10 things to do in Chicago this New Year’s Eve weekend


New Year’s Eve at iO Theater: The recently reopened theater offers an all-access pass that includes admission to any improv shows, an open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight, and a special performance featuring stand-up comedy, live music and a drag act. After a Champagne toast, the party continues with karaoke and dancing. 8 p.m. Saturday at iO Theater, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.; tickets $55-$85 at ioimprov.com

New Year’s Laughin’ Eve: Celebrate with stand-up comedy from Lucia Whalen and Nate Armbruster, music from DJ Thee David Davis, party favors, and a midnight countdown with a drag queen and Champagne toast. Two cocktails are included. 10 p.m. Saturday at the Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.; tickets $41 at 773-697-3830 and thedentheatre.com

New Year on the Pier: A giant bash features music from The Lakeshore Encores, Treble Squad and Kice plus a midnight fireworks show, appetizers, a premium open bar and party favors. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, 840 E. Grand Ave.; tickets $139-$219 at navypierevents.greencurtainevents.com

Timeless New Year’s Eve: Travel back in time to the 1950s with the Rat Pack is Back, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin impersonators performing hits like “The Lady Is a Tramp” and “Mr. Bojangles” with a 15-piece band. The party includes a premium open bar, appetizers, dessert, and a midnight Champagne toast and balloon drop. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday at The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook; tickets $125 at eventbrite.com

Timeless NYE at Hilton Chicago Oakbrook Hills.

Borgore: The Israeli dubstep DJ headlines a show featuring opening sets from Lucii, Tynan and Chassi. 10 p.m. Saturday at Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.; tickets $35 at concordmusichall.com

Local H: The band behind “Bound for the Floor” continues their tradition of ringing in the New Year in Chicago following a tour to promote the 20th anniversary reissue of their album “Here Comes the Zoo.” 10 p.m. Saturday at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St.; tickets $30 at bottomlounge.com

Straight No Chaser Comedy Tour: D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer of “The Original Kings of Comedy” perform stand-up sets along with “Next Friday” star Mike Epps, Instagram roaster DC Young Fly and Earthquake. 7 p.m. Sunday at Credit Union 1 Arena at UIC, 525 S. Racine Ave.; tickets $59-$250 at ticketmaster.com

Young Playwrights Festival: Industry professionals stage three one-act plays written by Chicago high school students at Pegasus Theatre Chicago’s 36th annual festival. The winning shows are a ghost story and two works of science fiction exploring isolation and technology. Through Jan. 28 at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave.; tickets $30 at pegasustheatrechicago.org

New Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: Baritone Mischa Bouvier and members of The CoverGirls, a pop-rock group known for their purple electric violins, join the orchestra to perform “Auld Lang Syne” and “Proud Mary.” The show also features music from “Chinatown,” “South Pacific” and “Cinema Paradiso,” plus a Champagne toast and party favors. 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn; tickets $67-$77 at 630-942-4000 and atthemac.org

“A Very Neo New Year”: Catch a performance of “The Infinite Wrench,” a chaotic show featuring as many funny and weird two-minute plays as the cast can fit into an hour, then count down to midnight with a Champagne toast followed by a dance party with beer. Come at 10 p.m. for a preshow with Poems While You Wait. 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave.; tickets $30 at 773-878-4557 and neofuturists.org

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