Some people plan their New Year’s Eve activities well in advance while others wait to the last minute to figure things out. If you fall into the second group, fear not: There are plenty of things going on all over Chicago. Whether you want to spend loads or try to do it on the cheap, there’s something for everyone to have fun on New Year’s Eve. The most important thing isn’t always what you do, but who you do it with. Think about who you want to ring in 2017 with and who you want to kiss and hug at midnight. Then everything else should fall into place. While we can’t list all the parties, here are just some options. Need more? Time Out Chicago has a pretty extensive list.
Chi-Town Rising: Now in its second year, Chicago’s answer to New York’s Time Square ball drop is a rising star over the Hyatt Regency. This outdoor party features live music from Saint Motel, Sir the Baptist and DJ Sye Young and also an indoor party — The Corona Extra Beach House at the Hyatt with DJ Matoma.
Brew Year’s Eve: This craft beer-themed party takes place at the uber-cool Salvage One where you’ll sip on more than 20 craft suds while partying among beautiful salvaged architectural artifacts and dancing to live bands.
Chicago Resolution Gala: Set on Navy Pier, the gala features 30 stocked bars and food tasting stations set among three unique rooms where four DJs will spin tunes well into the night — and you’ll get a front row seat for the fireworks.
Party Noire: Black Metropolis: DJ Rae Chardonnay and DJ Lisa Decibel lead this party at Hyde Park’s Promontory to create the Black Metropolis where “we jitterbug in Bronzeville during the 1930s Chicago Renaissance, and we time travel forward into Wondaland and dance apocalyptic with fellow archandroids.”
New Year’s Eve House Party in the Game Room: Hang in the Game Room on the second floor for an all-night house party. For $95, get reserved seating for your group all night; a large format cocktail (aka punch bowl!) created by master mixologist Paul McGee; a bucket of mini bottles of Moet & Chandon bubbly for each person in your group; a platter of tasty snacks like chicken wings, jalapeño poppers and mozzarella sticks; and a growler of Hopewell Brewing’s custom Game Room beer, the PLAY NICE brew. Play games, dance to live DJs playing ’90s hip hop and R&B and work up a hunger for a round of midnight munchies. If you don’t want to reserve a table, the space will also be open to drop by on a first come basis with a la carte drinks and menu items.