Ready to see the backside of 2017? Make your plans now to ring in the New Year in style at one of these 13 bashes, where you can get dressed up, dance, make plenty of trips to the open bar and count down to midnight somewhere more fun than your friend's living room.
60 E. Ontario St. 312-313-1007
International men of mystery and Bond girls are welcome at the spy-themed River North bar’s Shag-a-delic Dance Party, which features sparkling wine toasts at 11 p.m. and midnight and a best-dressed contest awarding $50 to one man and woman and $100 to the top couple. Opt for a $50 drink package or just pay the $10 cover and look out for the “random open bar,” which will serve complimentary well cocktails, wine and domestic drafts for short periods of time throughout the night. 10 p.m.
3730 N. Clark St. 773-549-4140
Dance your way into 2018 with house beats from Farley Jackmaster Funk and tropical techno from Recloose. The Wrigleyville venue’s three stages will also host burlesque and tribal dance performances. 9 p.m.-4 a.m. $40-$55.
The Irish Oak
3511 N. Clark St. 773-935-6669
Relive your ’90s prom memories without having to sneak in booze at this Wrigleyville bash, which features a drink package, passed bites including cheeseburger sliders and chicken fingers, Champagne at midnight, a broadcast of the Times Square countdown and party favors, noisemakers and balloons to help you celebrate. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $69. Tickets: nightout.com
18 W. Hubbard St. 312-955-8018
Pick your favorite color or how much you’re looking to spend on booze and go for one of the River North bar’s three bottomless drink packages – blue ($50) includes draft beer, punch and wine, red ($75) adds in draft cocktails and yellow ($100) also gets you mixed house spirits. No matter which you choose, the party also includes a midnight buffet and toast. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets: eventbrite.com
The Boundary Tavern & Grille
1932 W. Division St. 773-278-1919
Dress your best for a shot at winning a pair of Snapchat Spectacles at the Wicker Park bar’s Go Out in Style Bash, where you can capture your look in a photo booth and listen to a video DJ play the best of 2017’s music. A premium open bar and appetizers such as lamb meatballs and mini-burgers are included, and you can also add to the celebration with a $20.18 bottle of Champagne. Midnight brings a Champagne toast and brunch bites such as stuffed French toast to give you fuel to keep the party going. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $70-$80. Tickets: eventbrite.com
Dark Horse Tap & Grille and Houndstooth Saloon
3443 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-248-4400 and 3369 N. Clark St. 773-244-1166
Take the stress out of party hopping with one ticket getting you admission to both Wrigleyville bars along with a buffet and five hours of cocktails, beer and wine. A DJ spins hits and mashups, and you can celebrate at midnight with Champagne, party favors, balloons and noisemakers. 9 p.m. $49-$90. Tickets: nightout.com
The Pony Inn
1638 W. Belmont Ave. 312-453-9397
You don’t have to wait until midnight to enjoy bubbly at the Lakeview bar, where you’ll get five hours of beer, wine, cocktails and Champagne plus fried chicken, mac and cheese, baked beans, cornbread, coleslaw and Nutella poppers. $60-$70. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets: theponychicago.com
5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West 312-801-2100
Party Noire transforms the Hyde Park spot into the Afrofuturistic Black Metropolis for its annual bash featuring music from DJs Rae Chardonnay and Lisa Decibel and performances from other local artists. Plus, there are appetizers, an open bar, a midnight Champagne toast and party favors from neighborhood businesses. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $75. Tickets: eventbrite.com
213 W. Institute Place 312-291-8735
Were your holiday gifts disappointing? You’ll have the chance to turn your luck around at this bash, which will award 10 people throughout the night with a pair of tickets to any Chicago concert of your choice in 2018. Even if you don't take home one of the prizes, you can challenge your friends to one of the River North bar’s numerous arcade games and see if your skills improve after a few beers and cocktails from the open bar. The party also features a buffet and a balloon drop, confetti cannons, party favors and Champagne toast to make midnight memorable. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $60-$70. Tickets: hqrivernorth.com/newyearseve
The Public House Theatre
3914 N. Clark St. 773-230-4770
Catch a performance of the booze-infused sketch comedy show “Bye Bye Liver” and hang out at the Lakeview theater, which offers appetizers, karaoke, space to dance and a Champagne or Malort toast so you can choose whether to start 2018 on a sweet or bitter note. 9 p.m.; doors open at 8 p.m. $40-$50 or $25 without the show. Tickets: thepubtheatre.com
3143 W. Logan Blvd. 773-661-2485
Snack on Cuban bites including ropa vieja, empanadas and tostones paired with a Hemingway daiquiri or Cuba Libre at the Logan Square bar’s Havana Nights bash. Island-inspired and Latin music will help you leave the chill of Chicago winter behind. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
941 W. Randolph St. 312-733-9333; 29 E. Adams St. 312-360-9333; and 1516 E. Harper Court 773-493-9333
The barbecue joint’s South Loop, Hyde Park and West Loop locations are all turning into “blind pig” speakeasies for the night with Prohibition-themed parties featuring an open bar, sliders, wings, elotes and cornbread plus party favors and a whiskey toast at midnight. 9 p.m.-midnight. $35-$55. Tickets: eventbrite.com
Concord Music Hall
2047 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-570-4000
The Logan Square venue is promising short waits at its many bars so you can take advantage of the premium drink package and still have plenty of time to dance to music from Vic Mensa, Riff Raff and others. The festivities, which are expected to draw more than 1,500 people, also include appetizers and a midnight confetti explosion, balloon drop and Champagne toast. $89. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets: chicagonyeball.com
Samantha Nelson is a RedEye freelancer.
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