Angela Eve and the Flat Iron presents: 2012 Metropolis Ball
It’s burlesque galore at Wicker Park’s Flat Iron bar. More than a dozen starlets take the stage, including Angela Eve, New Orleans’ Nona Narcisse, Maya Sinstress and Miss Vine. Live bands provide the soundtrack to stripping and peeling. Dress the part or take cues from an on-site pinup stylist; a costume contest awards the best dressed. The Flat Iron, 1565 N Milwaukee Ave (metropolisballchicago2012.com). 8pm–5am; $35, advance $30.
Blue Tie New Year’s Eve
End the year on a high note at Blue Frog’s karaoke party. The bar recommends creative blue dress and a willingness to make an ass out of yourself onstage. Appetizers (before 11pm), party favors and a midnight Champagne toast round out the fun. Blue Frog’s Local 22, 22 E Hubbard St (312-527-1200, local22bluetieevent.eventbrite.com). 9pm–2am. $25, advance $20; after 11pm $10.
Bottle & Bottega’s New Year’s Bash
If you’re the kind of person who gets bored at the thought of standing around making small talk, this party’s for you. Busy yourself by creating a painting in a 90-minute session led by one of the art-class purveyor’s artist-teachers. Socializing, a buffet, a live band and drinking (BYO Champagne) are still part of the package. Bottle & Bottega, 2900 N Lincoln Ave (773-313-9133). 8pm–12:30am; $45.
DANK Haus Silvesterball powered by the Polkaholics
Northwest Side hipsters and Germans share the polka dance floor at DANK Haus cultural center’s delightfully affordable annual party. Say prost over a feuerzangenbowle, a sugar cone soaked in high-proof rum and lit on fire over a spiced wine. Then see what 2012 looks like with a bleigiessen, hot wax cooled in a shape that predicts the New Year. DANK Haus, 4740 N Western Ave (773-561-9181, brownpapertickets.com). 8pm–2am; $10.