If you’re like most people, you haven’t planned your night for New Year’s Eve. You either thought you didn’t want to deal with making reservations and elbowing your way through crowds, but truth be told: you want to be around people. So this year, instead of truly waiting until the last minute, take your chance on one of these events. No matter what you do, as long as you’re with good friends and people you love, you’ll have a great time. Even if that drunk guy throws up on your shoes.
Chi-Town Rising: Between the Resolution Gala at Navy Pier and the Corona Beach House on the river, revelers will line the Chicago River around Michigan Avenue for a blow-out bash that will culminate with a massive star rising on the Hyatt Regency’s west tower. Live music from classic rock band Chicago, alt-rockers American Authors and more will help ring in the New Year for the city’s official bash.
NYE at the CAA: Whether you want a nine-course meal (think scallops, oysters, caviar and ribeye) from chef Pete Coenen at the Cherry Circle Room (seatings start at $125 with additional drink pairings or want to set guns a blazin’ while watching 20-piece brass and marching band Mucca Pazza perform at Stagg’s Court ($25 advance tickets), The Chicago Athletic Association will be hopping all night long.
Get Country at Bub City: Between the barbecue, drinks and performance by Nashville’s Shawn Lacy, this might be one hoe-down you don’t want to miss. Get tickets here.
Live Music: Whether you want to see Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at House of Blues, Lil Jon at Studio Paris, Brandi Carlile at Thalia Hall, The Promise Ring at Metro, Robert Randolph at City Winery or so much more, check out the all the listings over at Do312.com.