From masquerade balls at swanky hotels to live DJs at underground clubs to multi-course meals at award-winning restaurants — there are tons of memorable ways to ring in the New Year in Chicago. Here are a few favorites for NYE 2020.
New Year’s Eve at Navy Pier
Annual Resolution Gala
The annual Chicago Resolution Gala is the “it” New Year’s Eve event at Navy Pier. With more than 30 bars offering unlimited drinks, tasty buffet stations and access to the Grand Ballroom and the Lakeview Terrace, there are plenty of places to mingle and dance the night away—and to take in unrivaled views of the midnight fireworks. Tickets start at $109.
Crystal Gardens New Years Eve
To see and be seen in a stunning space, hit up Crystal Gardens New Years Eve, where you’ll find special guest DJs and more than 20 premium liquor bars. Nosh on hors-d’oeuvres and signature dishes at various food stations, and step out on the private terrace to watch those fabulous fireworks. Tickets start at $99.
No New Year’s celebration in Chicago would be complete without a trip to Navy Pier. Enjoy all the entertainment, rides and attractions at this family-friendly destination, and at midnight, watch a kaleidoscope of fireworks perfectly synchronized to inspiring music over Lake Michigan. Free.
Lakefront dinner cruises
The best view of the fireworks display over Lake Michigan is from the water. Book one of Chicago’s many dinner cruise options that depart from Navy Pier, which includes dining, music, a champagne toast, and unbeatable views of the lit-up skyline and midnight fireworks show. Prices vary.
New Year’s fireworks on the river
Don’t miss the stunning pyrotechnics display that kicks off at the stroke of midnight. A free New Year’s Eve fireworks display dazzles spectators along the Chicago River in the heart of downtown. Grab a spot on the Chicago Riverwalk, at set viewing locations, or at nearby partner events. Learn more.
Chicago river fireworks cruise
Celebrate the New Year with a fireworks cruise on the Chicago River. Sip champagne and enjoy an up-close view of the stunning river fireworks and surrounding skyline. All tickets aboard the Odyssey Chicago River include a plated multi-course dinner, platinum open bar, a midnight champagne toast, DJ entertainment, and a night of dancing. Tickets start at $280; Odyssey Chicago, 455 Cityfront Plaza Drive
Top hotel NYE parties
NYE Soiree at JW Marriott
This NYE Soiree rings in the New Year in the luxury hotel designed by legendary Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. The four-hour all-inclusive package includes multiple rooms of entertainment, featuring live music from the city’s hottest DJs and cover bands. Plus, party-goers get discounted room rates. Tickets start at $125; JW Marriott, 151 W. Adams St.
New Year’s Eve Party at Drake Hotel
One of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties in town, The Drake’s famed NYE blowout is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Guests can enjoy five ballrooms of entertainment, premium top-shelf liquor at more than 40 fully staffed bars, a breathtaking balloon drop, and a champagne toast at midnight inside a historic Chicago hotel. Tickets start at $139; Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Place
Chicago New Year’s Ball at Congress Plaza Hotel
At this New Year’s Eve Ball, you’ll dance the night away with more than 3,000 fellow revelers under the musical stewardship of celebrity a DJs playing throughout multiple ballrooms at the Congress Plaza Hotel. And with tons of bars and buffets, you’ll spend less time waiting in line and more time on the dance floor. Tickets start at $149; Congress Plaza Hotel: 520 S. Michigan Ave.
New Year’s Eve Party 2020 at Hilton Chicago
The massive New Year’s Eve bash at Hilton Chicago is spread out across several massive ballrooms. Wander through the festivities to discover different party areas with hors d’oeuvres and buffets, live DJs from Kiss FM, multiple areas with live entertainment, casino gambling, unlimited cocktails and champagne, and a confetti storm at midnight. Tickets start at $119; Hilton Chicago: 720 S. Michigan Ave.
Ring in 2020 at this riverfront hotspot. The evening will feature multiple ballrooms of entertainment, top-shelf cocktails, a variety of hors d’oeuvres, pasta bar, custom martinis, premium champagne, top DJs and live cover band, midnight confetti storm, and so much more. And to top it off they are including a complimentary pre-party and post party in the ticket price. Tickets start at $119; Swissotel Chicago, 323 E Upper Wacker Drive
New Year’s Eve Gala at W Chicago
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at the ultra-trendy W Chicago – City Center. This event will have you hopping from room to room with multiple party areas. Enjoy the all-inclusive package featuring top-shelf drinks, buffets, champagne, party favors, midnight celebrations, and more. Tickets start at $145; W Chicago – City Center, 172 W. Adams St.
Special events and unique venues
Zoo Year’s Eve at Lincoln Park Zoo
Need a break from the typical bars? Grab your crew and head to the zoo. Spend an after-hours evening at Zoo Year’s Eve, when one of the oldest zoos in the country will be decked out in millions of glittering lights. Plus, enjoy ice carving, cash bars serving beer, wine and champagne, a live DJ, giveaways, games, free carousel rides, and more. Tickets start at $10; Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St.
Brew Year’s Eve at Architectural Artifacts
Ditch the champagne and celebrate the new year with some local brews. This event features 10 Chicago breweries and 25 different craft beers, butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, and a selection of craft cocktails and wine, and live music. Plus, the venue is one-of-a-kind — the upscale architectural salvage emporium Architectural Artifacts. This artsy Ravenswood space offers plenty of unique photo opps, with your beer in hand, of course. Tickets start at $149; Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Indulge in all things Italian at NYE at Eataly: Mezzanotte. The all-inclusive bash will feature unlimited food and drinks, including bites from all of Eataly’s second floor restaurants. Sample authentic favorites like never-ending fresh pasta & risotto, pizza napoletana, arancini, mozzarella, and focaccia. Italian wine, cocktails and house made beer will be flowing (plus a Prosecco toast at midnight). Tickets start at $150; Eataly, 43 E. Ohio St.
Bars & lounges
Midnight at the Oasis at Three Dots and a Dash
Warm up with the tropical vibes and tiki drinks at Three Dots and a Dash’s luau bash. The evening will feature the bar’s signature cocktails and a live DJ set. Three Dots and a Dash: 435 N. Clark St.
New Year’s Eve Party at Barcocina
This hip spot is buzzing year round, and New Year’s Eve will be no different. Barcocina has a spectacular party in the works, featuring an open bar, complimentary hors-d’oeuvres, and live music from one of Chicago’s top DJs. Barcocina: 2901 N Sheffield Ave.
Rock Around the Clock at the Hard Rock Cafe
You’re basically guaranteed to have a late night at this raucous, till-4-am bash. The celebration includes a 4.5-hour premium cocktail reception and appetizer buffet station with a soundtrack by the official Chicago Bulls DJ, DJ Metro, playing nothing but the best Top 40 and retro hits. Hard Rock Cafe: 63 W. Ontario St.
New Year’s Eve at Rock Bottom
End the year right at this popular dance party. The River North spot will be going all out this year, offering revelers a premium liquor package, private bartenders and cocktail servers, appetizers, party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, and more. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: 1 W. Grand Ave.
All that Glitters at Z Bar
The rooftop cocktail lounge at The Peninsula Chicago has planned a sparkling, golden-hued celebration filled with music and Champagne to ring in the new year. A ticket includes a complimentary Champagne pour upon arrival, one complimentary Gold Magic cocktail (or well highball of choice) and party favors. Z Bar: 108 E. Superior St.
Enjoy an elevated nightclub experience at one of the hottest nightclubs in Chicago — The Underground in River North. Ring in the new year by dancing into 2020 with a star DJ lineup and join in on a champagne toast at midnight. The Underground: 56 W. Illinois.
Monte Carlo New Year’s Eve at Roof on theWit
Roof on theWIT will be hosting its exclusive Monte Carlo-inspired New Year’s Eve Party. Guests to the sky-high event will have access to a platinum open bar, lavish food, four gaming tables with roulette, craps, and blackjack, a live DJ, dramatic dance performances, a photo booth and more. ROOF on theWit: 201 N. State St., (312) 239-9502.
Concerts & music venues
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NYE dinner at Chicago restaurants
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Kid-friendly celebrations for all ages
Chicago Children’s Museum Noon New Eve
Located at Navy Pier (which is a bonus, since its oozing with activities for kids), the Chicago Children’s Museum hosts an annual Noon Year’s Eve, with festivities beginning at 11:00 a.m. This event features fun activities such as personalized crown making and noise-making, not to mention confetti and a special countdown. Chicago Children’s Museum: Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave.
Zoo Year’s Eve
Want to escape the crowds? Then head to New Year at Brookfield Zoo‘s family-friendly celebration, featuring a live DJ in the Holly Jolly Theater. There are fun games, party favors, prizes and an early countdown at 8 p.m. Brookfield Zoo: 8400 W. 31st St.
New Year’s Eve Family Cruise
Celebrate the start of a new year on an all-ages afternoon cruise aboard the Anita Dee II. Take in stunning views of the skyline while enjoying a live DJ and a full bar with cocktails for you and mocktails for the kids. DuSable Harbor: 200 N. Breakwater Access