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You've procrastinated long enough. Every year, you wait around for someone else to make New Year's Eve plans and, inevitably, spend December 31 at a weird house party or cheesy nightclub. Well, this year is different! Kick down the door on 2013 with an event that offers more than a plastic hat and midnight champagne toast. 

New Year's Eve at Girl & The Goat

Time: 8:30PM -1:30AM
Price: $195

New Year's Eve parties can be unpredictable, that's kind of the charm. But the food needs to be on point and meat maestro Stephanie Izard has you covered. Girl & The Goat is clearing their typically jam-packed dining room to make way for a dance floor. So, you'll be able to work off the gut-busting satisfaction of braised pork shank with an especially spirited rendition of "The Dougie."

The Drake's Chicago Scene 2013 New Year's Eve Gala

Time: 9:00PM - 2:00AM
Price: $145-$250

Chicago Scene Magazine hosts its 12th annual end of year shindig at The Drake Hotel. This storied event features four ballrooms, 45 bartenders and some 2000 people. If you'd like to close out 2012 in an especially gregarious fashion, buy your tickets now.

Music Box's New Year's Eve on the S.S. Poseidon

Time: 11:00PM - 2:00AM
Price: $23 in advance, $28 at the door

For the fourth straight year, the Music Box Theatre will play one of the treasured disaster flicks in cinematic history, The Poseidon Adventure! ‘70s cruise wear is encouraged, so, at the very least, you'll wave farewell to 2012 in style. Grab your deck chairs and hold on tight, the journey to 2013 includes some rough waters.

New Year's Eve at Studio Paris

Time: 9:00PM - 2:00AM
Price: $150-$165 (click here for table details)

Chicago's enthusiastic answer for where to crack the heels of your newly purchased Christian Louboutins. Studio Paris has become the velvet rope staple of Hubbard Street and will undoubtedly feature an onslaught of Facebook "check-ins" and designer square toed shoes. If you have energy, a proclivity for bottle service and a decent credit limit, click here.

New Year's Eve Party at The Fifty/50

Time: 8:00PM - 1:00AM (Cash bar 1:00AM - 2:00AM)
Price: $50-$60

Your drink package at the New Year's Eve Party at The Fifty/50 includes Red Bull, which is a rare and considerate move by Wicker Park's upscale sports bar. The last thing you need at 11:30PM on December 31 is that time-for-TiVo-and-sweatpants feeling. This place will undoubtedly welcome 2013 with the excitement and enthusiasm that it deserves.

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New Years Eve Party at Roots Handmade Pizza

Time: 8:00PM - 1:00AM
Price: $50-$60

Like plastic top hats and the midnight toast, pizza WILL be a part of your New Year's Eve festivities. Don't fumble your way through a frozen Jack's at 3:00AM; you'll regret it in the morning. Instead, party the night away at Roots, which will feature a five-hour open bar, dance floor and, of course, one of the city's most delicious buffet spreads.

New Year's Eve at Longman & Eagle

Time: Dinner seatings at 5:30PM; 8:00PM; and 10:30PM
Price: $95-$125

If your idea of a New Year's celebration leans more towards sustenance than alcohol, check out the Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle for your last meal of 2012. The restaurant's offering three dinner sessions with an optional beer and wine pairing. The first two seatings feature a five-course meal, while the 10:30PM session will include eight courses and midnight champagne toast.

The Undergound's New Year's Eve Chicago

Time: 8:00PM -1:00AM
Price: $140

The Underground is a subterranean faux bomb shelter, guarded by a troop of staunch doormen. If you're lucky enough to make it through, to the much sought-after barracks below, you're pretty much guaranteed to have a good time. A general ticket to their NYE festivities grants you access to the highly coveted sunken party scene, an open bar and midnight toast. But, quite frankly, 2013 deserves a more worthwhile reception. Consider the $10K table option, which includes limo pickup service, a Nebuchadnezzar of Veuve Clicquot and more attention than a descending ball at midnight.

Untitled's New Year's Eve Chicago Empire 2013

Time: 9:00PM - 2:00AM
Price: $150 

Party like it's 1925 at Untitled, the Loop's adopted speakeasy. Prohibition-era attire is strongly encouraged, but that's probably the only cue this event's going to take from the Temperance Movement. Untitled, as it often does, will feature live music entertainment - on this night - catch The Gold Coast All-Stars, DJ Flaco and DJ Wags.

Three Belly's Under One Roof at BellyQ

Time: 8:00PM -1:00AM
Price: $125

Chef Bill Kim has a trio of Chicago hot spots and, on December 31 all three of his celebrated restaurants will be under one roof. Yum! Cleanse your dumpling adorned palate with soft serve ice cream and some sake, it's a tough job but somebody's got to do it.

Life is a party, remember that. Happy New Year!