Chi-Town Rising: New Year's Eve Chicago

There's no shortage of options for how to spend your New Year's Eve in Chicago. From the Chi-Town Rising celebration, to parties at the city's best bars, it's difficult to choose just one thing to do while you're in town! But it's a good idea to start planning your night ahead for the best deals. From tickets, to drinks, to Uber rides with crazy surge pricing (ugh!), New Year's Eve can get expensive. With a little foresight, you can save hundreds on your NYE night out in Chicago.

Here are our top budget-friendly picks for New Year's Eve parties in Chicago $60:


Cruz Blanca ($40+)


You know you've been dying to try one of Chef Rick Bayless' newest spots — Cruz Blanca. For New Year's Eve, they're offering an exclusive deal that includes 3 drinks, passed tostaditas, and your choice of a special dish with Oaxacan roots. Craft beer fans will be happy to know that new specialty choices will be tapped every hour, on the hour

Cruz Blanca
904 W. Randolph Street

Cruz Blanca Cervecería


AceBounce Chicago ($60+)


What could go wrong by combining alcohol with ping pong? Test the limits with this 3 hour package at AceBounce that includes an open bar, passed appetizers, and unlimited ping pong. Show up in your "glowiest" costume for the chance to win a year of free ping pong. You're unlikely to find another New Year's Eve party like this!

230 N. Clark

AceBounce Chicago


Jack & Gingers ($60+) 


Bucktown neighborhood bar Jack & Gingers consistently provides some of the best bang-for-your-buck Chicago New Year's Eve deals. This year, for $60, you get 5 hours of premium open bar, a 2 hour buffet, and a champagne toast at midnight. Bringing a large group? Inquire about discount pricing for 20+ people!

Jack & Gingers
2048 W. Armitage Ave



Redmond's New Year's Eve Party ($50)


Looking for somewhere that can accommodate a large group of friends? Redmond's Ale House hosts a New Year's Eve bash and can accommodate parties up to 250. The $50 package includes an elaborate dinner buffet, as well as top-shelf liquors, all drafts, Red Bull mixers, wine and champagne.

Redmond's Ale House
3358 N. Sheffield Avenue




Bonus Freebie! Chi-Town Rising 

Chi-Town Rising: New Year's Eve Chicago


We'd be surprised if you haven't heard about Chi-Town Rising. This new Chicago tradition began last year with an impressive line-up of big-name acts and fireworks over the river. An exciting countdown to the new year draws in massive crowds, similar to the New York Ball Drop. Just make sure to dress warmly!

Both free viewing areas will have food and beverages for purchase. You have to arrive by 9 p.m. for a guaranteed spot, although it's recommended to arrive even earlier than that for the best experience. There are also some paid party areas, such as the Corona Extra Beach House, if you want to up the ante.

If you're not about standing outside in the cold, there are plenty of indoor spots at Chi-Town Rising where you'll be able to see the fireworks. Look into making reservations at nearby bars or restaurants, although take note that on this day, these places can get pricey. Alternatively, host your own party at home and tune into NBC 5 to follow the action.


Chi-Town Rise & Shine 5K and Fun Run ($20+)


Get in a little exercise before nighttime festivities. The races starts and ends at Millennium Park. This is the perfect opportunity to get a headstart on your New Year's fitness resolution. Register as soon as possible to get early bird pricing.


Do you have any other ideas for a low-cost NYE celebration in Chicago? Leave us a comment with your plans!