New Year's Eve dinner specials with our guide to prix fixe meals, champagne toasts and more

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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

The Violet Hour

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.

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Wicker Park

Honey's

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. 

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West Loop

Balena

Spend this special night under the twinkling lights at Balena with a festive selection of cocktails and a Prosecco toast for all guests. The a la carte menu includes enticing dishes like tagliolini nero, grilled lobster and pumpkin agnolotti.

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Lincoln Park
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Swift & Sons

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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.

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West Loop

The Game Room

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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). 

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Loop

Boka

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.

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Lincoln Park
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Cherry Circle Room

Go all out at this Mad Men-style bar with a surf n’ turf dinner. For $125 per person, celebrate with King Crab ravioli, pan seared scallops, dry aged ribeye and a dessert of white chocolate panna cotta.

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Loop

GreenRiver

Finish the year with a Michelin-star tasting menu and a view of the city like no other. There are two seatings available, one from 6–7:30pm for $85 per person and the other from 9–10:30pm at $135 per person. 

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Streeterville

avec

Avec will celebrate with a five-course prix fixe menu for $65 per person with an option to include unique wine pairings for an additional $45. Indulge in the renowned Mediterranean and Midwestern influenced plates with festive cocktails.

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West Loop
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Milk Room

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.

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Loop
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2 comments
Doug D

Hi Amy, great list you complied here. I was wondering if you're able to put together a list of good places for dinner for those that don't want to do the whole package/price-fixe thing and just want to order off a menu and go back home for the ball drop. If there is such a list, my apologies for not finding it.