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Where to order New Year’s Eve dinner in Chicago

Chicago restaurants delight with takeout and delivery specials to ring in 2021

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Morgan Olsen
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The parties and fireworks may be canceled, but that won't stop us from bidding a not-so-fond farewell to 2020. And after the year we've had, we plan to do it in style with New Year's Eve dinner from some of the best restaurants in Chicago. With indoor dining on pause, we're turning to takeout and delivery to celebrate the last day of the year with luxe multi-course menus, indulgent snacks and carryout cocktails. And don't forget the bubbly! Ordering New Year's Eve dinner in Chicago is a win-win: You don't have to do the cooking and you're supporting Chicago restaurants when they need it most. Take a look at the very best takeout and delivery menus hungry Chicagoans can savor on December 31.

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New Year's Eve dinner in Chicago 2020

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • West Loop

Chef Mari Katsumura brings an age-old tradition to Chicago from Japan with her interpretation of Osechi Ryori, an assortment of special dishes that are typically served on New Year's Day. Diners can select from two from two menus ($150 or $300 per person), with dishes crab or lobster motoyaki with caviar, kombu-wrapped smoked trout and coconut mochi cake with red bean dorayaki. Make it boozy with a sake pairing or toss in a bottle of bubbly for a celebratory toast.

How to order: Call 312-265-1008 or email admin@yugenchicago.com

  • Restaurants
  • Fusion
  • River North
  • price 3 of 4

Say hello to 2021 with Vermilion's six-course holiday feast for two ($140), which is loaded with exciting eats inspired by well wishes for the new year. There's a heartening Mexican roasted red pepper and butternut squash sopa, a nourishing orange-fennel winter salad, and comforting curry leaf peas upma. The final course is a layered dessert jar that promises to end the year on a sweet note.

How to order: Call 312-527-4060 or reserve via Tock

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  • Restaurants
  • Soul and southern American
  • Hyde Park
  • price 2 of 4

Virtue has assembled the perfect dinner for two ($150) for a quiet but celebratory night at home. Your choice of fried chicken or whole roasted branzino is served with a smorgasbord of delicious sides and house-made chocolate cake. Throw in a bottle of bubbly ($28) or festive cocktails for two ($18–$24).

How to order: Reserve through Virtue

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  • Restaurants
  • West Loop

Go globetrotting with chef Andrew Zimmerman's special dinner for two or four ($140, $280). The shareable feast includes snacks and an appetizer plus braised lamb shank, smoked butternut squash mash, basmati rice pulao and paratha. Matcha cheesecake with mango, ginger and almond rounds out the meal.

How to order: Reserve through Tock

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  • Restaurants
  • Gastropubs
  • Old Town

Missing the frenzy of bottle service at the club? Turn the lights down low and the bass up high and order a boozy party kit from the VIG and Green Curtain Events. Each package includes cocktail fixings for four, plenty of Miller High Life, party favors and access to a live virtual DJ stream with a celebratory countdown.

How to order: Visit nightout.com

  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • River North
  • price 2 of 4

Take Tanta home for New Year's Eve with a Peruvian-inspired, seafood-centric carryout menu for two ($140). After you polish off the tuna tartare, dip into a pound of grilled king crab legs and lobster-loaded pasta. Dessert is chocolate-dipped strawberries, but you can always add on champagne or a cocktail kit if you want to make the evening last.

How to order: Reserve via Tock

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Logan Square
  • price 2 of 4

If you've got a handle on dinner but don't want to fuss with cocktails, Logan Square favorite Billy Sunday has you covered with toast-worthy drinks ($14–$28) like rum-spiked eggnog, a minty Grasshopper and the fan favorite old fashioned. Most of the bottled sippers serve two to three, making them perfect for couples and roomies.

How to order: Reserve via Tock

  • Restaurants
  • Armour Square

Chinatown favorite MCCB is dishing out dinner for two or four ($38–$50)—just choose from black angus ribeye steak and chicken or honey black pepper chicken, both of which are served with ample sides and rice. Max out your order with add-ons like szechuan string beans, crab rangoon or a bottle of wine.

How to order: Reserve via Tock

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • West Loop

Look like a pro on New Year's Eve with help from chef John Manion, who has prepared a beef "chateaubriand" tenderloin roast that's ready to pop in the oven. The meal includes enough to feed four ($150) and comes with chimichurri, creamed spinach and twice-baked potatoes. A caramelized rum old fashioned kit ($60) seems like the perfect pairing.

How to order: Reserve via Tock

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

Feeling fancy? Michelin-starred Smyth offers several ways to indulge on the last day of the year. Two dinners—aged filet mignon ($55) or whole lobster tail ($65)—are rounded out with pommes purée, leek confit, salad and brioche doughnuts. If you'd rather graze, the Smyth Snack Pack ($150 for four) includes foie gras ganache with challah, an ounce of caviar with chips and dip and a cheese wheel with black truffle. And then there's the 8-pound whole live crab ($660), which is steamed and served with buckwheat-koji butter and preserved citrus.

How to order: Reserve via Tock

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Flat & Point

Multi-course menus are great, but if you're searching for an à la carte option, consider Flat & Point. Starters include nosh-worthy treats like smoked shrimp cocktail ($18), a cheese board ($32) and caviar ($80). From there, you can build your own dinner with beef tenderloin sandwiches ($45), a truffle ravioli kit ($24) or brisket wellington ($95). Let the kitchen take care of breakfast, too, when you toss in cinnamon rolls ($9) or a bag o' bagels ($14) for the next day.

How to order: Reserve via Tock

  • Restaurants
  • Ethiopian
  • Uptown
  • price 1 of 4

One of Chicago's finest Ethiopian restaurants is open on New Year's Eve, which means you can exit 2020 with leftover sambusas in your fridge. It's also an opportunity to try Demera's collab with Saigon Sisters, which lets you choose between a classic messob or a Vietnamese platter with loads of grilled meats, veggie egg rolls and rice noodles. Why not get both?

How to order: Reserve via Toast Tab

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Bridgeport
  • price 2 of 4

The folks at the Duck Inn appreciate the finer things in life, which is why they're going all out with their New Year's Eve menu. Nosh your way through foie gras terrine, a shellfish tower, baked goat cheese, wagyu steak tartare and deviled duck eggs ($175)—all portioned to serve a hungry duo. Make it dinner by adding in prime rib or white truffle lasagna, then fix your hangover by ordering brunch in a bag ($95).

How to order: Reserve via Tock

  • Restaurants
  • Tapas
  • River North

Bid adieu to 2020 with a Spanish-inspired meal for two ($100), a progression of bites like mushroom pintxos, pan con tomate, lamb meatballs, Iberico potato croquettes and more. Save room for cheesecake with spice cranberry, or opt to drink your dessert when you upgrade your order with a cocktail kit or a bottle of wine.

How to order: Reserve via Tock

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

You won't have to lift a finger with the Darling's to-go celebration ($100 per person), which includes a five-course dinner that starts with an amuse bouche and ends with boozy truffles. The package includes your choice of bubbly, a tabletop party game and access to a livestreamed performance and countdown. Make it even boozier by adding cocktails to go ($60) or an extra bottle of vino.

How to order: Reserve via Tock

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Armour Square
  • price 1 of 4

Forgot to order something special for New Year's Eve? Don't fret. One of the city's best dumpling shops has your back with pickup and delivery available on December 31. A few appetizers and skewers will prime your belly for the deluge of dumplings to come—we recommend beef and green pepper as well as the shrimp, pork and leek. Happy feasting!

How to order: Reserve via Tock

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