Who's ready to spend New Year's Eve in Chicago? We've got some of the most memorable ways for you to welcome in 2017 that will have you wishing for the night to never end. From the top hotel parties to fireworks finales and special events (including the rising of a 70-foot star!) to restaurant celebrations, this is the place to be. Don't miss out!
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink & Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon
Now through March 5 // FREE Admission | $12 Skate Rental
Take one of these Chicago ice skating rinks for a spin and you'll also be stopping at some of the city's top attractions. The iconic skating rink in Millennium Park is a must-stop. Also check out the stunning new skating ribbon that curves through Maggie Daley Park with gentle bends that wind around pine trees and towering climbing walls.
One tip: given its popularity, try to visit during off-times to avoid the big crowds and long lines for skate rentals.
New Year's Eve Roundup
FREE viewing area tickets available
Following its debut last year as the largest New Year's Eve celebration in Chicago's history, Chi-Town Rising will return again to ring in 2017. After drawing an outdoor crowd of 90,000 attendees in its first year, the highly-anticipated outdoor mega event is back for a second year, poised to be bigger, better, and even more accessible to Chicagoans and visitors alike.
Welcome in 2017 with Chicago's only spectacular lakefront fireworks show on New Year's Eve for free! You can also celebrate New Year's Eve aboard one of the many cruises at Navy Pier including Mystic Blue, Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago & Elite. Check out cruise prices and book now.
Rock Around The Clock New Year's Eve Party
Start at $99
Head to the Hard Rock off Ontario this New Year's Eve to enjoy a 4.5- hour premium cocktail reception and a delicious appetizer buffet. Add on a VIP bottle service to make your evening complete all while dancing to the sounds of DJ Ruen of S.K.A.M. A champagne toast will bring in the New Year, but not to worry, the party will keep going until 4 a.m.
Big Night Chicago New Year's Eve
$139 *prices will increase as the event draws near
Get ready for a night of excitement! Make your plans to ring in your new year with over 3,000 people expected at Big Night Chicago. Experience the most exciting and hottest gala of the season! Tickets are on sale now and going fast! The wildly successful Big Night Chicago will be back again at the World-famous Palmer House Hilton!
Roadhouse 66 New Year's Eve Chicago
General admission $66
The Roadhouse 66 Gas N' Grill is hosting its annual New Year's Eve celebration that will once again please all guests with their 5 hour meal & drink package. Starting at $66 and including 5 hours of great drinks and appetizers, this event is the most competitively priced event in all of Wrigleyville.
Check out our complete 2017 New Year's Eve guide for all the top celebrations.
Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert
December 31 // Start at $27
Celebrate and welcome 2017 with Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert at the Chicago Symphony Center. Enjoy a star-studded cast of acclaimed European singers, and ballet as well as beautifully costumed ballroom dancers that will waltz you through romantic vignettes.Let Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert whisk you away to a place of nostalgia and pleasure.
New Year's Eve & New Year's Day Brunches
December 31-January 1
On New Year's Day and again on January 2nd, start the New Year off right with $2.17 Bloody Mary's and Micheladas made with Chef Donny's own Bad Seed housemade hot sauce and a special brunch giveback promotion (running throughout the month of January). Stop in for brunch all January long and receive a gift certificate for future brunch in the amount of your bill!
Devon Seafood Grill
December 31-January 1
Devon Seafood Grill's New Year's Eve special featuring either a succulent 1 lb. Lobster Tail, or Surf & Turf which includes a 6 oz. Fillet and 8 oz. Lobster Tail and includes two seasonal sides like Cauliflower Mash; Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto and more. The New Year's Eve special is $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
They are also offering a special New Year's Day brunch buffet on Sunday, January 1 from Noon - 3 p.m. Devon Seafood Grill's New Year's Day brunch buffet costs $29 for adults and $17 for children ages 4-12, plus tax and gratuity. Children under 4 eat free. Guests have the option to add bottomless mimosas to their brunch for an additional $10.
Mindy's New Year's Day Pajama Brunch
Start the year on the right foot by showing off your finest jammies, fuzziest slippers and coziest robes while enjoying a brunch that is sure to cure the New Year hangover. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. indulge in a seasonally rotating menu of brunch items, including buttermilk pancakes with blueberry preserves and whipped maple butter, steak & eggs, as well as Mindy's much lauded burger made from Slagel Farm beef, organic bacon, Carr Valley three year aged cheddar and pickles.
Old Town Social
Head to Old Town Social from 9 a.m. til 3 p.m. to enjoy their Pajama Brunch. Stop by in your favorite flannel jammies for Mimosas or Bloody Marys from the restaurant's new 99-ingredient Bloody Mary Bar, or fill up on a wide variety of chef-driven brunch selections. Guests will even score an OTS gift card equal to the cost of their meal in $25 increments if the entire table arrives in their PJ's.
Soul Sunday Brunch takes over New Year's Day at Cindy's with 45s and records to croon brunchers into 2017 accompanied by Chef de Cuisine Keith Potter's favorite brunch dishes, including the Dutch Baby Cast Iron, Southern Belle Burger, and of course, Buttermilk Pancake Platter. Lift your spirits this New Year with brunch sunrise potions curated by Spirit Guide Nandini Khaund, including coffee-infused Roman Holiday, kombucha cocktail Howl at the Jun, and the Reanimator charcoal mocktail.