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New Years Eve in Chicago

Written By: Jessie White

So you’ve found yourself in Chicago for New Years Eve. You’re in luck, as the Windy City is one of the most exciting cities to ring in the new year. With countless spots all over the city celebrating the entrance into a new decade the real question becomes, “Where to begin?”

Good question, the answer depends mostly on exactly what you look for in an amazing New Years Eve. Whether it be amazing flavors, a chance to show off your dance moves, or something that would be fun for the whole family, Chicago is going to have what you’re looking for. We’ve made it simple for you because there is something in Chicago for everyone to enjoy, regardless of what year it may be.

Family Friendly but Still Fun

“Lincoln Park’s Zoo Years Eve”

Lincoln Park Zoo

Thousands of dazzling luminous displays sweep the entirety of the Lincoln Park Zoo with the month-long Zoolights event. The truly unique event is made possible with over 2.5 million different gorgeous lights which may be why the tradition dates all the way back to 1994. Zoo Years Eve is the Zoo’s special extended hours event for those who want to ring in the new year with some fuzzy friends. With musical light shows, live ice sculpting, and all the winter brews you can imagine, Zoo Years Eve will give everyone a special holiday experience that they will cherish for many years to come.

“Blue Man Group NYE Party”

Briar Street Theatre

What better way to ring in the new year than with the Blue Man Group? This one-of-a-kind experience will be celebrating the new year with a special performance and interactive opportunities on December 31st. Earlier in the day the young ones can enjoy a 1 pm and 4 pm early midnight countdown with party hats and exclusive performances by the Blue Man Group. Later that night the group will be doing a special NYE performance before the ball drops!

Navy Pier’s Fireworks

Navy Pier

Chicago’s Navy Pier is a gorgeous sight to see any time of the year but the celebrations that take place every New Years Eve is an extraordinary experience. The Navy Pier fireworks are a timeless tradition that gives interested viewers all along the Chicago shoreline the chance to see a gorgeous fireworks display to ring in the new year. Navy Pier will also have numerous bars, restaurants, and gift shopping opportunities to enjoy while you wait for the clock to strike midnight and for those fireworks to luminate the night sky.

 All About that Taste

 Are you someone who likes to focus on the finer flavors of life? You may fit in at one of these tasty restaurants on New Years Eve. All of the restaurants below will feature special New Years Eve specials and events that will allow you to sip pretty while making sure that you don’t enter 2020 on an empty stomach.

Three Dots and a Dash

435 N Clark Street

Tiki-bar with a luau bash to ring in the new year.


2901 N Sheffield Ave.

5-hour top shelf open bar sounds good to me!

SX Sky Bar

808 S. Michigan Avenue

A balloon drop, midnight toast, and a sneak peak of the Navy Pier fireworks.

Wanna Dance?

If you’re trying to dance 2019 out of your system, there are countless (we wouldn’t even be able to try counting) bars that will be opening their doors on New Years Eve for all of the merry madness of the holiday. If you’re looking to stick in one area and jump around from bar to bar, we highly recommend you check out the Northalsted (formerly Boystown) neighborhood of Chicago. With drink specials, premium DJs and live entertainment the bars listed below are sure to leave your feet sore but your heart full going into 2020.

D.S Tequila Company

3352 N Halsted Street

“NYE 2019”

Food and drink packages and the best tequila in town.

Replay Lakeview

3439 N Halsted Street

“Super NYE Bash 2019”

Free arcade games and champagne toasts at Midnight.

Roscoe’s Tavern

3356 N Halsted Street
“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious New Year’s Eve”

Dancer’s choice with amazing DJ sets any night of the week.

Need Hotel Accommodations?

The City Suites Hotel

In the heart of Northalsted (formerly Boystown), accessible by the Red Line train

 The Willows Hotel

Located at the edge of Lakeview and Lincoln Park, accessible via Brown Line train

 The Majestic Hotel

Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, accessible via Red Line train

 The Ivy Hotel

Located near the Magnificent Mile in Chicago’s Loop

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