Say goodbye to 2020 and ring in the new year in true Chicago style — with an unforgettable meal. Enjoy champagne toasts and special menus on a socially distant (and heated!) patio, or enjoy an evening at home with amazing delivery and carryout specials.
Here are just a few top picks for a spectacular New Year’s Eve dinner in Chicago, whether you’re looking to dine in or carryout. And check out our full New Year’s Eve guide for more ideas to complete your socially distanced celebration.
New Year’s Eve takeout and delivery options
Cafe Robey: Indulge in a pasta package for four from Cafe Robey. Choose your own homemade pasta and sauce, frozen and ready to reheat at home. Add a bottle of wine or packaged cocktail to complete the meal.
Virtue: These Southern-style meals are perfect for an intimate New Year’s celebration, with two packages that both serve two. Choose from whole fried chicken or a whole branzino with sides, plus a bottle of champagne.
Nobu: Roll into the new year with sushi from Nobu Chicago. The restaurant is offering sushi packages for two, with miso soup, sashimi, nigiri, rolls, and an optional champagne bottle upgrade.
Alinea: Ring in the New Year with an unforgettable five-course tasting menu. The feast includes creative dishes like seared scallops with jamon iberico, herb-roasted prime beef, and Alinea’s famous dessert on your table.
Bar Roma: Have an Italian Christmas at home with Bar Roma’s carryout feast, which includes antipasti, ricotta tortellini, duck with polenta, and bread pudding (plus reheating instructions).
Daisies: Feel like a chef with one of these freshly prepared meal kits from Daisies in Logan Square. Each kit serves two and includes beef tenderloin with au jus, potatoes au gratin, marinated beets, and more. Add luxe touches like white truffle and caviar.
Antique Taco: This all-in-one package includes 10 tacos, chips, guacamole, salsa, batched rosemary margarita, a key lime pie from Bang Bang Pies, a six-pack of 5 Rabbit beer, and festive NYE blowers.
Haisous: Celebrate the start of 2021 with a New Year’s Day brunch from Haisous. Enjoy their famous caramelized fish sauce wings, chicken pho, fresh papaya salad, seafood garlic noodles, and bottles of champagne.
Proxi: Travel the world through food with dinner from Proxi in the West Loop. Enjoy braised lamb shank, smoked butternut squash, matcha cheesecake, and more.
Yugen: What better time than New Year’s Eve to splurge on Michelin-star fare? Chef Mari Katsumura is crafting a traditional Japanese feast, where each dish has a special meaning for the new year. Choose from two levels of tasting menus and add on a sake pairing to complete the experience.
RPM Italian: Choose from two carry-out specials at this high-end Italian spot. Both packages include RPM favorites, like steak, chicken parmesan, or lobster pasta. Both come with a bottle of champagne to pop at midnight.
Tanta: Say “adios” to 2020 with a Peruvian feast. This reheatable dinner package includes tuna tartare, king crab with fingerling potatoes, pasta with butter poached lobster, and chocolate covered strawberries.
Bandit: Pop some bottles with Bandit’s take-home cocktail kit, complete with an ice bucket, bottle sparklers, party cups, and New Year’s Eve favors.
Smyth: Welcome 2021 in style with this over-the-top package from Smyth, recipient of two Michelin stars. The feast covers both land and sea, with whole lobster tail, filet mignon, oysters, uni, black truffle, caviar, and more.
Frontera Grill and more: Finish this year with a memorable feast from four iconic Chicago restaurants helmed by Rick Bayless. The meal includes food from XOCO, Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, and Bar Sotano.
Chiya Chai: Enjoy family-style Nepali and Indian fare this New Year’s Eve, including hot curry wings, channa masala, and more. Each dish serves up to 10 people.
Vermillion: Order a feast for two with Vermillion’s “Hello 2021” six-course dining package. It includes roasted pepper and butternut squash sopa, spicy South Indian Andhra fried chicken, Portuguese-style lobster, and more.
Outdoor dining on New Year’s Eve in Chicago
The Bristol: Celebrate the new year with a prix-fixe menu inspired by a 1950’s cocktail party (think elevated cheese balls, pigs in a blanket, and smoked fish rillettes) in an outdoor snow globe decorated with era-appropriate touches.
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba: Start 2021 off right with pitchers of sangria and lots of tapas on Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba’s heated, all-seasons patio.
Frontier: This annual bash is moving to Frontier’s all-seasons patio, featuring their signature whole smoked animal feasts. Diners can also enjoy oysters, desserts, champagne, and more.
Geja’s Cafe: If you’re looking for a romantic evening, Geja’s is the place to be. Their New Year’s Eve package, served on the heated patio with a covered fireplace, includes a bottle of champagne per couple plus a decadent three-course fondue dinner.
Recess: The countdown starts at 5 p.m. on this massive West Loop patio. Celebrate each passing hour with a complimentary champagne toasts, party swag, and casual fare.
Barcocina: Book a private igloo, decked out in holiday decor and lights, or cozy up at an outdoor table by a firepit at this Lakeview hot spot. No matter where you’re seated, expect plenty of tacos, margaritas, and good times.
Aba: Ring in the new year with a Mediterranean feast on Aba’s heated rooftop patio. The partially enclosed space consists of standard tables, high tops, and even private green houses. Reservations are sure to go fast.
Bar Ramone: This River North wine bar is serving their New Year’s dinner in heated tents, where diners can enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. A special menu for two will be served, comprised of Spanish-inspired tapas.
Bistronomic: This popular French bistro is serving New Year’s diners on their Gold Coast patio. Dinner includes a four-course tasting menu, with an optional wine pairing. Or come in the morning for a bottomless mimosa brunch.
Beatrix: Dine in a heated igloo or greenhouse at the Fulton Market location of this popular health-conscious spot. Choose from a celebratory New Year’s menu or dine off the regular menu.
Fogo de Chao: With a spacious tented patio, Fogo de Chao is serving their Brazilian-style meals with some seasonal specials for New Year’s Eve.
Swift & Sons: Snag a reservation to dine in the “yurt village” outside this luxe Fulton Market steakhouse.
Tzuco: The covered patio at Tzuco will be the setting for this New Year’s Eve celebration, complete with a three-course dinner, champagne toast, party favors, and music.
Le Sud: The heated domes outside this French-Mediterranean spot are just as charming as the Roscoe Village surroundings.
Il Culaccino: In the South Loop, the all-weather patio at Il Culaccino is the perfect place to celebrate the new year. Choose from modern and classic Italian dishes, plus a robust wine menu.