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Eat and Drink Your Way Through New Year's Eve in Chicago

By Sarah Freeman  |  December 22, 2015

Whether you see New Year's Eve as the most important night of the year or just another Thursday, we found 15 ways to party at every speed.

Low Key

Big Star

If beers and tacos sound like your perfect New Year's Eve, then Big Star has your fix. It's the annual 3 Floyds tap takeover. The bar will be pouring: Blot Out the Sun, Amber Smashed Face, Zombie Dust, Gumballhead, Swole Patrol, Chevalier Bertrand Du Guesclin and Arctic Panzer Wolf starting at 6 PM, and running past midnight.

CH Distillery

For those who think New Year’s Eve is overrated, this distillery and cocktail bar has your fix. “Just Another F**king Thursday Night!”  takes place from 5 PM–1 AM and includes the regular food menu, themed cocktails and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Miss Ricky’s

While the party will be raging on the rooftop (tickets cost $200), downstairs guests can keep it casual with build-your-own sloppy fries (topping options are beef chili, cheddar cheese, spicy tomato sauce, fried egg, gravy, bacon bits, harissa aïoli and sausage gravy) or a “Bowl of Regret” with Sour Patch Kids, Flaming Hot Cheetos, wasabi peas, pretzel sticks and M&Ms. The menu of late-night munchies is served from 10 PM–2 AM.

Dinner and Drinks

The Blanchard

End the year at one of our favorite openings. The four-course meal is available for $85, and kicks off with an amuse-bouche of gougère, jambon de Bayonne and raclette cheese. The meal continues with a choice of appetizer, entree and dessert — including its famous Dover sole meunière. Seatings are available from 5–9 PM.

The Boarding House

Have a very bubbly New Year at the Boarding House, where executive chef Tanya Baker will prepare a four-course seated dinner for $65 per person. There's an optional wine pairing for $40. Later that evening from 8 PM–midnight, diners enjoy a six-course menu for $85 (optional wine pairing for $60). Highlights from both dinners include lobster bisque, beef tenderloin and champagne gelée.

Haywood Tavern

Get the taste of chef Noah Sandoval and Genie Kwon’s food before they open their new West Loop (661 W. Walnut St.) project Oriole during a special collaborative dinner with Haywood’s Rodney Staton. The seven-course dinner costs $75 and is available form 5:30–9:30 PM.


Pristine Parties

Ada Street

Grab a gin fizz and get your two-step on when the Great Gatsby goes hip-hop. The soiree kicks off at 9 PM with throwback bites — steak tartar on toast with fried capers, crab dip on cucumber slices and truffle potato croquettes. It continues with period cocktails and music until 1 AM. Tickets are $75 per person, and are available online.

Analogue

If New Orleans is more your speed, head to Logan Square. Chef Alfredo Nogueira will sling a prix fixe menu of oysters Rockefeller and shrimp rémoulade alongside specialty NOLA-inspired, classic cocktails: the Sazerac and French 75. At midnight, guests can keep the party going with a champagne toast and a late-night serving of yaka-mein, a traditional New Orleans hangover cure of spaghetti noodles, beef broth, green onions and a hard-boiled egg. Tickets cost $120 online.

Chicago Athletic Association

Mucca Pazza, the 20-piece hybrid brass and marching band, takes over the recently restored hotel. The concert will be held in Stagg Court, with a roster of guest DJs curated by Land and Sea Dept. Cash bars will offer beer, bubbles, cocktails, as well as a midnight toast. Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Cindy’s and Game Room will also be open.

Baller Status

Acadia

Each year, chef Ryan McCaskey attempts to outdo himself with an unforgettable New Year's Eve extravaganza. This year’s theme is 1920s supper club, compete with a tasting menu loaded full of prime rib and foie gras. The 5 PM seating costs $150 — plus $105 for wine pairings — and the 9 PM ($250) ends with a 20-piece marching band that will prepare guests for the countdown to midnight. There's also a 2,000-piece balloon drop.

Lost Lake

All we want for New Year's is all the tiki cocktails we can get our hands on. Pull up a pineapple for a tropical celebration starring an open bar, food from Thank You and dancing in the Cave. Tickets cost $120 and are available online.

GreenRiver

Take in the views from this 18th-story bar while dining on dinner of caviar with potato espuma, risotto with black truffle and veal breast with more black truffle. With two seatings — at 5 PM for $120 and 8 PM for $195 — ring in the new year in style. Wine pairings are available for $65 during the first seating and $80 during the second. Additionally, GreenRiver hosts a cocktail party from 9:30 PM–1:30 AM, featuring open bar, live jazz band and passed appetizers for $125. Opt for the all-inclusive ticket for New Year’s Eve of dinner, wine and the after-party for $250.

New Year's Brunch

Cherry Circle Room

This historic restaurant is starting the new year with a new menu brunch menu featuring creative takes on classic brunch and lunch dishes. Think Scotch egg with lamb sausage, giardiniera and yogurt sauce; Belgian waffle covered in blueberry compote, marscapone and roasted pistachio butter; and surf ‘n’ turf eggs Benedict with house smoked pork belly and Nova salmon.

La Sirena Clandestina

Roll out of bed and head to Brazilian Brunch, served from noon–6 PM with live music, cocktails and Latin fare. Cure whatever ails you with feijoada, Brazilian-style fried chicken, or casquinha de siri (a Brazilian baked crab dish). Sticking true to the South American tradition of eating seven pomegranate seeds for good luck in the New Year, beverage director Anthony Mitchell and LeBlon Cachaça brand ambassador Daniel de Oliveira also greet guests with a complimentary Pisco Punch incorporating seven pomegranate seeds into each portion.

Jake Melnick's

Rroll out of bed and over to the Corner Tap for a hangover-friendly  Bloody Mary bar. $10 covers the first Bloody Mary and grants access to the bar until 4:00 PM, and each Bloody Mary after costs $5. Guests are invited to pick their poison with choices consisting of Modest Vodka, FEW gin, Longrow scotch, Town Branch bourbon, or Cimarron tequila as the base spirit and can top the brunch beverage with house-smoked bacon, cocktail shrimp, XXX pickles and more. Food options include steak  and eggs, chicken and waffle wings and the 4 AM burger.