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Chicago New Years Eve Guide 2016

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The year 2015 is drawing to a close and we are officially t-minus 8 days until New Years Eve. In a city like Chicago, there are so many places to go and things to do to ring in the New Year. With all the bars, restaurants, and clubs hosting celebrations, trying to figure out what to do can be overwhelming. We’re here to make it easy for you for our City Guide to New Years Eve!


Chi-Town Rising

For the first time ever, Chicago is hosting a downtown New Years Eve experience, similar to what you’d see in New York City’s Time Square. Chi-Town Rising will be complete with celebrity host Mario Lopez, live radio personality broadcasts, musical performances, club/party area, and fireworks show at midnight! Did I mention Chicago will have it’s own spin on the “Ball Drop”, with the rising of a 70ft tall star! Get more info about Chi-Town Rising event here.



New Years Eve is a great opportunity to celebrate at one of your favorite restaurants, or perhaps go to that one place you’ve always wanted to try. Chicago has a very eclectic culinary scene, and there are many amazing restaurants offering specials and pre fix menus for NYE 2016. You can select from some of the best places in the city like Celeste in River North, Cite in the Streeterville, and the amazing Everest in the Loop. You can find a full listing restaurants offering NYE specials here at OpenTable!


Bars/Clubs and Hotels

You can find a party at any bar, club, or hotel in the city for New Years Eve! We have an amazing (sold out) party planned at our very own rooftop bar! If you didn’t get a chance to grab your tickets for drumBAR’s New Years Eve, our partners at Green Curtain Events can help you find other for parties at places that are just as fun! Click here to see their NYE party locations.


Reaction NYE

Every year, Chicago has at least one concert on New Years Eve, bringing in some pretty cool artists. This year, the city is doing it even bigger with Reaction New Years Eve concert! On the 30th and the 31st at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, concertgoers can experience a fantastic musical line up, from CHVRCHES, DeadMau5, Skrillex, and Chicago’s very own Chance the Rapper! See the full line-up and tickets for Reaction NYE here!


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