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The Big City Blog: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day parties, brunches and specials throughout Chicago

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Check out our list of New Year’s events, deals and much more around Chicago.

No New Year’s Eve plans yet? From steakhouses and brunch spots to sports bars and burlesque shows, we’ve got the scoop on how to ring in 2014 in style.

The following are listed in alphabetical order.

 

III Forks
180 N. Field Blvd.
www.IIIForks.com

III Forks Prime Steakhouse, located in Lakeshore East, will offer a special dinner menu on New Year’s Eve. Executive chef Billy Caruso’s dinner selections range from starters and steak to seafood and sides. The steakhouse will also feature two sparkling wines to ring in 2014 in style. Gather your group or arrange for a romantic meal surrounded by breathtaking city views, double-sided fireplace and cozy banquettes.

For New Year’s Eve dinner reservations, call 312-938-4303 or visit www.IIIForks.com

American Junkie
15 W. Illinois
www.AmericanJunkieChi.com

From 9 p.m. – 1 a.m., KISS 103.5 emcee Jordan will stop by and a special guest DJ will spin your favorite American Junkie interiortracks. General admission tickets are available online starting at $115. Tickets include premium open bar, buffet, a sweets table and midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. Big groups are encouraged to join the fun with limited VIP booths, available for $1,500, which includes six tickets, a bottle of premium champagne and a magnum bottle of premium vodka.

Tickets online at www.WantTickets.com/AmericanJunkie. For booth reservations call 312-239-0995.

On New Year’s Day, check out the afternoon bowl games with $5 mimosas, $7 Fireball shots, $16 domestic beer buckets and $20 premium beer buckets. Guests can combine cocktails with upscale bar bites including $7 nachos, $1 sliders and 75-cent wings.

Attic
15 Illinois St. above American Junkie
www.AmericanJunkieChi.com

American Junkie’s newly revamped second-floor club will feature a VIP party that starts at 8 p.m. with a red carpet entrance and goes well into 2014 with beats spinning until 2 a.m. In addition to two full bars and a 140,000 mega-watt custom-built sound system, the club has recently unveiled a new members-only room, custom lighting and booth layout. VIP admission to this epic Vegas-themed party includes premium open bar, heavy passed appetizers, sweets table, midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. Booth reservations range from $1,500- $2,500 and include tickets and a variety of premium bottles. General tickets start at $125 a person and are available for purchase online at www.Attic.WantTickets.com

Bottle & Bottega Bottle & Bottega laughing
2900 N. Lincoln Ave.
1241 S. Michigan Ave.
www.BottleAndBottega.com

Consider their studio your second home for this game night/art party. Enjoy fun tabletop games, create memories with silly photo booth pics,
and mix it up with our new mixed media paintings. It’s BYOB, so be sure
to bring your favorite champagne, brew, or wine to ring in the New Year!

Reception begins at 8:30 p.m.
 Mixed-media painting from 9-11:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person (BYOB).

Brasserie by LM
800 S. Michigan Avenue
www.BrasseriebyLM.com 

Brasserie by LM invites guests to celebrate “Midnight in Paris” with a special prix-fixe menu. For $37 per person, guests can enjoy a three-course menu including a soup or salad, main entrée and dessert. The menu also includes a complimentary glass of champagne. For an additional $5, guests can enjoy an individual beef wellington with garlic spinach and a red wine sauce. The restaurant will be taking reservations from 5-10:30 p.m.

Cantina Laredo
508 N. StateCantina Laredo UpstairsLounge
www.CantinaLaredo.com

Cantina Laredo, located in River North, offers a fun and festive way to finalize 2013 and welcome 2014. In addition to the a la carte lunch, dinner and brunch offerings, chef de cuisine Kennon Reed has created a three-course prix-fixe menu that can be paired with seasonal margaritas. The special set menu will be available from Saturday, Dec. 28 to Wednesday, Jan. 1 for $35 per guest (add $15 for margarita pairings). The complete menu with pairings is outlined below. Table reservations can be made by calling 312-955-0014 or visiting www.CantinaLaredo.com.

Chicago q
1160 N. Dearborn St.
www.ChicagoQRestaurant.com Chicago Q ribs

Indulge in a selection of specials from chef/partner Lee Ann Whippen, including seared scallops, champagne-crusted lamb chops, sauteed brussels sprout leaves, roasted fingerling potatoes and a bourbon demi glace flourless chocolate cake with a bourbon creme anglaise. In addition, there will be discounted sparkling wine prices and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

Club Lucky
1824 W. Wabansia
www.ClubLucky.com

The Wicker Park restaurant’s 23rd annual New Year’s Eve party. Early seatings feature a la carte dining from the regular menu and chef’s special dinner menus. Reservations strongly recommended. Final seating reservations accepted between 9:30-10:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person
for guaranteed seating with required pre-paid reservation. Includes live music by The Downtown Charlie Brown Blues Band; one bottle of champagne per couple; hats, noisemakers and streamers for each guest; 5,000 helium-filled balloons and streamers. Call Jim or Jeff at 773-227-2300 to make reservations.

Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier
700 E. Grand
www.CrystalGardensCatering.com

New Year’s Eve at the Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier is one of the best NYE venues in the city with its opulent setting featuring a one-acre botanical garden inside a six-story glass atrium. Tickets include a premium open bar from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. with access to more than 20 bars, a specialty cocktail upon entry, red carpet and step and repeat, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres catered by Phil Stefani Signature Events and music from DJ Jordan V and DJ J-Donn with a premier view of the midnight fireworks show from a private terrace for Crystal Garden’s guests only. Guests will also receive an official after-party wristband.

Tickets start at $115, but guests can opt for VIP tickets, starting at $150, to enjoy all the benefits of general admission tickets plus express entry, a half hour of extra drinks, a special NYE gift and more. To purchase tickets, visit www.crystalgardensNYE.com. For VIP TICKETS, table reservations and more information, call 312-560-4422 or email crystalgardensNYE@gmail.com.

Deleece
3747 N. Southport
www.Deleece.com

Deleece is offering a four-course prix-fixe meal for $65, and $90 with wine pairings.

Entertainment Cruises
Navy Pier

Entertainment Cruises offers Chicagoans three days of New Year’s celebrations for end-of-the-year cruises.Odyssey dining cruise Jump-start the festivities on Mystic Blue’s eve of the eve dinner cruise, which includes a holiday buffet, DJ, dancing and entertainment.

On Dec. 31, guests can count down 2014 in style aboard the Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago or Mystic Blue with a delicious dinner, champagne toast at midnight, entertainment, premium open bar, party favors and a stunning fireworks display.

Spirit of Chicago will also offer a New Year’s Eve family lunch cruise. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 866-305-2469 or visiting www.Odyssey.com, www.SpiritofChicago.com, or www.MysticBlue.com.

Frontier
1072 N. Milwaukee
www.TheFrontierChicago.com Frontier_Interior 1

Frontier will feature a five-hour premium drink package from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. including a live DJ, smoked whole animal service (pig, goat, lamb, and boar), oysters, salads, sides, desserts, and champagne toast at midnight for $100 per person. Large groups and guests interested in table/bottle service can call 312-453-9397. Guests can purchase tickets online at www.TheFrontierLive.com.

Kanela’s
3231 N. Clark
www.KanelaCafe.com

Kanela Breakfast Club in Lakeview celebrates New Year’s Day with specials like the following: tallgrass beef breakfast burger for $10; French toast flight with poppy seed, red velvet, banana nut and orange bread for $10; bottomless mimosas for $18 with the purchase of food.

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted
www.KitKatChicago.com



Early dinner seating at 7 p.m. Four-course prix-fixe menu and bottle of champagne is $65. Late dinner seating at 9:30 p.m. Four-course prix-fixe menu, bottle of champagne and one martini per person is $85.

Party package: 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
Martinis, cocktails, wine and beer is $45 in advance, $50 at the door.

On New Year’s Eve, the Kit Kat will hold an over-the-top “Glitz and Glam” gala. Throughout the evening, Diva Kinley Preston will entertain dining guests with intermittent performances, impersonating female pop icons such as Lady Gaga, Madonna, Katy Perry, Britney, P!NK and more.

La Madia
59 W. Grand
Shrimp risottowww.DineLaMadia.com

Chef Jonathan Fox’s family-style prix-fixe menu ($65 per person) includes a glass of white, red and sparkling wine. La Madia’s regular dinner menu will also be offered, along with festive party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. New Year’s Eve reservations will be welcomed starting at 5 p.m., and La Madia will remain open until 1 a.m. For reservations, visit www.DineLaMadia.com or call 312-329-0400.

LM Bistro
111 W. Huron
www.LMrestaurant.com

From 5-10:30 p.m., LM Bistro invites patrons to ring in 2014 with their special Midnight in Paris prix-fixe menu. For $39, guests can take advantage of a four-course menu with soup, salad, entreé and dessert.

Lottie’s
1925 W. Cortland
www.LottiesPub.com

Guests who ring in the New Year at Lottie’s will enjoy a five-hour package from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. that includes premium drinks, a pizza and appetizer buffet, champagne toast and party favors for $65 per person. Large groups can call (312) 453-9397 to inquire about Lottie’s private party space. Patrons can purchase tickets online at www.LottiesPubLive.com.

LUXBAR
LUXBAR PHOTO18 E. Bellevue Place
www.LuxBar.com 

LUXBAR invites Chicagoans to start 2014 on the right foot with a hearty and delicious brunch on New Year’s Day. The Gold Coast hot spot will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1 to offer guests a variety of sweet and savory menu items as well as plenty of brunch cocktails. Guests can also catch all of the college bowl game action on LUXBAR’s 42-inch HD flat-screen televisions.

The restaurant’s brunch highlights include cinnamon pancakes ($10), country-style corned beef hash with hand-cut potatoes and caramelized onions ($12), house-cured salmon benedict ($12.50), USDA prime skirt steak and eggs ($16) and LUXBAR brunch standards like steel-cut oatmeal with raisin cinnamon compote ($5.50) and granola yogurt parfait with fresh berries, pecans and Greek yogurt ($6).

Macku Signature and Macku Sushi
2925 N. Halsted and 2239 N. Clybourn
www.MackuSushi.com

Ring in the new year at Macku Signature and Macku Sushi with their special prix-fixe menu. Guests will enjoy a soup, salad, entree and dessert as well as chef Macku Chan’s traditional sashimi and signature nigiri with toppings. The six-course menu is available for $120 on New Year’s Eve only. Guests dining as a pair will receive their choice of a bottle of red or white wine with their meal. Reservations are encouraged.

Mad River2909 N. Sheffield
www.MadRiverChicago.com

Mad River is hosting a masquerade ball on New Year’s Eve, complete with a premium open bar from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., an “exceptional food spread,” champagne toast at midnight and more. Tickets are $90, with special rates for groups of eight or more. Email Desi@MadRiverChicago.com or call 773-935-7500 for more information.

Mahoney’s Pub & Grille
551 N. Ogden
www.RushAndDivision.com/mahoneys-pub-and-grille/

Mahoney’s will be open from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. and offers an advanced $50 ticket package that includes beer, wine, top-shelf cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. There will also be a champagne toast at midnight and party favors along with a DJ playing party favorites. The package excludes shots, Red Bull drinks and premium liquors. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at http://rushanddivision.com/nye/ or by calling 312-733-2121. The package price will increase $10 if purchased after Dec. 25.

Municipal
216 W. Ohio
www.MunicipalBar.com

In partnership with Green Curtain Events, Municipal’s New Year’s Eve bash will feature a four-hour premium open bar package from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. that includes champagne and music from DJ Stoz. Tickets are $85 per person. There will also be two hours of passed appetizers. Doors will open at 8 p.m., and the party will end at 2 a.m. For group and table inquiries, call 312-286-2479. Tickets can be purchased at www.HasTickets.com

Municipal will open at noon New Year’s Day and show all college bowl games. A special $40 brunch will be available from noon-4 p.m., which includes a specialty brunch menu item and choice of bottomless mimosas or a Bloody Mary bar. Specialty brunch items will include loaded chili, chicken and jalapeno biscuits, and red velvet waffles (each item is also available a la carte). The regular brunch menu will be available as well.

Nacional 27
325 W. Huron
www.N27Chicago.com

From 5 p.m.-2 a.m., the River North restaurant and salsa club has planned a festive evening of Latin eats Tacosand beats. Chef Chico Vilchez will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu for $40 per person (5-6:30 p.m.), and a four-course menu for $95 per person (7-10:30 p.m.). An optional cocktail or wine flight is available for $27.27 per person. 


The celebration will be set to sultry sounds, with Latin band Spanish Flow performing in the lounge from 6-8 p.m., followed by DJ X spinning Latin beats from 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. A limited a la carte menu will be offered in the lounge from 5 p.m.-midnight. Guests without a dinner reservation, or anyone joining the party prior to midnight, are welcome to celebrate ($20 cover charge). For table reservations, call Nacional 27 at 312-664-2727 or visit www.N27Chicago.com.

Nouveau Tavern
358 W. Ontario

Nouveau Tavern invites guest to ring in 2014 at their newly opened River North hotspot. From 9 p.m.-midnight patrons can enjoy an open bar with well cocktails, appetizers and a limited menu as well as live music. The bar will remain open until 2 a.m., and packages start at $75.

O’Donovan’s Pub and Restaurant
2100 W. Irving Park
www.ODonovansBar.comO'Donovan's bar shot

On New Year’s Eve, there is no cover charge or reservations required, and O’Donovan’s full menu will be available. A $50 group optional package of four or more people (booked in advance) will be available and includes a bottle of champagne. Food special: (available 11 a.m.-11 p.m.) 40-cent buffalo, BBQ, or naked wings, with celery sticks and bleu cheese. Drink specials: (available all day) $15 buckets of Schlitz tall boys, $5 for five mini beer samplers, $12 giant 48-ounce cocktails (mimosas, cosmos, sangria and margaritas).

New Year’s Day

All-you-can-eat New Year’s Day brunch for $13.95 (kids 3-10 years old: $6.95), lasting from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Brunch items will consist of the following tempting selections: south of the border skillets, an omelet station, sloppy Joes, Belgian waffle station, buffalo wings, French toast, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, ham and prime rib carving stations, pasta, chili dogs, fried chicken, a chocolate fondue fountain, eggs made to order, salads, fruits, sweets and more. From 2-11 p.m., O’Donovan’s offers $5.95 French dip and Philly sandwiches or the $10.95 Charlie’s Irish sausage combo, which includes a domestic beer and a Powers Irish whiskey shot.

Pitchfork2922 W. Irving Park Pitchfork - ribs and fries
www.PitchforkChicago.com

Join a great whiskey and barbecue favorite for a premium cocktails and dinner package for $60, running from 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Party favors, DJ and champagne toast at midnight all included. Call 773-866-2010 for information on group discounts. Bring a group of 20 and get your ticket free.

On New Year’s Day, the doors open for a hangover brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Drink specials include $4 mimosas and $4 Bloody Marys.

Porkchop
941 W. Randolph
www.ChicagoPorkchop.com

Porkchop will host a Solid Gold-themed New Year’s Eve celebration starting at 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to book before Dec. 24  to receive a discounted package price of $65. All guests who book after that date may purchase the New Year’s Eve package at $85. The package includes signature appetizers, live music and a midnight champagne toast. Tables are also available starting at $99. Porkchop will have live music featuring top Motown and Solid Gold hits. Dressing to the theme is encouraged. Call for table reservations and private party package details. Tickets available online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solid-gold-nye-2014-tickets-9165551411

Rebel Bar & Grill
3462 N. ClarkRebel girls 2
www.RebelChicago.com

Join one of the most popular bars in Wrigleyville for a premium cocktails and dinner package for $65, running from 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Party favors, DJ and champagne toast at midnight all included. Call 773-975-2010 for information on group discounts. Bring a group of 20 and get your ticket free.

On New Year’s Day, the doors open at 9 a.m. for a free hangover buffet. Drink specials include $15 Bud Light buckets and $4 Bloody Marys.

Roots Handmade Pizza
1924 W. Chicago Ave.
www.RootsPizza.comRoots - TacoPizzaAndBeer1

Roots will throw an all-inclusive New Year’s Eve Party featuring a five-hour premium bar package, food buffet, midnight champagne toast, party favors, and a DJ spinning all night long that will start at 8 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased in advance online for the Roots New Year’s Eve Party at www.RootsNYE2014.eventbrite.com. A limited amount of early bird tickets are on sale and available for $65 each. Regular tickets are $75 each.

RushAndDivision.com bars
www.RushAndDivision.com/nye/

The Lodge Tavern, Mother’s Too, Shenannigans House of Beer, Bootleggers, Pippin’s Tavern, Streeter’s Tavern, and River Shannon will offer the usual New Year’s Eve merriment along with a champagne toast at midnight and party favors.

Sedgwick’s
1935 N. Sedgwick
www.SedgwicksChicago.com

Beginning at 8 p.m., patrons can request their favorite concoctions as Sedgwick’s bartenders will be pouring microbrews, draft beer and call drinks all evening long. Champagne will be flowing when the clock strikes midnight. As partygoers work up a feast, the dinner buffet will offer an endless spread of homemade dishes including Southwestern chicken and penne pasta, Italian beef and pulled pork sandwiches, mashed potatoes and gravy, mac and cheese, wings, pizza, jambalaya and so much more.

Guests can dance the night away as the DJ will be spinning favorite jams well into the morning hours of 2014. Sedgwick’s celebration runs from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The cost is $50 per person and includes beverages, champagne toast and dinner buffet. To book a group of 20 people or more, call 312-337-7900 or email sedgwicks1@aol.com.

Standard Market Grill
444 W. Fullerton
www.StandardMarketGrill.com/NYE Standard Market - interior tables

Standard Market Grill in Lincoln Park will host an inclusive, four-hour party on New Year’s Eve. From 9 p.m.-1 a.m., celebrants can enjoy a premium open bar (Half Acre brews, Russian Standard vodka cocktails and more) and a heavy rotation of appetizers (bar bites, artisan pizzas and more). DJ Roberto Monastero will spin festive dance tunes and partygoers will receive complimentary party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are priced at $75 (one ticket) or $140 for two tickets. Tickets may be purchased at www.StandardMarketGrill.com/NYE

Standard’s New Year’s Day brunch is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Belly up to the bar, watch the games and sip drink specials including: $4 featured craft beer, $4 bloody Marys and $15 mimosa buckets. Standard Market Grill’s regular menu will be available from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Tavern on Rush
1031 N. Rush
www.TavernOnRush.com 

Guests are invited to take a step back in time with Tavern on Rush to ring in the New Year. Executive chef John Gatsos will prepare a decadent and celebratory New Year’s Eve meal inspired by 19th century classic French cuisine. The restaurant will be adorned with beautiful holiday decorations, and all guests will receive party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. New Year’s Eve dinner will be available in the bar and dining room areas. The regular dinner menu will also be available. Call 312-644-9600 for reservations.

The Chicago Firehouse
1401 S. Michigan Ave.
www.ChicagoFirehouse.com

Newly appointed executive chef Dean Zanella has crafted a special prix-fixe menu option that will be offered in addition to the regular dinner menu. The set menu, priced at $79 per person, includes one starter, one entree and dessert. A la carte sides and chilled seafood dishes are available for an additional fee. To make reservations for New Year’s Eve at The Chicago Firehouse, call 312-786-1401 or visit www.ChicagoFirehouse.com

The Fifty/50
2047 W. Division
www.TheFifty50.com Fifty50 Food Shot # 5

Starting at 8 p.m., the Wicker Park upscale sports bar The Fifty/50 will throw an all-inclusive New Year’s Eve party featuring a five-hour premium bar package, a food buffet, midnight champagne toast, party favors, and a DJ spinning all night long. Tickets must be purchased in advance online at www.thefifty50nye2014.eventbrite.com. A limited amount of early bird tickets are on sale and available for $70 each. Regular tickets are $80 each.

The Glunz Tavern
1202 N. Wells
www.GlunzTavern.com

The Glunz Tavern, located in the heart of Old Town, will welcome New Year’s Eve dining guests at two dinner seatings. The first will run from 5-6:30 p.m., and the second seating will run from 8-10 p.m. Chef Eddie Hah has crafted a four-course menu that includes soup or poached salmon, Windsor mixed salad, choice of entree and dessert ($65 plus tax and gratuity). Celebrants may add optional wine pairings for $40. The Glunz will feature champagne specials that evening, and the regular a la carte dinner menu will also be available.

New Year’s Eve reservations are encouraged. Call The Glunz Tavern at 312-642-3000 to arrange a table.

The Grid
351 W. Hubbard
www.TheGridChicago.com

This New Year’s Eve The Grid has something for everyone. The River North restaurant and lounge, along with ChiIL Productions, SinLabel and Diamond Night Chicago, will host the ultimate NYE party. The evening will feature live performances by 5Star and Young General and the Band on the main floor and some of Chicago’s top DJs will be in the downstairs lounge. General admission tickets include a champagne greeting, passed hors d’oeuvres, top shelf ticketed reception, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors.

VIP table packages are also available. Table packages include VIP bottle service, reserved space, a dedicated waitress and more. Tickets are available at www.gridnye.com.

The Hangge-Uppe
14 W. Elm
www.RushAndDivision.com/the-hangge-uppe/

The Hangge-Uppe will be open from 7 p.m.-4 a.m. and offer a $60 package from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. that will include beer, wine and top shelf cocktails with a DJ spinning the best of 2013 music. Tickets may be purchased in advance, online at http://rushanddivision.com/nye/ or by calling Gina at 312-664-6656 ext. 120.

The Local Chicago
198 E. Delaware Place
www.TheLocalChicago.com

This New Year’s Eve, The Local Chicago invites guests to indulge in a surf-and-turf special, which features a 30-day aged prime filet mignon with two tristan lobster tails or dine from the popular daily menu. In addition, acoustic guitarist Jay O’Malley will entertain from 9:30-12:30 p.m., and there will be a complimentary champagne toast served at midnight. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312-280-8887.

The Original Mother’s
26 W. Division
www.RushandDivision.com/the-original-mothers/

Mother’s will be open from 8 p.m.-4 a.m. and offer two advanced ticket packages: a $50 silver package will include all beer and wine, and an $80 platinum package will include all beer, wine and top-shelf cocktails, including Red Bull, both from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., with a DJ playing all night long. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at http://rushanddivision.com/nye/ or by calling 312-642-7251. These packages, if still available on Dec. 31, will increase by $20 at the door.

The Pony
1638 W. Belmont
www.ThePonyChicago.com

Guests can enjoy a five-hour package from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. featuring a live DJ, premium drinks, appetizer buffet, champagne toast and party favors. Large groups can call (312) 453-9397 to inquire about the second-floor party room. Guests can purchase the $90 tickets online at www.ThePonyChicago.com.

The Pony opens at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day. College football fans can cheer on their teams while enjoying $5 22-ounce Miller and Coors drafts, $8 pizzas, $4 mimosas and $5 Resolution Pony Punch. The games will be broadcast on overhead plasma TVs and at tables that feature an individual flat-screen TV for viewing.

The Redhead Piano Bar
16 W. Ontario Redhead 5
www.TheRedheadPianoBar.com

The Redhead throws a wicked New Year’s Eve party complete with complimentary midnight toast, never a cover and no mandatory package you must buy. The Redhead is once again taking credit card reservations for those who wish to guarantee seats throughout the holiday season. Reservations are not required, however, as there is open seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. For info email stephen@redheadpianobar.com.

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub
622 N. Fairbanks
www.TimothyOTooles.com
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Forget crazy cover charges and over-the-top occasions this New Year’s Eve. Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, the subterranean spot in the heart of Streeterville, will offer a simply fun, “no frills” option. For just $10 (in advance; $15 at the door), party guests will receive either a split of champagne or the “champagne of beers,” a Miller High Life tall boy. Party favors and party tunes spun by a guest DJ will keep the festivities going ’til 3 a.m. Drink specials include: $6 Absolut cocktails, $5 Soco lime shots and $3 High Life tall boys. O’Toole’s full pub menu will be available. New Year’s Eve tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting www.TimothyOTooles.com/chicago or by calling (312) 642-0700.

Untitled
111 W. Kinzie
www.Untitled111.com

Join Untitled for spontaneous expressions of vintage-style New Year’s revelry with dolled-up burlesque and Charleston dancers to inspire the notion that it’s New Year’s Eve somewhere. The Jimmys, named the 2013 Blues Performer of the Year by the 2013 Madison Area Music Awards, will get the dance floor moving before Fanny Tastic, Lady Jack and the Galaxie Girls run the evening.

Untitled has teamed up with Angela Eve, acclaimed burlesque sensation whom originally created Metropolis Ball in 2010, to create this year’s elite, avant-garde New Year’s Eve experience. Together they have twisted an enchanting and interactive event with more than 20 sultry burlesque acts, nationwide headlining talent and live rockabilly music by Cash O’Riley and the Downright Daddies, multiple DJs playing throughout the night, plus passed hors d’oeuvres and open premium bars.

The fourth annual Metropolis Ball is based off of the 1927 science-fiction film, “Metropolis,” directed by Fritz Lang. Each unique room in Untitled will be transformed into a surreal, interactive set, representing futuristic elements from the film using art and videos by local artists. Throughout the evening, there will be a variety of entertainment and music rotating among the rooms, interweaved with roving performances.

The swankiest holiday outfits are encouraged, as Eve’s Parlor will be hosting a contest to find the most creatively dressed patrons. From futuristic pin-up vixens to edgier steam punk fashions, guests who arrive early can meet with the hairstylists from the Chicago Chop Shop to create their New Year’s Eve ‘do.

Ticket pricing begins at $125 per person and can be purchased online only at http://metropolisball2014.eventbrite.com. To inquire about premium and VIP table packages, email Tyler Mendoza at tyler@untitled111.com.

Weather Mark Tavern
1503 S. Michigan Ave.
www.WeatherMarkTavern.com

Weather Mark Tavern invites guests to ring in 2014 at their annual New Year’s Eve celWeather Mark Skewersebration. From 9 p.m.-1 a.m. patrons can enjoy beer, wine and cocktails, a complimentary appetizer buffet, reserved seating (with reservation), party favors, guest DJ and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets are $75 per person and include open bar, appetizer buffet and midnight toast. Call 312-588-0230 to purchase tickets and secure table reservations. Groups of six or more will receive a discounted package price of $65. An optional cash bar also available.

On New Year’s Day, watch all the bowl games with a bottomless mimosa brunch (bottomless mimosas and any brunch entree for only $13.95), $5 bloody Marys and $5 screwdrivers. Guests can top off their champagne cocktail with peach, cranberry or orange juice.

ZED451
739 N. Clark
www.Zed451.com

ZED451 will celebrate the close of 2013 with an elaborate dinner in the main dining room, as well as a premium party package in the Fireside Lounge.

The River North restaurant’s New Year’s Eve dinner experience will be offered for $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity). The menu will include unlimited selections from the seasonal harvest tables, a lavish raw bar, an abundance of chef’s entrees served tableside, and an array of mini pastries for dessert. In addition, each guest will receive a complimentary flute of champagne to toast to 2014. Table reservations will be accepted between 5-11 p.m. and may be made at www.ZED451.com or by calling (312) 266-6691.

ZED451’s unlimited, bountiful brunch menu will be available on New Year’s Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ($34 per person). Brunch beverage specials include $3 mimosas and $5 bloody Marys.