The omicron variant put a major damper on last year’s New Year’s celebrations, but with COVID-19 restrictions currently lifted, Chicago is ready to celebrate the beginning of 2023.
Bars and restaurants throughout the area are marking the occasion with elaborate dinners, dance parties, drink packages and shows to keep you partying to midnight and beyond. Take note, though, that Chicago-area officials are recommending testing, masking and getting up-to-date on vaccinations and boosters during the holiday season.
Make your plans now to send 2022 off with a bang in the Windy City.
Share family-style tapas featuring seared lamb skewers, bacon-wrapped dates, roasted baby beets and churros plus two hours of beer, wine and sangria, with seatings at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. $95-$135. 807 W. Fulton Market, 312-257-3177, boqueriatapasbar.com
Enjoy free food and a midnight toast at this West Garfield Park bar during a New Year’s Eve party featuring DJ music and party favors. The party kicks off at 10 p.m. $20. 4422 W. Madison St., 773-575-4517, facebook.com/Brick4422
Kick off your 2023 with a four-course dinner with wine pairings available, a midnight Champagne toast and live entertainment featuring Keya Trammell and DJ Duane Powell. Dinner seating are 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the party starts at 10 p.m. Dinner tickets are $125 and party tickets are $70 before midnight and include two drink tickets, appetizers and party favors and dinner guests attend free. 4420 S. Cottage Grove Ave., 872-244-7065, bronzevillewinery.com
A Roaring 1920s dance party in the upstairs private event venue from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. includes an open bar, appetizers and a midnight sparkling toast for $185-$215. You can also opt for a five-course dinner with wine and cocktail pairings in the winery’s LIVA restaurant at 5:30 or 8:30 p.m. The $195 meal includes a cheese and charcuterie board, butter-poached lobster tail and beef short ribs. 739 N. Clark St., 312-763-3674, chiwinery.com
Ring in the New Year Irish-style with bagpipes at 6 p.m. and Irish tunes from Jimmy Sullivan and Jimmy Moore from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Champagne and party favors are included. 3471 N. Elston Ave., 773-583-3066, chiefoneillspub.com
Chef Donald Young (Les Nomades, Temporis) hosts 15-course, family-style pop-up dinners at 5 and 9 p.m. at a secret location. Bubbly is included, and wine or tea pairings are available for $150 or $75. You can also BYOB. $300. exploretock.com
Start the night with a glass of bubbly, and then tuck into a four-course, family-style meal featuring caviar, duck breast with black truffle jus and a chocolate ganache tart for $80. Add wine pairings for $40. Seatings are available at 6 and 8:30 p.m. 1709 W. Chicago Ave., 312-929-4727, funkenhausen.com
Chef Gustavo Barahona and beverage director Zak Sherman have put together a seven-course sushi dinner with Japanese whisky pairings featuring both neat pours and cocktails. $275. 1465 W. Willow St., 773-687-8898, hinokisushiko.com
Snack on po’boys, gumbo and other New Orleans fare while taking advantage of a call drink package from 8 p.m. to midnight, and a burlesque show starting at 10 p.m. Finish the party with a Champagne toast. $75. 1415 N. Wood St., 773-360-8320, inamaetavern.com
Feast on a tasting menu featuring oysters, fried eggplant, manchego salad, head-on shrimp and Basque-style cheesecake for $125. If you’re looking for a party, head to the Pigtail speak-easy for a $150-to-$175 package including cocktails, tapas, select wines, dessert and a cava toast. DJ music and a photo booth will add to the fun. Head back for a New Year’s Day brunch featuring bottomless sangria and mimosas for $25. 500 N. Clark St., 312-820-7771, jaleo.com
Party in the West Loop upstairs bar with a black-tie soiree featuring a three-hour premium drink package from 9 p.m. to midnight, passed bites from Komo, music from DJ Mauricio and a live conga player, and a Champagne toast. For the full Komo experience, book the $135 seven-course tasting menu including nigiri, sashimi, pan-seared scallops and grilled lamb chop. 738 W. Randolph St., 312- 465-2250, komochicago.com
The French-Vietnamese restaurant serves a three-course dinner featuring pan-seared chicken dumplings, green tea-cured duck breast and vanilla creme brulee. $95. 655 Forest Ave., Lake Forest; lakeforest.lecolonial.com
Start your night with a dinner buffet from 9 to 11 p.m., then keep the party going until 1:30 a.m. with a premium drink package. Go all-out with bottle service for $250-$600. The bash also features music from Uzi, party favors and giveaways. $70-$85. 155 W. Kinzie St., 312-245-2000, moescantina.com
Get a great view of the Navy Pier fireworks at the Glitz and Glam New Year’s Eve Soirée featuring a premium open bar, appetizers including crab cakes and mahi ceviche, a DJ, and a midnight Champagne toast. $225. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 1000 E. Grand Ave., 312-535-6660, offshorerooftop.com
Lee Michaels, the game DJ for the Blackhawks and event DJ for the Cubs, provides the music for a bash including pizza, appetizers, a premium drink package and party favors. $75. 205 N. Peoria St., 312-498-7080, pbjwestloop.com
The 15-year-old restaurant serves its last meal on New Year’s Eve, going out with a $300 dinner including wine pairings, mozzarella and pasta tastings, veal chop and warm chocolate cake. 209 E. Delaware Place, 312-280-0700, pelagorestaurant.com
The West Loop wine bar celebrates its fifth anniversary with three seatings of a five-course dinner featuring scallop crudo, beef bourguignon and banana bread pudding. Wine pairings are available for $45 and a representative from the Champagne House will be pouring bubbly and explaining how it’s made. $75. 1134 W. Washington Blvd., 331-240-1914, pressroomchicago.com
Head to this Hyde Park mainstay for an open bar from 9 to 11:30 p.m. and a party that goes until 3 a.m., featuring a midnight Champagne toast and balloon drop, four DJs and premium group packages with bottles of spirits and Champagne included. $60-$85. 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West, 312-801-2100, promontorychicago.com
Enjoy two parties for the price of one as you hop from two South Side bars on New Year’s Eve. Start off at Renaissance Bronzeville, where the party begins at 7 p.m., then make your way to The Post in the Washington Park neighborhood starting at 10 p.m. House music, party favors and hors d’oeuvres await. $25-$30. 4641 S. King Drive, 773-690-5416, renaissancebronzeville.com; 5745 S. State St., 773-363-2920, instagram.com/the_post_chicago
Move between the Wicker Park hotel’s three venues, each of which will offer open bars and bites including margaritas, classic cocktails, beer, wine and bubbly from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $95. 2018 W. North Ave., 872-315-3057, therobey.com
Set aside 2 ½ hours for a $125 four-course dinner from chef Joe Flamm featuring grilled oysters with smoked lobster butter, risotto with black and white truffles and bone-in strip loin with melted leaks. 932 W. Fulton Market, 872-260-3921, rosemarychicago.com
Indulge one last time in 2022 with a $95 menu featuring burrata with tomato jam, gnocchi with truffle cream, braised short rib and tiramisu. Upgrades include an ounce of caviar ($60), white truffles ($35) and linguine with grilled lobster tail ($20). 51 W. Kinzie St., 312-595-1322, sienatavern.com
Ring in the new year with a celebratory balloon drop, two rooms of music, a 50/50 raffle and a special toast at midnight. $15. 960 W. 18th St., 312-666-8601, simonesbarchicago.com
A “Titanic”-themed menu celebrating the film’s 25th anniversary features roasted duck breast, oysters on the half shell, beef sirloin and eclairs for $75. After dinner, head downstairs to Dorothy for a Below Deck dance party featuring a cabaret performance and a bubbles toast at midnight. $60. 2500 W. Chicago Ave., 773-697-4413, splitrailchicago.com
Stock up for your Christmas dinner with an assortment of market items available during this Roger Park spot’s New Year’s Eve market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers can also enjoy breakfast sandwiches, breads, coffee cake and get hot coffee for brunch in the storefront cafe. Grab pimento cheese dip ($10), fried chicken thighs ($12), pan-roasted salmon ($21), and baked goods such as coffee cake ($8), ice cream pints ($8) and sourdough bread ($9). 7135 N. Clark St., 773-844-7335, twilightkitchen.com
Enjoy a tasty breakfast or brunch to fuel up before your New Year’s Eve festivities — or to nurse the subsequent hangover on New Year’s Day — at this Roseland restaurant and get 10% off breakfast menu items. The steakhouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. New Year’s Eve and until 2 p.m. New Year’s Day. 11147 S. Michigan Ave., 773-264-0320, wareranchchicago.com
The six-time Bib Gourmand winner shows its value with a seven-course dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. featuring red-wine braised chicken leg, king crab, roasted quail, steak and a beignet with spiced hot chocolate. $95. 3335 N. Halsted St., woodchicago.com
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