After surviving the holiday season, New Year's Eve has a way of sneaking up on you, which means that there's no better time to make your end-of-the-year plans. You'll need to decide whether you want to live large with open bars and dancing in the ballroom of a Chicago hotel, or opt for a more intimate evening spent with friends in a bar or cocktail lounge. Whether you prefer buffets stocked with snacks or an outdoor party set amid a sea of twinkling lights, we've tracked down some of the best New Year's Eve parties in Chicago, where you can ring in 2019 in style.
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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.
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!
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.