You might still be basking in the glow of Chicago Christmas events, but New Year's Eve is just around the corner and there's no better time to lock down your plans for the first hours of 2020. You'll find all types of Chicago New Year's Eve events and parties throughout the city, including gigantic bashes (with open bars and balloon drops!) at the best Chicago hotels and more intimate gatherings at cocktail bars in Chicago. You can spend the final evening of the year pouring your own beer all night at a brewery, playing shuffleboard until the wee hours of the morning or dancing to house music in a subterranean club. Find a spot to toast a new decade among some of the best Chicago New Year's Eve events and parties.
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New Year's Eve parties in Chicago
Leave the champagne toasts to all of the other parties happening on New Year's Eve—this annual bash is all about the craft brews. You'll find an open bar with more than 25 different beers on tap at Brew Year's Eve, including selections from Three Floyds, Goose Island, Half Acre and Solemn Oath. Guests will also enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, Two Brothers Artisan Spirits cocktails, three live music options and the chance to raise a glass of beer when the new year arrives.
Looking for all the spectacle of a New Year's Eve celebration without the pricey tickets and long lines for drinks? For the second year in a row, the folks behind the defunct Chi-Town Rising celebration are setting up a dazzling fireworks display beginning at midnight on a mile-long stretch of the Chicago River. Launching from three barges and four bridges, the show will feature a synchronized soundtrack and an impressive grand finale. Visitors can watch the show from the Riverwalk or score a ticket to New Year's Eve parties at venues like Swissôtel or LondonHouse if you prefer rather be indoors while the sparks fly. Remember to bundle up if you're going to watch the display from the streets—it's probably going to be another chilly New Year's Eve in Chicago.
Get a front row seat for the Navy Pier fireworks display at the attraction's annual New Year's Eve party, which takes place in the spacious Aon Grand Ballroom. Each ticket to the Chicago Resolution Gala includes access to 30 (!) bars, food from a fully-stocked buffet (we're talkin' crudites, red pepper dip and flatbreads) and a complimentary midnight toast. Of course, you'll have to figure out how to get home from Navy Pier at the end of the night, but the celebration seems worth the trouble.
Pour unlimited beers for yourself at District Brew Yards on New Year's Eve, where guests will have access to all 40 taps (plus four specialty shots curated by the brewers). You'll also enjoy a barbecue buffet and tunes being spun by a live DJ. Plus, your ticket includes access to pre-parties at Old Crow and Moe's Cantina, as well as a brunch buffet at Tunnel on New Year's Day.
The Promontory's New Year's Eve bash brings a "sophisticated night of Chicago excellence and litness" to the Hyde Park venue, asking attendees to dress to impress before hitting a dance floor soundtracked by three DJs. Tickets include passed hors d'oeuvres, access to a 2.5-hour open bar, party favors and a midnight champagne toast.
The J. Parker's scenic rooftop hosts this formal masquerade ball, where guests can dress to the nines and admire the views from atop the 13th floor of Hotel Lincoln. Tickets include a four-hour open bar, passed appetizers, access to a dessert bar and a champagne toast at midnight.
Spend an evening at the Drake during Chicago Scene's annual New Year's Eve party, which fills two ballrooms with 40 cash bars and 3,000 people ready to mingle and celebrate the ocassion. Local DJs provide a Top 40 soundtrack throughout the evening, leading up to a complimentary midnight champagne toast and balloon drops in both ballrooms. Before you leave, you can snag dessert and a cup of coffee—just what you need after a long night of partying.
Spend the last few hours of 2019 indulging in an all-you-can-eat Italian feast at Eataly, where all of the market’s restaurants and counters on its second floor serve unlimited charcuterie, pasta, pizza, arancini and mozzarella. Wine, cocktails and beer are also included in the ticket price, and at mezzanotte (that's midnight, in case you don't speak Italian), everyone will greet 2020 with a festive prosecco toast. Salute!
Spend the last hours of the year getting high while you party on the 94th floor of one of Chicago's tallest buildings. 360 Chicago's New Year's Eve in the Sky party allows you to gaze at the skyline from above all night long, while enjoying live music, two glasses of sparkling wine and access to cash bars. Your ticket also includes unlimited rides on the observatory's TILT attraction—you might want to take advantage of this perk before you begin buying drinks. At midnight, you'll have an amazing view of the various New Year's Eve fireworks displays bursting in the sky around you.
If your idea of a great New Year’s Eve party involves thousands of revelers, a pasta buffet, top-shelf cocktails, four dance floors and a “midnight confetti storm,” this big hotel bash at the Hilton Chicago is for you. Upgrade to VIP for even more drinks, access to "gambling" at a Vegas-style casino and a chance to appear on NBC 5’s NYE telecast—and if you don’t feel like going home, you can book a room upstairs.
You've got two party options if you plan on welcoming at 2020 at the riverfront LondonHouse hotel this year. If you don't really care about the view, you can celebrate in the hotel's third-floor ballroom, where guests will enjoy music from Libido Funk Circus, a four-hour open bar and a midnight breakfast buffet. Those who want to get a prime perspective of the midnight fireworks displays should opt for the celebration on LondonHouse's three-tiered rooftop, where two DJs, a live violinist and confetti canons will send off 2019.
Spend the final hours of 2019 near Lake Michigan at Theater on the Lake's NYE party, where guests enjoy a five-hour open bar and champagne poured by aerialists hanging from the rafters. DJ Flipside provides the music for the evening, giving you tunes to groove to while you chow down on appetizers and take advantage of elaborate photo-ops in the venue. At midnight, you'll be treated to a champagne toast while balloons rain down from the ceiling. Don't forget to wear something sparkly!
What better place for a New Year's Eve party than the world's largest rooftop bar? Navy Pier's Offshore bar will ring in 2020 with ABC 7's Cheryl Scott and Terrell Brown, treating guests to a five-hour open bar, hors d’oeuvres, chef stations, live music and a great view of the midnight fireworks. Cocktail attire is required, so don't show up in the outfit you'd usually wear to dinner at Navy Pier's Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Looking for a sweet New Year's Eve event that won't force you to dig into your savings account? This party at Simone's offers two rooms of music, free churros for the first 200 people through the door and two balloon drops (one in each room) at midnight. Plus, attendees can snap a picture in a photo booth, sign up for karaoke and take home a free gift at the end of the night.
Travel back in time to the Roaring ’20s at this New Year's Eve theme party, where gents are encouraged to show up in suspenders, striped suits and fedoras, while ladies can sport drop waist dresses, gloves and seamed stockings. While the event is inspired by the Prohibition era, the drinks will be flowing at this late-night soireé—a Golden Ticket includes access to a five-hour premium cocktail reception, a well-stocked appetizer buffet and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Want to attend with your significant other or with three friends? You can save some dough by purchasing a couples or group ticket package.
Shuffle your way into 2020 at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club's New Year's Eve bash, where you'll be able to get some time on the court, enjoy food from Big Star and show off your moves on the dance floor. Admission is free and first come, first served, but you can snag a guaranteed spot (and access to a four-hour open bar) by purchasing a package. The dress code is black, white and pink and the mood inside will be tropical, even if the weather outside is frightful.
Ready to send off 2019 while sweating on the dance floor? Smart Bar's annual New Year's Eve party brings together the club's residents (Ariel Zetina, DJ Heather, Michael Serafini, Olin, Phillip Stone, Sevron and Sold) for an evening of electronic music accompanied by an art installation by Manifest. You can show up early to groove your way into a new decade or arrive fashionably late after 2am to take advantage of a reduced cover fee.
This killer soul music party sets up at the Freehand on New Year's Eve, bringing along crates of dusty grooves and rare soul records that keep the dance floor packed with moving bodies. Resident DJs Scott "Sloppy White" Williams, Dave Mata, Duke Grip and Mo Manley provide the soundtrack throughout the evening, spinning tracks that will fill the final hours of 2019 with upbeast grooves. Each ticket includes a handdrawn protrait by artist Michael Goldberg, a plam reading and a midnight champagne toast.
If you want to drink great cocktails before squeeze onto the Whistler's intimate dance floor on New Year's Eve, you'll need to score tickets to this end-of-the-year bash. DJs Mochi and Phreaky Bionick will be behind the deck for the entire evening, spinninga global playlist that includes contemporary Afrobeat, dancehall, soca, cumbia, reggae and baile funk. Admission includes two drink tickets that can be redeemed for cocktails from the Whistler's Best of 2019 menu and a glass of champagne at midnight.
Groove to the rhythms of the past as you move toward the future at this annual New Year's Eve dance party, featuring Northern Soul, Motown hits and regional cuts supplied by the Windy City Soul Club DJs. Dress to impress and enjoy an all-vinyl soundtrack to your rug-cutting antics as the clock inches toward midnight and the dawn of a new decade.
Can’t get enough of the ZooLights display in Lincoln Park? Spend the final hours of 2019 surrounded by the twinkling bulbs at this adults-only party that brings a DJ, games and plenty of cash bars to the animal sanctuary. Hit the dance floor, take a free ride on the carousel, enjoy Lincoln Park Zoo exhibits and greet the new decade with champagne and chimpanzees.