With most of the holiday shopping done (well, at least some of it) and plans for Christmas or Hanukkah parties set, it’s time to think about New Year’s Eve.
Chicago and suburbs are blessed with so many good restaurants that deciding where to go can be challenging. Here are some suggestions to help narrow down the choices followed by a few of the restaurants and venues with NYE packages and parties for adults or children:
1. Given Chicago’s unpredictable weather and NYE traditions of toasting, look for a place close to home or public transportation.
2. Instead of trying a new (at least to you) restaurant where you are unsure of the parking and service, opt for a favorite place where you either know the host and hostess or know you can depend on the food.
3. The economy has impacted restaurateurs the same as other professions so look for good, all-inclusive deals.
4. The following list merely names a few places with NYE deals so also call your favorite place and ask if it has a NYE package price and options.
5. Lastly, make that reservation now to get the place and time you prefer.
Here are a few venues with NYE specials:
840 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Details: Executive Chef Martial Noguier’s French Bistro has a four-course menu with different options per course from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for $60 without wine pairing and $85 with wine pairing. After 7:30 p.m. the chef has a five-course Gala Menu for $80 without wine and $105 with wine pairing. Reservations required. Call 312-944-8400.
Chens Chinese and Sushi
3506 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657
From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., the restaurant has a $45 per person NYE special that features a Chinese buffet, fresh Japanese sushi, open bar and party favors at midnight. Tickets required. Go online or for more information call 773.549.9100.
Chicago Cut Steakhouse
300 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60654
Details: A $65 menu has a Surf and Turf special of 30 day aged prime filet mignon and two Tristan lobster tails. The regular menu is also available. The evening includes dancing and entertainment by jazz vocalist Typhanie Monique from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Included with dinner is a Billecart-Salmon champagne toast with at midnight with a balloon drop and streamers. Reservations required. Call 312-329-1800.
Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier
Navy Pier is at 700 East Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. Details: Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens which has a botanical garden inside a six-story glass atrium, holds an annual NYE party that includes viewing the pier’s midnight fireworks show from a private terrace. Tickets $110 per person covers a premium open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., a specialty cocktail upon arrival, midnight champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres catered by Phil Stefani Signature Events and music from DJ Jordan V and DJ J-Donn. Purchase tickets online www.crystalgardensNYE.com. For table reservations and more information call 312-560-4422 or email
2075 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
Details: Executive Chef Jason Paskewitz has a four-course $55 menu for 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. seatings and a $65 menu for a 10 p.m. seating. A champagne toast is included. Youngsters are invited to the 5:30 p.m. seating which has a $15 child-friendly menu. Children can toast with a $3 kiddie cocktail. There will be a Kids New Year’s Eve countdown at 6:29 p.m. with an apple cider toast. Prices exclude tax and gratuity, reservations recommended. For reservations and more information call 773-535-2522.
Agio Italian Bistro
64 South Northwest Hwy., Palatine, IL 60074
Details: Five-course menu, live entertainment, party favors, champagne toast and more. Choose from two separate seating times: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $55 per person or 8:30 p.m. until closing for $75 per person. Special menu includes braised short ribs, Champagne sorbet, beef tenderloin, pan roasted sea bass and house-made tiramisu. A $20 per person credit card hold and 48 hour cancellation policy applies. Reservations Required. Call 847-991-2150.
1801 Butterfield Road, Downer’s Grove, IL 60515
Details: Cocktails, dinner, dancing, party favors, champagne toast and entertainment provided by The Niche from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. A $75 per person (includes tax and gratuity) covers 2 drink tickets (followed by a cash bar) and a full buffet of appetizers, salads, pastas, entrees, carved prime rib and desserts. Tickets can be purchased by calling the restaurant at 630-512-0990.
Chevy Chase Country Club New Year’s Eve Ball
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL 60090
Details: Cocktails 7 p.m., dinner 8 p.m. A $79 per person charge covers a four-station dinner of chef-carved sirloin of beef, Chicken Wellington, salad, pasta and international pastries, midnight champagne toast and dancing in the club’s historic ballroom to the Dick Elliott Orchestra with Ballroom Chicago Master of Ceremonies Bob Urbon hosting. of Ballroom Chicago fame will host an evening to remember as guests dance the night away to live music provided by the Dick Elliott Orchestra. Call 847-465-2300 for tickets and information.
The Lucky Monk
105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL 60010
Details: A free Kids New Year’s Eve Celebration is 4 to 6 p.m. that includes complimentary pizza and soda and a fun countdown at 5:59 p.m. In the evening a special New Year’s Eve menu will be available in addition to the regular dinner menu. The evening includes party favors for a midnight countdown and live entertainment by TRIADD (acoustic 60s 70s 80s 90s and current rock; beatles, eagles, goo goo dolls, bon jovi and more) from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. For reservations and more information call 847-898-0500.
Have a happy, healthy New Year