39 Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve In Chicago This Year

Looking for a fab way to ring in 2018 in style? We’ve got 30+ options, from low-key dinners to black-tie affairs (and everything in-between).

Before and After at 20 East
20 East (20 E. Delaware Pl.)
On New Year’s Eve, 20 East is celebrating early with a night of drinks, dinner, and a Champagne toast. For $45, start out the year right with Fried Chicken with bacon and pepper gravy; Sriracha Butter Waffles with housemade jam; Cavatappi Chili Mac topped with cheddar; Roasted Garlic Potatoes with truffles; and a Country Apple Tart with salted caramel and whipped cream.
Reservations for New Year’s Eve (and New Year’s Day Brunch) can be made here.

An Elevated Evening at Raised Bar
Raised, An Urban Rooftop Bar
, 1 W. Wacker Drive,
Raised is inviting Chicagoans to ring in the New Year in style at their ticketed New Year’s Eve party on Sunday, December 31 from 9pm to 1am. The third-floor rooftop hangout, which boasts panoramic views of the Chicago river and city skyline, will be offering a special Premium Drink Package that includes champagne cocktails from 9pm to midnight. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased here.

Join the Ada Street Secret Society
Ada Street1664 N. Ada St.
Join Ada Street for a night full of luxury, secrecy, and pleasure. Begin with a ceremonial drink on your way to enjoying an exclusive inaugural celebration. Enjoy craft spirits from an open bar; and Chef Michael Kornick’s menu of fine passed hors d’oeuvres with dishes including Salmon Tartare on nori crackersOyster Po’ Boy Crostini, and Lamb Ribs. Tickets are $100 per person, inclusive of tax and service, and can be purchased through Eventbrite. 

New Year's Eve at Studio Paris; Jennifer Catherine Photography
New Year’s Eve at Studio Paris; Jennifer Catherine Photography

A Glam New Year at Studio Paris 
Studio Paris, 59 W. Hubbard St.
Dress to the nines and ring in the New Year at Studio Paris Nightclub. Enjoy a deejay set by special guest Jermaine Dupri, nosh on a lavish dinner of passed heavy hors d’oeuvres, indulge in a premium bar package and mingle with other black-tie partygoers. For tickets and table reservations—including premium VIP seating—visit studioparisnightclub.com today.

Send 2017 Off In Style
ROOF on theWit, 201 N State Street
ROOF on theWit will host a lavish Monte Carlo-inspired New Year’s Eve Bash to ring in 2018 from 9:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 31. Those who purchase tickets, which range from $150 to $3,000, will have access to gaming tables, a premium open bar, that includesAbsolut Elyx and Avion Tequila, and entertainment from famed the famed Chicago DJ, Flipside. The event, which will be set 27 stories above the bustling city, will feature several extravagant food stations, including fresh oysters, a Wagyu beef tenderloin carving station, and a seafood display with ceviche and crudo. All guests can also take part in the complimentary GH Mumm champagne toast at midnight. The beverage package, which starts at 9:30pm, will end at 12:30am. Packages range from $850-$3,000 and include VIP seating, VIP ROOF access with early entry at 9:00 p.m., private bottle service and vouchers for complimentary New Year’s Day Brunch at State and Lake Tavern. Those attending must be 21 years of age to enter.

Sexy, Silver & Chic Toast to 2018
Arbella, 112 W. Grand Ave.
Toast to 2018 in worldly fashion at Arbella’s Silver Lining New Year’s Eve party and dance the night away with DJ Phil Stone on the 1s & 2s. Partygoers celebrate the New Year in their chicest black threads with a premium open bar from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. featuring Avion Tequila, Absolut Elyx, Beefeater, Russels Reserve Bourbon + Rye, Cutwater Spiced + White Rums and passed appetizers. Guests may purchase general admission tickets for $100 (plus tax & gratuity) or get together a group of friends for a VIP Booth for four guests for $700 (plus tax & gratuity). Booths include premier reserved seating for four guests, four premium open bar wristbands, and a complimentary bottle of Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Champagne (a $250 value) on ice upon arrival. Arbella is open on Sunday, December 31 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite. For more information, call Arbella at 312.846.6654 or visit www.arbellachicago.com. General admission is standing room and does not guarantee seating. All guests must be 21+. Additional Eventbrite handling fee not included. Online pre-purchase for admittance only. 

NYE at 360 Chicago Observation Deck
360 Chicago, 875 Michigan Avenue

*NEW YEAR’S EVE360 will host a 21-and-over New Year’s Eve Celebration on December 31st beginning at 9 p.m. The $70 package includes general admission, unlimited rides on TILT, DJ entertainment and party favors plus two glasses of sparkling wine, and weather permitting, a grand view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks display.


Celebrate with Sunda
Sunda,110 W. Illinois St.
Toast the New Year with a decadent cross-cultural feast at Sunda. Choose from a variety of authentic pan-Asian dishes and an array of award-winning signature sushi rolls while enjoying a live DJ set to keep the night lively. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. For more information, click here.

Get Down for the Countdown
Cindy’s12 S. Michigan Ave., 13th Floor
The rooftop restaurant perched atop the historic Chicago Athletic Association hotel offers guests three chances for funk and soul reflection to close out 2017 and welcome 2018. DJ Dave Mata’s Uptown Downtown spins an all vinyl set of vibrant soul music from every corner of the globe during daytime brunch on Sunday, December 31, prior to the restaurant’s first ever New Year’s Eve party. Guests can enjoy Chef de Cuisine Keith Potter’s canape selection beginning at 9 p.m. alongside bubbles selected by Sommelier Sterling Knight. The party continues with more soulful sounds from DJ Dave Mata of Soul Summit and Impala Sound spinning through the night as the ball drops at midnight and toasts abound.  For more information and to make a reservation, please visit www.cindysrooftop.com or email nlarose@chicagoathletichotel.com.

A Romantic Evening at Geja
Geja’s Café340 W Armitage Ave
Geja’s Cafe will offer New Year’s Eve revelers a romantic repast featuring fondue and champagne in a festive, yet intimate, atmosphere complete with classical/flamenco guitar music. Geja’s Café will feature three special reserved seatings on Sunday, December 31, 2017.  Reservations are available for 5:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. All guests will enjoy a four-course fondue dinner complete with cheese fondue appetizer, salad, lobster, shrimp and beef entree and Geja’s famous flaming chocolate dessert fondue. The evening’s packages also include champagne and tax and gratuity! The 5:00 p.m. seating is $95 per person and includes a glass of Chandon Brut Sparkling. The 7:30 p.m. seating is $115 per person and includes a glass of Moet Brut Champagne. The 10:00 p.m. seating is $130 per person and includes a bottle of Etoile Rose Sparkling per couple with party favors galore for the countdown to midnight. Long acclaimed “Chicago’s Most Romantic Restaurant,” Geja’s Cafe offers guests an enchanting setting; intimate, candle-lit wine cellar atmosphere and private booths, together with an extensive list of fine, moderately priced wines. To purchase tickets or for more information on the New Year’s celebration; go to www.gejascafe.com or call Geja’s Café at 773-281-9101.

El Gran New Year’s Eve
Esco Bar738 W. Randolph St.
Esco Bar invites guests to put their dancing shoes on and ring in 2018 with a night of delicious food, drinks and live music. For $80, guests have access to passed appetizers from Ronero and a premium open bar from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. At midnight, a complimentary Champagne toast marks the beginning of the new year. Tickets are $80 and can be purchased by calling 312.600.6105 or by visiting ronerochicago.com/escobar-nye-2018.

All You Can Eat Crab at Fish Bar
Fish Bar2956 N. Sheffield Ave.
Feelin’ crabby and don’t want to go out on New Year’s Eve? This year, Fish Bar is ditching traditional New Year’s stuff. Ring in the New Year with All You Can Eat Crab, a prix fixe NYE dinner menu, or the good ol’ regular menu. The prefixed dinner starts off with an oyster shootercurry scented lobster bisque, a wedge salad, and ends with all you can eat crab, both King and Snow – the choice is yours! The prix fixe dinner menu is $85 per person, inclusive of tax and service, and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Sub 51

Four Course Prix Fixe and Live Latin Music at Artango
Artango, 4767 N Lincoln Ave.
Ring in the new year with a spicy night out at Artango! On Sunday, December 31, the Lincoln Square-located steakhouse and bar will welcome celebrants with a four course prix fixe menu and live Latin music. Dining guests may enjoy Chef Saul Roman’s special menu, featuring tapas, starter course, entree and dessert (detailed below). The fee is $75 per person (seatings 4-7 p.m.); $85 per person (8:30 p.m.-midnight). Live Latin jazz will be performed by the Guillermo Paolisso band from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. A champagne toast and party favors will be distributed at midnight. For dining reservations, please visit ArtangoSteakhouse.com or call 872-208-7441.

Drinks & DJs at Sub 51
Sub 51, 51 W. Hubbard St.
Welcome 2018 in style at SUB 51’s New Year’s Eve bash. Enjoy sounds by local legend DJ MattBoyWhite, relish in a meal of passed hors d’oeuvres featuring HUB 51 favorites and imbibe on a premium bar package, including a Champagne toast at midnight.

New Year’s Eve with a Michelin Star Touch
GreenRiver259 E. Erie St., 18th Floor
Executive Chef Aaron Lirette and the GreenRiver team provide an intimate dining experience this New Year’s Eve, offering its Michelin-starred tasting menu for two seatings. The first seating consists of five courses ($125/person) with desserts prepared by Executive Pastry Chef Ji Hyun Yoon. The second seating begins at 8:30 p.m. with an additional sixth course ($155/person) and a Champagne toast at midnight. Highlights from the menu include Trout Tartare Parfait with egg, crème fraiche, chive, and trout roe and Wild Mushroom Agnolotti with sherry cream, La Tur cheese, and black truffle. Optional wine pairings to accompany the first seating ($55/person) and second seating ($75/person) are available in addition to a limited selection of cocktails from Head Bartender Amit Gilad and team. GreenRiver opens on Sunday, December 31 at 5:30 p.m. for the first seating with the last seating starting at 8:30 p.m. and concluding at 10:30 p.m. For additional information about GreenRiver visit the restaurant’s website and follow them on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook. 

New Year’s Delicacies at the Albert
the Albert, 228 East Ontario St
For a special night in celebration of 2018, the Albert will be featuring a pre fixe menu of items including Matsutake Mushroom Chawanmushi with Scallion and Sorrel, Belgian Endive with Black Truffle, Orange and Pine Nuts, Aged Duck (several preparations), and Chocolate Strawberries and Champagne. The cost is $125 per person with a $75 optional beverage pairing. For more information, visit www.thealbertchicago.com.

Kick 2018 Off with Concerts
Headquarters Beercade, 213 W. Institute Pl.
River North’s beloved nostalgia-tinged beercade caters to concert-lovers this New Year’s Eve offering not one, but ten opportunities for attendees to win a pair of tickets to the concert of their choice in 2018. Resident DJ Brock Manke keeps the dance party alive with the winners of the concert ticket giveaway being announced every hour on the hour. Tickets start at $60 for well cocktails and $70 for premium drinks. Both price points include chef-driven food and a Champagne toast at midnight. The New Year’s Eve celebration runs from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets are available via the Headquarters Beercade website.

Henry’s & The Rec Room Go Bottomless!
Henry’s & The Rec Room18 W. Hubbard St.
Henry’s and The Rec Room are going BOTTOMLESS! Yeah, you heard it right, BOTTOMLESS! Pants optional. Kidding…please wear pants. Bottomless drinks of all shapes and sizes will be offered. You can pick how you want to party this NYE with three ticket options. DJ’s will be bumpin’ tunes and there will be a midnight buffet that will make you say, “I’m lovin’ it”. All tickets include general admission, bottomless cup, midnight buffet, and midnight toast. Ticket options include$50 Bottomless Blue: Bottomless Draft Beer, Red & White Wine & Henry’s Punch Bowl; $75 Bottomless Red: Bottomless Draft Beer, Red & White Wine, Henry’s Punch Bowl & Draft Cocktails; $100 Bottomless Yellow: Bottomless Draft Beer, Red & White Wine, Henry’s Punch Bowl, Draft Cocktails & Mixed House Spirits. All tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

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Nacional 27

Dining, Drinks and Dancing at Nacional 27
Nacional 27,
325 W Huron St.
Dine, drink and dance your way into the New Year at Nacional 27. Chef Chico Vilchez will offer three dinner packages throughout the evening; 5:00PM – 6:30PM, five-course with a champagne toast for $49.99, plus tax (gratuity not included), 7:00PM – 9:00PM, five-course with a champagne toast and Brugal N27 Mojito for $99.99, plus tax (gratuity not included) and an exclusive seating at 9:30PM – 10:00PM, a five-course with a bottle of Moet and a table for the full evening of dancing for $400.00 per couple, plus tax (gratuity not included). Toast the New Year with a midnight balloon drop – plus the sultry sounds of DJ X, spinning until 2AM. For more information, visit nacional27chicago.com. 

Extra Fancy Fried Chicken
Honey Butter Fried Chicken3361 N. Elston Ave.
Those staying in this New Year’s Eve to avoid Uber surges and expensive parties can still enjoy decadent eats at home thanks to Honey Butter Fried Chicken. The Avondale restaurant is back with their New Year’s Eve “Fancy Packs,” an elevated menu of their fried chicken and comfort food favorites available for pick up or delivery. The $95 menu feeds four and includes their famous fried chicken, topped with truffle-infused honey butter, as well as a duck fat mashed potato with saffron country gravy, snickerdoodle sandwich cookies, and more. The New Year’s Eve Fancy Packs are available from 6-9 p.m. on December 31 via in-house pickup or for delivery. Guest can order online through Honey Butter’s Caviar website.

Bottleneck’s Brew Year’s Eve
Howells & Hood435 N. Michigan Ave.; Sweetwater Tavern & Grille225 N. Michigan Ave.; Old Town Pour House in Oak Brook8 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook & Naperville1703 Freedom Dr., Naperville
Bottleneck Management’s participating Chicagoland beer bars welcome 2018 with Brew Year’s Eve. Guests can enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu with carefully selected beer pairings for a special New Year’s Eve dinner, a Champagne toast at midnight, and a video DJ playing videos along with ideal party music to usher in the new year. Reservations encouraged. Reservations for each respective restaurant can be made at the following links: Howells & HoodSweetwater Tavern & GrilleOld Town Pour House Oak BrookOld Town Pour House Naperville.

Here’s to a Bright New Year
JW Marriott Chicago151 W. Adams St.
Toast to 2018 with the city’s hottest music, delicious bites, confetti cannon and more at the downtown Loop hotel, JW Marriott Chicago. Enjoy all the party perks under one roof with the landmark, luxury hotel’s New Year’s Eve celebration to remember with multiple rooms, lavish hors d’oeuvres and more. With rates starting at $404, guests are invited to book their NYE soiree & VIP packages with the option to book additional room nights at a special promotional rate of $174 per night. For full party details, visit www.chicagonewyearsparty.com. To book the New Year’s Eve Soiree or New Year’s Eve VIP package, visit www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-deals/chijw-jw-marriott-chicago.

A Prime New Year’s Eve
Lawry’s The Prime Rib100 E. Ontario St.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib invites Chicagoans to toast to the New Year at the former McCormick Mansion, adorned with lights, Christmas trees and holly, to keep the holiday spirit flowing into the new year. Diners can feast on a traditional prime rib dinner with all the fixings, such as the Famous Original Spinning Bowl Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, and more, while carolers stroll about the restaurant enchanting the halls with holiday favorites. Lawry’s is open from 5-9:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Reservations can be made online here.

2018 Starts Here
LondonHouse Chicago85 E. Upper Wacker Dr.
To ring in the new year, LondonHouse Chicago hosts a lavish New Year’s Eve celebration at the hotel’s Juliette Grand Ballroom, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Chicago River and the city’s glittering downtown. Guests looking to revel 2017’s end and start of a new year may enjoy free-flowing Champagne and cocktails, a live musical performance by modern rock band Mike and Joe, a live DJ, passed hors d’oeuvres, a midnight breakfast buffet, and complimentary party favors and noisemakers. In addition to the ballroom celebration on the hotel’s third floor, the tri-level rooftop venue at LondonHouse Chicago, LH Rooftop, will also host a New Year’s Eve party on floors 21, 22, and 23. Tickets to the luxe New Year’s Eve festivities at LondonHouse Chicago Juliette Ballroom begin at $100 and may be purchased here.

Toast to 2018 with a Prime Meal at III Forks
III Forks Prime Steakhouse, 180 N. Field Blvd.
III Forks Prime Steakhouse, located in Lakeshore East, will ring in 2018 with Executive Chef Hans Aeschbacher’s special a la carte menu. On Sunday, December 31, dining guests may enjoy starters (ahi tuna; crab cake; lobster bisque), steaks (certified Angus beef prime 42 day dry age; Durham Ranch wagyu by the Strube family), seafood (Atlantic salmon; Chilean sea bass; cold water lobster tail) and sides (off-the-cob creamed corn; six cheese potatoes; sautéed spinach). The celebratory dinner selection will be filet mignon with cold water lobster tail ($80). The complete menu is outlined below. III Forks will present an array of featured wines and bubbly by the glass, in addition to draft and craft cocktails. To make reservations (the last seating will be at 11 p.m.), call 312.938.4303 or visit IIIForks.com. Sunday, December 31, 5 p.m.-12 a.m.

Maple & Ash
Maple & Ash

A Gold Coast New Year Extravaganza
Maple & Ash, 8 W. Maple St.
Chicago’s sexiest steakhouse is offering two ways to ring in 2018. On Sunday, December 31, start the celebrations early with Maple & Ash’s Countdown to the Countdown brunch featuring classic Maple & Ash brunch fare, countdowns every hour, and fun NYE accessories to enjoy with friends and family. Brunch is priced at $55 per person, with the option to add unlimited bubbles for an additional $25.For New Year’s Eve Dinner, Maple & Ash offers its dinner menu a la carte including favorites such as the Fire Roasted Seafood Towerdry-aged steaks, and Ricotta Agnolotti as well as luxe holiday specials and a Champagne toast at midnight. Maple & Ash’s Countdown to the Countdown brunch is from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and New Year’s Eve dinner will begin at 4:30 p.m. Space is limited and reservations with a credit card guarantee are required. Reservations can be made by calling 312.944.8888 or online at OpenTable.

Ring in the New Year, Spanish Style
Mercat a la Planxa638 S. Michigan Ave.
This New Year’s, the South Loop restaurant rings in 2018 with a creative menu of Catalan-inspired eats from Barcelona native Chef Diego Amat. The restaurant offers a variety of tasting menu options with dishes like grilled wagyu beef served with aromatic herb butter and crispy potatoes. Besides dinner, the restaurant will also be open for a festive New Year’s Eve brunch. The New Year’s menu is offered starting at 5 p.m. on December 31. Brunch is also available from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. that morning. Guests can make reservations by calling 312.765.0524 

Go Out in Style This New Year’s
Old Town Pour House1419 N. Wells St.; The Boundary1932 W. Division St.
Chicago’s craft beer bars ring in the new year with the “Go Out in Style” package at Old Town Pour House and The Boundary. The celebratory New Year’s Eve package, which goes from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., includes guaranteed entry, passed appetizers, and midnight brunch bites including Mini Stuffed French Toast with vanilla ice cream battered brioche bread, Bailey’s cream cheese, and powdered sugar, and Mini Breakfast Sandwiches on a green onion cheddar biscuit with a breakfast sausage patty, aged cheddar, and scrambled eggs. The night also offers a Champagne toast at midnight, Champagne bottles for $20.18, a video DJ showing 2017 hits leading up to midnight, and Snapchat Spectacles awarded to the snappiest dresser. Partygoers are invited to come back the next morning for a New Year’s Day recovery brunch, not included in the price of the package. Tickets available for $40 per person at Old Town Pour House here and $70* per person at The Boundary here (*price includes four-hour premium bar). Ticket prices increase after December 25.

Bienvenido a 2018
Ronero738 W. Randolph St.
Ronero wraps up the end of 2017 with Chef Trevor Cole’s extravagant four-course prix fixe dinner. Dishes include Carne Ronero (12 oz. of skirt steak, beef fat chimichurri, confit garlic) and Arroz de Lisa(market fish, garlic rice, yucca, carper vinaigrette, alinos). For an optional upgrade, guests can opt for the El Gran Show course for a choice of Pescado Frito (Colombian-style whole fried red snapper, coconut-cola rice, fried plantain, pickled mango, grilled orange) or the Picanha (16 oz. churrasco style rump steak, rice, farofa, Brazilian vinaigrette). The prix fixe dinner has an early seating from 5-7 p.m. ($80 per person with a $20 optional wine & cocktail pairing) and a late seating from 7:30-10 p.m. ($100 per person with a $25 optional wine & cocktail pairing). Reservations can be made by calling 312.600.6105 or by visiting ronerochicago.com.

Soar into 2018 at Everest
440 S. LaSalle St.
Celebrate the New Year with soaring skyline views from the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange and Chef /Proprietor J. Joho’s award-winning French cuisine. Guests may choose from a prix-fixe menu for $130 per person plus tax (gratuity not included) or an elegant tasting menu for $185 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included).  Wine pairings are available for $98 per person plus tax (gratuity not included).  A special cellar selection wine pairing will be offered, as well. Complimentary valet parking is available.

New Year’s Eve Aboard the Titanic
Split-Rail2500 W. Chicago Ave.
Split-Rail travels back in time this New Year’s Eve, transporting guests to an enchanted evening aboard the RMS Titanic. Chef Zoe Schor prepares a $60 dinner featuring authentic dishes taken from the White Star Line’s 1912 menu, with some options for decadent first-class upgrades. The restaurant’s dining room will transform into the fated ship herself with turn of the century décor. The set menu is $60 with options for upgrades. Reservations can be made starting at 6 p.m. on December 31 through RESERVE or by calling the restaurant at 773.697.4413.

Toast to a Tremendous 2018
Tanta, 118 W. Grand Ave.
Tanta invites guests to toast to the new year with elevated Peruvian specials from Chef Jesus Delgado. Sharable seasonal dishes to end 2017 include Cebiche Poderoso, an elevated take on Tanta’s classic cebiche featuring uni leche de tigre; Tiradito Chacrero, a wagyu carpaccio with parmesan foam, truffle oil chalaca and crispy quinoa; Codillo de Cerdo, a crispy pork shank with Peruvian corn pepian, panca and cranberry jam; and Plancha Chifera with Alaskan king crab, clams, market fish, taro root, sesame & black bean sauce. Tanta’s New Year’s specials, in addition to the traditional dinner menu, are available from Friday, December 29 through Sunday, December 31 starting at 5 p.m. daily. Tanta will be closed on New Year’s Day, January 1. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312.222.9700 or by visiting OpenTable. For additional information, please visit www.tantachicago.comFacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

Fireworks & New Year’s Eve Flair
The Blackstone636 S. Michigan Ave.
With sweeping, unobstructed views of Lake Michigan from Navy Pier to the Museum campus, The Blackstone’s guestrooms offer visitors the ideal cozy environment to ring in the New Year with a view of Navy Pier’s midnight fireworks outside. Upon check in on New Year’s Eve, The Blackstone welcomes hotel guests with the ultimate party package to get the festivities started, including flair to celebrate the new year in-room and a bubbly beverage to toast to 2018. With a state-of-the-art fitness center and Starbucks located inside the hotel, guests of The Blackstone can start the new year, and their resolutions, off on the right foot. To make a reservation for New Year’s Eve, guests are invited to call The Blackstone at 312.447.0955.

The I|O Godfrey

Two Ways to Countdown to 2018
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago127 W. Huron St.
Get swept off your feet and enjoy a New Year’s Eve feast filled with dinner, dancing, and Champagne at Dolce Italian Chicago. Guests will enjoy a taste of inspiration from Fellini’s 1960s Rome with a charming, warm, and contemporary atmosphere complete with seasonal Italian fare. Reservations can be made at www.dolcenye.com. From the fourth-floor perch at The Godfrey, Chicagoans and visitors can ring in 2018 with sweeping city views at I|O Godfrey. Executive Chef Nathaniel Cayer’s kitchen cocktails and elevated American fare will be available throughout the night, whether for a celebratory dinner or bites while festivities take place. Tickets and tables may be purchased here.

Lux NYE 18
The Gwen, 512 N. Rush St.
The Gwen’s Lux NYE 18 features a four-course prix fixe dinner with two seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ($85 per person including complimentary Champagne toast) by Chef Matt Jergens. Dishes include Beef Tenderloin with potato pave, trumpet mushrooms, marrow butter and bordelaise and well as Seared Scallops with roasted squash, torched onions, grilled rabe, and bacon vinaigrette. Wine pairing selections are available for an extra $40 per person. Following dinner, guests are invited to dance the night away until 2 a.m. at The Lux New Year’s Party accompanied by the Lydia Cash Band and DJ J-Stereo. Tables are available for $750 and include a bottle of premium vodka and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Reservations for Lux NYE 18 can be made by calling 312.645.1500 or by emailing Lyndsey.Ingold@thegwenhotel.com. Please visit thegwenchicago.com for more information.

Ring in 2018 at Chicago’s Peak Restaurant
The Signature Room875 N. Michigan Ave.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the restaurant and lounge atop the iconic John Hancock Center. The Signature Room offers a three-course prix fixe menu with seatings at 5:30 p.m.6 p.m., and 6:30 p.m., and a five-course prix fixe menu with seatings at 7:30 p.m.8 p.m.8:30 p.m., and 9 p.m. All seatings include a balloon drop at midnight and a complimentary Champagne toast; later seatings are accompanied by live music from Matt Lewis & The Union until 1 a.m. Additionally, The Signature Lounge features a $30 package from 6 p.m.-1 a.m., including one beverage and live entertainment from DJ Megan Taylor from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. After 6 p.m., guests under the age of 21 are not permitted. Pricing for the three-course menu is $125 per person. Pricing for the five-course menu is $225 per person. Includes tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 312.280.0465.

Forget the Fuss, Up the Luxe
Thompson Chicago21 E. Bellevue Pl.
What better way to close out a year than in your own private Penthouse in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast? Thompson Chicago invites couples to up the luxe and ring in the new year all December long in one of Thompson’s luxurious bi-level Penthouse suites. Start the night out with complimentary Champagne and an Insta-worthy Fruits de Mer platter for 2-4 guests from Thompson’s onsite restaurant Nico Osteria. For an extra special touch, caviar service* can be enjoyed as you take in views out the floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the glistening city; the background to your intimate and sophisticated “cheers” to the year ahead. When midnight rolls around, so will Thompson’s team, with a special delivery of chicken with wilted spigarello, spinach, & pecorino jagas from Nico, and more bubbly of course. To book for stays between December 1 – December 31, please visit here. Rates start at $1,700 per night; reservations are subject to availability and require 72-hour advance booking. 48-hour cancellation policy applies. *Caviar service supplement can be added for $20 per guest.

Ring in the New Year at the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
Torali Italian – Steak160 E. Pearson St.
Say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 this new year at the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago’s recently opened restaurant, Torali Italian – Steak. Twinkling tones adorn the 12th floor with offerings that include a Surf & Turfspecial, NYE desserts and festive holiday cocktails in addition to the daily dinner menu. Toast to the New Year in Torali Bar with complimentary Champagne and light bites at the stroke of midnight. Torali Italian – Steak’s New Year’s Eve dinner takes place from 5-10 p.m. on December 31 with Torali Bar closing at 1 a.m.  Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312.573. 5160 or by visiting www.toralichicago.com.

When the Clock Strikes Midnight…
Travelle Kitchen + Bar330 N. Wabash Ave.
The new year opens up a new world of possibilities to salute 2017 and usher in 2018, and with that, Travelle Kitchen + Bar offers three ways to welcome the new year in style: the restaurant hosts a four-course dinner for $95 per person from 5-7 p.m. with a Champagne toast to start, featuring a variety of items to choose from including Roasted Corn Bisque with chorizo, Serrano ham, and corn fritters and Seared Branzino in a white wine saffron broth with fregola, wilted kale, and wild rice. Wine pairings are available for an additional $40. Additionally, the restaurant hosts a second seating from 7:30-9 p.m. for $175 per person with wine pairings and offerings including Charred Lobster Tail with carrot puree, shaved fennel, and tarragon and Braised Wagyu Short Ribs with a black truffle Bordelaise jus, pomme puree, sunchokes, and maitake mushrooms. Wine pairings for this dinner are available for an additional $60. Finally, channel your inner Daisy or Nick as Travelle hosts a Great Gatsby-themed party at the bar. Embrace the spirit of the roaring ‘20s and dance the night away with a DJ from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. to hits that span the decades. Tables can be reserved from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. with a $100 minimum spend per person. Reservations for dinner can be made online at www.travellechicago.com or by calling 312.923.7705. Reservations for the Gatsby-themed party at the bar can be made by calling 312.923.7705.