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.

Fireworks 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.

Offshore New Year’s Eve
Offshore, the city’s largest year-round rooftop, is ringing in 2020 with an extravagant New Year’s Eve bash. The black-tie event will feature a premium open bar, a live band, DJ performance, chef stations, a live on-air countdown with ABC 7 Chicago, and a spectacular view of the Navy Pier fireworks. Tickets start at $125.

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

NYE fireworks

Chicago’s New Year’s Eve Blast will light up the Chicago River with a free fireworks display on Dec. 31. As the clock strikes midnight, a mile-long fireworks show will launch from bridges and barges down the Chicago River to welcome in the new year. Grab a spot on the Chicago Riverwalk, at set viewing locations, or at nearby partner events and watch the show.

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

Hilton Chicago NYE
Hilton Chicago

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 $119; JW Marriott, 151 W. Adams St.

Blu Year’s Eve at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
The Radisson Blu will ring in 2020 with a New Year’s bash in their Atlantic Ballroom, featuring stunning views of downtown Chicago. The evening will include a balloon drop, hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, party favors, and a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight. Tickets start at $110, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Drive

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

Casino Royale at Virgin Hotels
Mingle with over card games, roulette tables, craps tables, and slot machines at this casino-themed bash. Enjoy a four-hour premium open bar and top off the evening with a balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Tickets start at $70; Virgin Hotels Chicago: 203 N. Wabash Ave.

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 $89; 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.

Ballroom Blitz New Year’s Party at Swissotel Chicago
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

NYE 2020 at LondonHouse
LondonHouse will be hosting two luxe parties this New Year’s Eve. In the grand ballroom, you’ll find live music, a four-hour open bar, a photo booth, midnight buffet, and more. Or head to the rooftop lounge for two live DJ acts, a dance floor, confetti cannons, a champagne toast at midnight, and unbeatable views of the river fireworks show. Tickets start at $100; LondonHouse Chicago, 85 E. Wacker 

Monte Carlo Party at ROOF on theWit
ROOF’s annual black tie affair is back and better than ever. This 27-story rooftop bar atop theWIT hotel in the Loop will feature gaming tables, decadent food, a platinum open bar, live entertainment, and lots of champagne. Tickets start at $185; ROOF on theWIT, 201 N. State St.

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 $125; W Chicago – City Center, 172 W. Adams St.

Special events and unique venues

Eataly NYE
Photo by Stephanie Bassos

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.

NYE CHI 2020 at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Ring in 2020 with a roaring ’20s themed evening in the stunning Lyric Opera building. Enjoy unlimited cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, live DJs and dancers, a VIP balcony viewing area, and more. Tickets start at $60; Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Upper Wacker Drive

New Year’s Eve in the Sky at 360 CHICAGO
Celebrate the start of a new year from the 94th floor of one of Chicago’s most iconic buildings. The annual soirée includes unlimited rides on the sky-high TILT thrill ride, a live DJ, party favors, two glasses of sparkling wine, and an unmatched view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Tickets start at $65; 360 CHICAGO, 875 N. Michigan Ave.

Italian Riviera NYE at Starbucks Reserve Roastery
Head to the Arriviamo Bar inside the world’s largest Starbucks for a Italian-style New Year’s Eve celebration. Enjoy their signature espresso martini, lights bites from Princi Bakery, cocktails from their spritz bar, music from DJ Tommasso Confortiand, more. Tickets start at $175, Starbucks Reserve Roastery, 646 N. Michigan Ave.

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.

Chicago Magic Lounge
The Chicago Magic Lounge presents a special New Year’s Eve Show to ring in 2020. The evening starts with close-up magic performed right at your cabaret table, followed by an hour of mind-blowing stage magic. All tickets include a complimentary champagne toast, souvenir champagne flute, and commemorative photograph. Tickets start at $70; Chicago Magic Lounge, 5050 N. Clark St.

NYE on the Lake
End the decade at an over-the-top New Year’s spectacle in a stunning lakefront venue. Head to NYE on the Lake to see aerialist bartenders pouring champagne, a special performance from Chicago’s own DJ Flipside, a massive balloon drop at midnight, and stunning views of the Navy Pier fireworks. Tickets start at $110, Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive

Music Box Drink-a-Long
Love drinking games? You’ll love this New Year’s drink-a-long screening at the Music Box Theatre. Welcome the 2020s watching the 1920s-based Chicago musical, while sipping along to the rules in a gorgeous, historic theatre. Tickets $11,  Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. 

Teatro ZinZanni
This critically-acclaimed show combines the best of cirque, cabaret, spectacle, live music, comedy, and fine dining. In addition to a four-course dinner theatre experience, the New Year’s Eve performance will host a vibrant pre- and post-show celebration for audience members with dancing and a complimentary sparkling wine toast at midnight. Tickets start at $239, Teatro ZinZanni, 32 W. Randolph

Bars & lounges

3Dots and a Dash

New Years Eve at Three Dots and a Dash
Warm up with the tropical vibes and tiki drinks at Three Dots and a Dash’s luau bash. Opt for a GA ticket, which includes entrance and five cocktails, or splurge for a table. The evening will feature the bar’s signature tiki cocktails and a live DJ set. Three Dots and a Dash, 435 N. Clark St.

Black Tie Bash at The Violet Hour
This legendary cocktail bar will be hosting their annual Black Tie Bash, with guaranteed seating, unlimited cocktails, live jazz and dancing, a cocktail demonstration, and a Champagne toast at midnight. There will also be a pre-party with champagne slushies. The Violet Hour, 1520 No. Damen Ave.

Tableside Champagne Service at Punch House
Punch House, located in the basement of historic Thalia Hall, will be serving their decadent tableside champagne punch service. Reserve a spot now for their large-format punch bowls that serve up to seven. Punch House, 1227 W. 18th St. 

NYE at The Underground
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

NYE 2020 Havana at Barcocina
Get a taste of Cuba at Barcocina’s New Year’s Eve bash. The hip spot has a spectacular party in the works, featuring a five-hour top shelf open bar and live music from one of Chicago’s top DJs all night long. Barcocina, 2901 N Sheffield Ave.

New Year’s Eve 2020 at SPIN
Grab your friend and get ready to play at this underground ping pong lounge. Enjoy free ping pong all night long, plus appetizer stations, an open bar, aerial performances, a balloon drop, and more. SPIN, 344 N. State St.

NYE Gala at SX Sky Bar
Start the new year at one of the city’s newest rooftop bars. The 2020 gala at SX Sky Bar includes a premium open bar, balloon drop, midnight toast, and a partial view of the fireworks display over Lake Michigan. SX Sky Bar, 808 S. Michigan Ave.

New Year’s Eve at Barrio
The popular River North spot will be hosting an upscale bash to ring in 2020. A general admission ticket gets you a passed food menu, premium drink package, champagne toast, a dessert hour and more. Or upgrade to a table for a luxury experience. Barrio, 65 W. Kinzie St.

Bootlegger’s Ball at Untitled Supper Club
This New Year’s Eve extravaganza will feature over 40 of Chicago’s finest burlesque, aerial, and contortion performers, live music and DJs spinning all night long, plus specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and late-night snacks. Untitled Supper Club, 111 W. Kinzie St.

NYE 2020 at Bordel
Ring in the new year at Chicago’s sexiest speakeasy. Bordel is hosting a decadent evening with authentic Spanish food, an open bar, DJ entertainment and of course a midnight countdown and toast. Bordel, 1721 W. Division St.

Fire & Ice at Z Bar
The rooftop cocktail lounge, recently named one of the world’s best hotel bars by Forbes, will be hosting a Fire and Ice themed soiree to ring in the new year. A ticket includes passed hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, and a champagne toast at midnight. Z Bar: 108 E. Superior St.

NYE at VU Rooftop
Head to VU Rooftop bar for their New Year’s Eve celebration, featuring city view from 22 stories up, a premium bar, chef’s hors d’ oeuvres, and live music and DJs throughout the night. Plus, reserve your own VIP heated igloos for a one-of-a-kind NYE experience. VU Rooftop, 133 E. Cermak Rd.

Bond Ball at Safehouse
Dress to impress at this spy-themed bash. SafeHouse Chicago will be awarding cash prizes for the best dressed individuals and couples. You’ll also find a DJ and dance floor, drink specials, and magicians performing slight of hand magic. SafeHouse, 60 E. Ontario St.

New Year’s Eve at Recess
Start your decade off right with one of the best deals in the West Loop. Enjoy live entertainment, open bar, and passed appetizers at one of the neighborhood’s newest bars starting at just $35.  Recess, 838 W. Kinzie

Hard Rock Cafe
Rock out at the Hard Rock Cafe this New Year’s Eve. The bi-level space will be hosting an over-the-top bash, with an open bar, appetizer and dessert buffets, top DJs, and a champagne toast and massive ball drop at midnight. Hard Rock Cafe: 63 W. Ontario St.

The Bassment
Ring in the New Year at this swanky speakeasy-style lounge, hidden below Hampton Social. Sip on specialty cocktails while listening to live music from Frankie Parker and the Gentleman. Get your tickets now for just $10. The Bassment, 353 W. Hubbard St.

Concerts & music venues

Mt. Joy at Metro
This folk-rock trio has played at some of the country’s top music festivals and opened for the likes of The Shins, The Head & The Heart, and The Lone Bellow. They’ll ring in 2020 with an intimate New Year’s show at a classic Wrigleyville venue. Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.

Candy Pop at Subterranean
Dance the night away at a favorite local venue in Wicker Park. Candi Pop will be headlining an NYE bubble gum pop dance party with music by the Spice Girls, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and more. Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave.

Battle of the Saxes at Green Mill
This historic jazz venue will be hosting their annual Battle of the Saxes on New Year’s Eve. Hear acclaimed jazz musicians duke it out until midnight, then enjoy a free champagne toast and stick around for the late-night jam session until 4 a.m. Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, 4802 N. Broadway Ave.

Avery Sunshine at City Winery
The singer-songwriter Avery Sunshine will be playing two New Year’s Eve shows at City Winery in the West Loop. The first begins at 7:30 p.m. and the second at 11 p.m. City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph

A Zombie Nightmare at Aragon Ballroom
Get a little spooky on New Year’s Eve with NGHTMRE & Zomboy at the Aragon Ballroom. The 18+ show will also feature special guests WHIPPED CREAM and WAVEDASH. Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence

SLEEP at Thalia Hall
This is your last chance to experience this doom metal trio — they’ll be going on an indefinite hiatus at the end of the year. Get your tickets now for an unforgettable New Year’s Show. Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport

Vance Kelly & The Back Street Blues Band at Kingston Mines
Celebrate the new year at one of Chicago’s most legendary blues venues. Kingston Mines will be featuring two blues bands on two stages, for non-stop music way past midnight. Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted

Motion City Soundtrack at House of Blues
In their first live show since 2019, Motion City Soundtrack is kicking off their reunion tour in Chicago for New Year’s Eve. Catch their infectious rock sound at this 21+ show. House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St.

NYE dinner at Chicago restaurants

Sepia Turner Dining Room

Le Colonial
This French-Vietnamese favorite will offer their classic menu items as well as several specialties for New Year’s Eve. The $85 per person menu includes an amuse-bouche, appetizer, entrée, festive dessert selection, and coffee or tea. Le Colonial, 57 E. Oak St.

The Loyalist
The Loyalist will offer a special pre-fixe menu for the evening, including a choice of prime rib, entree, delicious sides, and a bubbles toast for $75 per person. Optional adds-ons include punch bowls, Champagne, caviar and fruits de mer. An abbreviated a la carte menu will be available, including their beloved burger. The Loyalist, 177 N. Ada St.

Girl & the Goat
Enjoy an intimate New Year’s Eve dinner in Girl & the Goat’s wine cellar, with a menu curated by chef Stephanie Izard. The meal, dubbed “bubbles from around the world”, features a 10-course tasting menu paired with sparkling wines from across the globe. Girl & The Goat, 809 W. Randolph St

Margeaux Brasserie
Come ring in the New Year at this elegant French spot in the Waldorf Astoria. They’ll be serving a five course prix fixe menu with two options per course for $120 per person, with an optional sommelier-guided wine pairing. Margeaux Brasserie, 11 E. Walton

This Michelin-starred spot will be serving a ten course tasting menu, featuring caviar, oysters, and champagne. The menu will be $175, with three different optional wine pairings at $115, $165, or $295 and a non-alcoholic pairing for $65. Temporis, 933 N. Ashland Ave.

Dusek’s Board & Beer
A chic gastropub tucked inside Thalia Hall, Dusek’s will be offering a special prix fixe menu to ring in 2020. The five courses include lacquered duck breast, dry aged ribeye, and gnocchi with an optional truffle supplement. Dusek’s, 1227 W. 18th St.

Don’t miss Spiaggia’s special truffle risotto, a long-standing annual tradition that’s only served on New Year’s Eve. The dish is made from deeply flavored rice that has been infused with truffles throughout the year. Enjoy it as part of an eight or ten course tasting menu with optional wine pairings. Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Ave.

RPM On The Water
Celebrate the New Year alongside celeb couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic. This black-tie-optional party features luxe passed appetizers and interactive food stations, a premium bar package, a live DJ, midnight toast, and much more. Splurge on VIP access for breathtaking views of the riverfront fireworks display from a private terrace. RPM On The Water, 317 N. Clark St.

Check out our full guide to New Year’s Eve dinner in Chicago.

Kid-friendly celebrations for all ages

Lincoln Park Zoo lights

Chicago Children’s Museum Noon New Eve
Located at Navy Pier (which is a bonus, since its full of 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 Yacht. 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

Blue Man Group Family New Year’s Eve
Ring in the new year with Chicago’s one-of-a-kind Blue Man Group. The afternoon show will include pre-show festivities, like face painting and party favors for the kids, and a special post-show “midnight” countdown. Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted.