New Year’s Eve Party Guide 2016
Slip on that sequin dress and break out the bubbly, Bitches! We are so excited about Chicago’s first big city-wide New Year’s Eve party, Chi-Town Rising. The event will be held along the river near the Magnificent Mile and will feature music headliners, a fireworks show, and a festive countdown to 2016. Not willing to bear the cold and looking to avoid the crowds? Then we have you covered for some of the city’s hottest parties. We can’t wait to hit the town with our friends, and then spend the next day recovering at some of our favorite spots for a New Year’s Day brunch. Cheers bitches and Happy 2016!
New Year’s Eve Whole Animal Party at Frontier
This New Year’s Eve Frontier is hosting it’s annual NYE party. The restaurant will feature a whole animal meal package beginning at 8 p.m. The package includes whole smoked animal service (pig, goat, lamb and boar), oysters, salads, sides, desserts, wine, punch, premium liquor, cocktails, craft and domestic beers, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Tickets are $85, for more information click here. Frontier, 1072 N Milwaukee Ave.
New Year’s Eve at Commonwealth
You can celebrate the New Year with Commonwealth Tavern and enjoy a $60 per person package beginning at 8 p.m. which includes microbrew drafts, domestic bottles, well drinks and wine, appetizer buffet, champagne toast at midnight and live DJ, and party favors galore. The bar is sure to be packed and pumping out all of the jams you want to hear. For tickets, click here. Commonwealth, 2000 W Roscoe St.
New Year’s Eve at Compass Bar
Ring in the New Year at Compass Bar in Lakeview and enjoy a New Year’s Eve package from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The package features party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, premium drink package including domestic bottles, draft beers, wines by the glass and premium spirits along with a food station including wood-fired pizza, appetizers, salads, and dessert. Tickets are $80, for more information click here. Compass Bar, 433 W Diversey Pkwy.
Crystal Gardens 10th Annual New Year’s Eve
Celebrating its 10-year Anniversary, New Year’s Eve at the Crystal Gardens on Navy Pier is one of the best NYE venues in the city. The opulent setting features a one-acre botanical garden inside a six-story glass atrium. General Admission tickets include premium top shelf drinks and food station package, red carpet, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. Guests will enjoy music from DJ Dante along with special 10-year anniversary guest DJs and a premier view of the midnight fireworks show from a private terrace for Crystal Garden’s guests only. Party-goers will also receive an official after-party wristband.
Guests can opt for VIP tickets, starting at $149, to enjoy all the benefits of general admission tickets plus express admission at 8:30 p.m., separate VIP express entry line, first chance to get tables, a special NYE gift and more. To purchase tickets, visit here. Navy Pier Ballroom, 600 W. grand Ave.
New Year’s Eve at Roof on theWit
Party like a high roller this New Year’s and celebrate 2016 at the Roof on theWit, 27 stories above Chicago sidewalks downtown. Go ahead and splurge on your NYE plans, we promise this will be worth it. Once midnight strikes, confetti rains throughout the 7,000-square-foot space and partiers are treated to a Champagne toast. Food includes sushi, smoked steak tacos, shrimp cocktails, sweet potato fry cones with bacon aioli and salted chocolate chip cookies. Tickets are $125, for more information click here. The Wit, 201 N State St.
Palmer House Hilton Big Night Chicago
Make your plans to ring in your new year with over 3,000 people as The Palmer House at the Hilton hosts Big Night Chicago 2015-16. Packages include a fully stocked bars, food buffets, 10 musical and DJ acts, multiple dance and party rooms, and a huge midnight celebration. Discounted room rates are also available. Tickets are $149 for regular, and $209 for VIP, for more information click here. Palmer House Chicago, 17 E Monroe St.
Chicago New Year’s Day Brunch Guide 2016
This year, New Year’s Day falls on a Friday, which gives you two bonus days to plan those resolutions. First indulge in a greasy, hair-of-the-dog brunch to soak up last night’s fun, before you hammer on your 2016 intentions. Whether you spend NYE out on the town wearing an itchy sequin dress or on a friend’s couch playing drinking games,waffles are the best way to ring in 2016, we promise you that.
Festive Fare Brunch
You likely won’t have to travel far to brunch at Kanela Breakfast Club. On New Year’s Day, each location across the city will have a festive brunch special. A few of our favorites include Hot Chocolate French Toast in Wicker Park and Eggnog French Toast in Old Town. Kanela has amazing coffee and a cozy atmosphere, both make it the perfect spot to cap off the holiday season. Read our review here. Kanela Breakfast Club, 502 E Illinois St.
With a famous Bloody Mary bar, Bub City’s hangover curing options are endless, and the food is pretty amazing too. Indulge in dishes like the brisket Benedict, hog heaven breakfast, and fried chicken and waffles while jamming out to live country music. Read our review here. Bub City, 435 N. Clark Street.
Are bowl games your top priority on New Year’s Day? Head to Frontier for a day of sports with a side of brunch. Opening at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day, the bar will feature cocktail specials and a brunch plate featuring eggs, bacon, hash browns, and a biscuit for $9. Soak it in now, college football fans, it may be your last hoorah! Frontier, 1072 N Milwaukee Ave.
Upscale Ladies Brunch
Grab the girls and head over to the Trenchermen. The restaurant is here to cure what ails you with their delicious brunch menu! You should probably start your New Year’s Resolution on the 2nd because bacon. And bloody marys. And the breakfast burger. Go ahead, and indulge, we certainly won’t judge you. Read our review here. Trencherman, 2039 W North Ave.
Does eating pizza in your pajamas sound like your kind of New Year’s Day? Then strut your disheveled self into Lincoln Park’s Stella Barra. Starting at 10 a.m., each patron wearing pajamas will get a gift card equal to the price of their meal. Plus, they’ll have a signature Bloody Bar on top of the regular brunch options. Where do we sign up? Stella Barra, 1954 N. Halsted St.
If you’re looking for something more than a greasy breakfast, head to The Dawson in West Town for a brunch up to any foodie’s standards. Enjoy dishes like the smoked salmon Benedict, oysters, beet salad, and more. The restaurant is also hosting its first ever Bloody Mary Bar to kick off 2016 right, starting at 12 p.m. The Dawson, 730 W Grand Ave.
Hair of the Dog Brunch
Planning on rolling out of a long night of partying, and heading to brunch to finish what you started the night before. Hop back on the champagne train at Standard Market and take advantage of the Mimosa Party– A bottle of champagne served with a jug of fresh squeezed OJ. Indulge in brunch options like the chicken and waffles, or our favorite, the breakfast pizza. We promise you will leave buzzed and satisfied! Read our review here. Standard Market, 444 W Fullerton Pkwy.
A Brunch Tradition
Kitsch’n on Roscoe basically invented the New Year’s Day hangover brunch, and we think they deserve a round of applause. A tradition since 1999, you won’t want to miss this classic yet retro Chicago favorite. Starting at 10 a.m., head to Kitsch’n in your pajamas for a chance to win prizes and indulge in the famous breakfast menu with retro tunes blaring in the background.Kitsch’n on Roscoe, 2005 W. Roscoe St.
Our resolution? Discover more amazing brunches in 2016. Happy New Year, Chicago!