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New Year’s Eve parties and events in Chicago

We've found virtual and drive-in gatherings where you can celebrate the arrival of 2021.

By Zach Long

The usual slate of hotel ballroom parties and dinners at Chicago's best restaurants are off the table this year, but a few New Year's Eve events in Chicago are still happening. Several organizers are taking their events online, hosting virtual parties where you celebrate with others from a distance. One of Chicago's drive-in theaters is also getting in on the fun, organizing a night of live music and DJs that you can watch from your car. Ready to celebrate safely? Find a nice outfit, bring your bubbly and enjoy yourself at one of these New Year's Eve events in Chicago.

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New Year’s Eve events in Chicago

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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!

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Club nights, house parties and huge public celebrations are all pretty much out of the question this New Year’s Eve, but many of the usual suspects are bringing the festivities online. That means you could go to an EDM festival, a charity rave, attend a huge ‘street party’ or even see the godfather of electronic music play live from a cathedral—all from the comfort of your home.


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