As we are drawing closer to the end of the year and a New Year full of aspirations, hopes and a wave of excitation ready to engulf, is in the waiting, it becomes binding upon us to embrace it with full gusto and exhilaration. To all the party people out there, the city of Chicago is all set to make your New Year’s Eve memorable with its heart throbbing events ready to grip you in its frenzy.
So, here is a list of all the amazing things to do in Chicago on New Year’s Eve to leave you spellbound:
New Year’s Eve Concerts, Theatres & Plays In Chicago
If you plan to attend concerts to make your evening a high voltage musical affair, then the New Year’s Eve in Chicago has so much to offer. Listed below are some of the most sought-after concerts and theatre plays for the New Year’s Eve 2020
1) Blue Man Group Chicago
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Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton, together known as the Blue Man Group are set to entertain the audiences on 31st December 2019 with their audio- video extravaganza, dance performance and musical delight giving one an unforgettable experience. Blue faced and wearing black jumpers, they are all set to engage the masses with their rock numbers and bright paints squirting out in a fluorescent painted spectacle.
Age limit: 3 years and above
Run time: 1 hours and 45 minutes
Price: Starting from $49
2) New Year’s Eve Dinner Show With Rocky LaPorte
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Rocky LaPorte has been performing on the road as a top-notch in-demand and enormously popular comedy club headliner accumulating a trunk full of TV appearances from “Cheers ” “Carolines Comedy Hour” and his very own “The Rocky LaPorte Show” a pilot for CBS.
Celebrate this New Year’s Eve in Chicago with a belly-hurting laughter and tummy filling dinner on the Rocky LaPorte Dinner Show.
Price: Starting from $30
Timings: 7:30 PM onwards [Doors open 5:00 PM]
Date: 31st December 2019, Tuesday
3) Motion City Soundtrack Chicago
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Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, Motion City Soundtrack are a rock band who formed in 1997. They are known for their heart-on-sleeve mix of Weezer-esque power pop and emo rock inspired by the likes of Sunny Day Real Estate, and their five records have sold 600’000 copies worldwide.
Celebrate your New Year’s Eve 2020 In Chicago with their blasting music and crazy soundtracks.
Price: Beginning From $35
Timings: Doors open at 7:00 PM, 31st December 2019
Address: House Of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St.60654 Chicago, IL
4) The Redhead Piano Bar
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Ring in the New Year at Redhead Piano Bar! Chicago’s Premier Piano Bar located on bustling Ontario Street in the downtown River North neighborhood.
Featuring Performances from the City’s Best Pianists all night, a Champagne Toast, and More.
Price: Starting from $30
Timings: 7:00 PM, 31st December 2019
Address: Redhead Piano Bar, 16 W Ontario St, Chicago, Illinois 60654, Chicago, United States
5) Chicago New Year’s Eve 5K
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Join the newest tradition of the city, the Chicago New Year’s Eve 5K, starting and ending at the newly renovated and historic lakefront property, Theater On The Lake on Tuesday, December 31st at 9:00am.
The scenic 3.1 mile loop showcases the beauty of Lincoln Park and the Lakefront. All runners will receive branded swag, finisher medal and full drink at the post race celebration. There’s no better way to start your day and earn your right to party into the New Year!
Price: Starting from $30
Date: 31st December 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Address: Theater on the Lake – Restaurant/Events/Theater, 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60614
Chicago New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Cruises
One of the most cherished events that the city of Chicago offers is the mesmerizing fireworks and luxurious cruises and tours on the New Year’s eve. Are you on board?
1) Navy Pier Fireworks
Running for the last six years and this year with its 8th annual celebration for the New Year’s Eve in Chicago, Navy Pier takes you to a ride to some amazing fireworks synchronized to melodious music over Lake Michigan. It is indeed one of the best places to watch the mesmerizing NYE fireworks, one should definitely catch a glimpse.
2) Chicago Resolution Gala
The best Chicago New Year’s Event for the last 7 years is returning to finish off 2019 with a bang. Start the new year at The 8th Annual Resolution Gala at the Aon Grand Ballroom.
You’ve been working hard the whole year; treat yourself to an amazing night out, filled with drinks, great music, an awesome atmosphere, and a fireworks show to top it off.
Hurry, tickets to this exclusive event move pretty fast, so secure your spot inside sooner than later. Age limit:- 21 years and above.
Price: Starting from $99.00
Timings: 8:15 PM to 2:00 AM
Address: Aon Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier Chicago
3) Crystal Gardens New Year’s Eve
The Crystal Gardens New Year’s Eve is the 14th annual celebration of the new beginning where liquor bars, delectable appetizers and yummy cuisines spread over numerous food stations and renowned DJs promises to give you some kick-ass moments. The private terrace offers some spectacular fireworks views, get yourself ready for the NYE 2020 countdown!
Price: $99.00 [Early Bird] – $1592.00 [VIP Table For 8]
Timings: 9:00 PM – 1:30 AM
Address: 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago IL 60611
4) NYE Weekend Cocktail Cruise
Cruising aboard a four story, 192 foot luxury yacht, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Chicago’s iconic landmarks from Lake Michigan by being a part of this NYE Weekend Cocktail Cruise. Take in the sights from any of three climate-controlled interior decks, or enjoy the breeze on the open top deck.
Be sure to take a spin on one of the the dance floors as the DJs play your favorite Top 40, Hip-Hop, and party hits. Don’t forget to grab a drink from any of our full bars! Take advantage of Chicago’s best asset and come aboard the cruise!
Price: Starting from $20.00
Time: Dec 28 2019, 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Venue: Mystic Blue or Spirit of Chicago TBD (Boarding at Navy Pier), 600 East Grand Avenue, Navy Pier, Chicago
5) New Year’s Eve Sunset Cruise
ChicagoCruiseEvents is hosting a roster of various cruises throughout the entire New Year’s Eve Sunset Cruise (adult & family friendly cruise options) – 6 different options! Enjoy cocktails, while enjoying the amazing Chicago skyline. Includes live DJs and dancing.
Cruising through the water of Lake Michigan on three-story majestic yacht on the new year’s day, one is surely embracing the New year in style.
Price: Starting from $10.00
Timings: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on 31st December 2019
Address: DuSable Harbor (200 N. Breakwater Access)
6) Vertiport Chicago
This is one thrilling experience where one celebrates the New Year’s Eve 2000 ft above the sky in and witness the glimmering, dancing and grooving city of Chicago from there.
VIP Helicopter tours and open bar will give you the goose bumps making your night an unforgettable event; giving you the glimpse of the NYE fireworks real closer.
Hotels, Pubs and Parties in Chicago
Almost each and every Hotel, Pub and Bar in Chicago throws some peppy and grooving parties where the ambience is mixed with heart throbbing music and the crowd gyrating to the famous numbers. Exquisite liquor, mouth-watering cuisines and famous DJ’s playing sensational songs is the talk of these parties.
Here’s a list of places to choose from to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Chicago:
1. Congress Plaza Hotel
Ring in to the New Year’s Eve 2020 at one of the most happening venues of Chicago! Organizing the best NYE parties every year, Congress Plaza Hotel is definitely a place to be. Dance to the tune of live music, with amazing DJs, slosh yourself with alcohol at multiple bars and have the scrumptious food at buffets. Sign up for top class entertainment this New Year’s Eve and make it an unforgettable night.
Price: General Admission at $89 to $2400 for VIP table for 12
Address: South Michigan Avenue, Congress Plaza Hotel
2. Hilton Chicago
The evening packed with music from talented DJs with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and midnight champagne toast. Dance the night away at ballrooms in various party areas or gamble at the casinos to make it a crazy-crazy night. For the lover of comedy, there will be an event from 8-9 PM, that is not the part of the party but of course you can celebrate your eve the way you like it.
Dance to the tunes of DJs, watch a comedy show, and make it a musical night at the Hilton! Book your places right away.
Address: 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605, (312) 933-4400
3. The Drake Hotel
Hosting one of the craziest New Year’s celebration where thousands of people dance to chart busters in one of the best sound and lights system. Boasting 5 ballrooms, sizzling appetizers and complimentary items like champagne toast, noisemakers and hats.
Price: $145 (for general admission) – $2995 (VIP table for 8)
Address: 140 E. Walton Pl,, Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 787-2200
4. Three Dots And A Dash
Leave behind the winter chill and escape to tiki hideaway, Three Dots and a Dash, to ring in 2020 with a tropical luau featuring signature cocktails and music by J.Larroc. Opt for a GA ticket, which includes guaranteed entry plus five tiki cocktails, or reserve a table or booth that adds on appetizers for your party.
Time: 9:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Address: 435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, United States
5. SX at Sky Bar
Ring in the New Year at Chicago’s hottest new venue, SX Sky Bar, located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
SX Sky Bar offers an exciting fusion of spectacular bar and unforgettable nightclub. This colorful space features a dance floor, and retractable walls that offer guests an open-air experience, and more!
Price: Starting from $70.00
Timings: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Address: SX Sky Bar, 808 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, United States
6. Spin Chicago
Ring in New Year’s Eve at SPIN Chicago, the subterranean ping-pong lounge that boasts music, art and culture and has enough space to show off your serve and hit the dance floor.
There is going to be a lot of entertainment, from complimentary ping pong to aerialist performances; the night is going to be all fun and exciting.
Price: Starting from $75.00
Timing: 8:30 PM to 2:00 AM
Address: 344 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654
7. Stretch Bar & Grill
Stretch Bar & Grill is hosting a NYE event that will surely leave you in utter awe. A live DJ playing the hottest House, Hip-Hop, and Top 40’s along with the classic midnight countdown playing on all fourteen of their sixty inch TV displays. They’ll make sure you enjoy one of the greatest highlights of the evening in style.
Ring in the New Year with “All That Glitters”! May this New Year’s Eve be as bright and joyous as the beautiful Chicago skyline.
Price: Starting from $75.00
Timing: 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Address: Stretch Bar & Grill, 3485 N Clark St, Chicago, United States
8. Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Join Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago for a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration. Ring in the New Year while gazing upon Chicago’s magnificent firework show.
Prior to an elegant five-course dinner with wine pairings, enjoy a cocktail hour featuring an open premium, Moët & Chandon Champagne and Hor D’oeuvres accompanied by live entertainment and DJ.
Price: $125 (for kids), $325 (for adults)
Timings: 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Address: Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, 401 N Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611
9. JW Marriot Chicago
JW Marriott is a perfect setting for New Year’s Eve party Chicago 2020. As the personification of distinguished elegance, the Chicago NYE Soiree at the JW Marriott offers stunning domed-ceiling ballrooms for magnificent social soirees. Join in for one of the most memorable occasions in the city, ringing the New Year 2020 at one of the top hotels in Chicago.
Address: 151 W. Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603
10. Swissotel Chicago
Experience Ballroom Blitz NYE 2020 at a brand new venue on top of the Chicago River! It is an all inclusice event with food, drinks, entertainment & more!
Price: Starting from $99.00
Address: 323 E. Upper Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL 60601
And many more…
All the places listed above and the events mentioned, need a prior reservation. You might not want to miss out on these electrifying and spectacular events on the New Year’s Eve in Chicago just because you couldn’t plan where to spend your special evening. Don’t Delay. Book your place to have an awesome celebration with your loved ones.
Anshika Sehgal is a travelling enthusiast and an avid lover of books and American TV shows.