New Year's Eve is a big night for concerts in Chicago, and you've waited long enough to buy tickets. We have to hand it to our local venue's this year - the decision as to where to ring in 2014 is harder than ever. One thing is for sure: start planning ahead. Several of the area NYE shows have already sold out and you can be assured that many more will. Here are the best concerts that still have tickets available and are worthy of ringing in the new year.
Chicago punk trio The Lawrence Arms have been pretty quite in recent years. They're gearing up to release their first album in eight years and are starting 2014 off with the city they love the most. Catch them at Concord Music Hall. Tickets are $25.
Local mixmasters Flosstradamus have made garnered a reputation throughout the country as professional party throwers. This year they're spending New Years Eve in their hometown so you can bet they have something special planned. The DJ duo spins at the Riviera Theatre. Tickets are $59.
Contrary to the name, Dark Star Orchestra isn't dark and they aren't an orchestra. In fact, they're one of the country's most popular Grateful Dead cover band. They're swinging through the Vic Theatre for a New Years Eve jam session this month. Tickets are $24.
We don't mean to play favorites, but Dessa's performance at Riot Fest this past summer sealed the deal as one of the choicest picks for New Years Eve. The soulful hip hop returns December 31 with a show at Schubas. The Doomtree veteran combines sweet, velvety vocals combined with sharp, emotion-filled lyrics. Tickets are $30.
If you loved "Dream Girls," consider the Hideout your go-to spot this New Years Eve. The Girls Group recreate the style, flair and harmonies of the 1960s. The twenty women that make up this group leave nothing to be desired when they leave the stage. Tickets are $20.
Chicago's only punk rock marching band, Mucca Pazza, is quite a sight see. Seriously, any band with upwards of thirty members is. It's a wild show with everything from "gypsy-reggaeton" to classic punk music. If it's an experience your after, get to the Double Door this NYE to see them live. Tickets are $25.
Windy City Soul Club is a monthly party thrown in honor of the most danceable style of music we're aware of. December's edition, held on New Years Eve, is even bigger and badder than usual, upgrading from its normal venue The Empty Bottle to the Logan Square Auditorium. You can get tickets in advance for $15.
American documentary film "A Band Called Death" has been cheered by critics repeatedly over the last two years. Guess which city managed to book the movie's subject, 1970s rock group and precursors to punk music Death, for the biggest party night of the year? Yes, Chicago. They'll be playing at Reggie's Rock Club and tickets are a steal at $20. Psst - you can stream the documentary on Netflix before you check out the show!
Eliot Lipp isn't your typical electronic music artist. His beats are rhythmic and his melodies fluid. It's far beyond the majority his colleagues in complexity and composition. Oh yeah, it's pretty fun to dance to as well. He's headlining the Abbey Pub this New Years Eve. Tickets are $17.
This year The House of Blues delivers with two great shows under one roof. One the main stage, the one-two punch of Jimmy Eat World and The Smoking Popes will make every nostalgic pop punk fan swoon. On the Back Porch Stage, lovable local rockers Lucky Boys Confusion will heat up the countdown to midnight. Tickets are $100 and $40, respectively.