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ROCK, POP, ETC

ARAGON BALLROOM

Umphrey's McGee a8 PM, 1106 W. Lawrence, 312-666-6667 or 312-559-1212, $65, 18+

BEAT KITCHEN

Tub Ring a9:30 PM, Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 773-281-4444 or 866-468-3401, $10

CENTRE EAST, NORTH SHORE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Temptations, Marvelettes a9 PM, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-6300, $85 A

CUBBY BEAR

Sixteen Candles a1059 W. Addison, 773-327-1662, 10 PM, $25

DAVENPORT'S PIANO BAR & CABARET

Hollis Resnik a8 and 10:30 PM, 1383 N. Milwaukee, 773-278-1830, $25

DOUBLE DOOR

Poi Dog Pondering a10 PM, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-3160 or 312-559-1212, $60

EMPTY BOTTLE

Black Kids, Walter Meego DJs a10 PM, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $25

FITZGERALD'S

Mr. Blotto, Snuckafoo a9 PM, 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn, 708-788-2118 or 312-559-1212, $30

GENTRY ON STATE

Mikey O'Connell with Brian Felder a8 PM, 440 N. State, 312-836-0933, $20

HARRIS THEATER FOR MUSIC AND DANCE

Jon Brion a9 PM, 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777, $85

HOUSE OF BLUES

Collective Soul, Shawn Mullins a9 PM, 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212, $145-$150

HOUSE OF BLUES BACK PORCH STAGE

Freddy Jones Band a10:30 PM, 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212, $66.50-$71.50

JOE'S

Then Again a7:45 PM, 940 W. Weed, 312-337-3486 or 312-559-1212, $100

HYATT REGENCY O'HARE

Everclear, Lovehammers a 8 PM, 9300 W. Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, 800-233-1234 or 312-559-1212, $99-$135

KINETIC PLAYGROUND

Future Rock, Elliot Lipp, Orchard Lounge a9 PM, 1113 W. Lawrence, 773-769-5483, $15, $10 in advance

MARTYRS'

Tributosaurus performs the music of Ray Charles a10 PM, 3855 N. Lincoln, 773-404-9494 or 800-594-8499, $35

METRO

Spoon a 10 PM, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203 or 312-559-1212, $76, 18+

MUTINY

Lusties, Box Bruisers, Dead Town Revival a10 PM, 2428 N. Western, 773-486-7774 F

NAVY PIER

Shock Stars, DJ Steve Smooth, DJ JJ Flores, DJ Ty Bentli a9 PM, 600 E. Grand, 312-226-6110, $150-$2,500

THE NOTE

Pegboy, Methadones, Arrivals, Brokedowns a8 PM, 1565 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-0011 or 866-468-3401, $20

QUENCHERS SALOON

Tight Phantomz, Living Blue a9 PM, 2401 N. Western, 773-276-9730, $10

RED LINE TAP

Roundeye, Loyal Divide, 1/2 Mad Poet a9 PM, 7006 N. Glenwood, 773-274-5463 or 773-465-8005, $25

REGGIE'S MUSIC JOINT

Awesome Gary a 10 PM, 2105 S. State, 312-949-0120 F

REGGIE'S ROCK CLUB

Deal's Gone Bad, Flatfoot 56 a8 PM, 2105 S. State, 312-949-0120 or 866-468-3401, $15, 18+

SCHUBAS

Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, Catfish Haven a10 PM, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, $20, $15 in advance

SUBTERRANEAN

Local H, Kung-Fu Grip a10 PM, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508. $35, $30 in advance

TINLEY PARK CONVENTION CENTER

Keith Anderson, Bucky Covington a8 PM, 18501 S. Harlem, Tinley Park, 312-559-1212, $89

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR

Lonie Walker & Big Bad Ass Company Band a9 PM, 10 E. Walton, 312-266-7761, $35

DANCE

ALHAMBRA PALACE RESTAURANT

Mixin' Marc, Alex Peace, Dino G, Inphinity, Danny Boy, Bam Bam Buddha, Shawn Edwards, Chris B., PDA, John R, Joseph Durant, Brent Brewer, Agent 47 a9 PM, 1240 W. Randolph, 312-666-9555, $120

BETTY'S BLUE STAR

DJ 33 1/3, Andy Pascale a9 PM, 1600 W. Grand, 312-243-1699, $75-$100, $50 in advance

DARKROOM

Beta Theta DJs, Dark Wave Disco DJs a9 PM, 2210 W. Chicago, 773-276-1411, $75, $60 in advance

DEBONAIR SOCIAL CLUB

Jordan Z, Andrew Vonn a9 PM, 1575 N. Milwaukee, 773-227-7990, $65-$85

ELBO ROOM

DJ Tony Healy a7 PM, 2871 N. Lincoln, 773-549-5549, $75, $60 in advance

ENCLAVE

DJ Scene a9 PM, 213 W. Institute, 312-654-0234, $125

EXCALIBUR AND VISION

Bad Boys of Live Late Night, DJ Spin, DJ Mach 1, DJ Structure a7 PM, 632 N. Dearborn, 312-266-1944 or 312-559-1212, $50-$125

MAXBAR

PJ the DJ & the Maxbar Ensemble a8 PM, 2247 N. Lincoln, 773-549-5884, $75

NAVY PIER CRYSTAL GARDENS

DJ Jumpin' James a9 PM, 600 E. Grand, 312-560-4422, $150

SMART BAR

Switch, Justin Long, Santiago, James Amato a10 PM, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-4140 or 312-559-1212, $35, $30 in advance

SOUND-BAR

DJ Mark Centennial a 8 PM, 226 W. Ontario, 312-787-4480, $76

SPIN

VJ Terp, Dj Riley York a8 PM, 800 W. Belmont, 773-327-7711, $20

VICTOR HOTEL

DJ Eric Kupper, DJ James Lauer, Funky Couture a9 PM, 311 N. Sangamon. 312-733-6900, $100-$250

FOLK & COUNTRY

HORSESHOE

Honeybees, Suzy Brak & the New Jack Lords, Long Gone Lonesome Boys a9 PM, 4115 N. Lincoln, 773-549-9292, $10

IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER

Paddy Homan & John Williams a7 PM, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035, $30, $25 in advance

OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC

Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile a7:30 and 10:30 PM, 4544 N. Lincoln, 773-728-6000 or 866-468-3401, $28, $24 kids and seniors A

BLUES, GOSPEL, R&B

BILL'S BLUES

Eddy Clearwater Blues Band & Melvin Taylor, Slack Band a8 PM, 1029 Davis, Evanston, 847-424-9800, $57.50-$65

BLUE CHICAGO

JW Williams & Patricia Scott, Big Time Sarah & the BTS Express a9 PM, 536 and 736 N. Clark, 312-661-0100, $20

B.L.U.E.S.

Jimmy Johnson a9:30 PM, 2519 N. Halsted, 773-528-1012, $25

BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS

Magic Slim, Billy Branch a9 PM, 754 S. Wabash, 312-427-0333, $30

DUKE'S BAR

Eric McCabe Band, Houserockin' Blues a10 PM, 6920 N. Glenwood, 773-764-2826 F

KINGSTON MINES

Big James & the Chicago Playboys, Linsey Alexander a7:30 PM, 2548 N. Halsted, 773-477-4646 or 866-468-3401, $25

NICK'S

Jimmy Burns a9 PM, 1516 N. Milwaukee, 773-252-1155 F

ROSA'S LOUNGE

Kinsey Report a9:30 PM, 3420 W. Armitage, 773-342-0452, $25

JAZZ

ABBEY PUB

Dirty Dozen Brass Band a9:30 PM, 3420 W. Grace, 773-478-4408 or 866-468-3401, $30-$75, $25 in advance

ANDY'S

Bob Perna & Persistance a8 PM, 11 E. Hubbard, 312-642-6805, $125

GREEN MILL

Von Freeman & Edward Petterson with the Green Mill All-Stars a8:30 PM, 4802 N. Broadway, 773-878-5552, $25

PETE MILLER'S SEAFOOD & PRIME STEAK

Angel Melendez Orchestra a9 PM, 1557 Sherman, Evanston, 847-328-0399 F

SIGNATURE ROOM

Orchestra 33, Bill Peterson Quintet, Holly McGuire Band a9 PM, 95th floor, John Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan, 312-787-9596 F

VELVET LOUNGE

Organ Dynasty featuring Isaiah Spencer and Ari Brown a9 PM, 67 E. Cermak, 312-791-9050, $15

INTERNATIONAL

DANK HOUSE

Paloma Band, Polkaholics a8 PM, 4740 N. Western, 773-561-9181, $4.99-$75

GINGARTE CAPOEIRA

Chicago Samba a10:30 PM, 2909 N. Milwaukee (2nd floor), chicagosamba.com, $20

HEARTLAND CAFE

Aswah Gregory & the Enforcers a8 PM, 7000 N. Glenwood, 773-465-8005, $25

WILD HARE

Gizzae, Zeleke a10 PM, Wild Hare, 3530 N. Clark, 773-327-4273, $20

Listings compiled by Areif Sless-Kitain. Send updates to musiclistings@chicagoreader.com.

Restaurants

A MANO

An Italian-style Capo di Anno, with seating by reservation only from 8:30 to 10:30 PM. Traditional dishes like lentils (for money and good fortune) and suckling pig (for richness of life) will be served, and guests are invited to wear red underwear (for good luck). There will be stations devoted to primi, salumi, and dulci, a DJ, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. a335 N. Dearborn, 312-629-3500, $100

ADOBO GRILL

The four-course prix fixe menu features table-side guacamole, lobster soup, rack of lamb with mole manchamanteles, and several desserts, plus unlimited margaritas, beer, and wine and a tequila toast at midnight. Live mariachi music; seatings at 9, 9:30, and 10 PM, reservations required. a2005 W. Division, 312-266-7999, $95

ADOBO GRILL WICKER PARK

Five seatings by reservation only between 9 and 10 PM; the menu includes mar y tierra (surf and turf of beef tenderloin and shrimp) and pan-seared mahimahi. Unlimited margaritas, beer, and wine, a tequila toast at midnight, and a DJ from 9 PM to 1 AM. a2005 W. Division, 773-252-9990, $89

AIGRE DOUX

Two seatings, the first at 6:30 ($90), the second at 9 PM ($125; includes live jazz, a champagne toast, and party favors). The five-course menu from chef Mohammad Islam features a white asparagus salad with winter truffle and poached egg, prime rib with twice-baked truffled potato, Dover sole, and wood-oven-roasted guinea hen with pumpkin tagliatelle and chanterelles. For dessert pastry chef Malika Ameen offers sticky toffee pudding or a melting chocolate tart with braised sour cherries. a230 W. Kinzie, 312-329-9400

ALHAMBRA PALACE

The palatial space offers seatings at 4:30, 6:30, and 8:30 PM for a five-course prix fixe meal ($75). After 10:30 PM there's a "champagne supernova party" with an open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, and a food station along with a DJ and dancing ($125). a1240 W. Randolph, 312-666-9555

ALINEA

Two seatings, the first a 10-course prix fixe meal served from 5 to 6:30 PM ($175 not including wine), the second 15 courses beginning at 8:15 PM and including champagne ($250; sold out). Live Spanish guitar music. a1723 N. Halsted, 312-867-0110

ATWOOD CAFE

A la carte dining with an optional four-course prix fixe menu offering choices like lobster bisque, tuna carpaccio with white truffle-caper aioli, Gunthorp Farm duck prepared two ways, paprika-spiced short ribs, dark chocolate souffle cake, and huckleberry clafoutis ($55, $75 with wine pairings). Open 5-10 PM; on New Year's Day brunch will be served from 8 AM to 3 PM. a1 W. Washington, 312-368-1900

AVENUE M

Downstairs there's a cash bar and dining between 8 PM and midnight; upstairs $75 gets you hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. Reserved booths in the upstairs lounge run from $200 to $800. a695 N. Milwaukee, 312-243-1133

BIN 36

Four-course prix fixe menu from 8:30 to 10:30 PM, chocolate bar from 10 PM to 2 AM, and DJ from 11 PM to 2 AM. a339 N. Dearborn, 312-755-9463, $110 or $50 for just the chocolate bar

BLUE WATER GRILL

Three-course prix fixe menu featuring choices such as lobster bisque, Black Angus strip, sushi, Maine lobster, roasted dorade, and desserts including house-made ice creams and sorbets. Seatings from 6:30 to 7:30 PM ($59) and 9:30 to 10:30 PM ($89; includes champagne toast). a520 N. Dearborn, 312-777-1400

BOKA

Chef Giuseppe Tentori offers a three-course prix fixe menu at 5:30 PM ($65, $90 with wine pairings) and a six-course menu at 8:30 PM ($115, $150 with wine pairings). Featured items include seared Muscovy duck breast and leg confit, beef tenderloin with licorice-braised short ribs, and desserts by pastry chef Elizabeth Dahl. a1729 N. Halsted, 312-337-6070

BONSOIREE CAFE & DELICACIES

"Underground dinner" by reservation only featuring prix fixe menus from chef Shin Thompson. At the first seating, from 5 to 7 PM, a five-course meal is $65; the seven-course meal is $90 at the second seating, from 7:30 to 10:30 PM, and $100 at the late seating from 11 on. On offer are celery root, parsnip, and roasted garlic soup with fennel, a lobster fritter, and anise oil; house-smoked lemon trout; seared "eiof sarg" with black trumpet mushrooms and haricots verts; braised veal cheeks in Madeira: and chocolate mousse. The seven-course menu adds a sashimi plate and French cheese plate. Bonsoiree is BYO with a $5 corkage fee per bottle, but complimentary nonalcoholic beverages will be provided, and if you bring champagne you'll be given sansho button, a medicinal plant that when added to sparkling wine produces "double bubble." For reservations see bon-soiree.com. a 2728 W. Armitage, 773-486-7511

BRASSERIE JO

Three-course menu served at an early-bird seating from 5 to 6 PM ($39) and a second seating from 6 to 11 PM ($59; includes a champagne toast and party favors). Live music from 8 PM to 1 AM. a59 W. Hubbard, 312-595-0800

BRASSERIE RUHLMANN

Three-course dinner package with seatings from 5:30 to 8 PM and 8:30 to 11:30 PM, the second with a champagne toast. a500 W. Superior, 312-494-1900, $100 ($150 after 12/15)

CAFE DES ARCHITECTES

Chef Gilles Arzur's five-course French tasting menu will be served at two seatings: 5 to 6:30 PM ($90) and 8:30 to 10 PM ($110; includes champagne toast). aSofitel Chicago Water Tower, 20 E. Chestnut, 312-324-4000

CAFE BA-BA-REEBA

Dinner will be offered from 5 PM to midnight, featuring New Year's specials such as toro brochetas and rioja-braised short ribs. On New Year's Day there's a pajama brunch from 10 AM to 3 PM; guests who wear PJs get complimentary churros and OJ plus a gift certificate with a value equal to the cost of their meal. a2024 N. Halsted, 773-935-5000

CAFE MATOU

In addition to the regular menu, Chef Charlie Socher offers a four-course meal featuring poached garlic soup with chives; Belgian endive with bell peppers, fennel, and Roquefort; your choice of seafood medley with winter wheat and pistou or venison scallops; and sauteed apples with house-made caramel ice cream for $70. Open 5 to 10:30 PM. a1846 N. Milwaukee, 773-384-8911

CARNIVALE

A la carte dining with New Year's specials on food and drink, entertainment including ballroom dancers and a DJ backed by live musicians, and a midnight balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast. a702 W. Fulton, 312-850-5005

CHARLIE TROTTER'S

In honor of its 20th anniversary, Trotter's is throwing open its doors: beginning at 7:30 PM, guests will be free to wander through the restaurant's wine cellars, dining rooms, and kitchens. Wine, dancing, luxury food stations, and, the chef promises, "surprises." Black tie optional. Complete information was not available at press time; for details see charlietrotters.com. a816 W. Armitage, 773-248-6228, $395

CHINA GRILL

A "start early" special kicks off the evening: guests dining between 4 and 7 PM will receive a complimentary glass of champagne. In addition to the regular menu, a number of New Year's specials will be available, among them lobster and scallops in a yuzu-miso beurre blanc, an Australian Wagyu trio with a black truffle glace, sesame-crusted Chilean sea bass, and Phoenix-Dragon, surf and turf of seared lobster tail and beef tenderloin with roasted tomato kimchi and chile sauce. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. aHard Rock Hotel, 239 N. Michigan, 312-334-6700

CITÉ

The restaurant on the 70th floor of Lake Point Tower will offer an eight-course prix fixe menu at two seatings: 5:30 to 7 PM ($125) and 8:30 to 10 PM ($224); each couple receives a half bottle of premier champagne. Jazz music and a champagne toast and fireworks at midnight. a505 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-644-4050

CLUB LUCKY

A la carte dining and dinner specials from 4 PM on; after 9:30 PM admission is $40 and includes a disco band, party favors, and a bottle of champagne per couple. a1824 W. Wabansia, 773-227-2300

LE COLONIAL

A three-course meal ordered from the a la carte menu will be served from 5 PM to midnight, when there's a complimentary champagne toast. a937 N. Rush, 312-255-0088, $65

CORDIS BROTHERS SUPPER CLUB

The restaurant will offer the regular menu plus a surf-and-turf package for two with lobster, steak, and a bottle of wine (call for pricing). Live jazz beginning at 8 PM; champagne toast at midnight, after which a DJ will spin. a1625 W. Irving Park, 935-1000

CUSTOM HOUSE

Four-course prix fixe menu from executive chef Shawn McClain, offered in two seatings: 5:30 to 7 PM ($75) and 8:30 to 10 PM ($110). Live music from 9 PM to 1 AM; party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are not required for the bar, where an a la carte menu will be served. A vegetarian tasting menu is available with two days' advance notice. a500 S. Dearborn, 312-523-0200

CYRANO'S BISTROT & WINE BAR

A la carte dining from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, after which there will be two seatings: a four-course prix fixe menu with champagne from 7 to 8:30 PM ($59) and a five-course meal with champagne and favors from 9 to 11 PM ($110). Dishes include lobster bisque, a smoked salmon "mosaic" with caviar, pheasant, rack of lamb, and a buche de Noel; live music in the cabaret room is an additional $10. a546 N. Wells, 312-467-0546

DELACOSTA

A four-course meal with $40 optional wine pairings is $85 at the first seating, from 5 to 7 PM, and $135 at the second, from 9 to 10 PM. Choices include Japanese Kobe beef tartare with black olive sea salt and a poached egg; quail with a panella glaze, chestnut quinoa, and a foie gras emulsion; and prime fillet of beef with sweetbreads or Brittany turbot with a fennel persillade, carrot sofrito, and "liquid almond." Complimentary champagne at midnight; DJ Madrid spins till 2. a465 E. Illinois, 312-464-1700

DELEECE

Before 10 PM the regular menu as well as a four-course prix fixe menu ($60, $75 with wine pairings) will be available; after 10 there's a five-course prix fixe featuring crab legs, beef tenderloin, and a lobster-citrus salad ($75, $95 with wine pairings). a4004 N. Southport, 773-325-1710

DINOTTO RISTORANTE

Six seatings on the hour between 5 and 10 PM. Specials include lobster ravioli with asparagus, pork tenderloin with sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese, osso buco, and chocolate truffles. Complimentary champagne and party favors at midnight. a215 W. North, 312-202-0302

DORADO

A three-course prix fixe menu is $35 at the 5 PM seating, $55 at the 7:30 and 9:30 PM seatings; featured items include date-stuffed quail with a port demi-glace, rack of lamb with mole negro, and mar y tierra (New York strip and Maine lobster with a quince beurre blanc). Dorado is BYO. a2301 W. Foster, 773-561-3780

ENGLISH

From 8 PM to 1 AM separate parties on each of this gastropub's three floors will include a dinner buffet, a premium open bar, party favors, and a champagne toast; DJs spin on the second and third floors. a444 N. LaSalle, 312-222-6200, $135

EXPOSURE TAPAS SUPPER CLUB

Seatings beginning at 5 PM are $250 per couple for a five-course meal and two splits of champagne. The menu includes oysters on the half shell with osetra caviar, duck leg confit, truffle risotto, filet mignon, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. A late-night menu will be available from 11 PM to 1 AM. Live music from the four-piece Brazilian band Travanova; party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. a1315 S. Wabash, 312-662-1082

THE GAGE

Four-course and six-course prix fixe menus priced at $80 and $95, respectively; both include a champagne toast and your choice of items including Gunthorp Farms pork belly with shiitake mushrooms, escargots, goose roulette, filet mignon with black pepper caramel, elk saddle, butter-poached lobster, and seasonal desserts. Seatings from 5 to 7 PM, 7 to 9 PM, and 9 PM on. a24 S. Michigan, 312-372-4243

GEJA'S CAFE

Seatings at 5 PM ($75), 7:30 ($95), and 10 PM ($115), all featuring a four-course fondue dinner and sparkling wine by the glass or bottle. Live flamenco music. a340 W. Armitage, 773-281-9101

GREEN DOLPHIN STREET

The $95 dinner package includes hot and cold buffets, stations devoted to meat, seafood, and dessert, entertainment by Lynne Jordan & the Shivers, dancing, and a champagne toast. Dinner seating is from 7 to 11 PM, dancing from 9 PM to 1 AM. Cash bar; a package including the dessert buffet, champagne toast, and dancing from 11 to 1 is $50. a2200 N. Ashland, 773-395-0066

GREEN ZEBRA

Five-course vegetarian tasting menu with optional wine pairings offered at four seatings: 6, 6:30, 9, and 9:30 PM ($75, $120 with wine). A vegan version is available with 48 hours' advance notice. a1460 W. Chicago, 312-243-7100

GROTTO ON STATE

Traditional Italian "walking buffet" plus champagne and chocolate fountains, an open bar, and two DJs from 9 PM to 2 AM; buffet items include chicken Vesuvio, bruschetta, sausage and peppers, and pasta. a1030 N. State, 312-280-1005, $150

HARRY CARAY'S

A five-course special menu features mushroom-crabmeat risotto, fruits de mer over black fettucine, veal tenderloin with Gorgonzola mashed potatoes, and orange-chocolate hazelnut cake with champagne whipped cream ($65, $90 with wine pairings); the regular menu will also be available. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. a33 W. Kinzie, 312-828-0966

HOT CHOCOLATE

The restaurant will be closed on New Year's Eve, but there's a New Year's Day brunch from 10 AM to 3 PM. a1747 N. Damen, 773-489-1747

JAPONAIS

At an early seating from 5:30 to 7:30 PM items from the regular menu will be available for a fixed price of $100; the seating from 8:30 to 11 PM is $125. The lounge will also have two seatings, the first from 5 to 7:30 PM ($75), the second beginning at 8 PM ($100). A DJ spins from 9 PM to 2 AM, and there's a complimentary toast at midnight. Note: all prices go up $25 after 12/15. a600 W. Chicago, 312-822-9600

JOEY'S BRICKHOUSE

"No-Frills New Year's" offering the full menu plus a five-course chef's tasting ($75) and live music. "Dress up," they say, "and we'll make you change." New Year's Day brings an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet from 10 AM to 2 PM ($12, $1 drinks). a1258 W. Belmont, 773-296-1300

KIT KAT LOUNGE AND SUPPER CLUB

"Hurray for Hollywood" is the theme, with menu items named after movie icons. The five-course menu with choices like lobster bisque, filet mignon, lobster, and pumpkin creme brulee is $85 at the 7 PM seating, $95 at the 9:30 seating. There's a complimentary champagne toast, plus performances by Madame X and Diva Tracy Ross. a3700 N. Halsted, 773-525-1111

LE LAN

Executive chef Bill Kim offers a six-course tasting menu from 5 to 6:45 PM ($90) and, at 8:30 PM, a nine-course meal with a glass of Dom Perignon ($130). Featured items include diver scallops with pearl barley and Korean short ribs, Kona kampachi with American sturgeon caviar and blood oranges, tea-smoked squab with olive-oil-poached prawns, and New Zealand venison loin with kabocha squash ravioli. a749 N. Clark, 312-280-9100

MARCHÉ

Family reservations are available from 5 to 7 PM, with "kiddie countdowns" and party favors at 6:30 and 8 PM. The regular menu will be available later in the evening, when there's a DJ and a glam-rock-themed dance party till 1 AM. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. a833 W. Randolph, 312-226-8399

MAS

Chef John Manion's five-course nuevo Latino feast is $75 at the 7 PM seating and $85 at the 9:30 seating, which includes a champagne toast. A vegetarian option is available. a1670 W. Division, 773-276-8700

MAY STREET MARKET

Seatings at 5:30, 6, 9, and 9:30 PM, all offering an a la carte menu as well as a seven-course prix fixe dinner ($90, $140 with wine pairings); there's a vegetarian option. Complimentary glass of Moet & Chandon White Star champagne with each meal. a 1132 W. Grand, 312-421-5547

MK

The restaurant marks the eve of its tenth year in business with a four-course prix fixe menu from executive chef Erick Simmons. Early seatings are available at 15-minute intervals between 6 and 7 PM ($80); late seatings are at 8:30, 8:45, 9, 9:30, and 10 PM and include a complimentary champagne toast at midnight ($125). The menu offers your choice of such dishes as poached Maine lobster with caramelized hearts of palm, diver scallops with hedgehog mushrooms and salsify, grilled squab breast and confit leg, pan-roasted turbot, and a Kobe strip steak, plus chocolate and lemon desserts by pastry chef Amy Sampson. A five-course vegetarian option is available for $75 on request. Live jazz by the Robert Lovecchio Quartet. a868 N. Franklin, 312-482-9179

MERITAGE CAFE & WINE BAR

After ten years in business, Meritage will close on January 1, but it's not going out with a whimper. On his last night chef Troy Graves will offer a seasonal five-course prix fixe for $85 from 5:30 to 10:30 PM. Complimentary champagne toast; open till 2 AM. a2118 N. Damen, 773-235-6434

MON AMI GABI

A la carte dining and New Year's specials including crab-stuffed lemon sole with champagne; there's a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. a2300 Lincoln Park West, 773-348-8886

NACIONAL 27

The pan-Latin restaurant and lounge offers a three-course meal selected from six or seven items in each category; it's $39.95 at the early seating between 5:30 and 8:30 PM, $75 at the second seating from 9 to 10:15 PM, which includes a champagne toast at midnight. There's a DJ and dancing from 11 PM to 2 AM. a325 W. Huron, 312-664-2727

N9NE STEAK HOUSE

Two seatings featuring caviar, lobster, and steak. The first, from 5:30 to 7 PM, offers a four-course meal ($60). The second, from 8 to 10 PM, features a five-course meal and admission to Ghostbar after 11 PM ($125). At both seatings diners have the option of sitting at the champagne and caviar bar, where there will be a complimentary cocktail and caviar amuse. Ghostbar offers a separate package including complimentary call cocktails from 8 to 10 PM, hors d'oeuvres, and a DJ and dancing till 2 AM for $50. a440 W. Randolph, 312-575-9900

NOMI

Chef Christophe David offers two tasting menus at two seatings: the first is three courses served between 5:30 and 7 PM ($105); the second is five courses between 7:30 and 9 PM ($200; includes champagne and party favors). Both will feature sushi and sashimi, lobster salad, vol au vent tenderloin, and diver scallops. The a la carte menu will be available in the lounge, where there's also a "Luxe on the Seven" package after 10 PM including caviar, lobster, chilled seafood soup, and champagne ($80). aPark Hyatt Hotel, 800 N. Michigan, 312-335-1234

OCEANIQUE

A five-course French prix fixe menu, served throughout the evening with a complimentary glass of champagne. a505 Main, Evanston, 847-864-3435, $110

OLD TOWN BRASSERIE

Early seatings at 5:30 and 6:30 PM feature a four-course prix fixe menu by chef Roland Licioni for $75; at 9 and 9:30 PM a five-course meal is $125. Live music in the lounge till 2. a1209 N. Wells, 312-943-3000

ONE SIXTY BLUE

Chef Martial Noguier offers two seatings: a three-course prix fixe menu from 5 to 7 PM ($65, $95 with wine pairings) and a four-course prix fixe meal from 8:30 to 10:30 PM ($95, $140 with pairings). The four options for each course include vegetarian selections; among the featured items are beef short ribs with espresso sauce, baby beet salad with goat cheese and truffle oil, Parmesan gnocchi with butternut squash, venison with peppercorn sauce, a dark chocolate trio, and passion fruit ice cream. a1400 W. Randolph, 312-850-0303

OPERA

The staff presents a masquerade ball, with costume elements for customers as well, and chef Paul Wildermuth offers special items to complement the regular a la carte menu. Complete information was not available at press time; call for more details. a1310 S. Wabash, 312-461-0161

PEOPLE LOUNGE

Two packages are available: a four-course tapas menu and open bar ($100) and a four-course full menu with open bar ($130); seatings for both are at 9 PM. Featured dishes include baby spinach with shaved organic fennel, caramelized onions, and warm goat cheese, orange-dusted scallops with seared melon and organic watercress, and pan-seared duck breast with duck confit croquetas. DJ and complimentary champagne and party favors. a1560 N. Milwaukee, 773-227-9339

PIECE

Piece's annual anti-black-tie party runs from 9 PM to 1:30 AM and features pizza, salad, dessert, wine, a champagne toast, and all-you-can-drink Piece drafts and bottles of Miller Lite for $75. A DJ spins music all night. a1927 W. North, 773-772-4422

QUINCE

Chef Mark Hannon offers two seatings. The first, from 5 to 7:30 PM, features a three-course prix fixe menu with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine ($85). The second, with seating beginning at 8 PM, features a six-course meal and sparkling wine toast ($110). Menu items available at both include poached pear with blue cheese, candied nuts, and champagne syrup; grilled juniper venison chop with spinach and spaetzle poivre; breaded skate wing with cauliflower prepared two ways; and a chocolate coulant raspberry with chestnut nougatine and rosewater "bubbles." a1625 Hinman, Evanston, 847-570-8400

RISTORANTE WE

Chef Brad Phillips offers a Tuscan-inspired four-course menu including bread soup with kale, beef tartare with truffle cream, oxtail ravioli, bucatini carbonara with guanciale, pan-roasted scallops with smoked bacon, Gorgonzola-crusted beef tenderloin, and apple charlotte with caramel gelato. Seating from 5 to 9:45 PM. aW Hotel, 172 W. Adams, 312-917-5608, $75

SHAW'S CRAB HOUSE

Blues singer Grana Louise is in the dining room, the Fabulous Fish Heads play in the oyster bar, and all patrons receive a complimentary toast. Open till 12:30 AM. a21 E. Hubbard, 312-527-2722

SIGNATURE ROOM AT THE 95TH

Two seatings: the first, every half hour between 5 and 7 PM, offers a four-course prix fixe menu for $110; the second, every half hour between 8 and 10 PM, offers a seven-course meal for $275. Both menus feature choices such as bruschetta with white anchovies, seared sea scallops with barley and black lentil risotto, lobster tails with saffron couscous, pan-roasted veal tenderloin, and a grilled fillet with Maytag blue cheese. Live jazz; black tie required. a 875 N. Michigan, 312-787-9596

SOLA

Chef Carol Wallack will offer two staggered seatings featuring the regular menu and specials including caviar and lobster. Complete information was not available at press time; call for reservations and more details. a3868 N. Lincoln, 773-327-3868

SPIAGGIA AND CAFE SPIAGGIA

At Spiaggia chef Tony Mantuano will offer tiered prix fixe menus at three seatings. The first seating, at 5 PM, will offer a choice of three courses for $90; the second, at 7 PM, a choice of four courses for $125. The 9:30 PM seating features a seven-course chef's tasting menu, each course of which will highlight a menu item certified D.O.P. (for denominazione di origine protetta, the EU's classification for foods produced and processed in a designated area according to established methods). It's $205, $300 with wine pairings. Cafe Spiaggia will offer three- and four-course options for $55 and $65, respectively. a900 N. Michigan, 280-2750

SPRING

Two seatings, the first between 6 and 7 PM (four courses for $80, $125 with wine pairings), the second between 9 and 10 PM (five courses and a champagne toast for $120, $175 with wine pairings). A DJ spins in the bar, which will offer the a la carte menu from 6 PM to midnight. a2039 W. North, 773-395-7100

SUSHISAMBA RIO

Reveillon celebrating Lemenja, the Brazilian goddess of the sea, with entertainment by samba dancers. Featured menu items include Maine lobster ($90), Alaskan king crab leg ($25), dry-aged Wagyu New York strip steak ($95), and sushi platters from $75 to $125. After 9:30 there's a minimum charge of $150 per table; the restaurant is open till 2. Upstairs, the Sugarcane rooftop lounge will offer an open bar and appetizers from 9 PM to 1 AM; $140.

a504 N. Wells, 312-595-2300

SWIRL WINE BAR

Three packages are available: a four-course dinner with wine pairings and seatings at 6:30 and 9:30 PM ($99); hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, champagne toast, and dessert with live jazz and a DJ ($95); and the VIP package, which combines both of the above ($150). a111 W. Hubbard, 312-828-9000

TIMO

Chef John Bubala, who's closing his ten-year-old restaurant the first of the year, goes out in style with two seatings. The first, a three-course prix fixe meal, will be served from 5:30 to 8 PM and is $50; the second, four courses, is at 9:30 and costs $80 per person. Among the 20 items from which to choose are risotto with sausage, smoked Gouda, and asparagus; "chef's whim" house-made ravioli; pork shank with gnocchi, bacon, and roasted onions; salmon with Italian barley and black olives; steak in red wine sauce with rosemary; and six desserts including a creme brulee trio and a chocolate gateau. Both packages come with a complimentary glass of champane, and the Dan Cray Trio plays jazz at the second seating—"Like Miles Davis's Bitches Brew," says Bubala. "No Sinatra." a464 N. Halsted, 312-226-4300

TIZI MELLOUL

The Mediterranean restaurant and lounge will offer three courses for $50 prior to 8 PM, four courses and a champagne toast for $75 after 8, with seatings till 10 PM. a531 N. Wells, 312-670-4338

TRU

Two seatings featuring chef Rick Tramonto's eight-course tasting menus: the Market Collection, which features chef's favorites such as liquid Parmesan gnocchi and beef tenderloin Rossini ($225), and the Black and White Truffle Collection, every course of which features the fungi (market price). Tramonto's caviar "staircase" ($300) or five ounces of grilled Japanese Kobe beef ($150) may be added to either menu. At the first seating only, from 5 to 6:15 PM, a three-course prix fixe menu will also be available ($125); the second seating is from 8:30 to 11 PM and includes a champagne toast at midnight. Live piano music. a676 N. Saint Clair, 312-202-0001

TSUKI

A child-oriented New Year's celebration offering a kids' menu and a goody bag starts at 5 PM and ends with a 7 PM countdown. Adult seating begins at 5 PM and features a seven-course meal with sake or pairings for $98. Last seating 10:30 PM. a1441-45 W. Fullerton, 773-883-8722

200 EAST SUPPER CLUB

This all-inclusive package gets you a premium open bar from 8 till 1:30, a four-course dinner with choice of salad, side, and entree, dancing to live music from the Joe Valentine Trio, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. aSeneca Hotel, 200 E. Chestnut, 312-266-4500, $145

VA PENSIERO

Two seatings: the first, at 6 PM, offers a five-course tasting menu and complimentary champagne toast ($65); the second, at 9 PM, features a seven-course tasting menu, live music and dancing, unlimited champagne from 11:30 on, and "wicked-bad" party favors ($95). a1566 Oak Ave., Evanston, 847-475-7779

VERMILION

The seven deadly sins serve as the theme for this New Year's celebration, which offers a seven-course prix fixe at seatings at 5 PM ($65), 7 PM ($90), and 9 PM ($125); add $65 for wine pairings. The restaurant and lounge will be open till 3 AM, with a DJ spinning till 2. a10 W. Hubbard, 312-527-4060

VIAND

From 3 to 6 PM the restaurant hosts a family-friendly New Year's Eve with a prix fixe menu, chocolate fountain, games, and chef demonstrations; $35 adults, $10 kids. Dinner is by reservation only and features a four-course lobster menu and half-price bottles of sparkling wine and champagne ($55, $75 with wine pairings). a155 E. Ontario, 312-255-8505

VINCI

A traditional Italian Capo di Anno menu including sausage with lentils and rosemary, butternut squash gnocchi with Parmigiano cream, and profiteroles with gelato and chocolate. At the early seating, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, three courses are $35, four courses $45. The 9 PM seating features a five-course prix fixe menu with party favors and a champagne toast ($75). Live music by the Grady Johnson Orchestra. a1732 N. Halsted, 312-266-1199

ZEST

Chef Michael Buard's four-course tasting menu will include lobster creme brulee, smoked quail breast, roast venison with black peppercorns and navel oranges, and a fondue station ($75 adults, $20 kids). A la carte items will also be available at dinner, which is served from 5 to 10 PM. Live jazz begins at 9 and continues through 1 AM. aHotel InterContinental, 505 N. Michigan, 312-321-8844

ZOCALO

Chef Dudley Nieto's regional Mexican cuisine will be featured at this New Year's celebration with an open bar, passed appetizers, live music, a tequila toast at midnight, and a DJ till 2. a358 W. Ontario, 312-302-9977, $75

Listings compiled by Kate Schmidt. Send updates to restaurants@chicagoreader.com.

Parties & Special Events

THE APARTMENT AND THE LION HEAD PUB

DJ Hitman rocks two parties on two levels, complete with a multimedia countdown and balloon drop. For $60, attendees get an open bar (8-11 PM) and a dinner buffet (8-10 PM); the $85 VIP admission buys an open bar with top-shelf liquor and access to the VIP area. $25 general admission after 11 PM. a7 PM-2 AM, 2251 N. Lincoln, 773-348-5100

ARIE CROWN THEATRE

Comedian Katt Williams finishes out the year with a performance that includes special guests who have yet to be announced. If you can't wait until New Year's to check him out, he also stars in the just-released movie The Perfect Holiday. a10 PM, 2301 Lake Shore Dr., 312-791-6190, $50.50-$75.50

ATHLETES UNITED FOR PEACE

The last 5K race of the year is an annual event that's followed by a party and buffet at the Heartland Cafe, with live music from Aswah Gregory & the Enforcers. Registration starts at 7 PM, the race is at 8; to register in advance stop by the cafe. a 7000 N. Glenwood, 773-465-8005 or heartlandcafe.com, $25

BOURBON ON LINCOLN

This party package includes an open bar (9 PM-1 AM), party favors, and a champagne toast and barbecue bites at midnight. Open 4 PM-2 AM. a 3244 N. Lincoln, 773-880-9520, $75

BOUTIQUE

Admission alone is $35 (with a cash bar); the $75 package includes an open bar, a champagne toast, and party favors; for $85 you also get "express entry." A VIP ticket costs $120. Open 8 PM-4 AM. a 809 W. Evergreen, 312-751-8700

BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN FIREWORKS

The recorded music and klieg lights come on at 10 PM. Just before midnight, the fountain will be illuminated and the fireworks will start, choreographed to music that pays tribute to artists who died, won Grammys, or were featured at summer music festivals this year. aGrant Park, Congress and Columbus, 312-744-3370 F

CELTIC CROWN PUBLIC HOUSE

This party features an open bar (9 PM-midnight), party favors, a balloon drop, and a champagne toast. Open 11 AM-2 AM. a4301 N. Western, 773-588-1110, $35.

CHEMICALLY IMBALANCED THEATER

The company will perform sketches from its Holiday Comedy Seasonal Disorder; budding improv artists can hone their skills in interactive performances. Party favors, a midnight champagne toast, food (the actors will prepare their favorite dishes), beer, wine, and soda are included in the ticket price. The show starts at 8 PM; the after-party with the cast goes until 2 AM. a1420 W. Irving Park, 773-865-7731, $35 per person or $60 per couple

DEJA VU

"New at the Vu" includes a DJ, video countdown, and balloon drop. The $30 package gets you access to an open bar (9 PM-midnight); the $50 VIP package features appetizers and admission to the upstairs "2D" Lounge as well as an open bar that's open longer (8 PM-midnight). Open 8 PM-4 AM. a2634 N. Lincoln, 773-871-0205

DICK'S LAST RESORT

The theme of this bash is "20s-style gangsters and flappers" and costumes are encouraged. Each guest will get an appetizer, entree, and dessert, as well as a midnight champagne toast and "Dick's famous survival kit" (painkillers, noisemakers, and condoms, among other things). Johnny Justice and his band provide live music (9 PM-1 AM). There's regular dinner service until 8 PM, when the party package starts. a435 E. Illinois, 312-836-7870, $49.99

THE DRAKE

Hosted by Chicago Scene, this gala event boasts four ballrooms of entertainment, a premium open bar (9 PM-1 AM), hors d'oeuvres, DJs and a live band, a balloon drop, and coffee and dessert served after midnight. The three-course dinner package starts at $215, with seatings every half hour from 6:30-9:30 PM; there's a $195 early bird special for the first two seatings. General admission starts at $165; all tickets will increase in price as more tickets are sold. Formal dress, black tie optional. 9 PM-2 AM. a140 E. Walton, 312-787-2200

ELBO ROOM

DJ Tony Healy spins hip-hop, soul, funk and Latin music; there's an open bar (8 PM-1 AM) and dress is casual. a2871 N. Lincoln, 773-549-5549 or elboroomchicago.com, $75, $60 before 12/20

ENCLAVE

An open bar (9 PM-2 AM), appetizers, a buffet, a champagne toast, and DJ Scene's beats are on offer at this party. Open 9 PM-2 AM. a220 W. Chicago, 312-654-0234, $125

EVE OF THE EVE

Get a head start on the festivities by celebrating on December 30 with an open bar, appetizers, a dessert buffet, a silent auction, and live music by the Pete Fleming Orchestra. Proceeds benefit HighSight, an organization that provides academic and social support for high school students. Black tie optional. 8 PM-1 AM. aUnion Station, 210 S. Canal, 312-787-9824, $125

EVE OF THE EVE CLASSIC

This pre-party to Eve of the Eve (see previous listing) includes all the offerings of the bigger bash except for live music. 7 PM-midnight. aSanta Fe Building, 224 S. Michigan, 312-787-9824, $140 (includes admission and trolley ride to Eve of the Eve)

EXCALIBUR AND VISION

"X-treme New Year's Eve" boasts 25 bars in four environments, confetti, balloon drops, and a multimedia countdown. There's music from Bad Boys of Live Late Night and DJ SPin, DJ Mach 1, and DJ Structure. The $125 "platinum" admission includes a premium open bar (8 PM-midnight) and a dinner buffet (8-11 PM); the $75 "gold" admission includes an open bar (7-11 PM) and a dinner buffet (7-9:30 PM); general admission before 9 PM is $50; general admission after 10 PM and reduced admission after 1 AM may also be available. a632 N. Dearborn, 312-266-1944

FAT CAT

At this Roaring Twenties-themed party, DJs will mix old and new music for zoot-suit attired partiers to dance to. A costume contest with prizes provides an incentive to dress up; there'll also be an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and a champagne fountain. 9 PM-1:30 AM. a4840 N. Broadway, 773-506-3100, $100, $75 in advance

FINN MCCOOL'S AND THE LOFT

This party offers a champagne toast, party favors, and a multimedia countdown all as part of its $10 cover charge (starting at 7 PM). Open 11 AM-4 AM. a15 W. Division, 312-337-4349

FIRST NIGHT EVANSTON

This alcohol-free, family-friendly festival of the visual and performing arts features more than 80 performances by 200 performers, including musicians, dancers, comedians, and storytellers. There's also a fireworks show at midnight. 4 PM-1 AM. aVarious locations in Evanston, 847-475-6483 or firstnightevanston.org, $15 for adults, $5 for children

THE FULL SHILLING

"Irish Eve" includes an open bar (9 PM-midnight) and appetizers, plus party favors and a balloon drop. Open 7 PM-2 AM. a3724 N. Clark, 773-248-3330, $45

FUNKY BUDDHA LOUNGE

The $99 general admission ticket includes DJ entertainment, an open bar (8 PM-2 AM) and food from La Scarola across the street. The $125 VIP tickets also get you a table for four with a bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne and access to the VIP lounge. a728 W. Grand, 312-666-1695

GIN MILL

Open bar, buffet, and DJs, 8 PM-2 AM. a2462 N. Lincoln, 773-549-3232, $75

GINGARTE CAPOEIRA

This Brazilian-themed party features samba lessons by Edilson Lima, dancers in Carnaval costumes, and music by Chicago Samba. Beer, soda, and fruit will be served, and there'll be a champagne toast. Open 10 PM-2 AM. a2909 N. Milwaukee, chicagosamba.com, $20

HILTON CHICAGO

Global Adrenaline hosts this bash, where the $150 general admission gets you an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and a buffet, plus party favors, a champagne toast, and confetti at midnight. The $2,200 VIP table is for eight guests, who get a personal cocktail server and premium open bar package. Open 8 PM-2 AM. a720 S Michigan Ave, 312-922-4400

HOGS AND HONEYS

Open bar and free rides on a mechanical bull—hope somebody's got liability insurance. Also on offer are a dinner buffet, games and prizes, a balloon drop, and a champagne toast. 9 PM-1 AM. a1551 N. Sheffield, 312-804-1459, $50 (price will increase as tickets sell)

HYATT REGENCY CHICAGO

The $135 general admission includes an open bar and appetizers as well as two party areas: the grand ballroom, with live music by Libido Funk Circus, and the Riverside Center, with music by Energy Productions and Music 101. VIP admission, for $199, includes access to The Club at 151, with DJ entertainment, a top-shelf open bar, and appetizers. Prices don't include tax and will increase as tickets sell. 9 PM-2 AM. a151 E. Wacker, 312-239-4536

IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER

This party at the center's Fifth Province Bar offers hors d'oeuvres, a champagne toast, party favors, and a performance by the Paddy Homan and John Williams Cabaret. 7 PM-12:30 AM. a4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035, ext. 10, $30, $25 before 12/31

JOE'S

This sports bar offers a live performance by Then Again (10 PM), appetizers, an open bar (9 PM-2 AM), a champagne toast, and, after midnight, a breakfast buffet. Open 8 PM-2 AM. a940 W. Weed, 312-337-3486, $100

KREM

The $125 admission includes a premium open bar and appetizers; table reservations are available with bottle service, which starts at $750 for 10-15 people (on top of the per person admission) and includes two bottles of Belvedere vodka and a magnum of Veuve Clicquot champagne. 9 PM-2 AM. a1750 N. Clark, 312-932-1750

THE LEG ROOM

The $60 open-bar package (9-11 PM) features party favors, a DJ, and a midnight champagne toast; tables can be reserved in advance. $20 general admission after 11 PM. Open 7 PM-4 AM. a7 W. Division, 312-337-2583

LINCOLN SQUARE LANES

In addition to 12 lanes of bowling, the Chuckle Bowl Spectacular promises stand-up comedy, pizza, and "a variety of surprises yet to be disclosed." 9 PM-2 AM. a4874 N. Lincoln, 773-561-8191, $25, $20 in advance

MANOR

DJ Dante the Don provides the tunes; there's an open bar, appetizers, a buffet, and a champagne toast. 9 PM-2 AM. a642 N. Clark, 312-475-1390, $145

MARTINI PARK

There'll be live music by BBI 8 PM-midnight and a DJ afterwards. The $125 general admission covers the open bar (9 PM-midnight), appetizers, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. A table for 4-6 $175 per person, and a VIP table for 10-15 is $200 per person, plus a minimum order of two bottles of hard liquor per table; bottles start at $175. Open 8 PM-2 AM. a151 W. Erie, 312-640-0577

MOE'S CANTINA

Open bar (9 PM-2 AM), appetizer buffet, DJ, champagne toast, balloon drop. A professional photographer will be on hand to document "memorable moments." a3518 N. Clark, 773-248-0002, $125

THE MOTEL BAR

One of the few parties tonight with no cover charge, this one offers a DJ, complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and $8 champagne cocktails. Open 11:30 AM-2 AM. a600 W. Chicago, 312-822-2900

MICHELLE'S BALLROOM

This singles event features ice-breaker games, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. Free-flowing liquor isn't part of the deal, though: admission includes an hors d'oeuvre buffet and one drink, and then there's a cash bar. Tickets are $75 at the door, $69.99 12/24-12/31, $59.99 before 12/24. 8 PM-1 AM. a2800 W. Belmont, 773-478-1828

MINIBAR/ WINEBAR

The $20 admission for this shindig includes party favors and a champagne toast; there's a cash bar. A $220 table-service package for six people includes a bottle of vodka or Dom Perignon, juice, soda, and a personal server for the evening. 8 PM-2 AM. a3339-41 N. Halsted, 773-871-6227

MRS. MURPHY AND SONS IRISH BISTRO

Attendees can enter for the chance to have an hour of music from their iPod played over the restaurant's sound system, "ensuring that everyone will know what great musical taste they have" (or don't have, as the case may be). There'll also be oysters, a chocolate fountain, hors d'oeuvres, a DJ, beer, wine, and a champagne toast at midnight. a3905 N. Lincoln, 773-248-3905, $100, $75 in advance

MURPHY'S BLEACHERS

Live music by Daily Special, an open bar, an appetizer buffet, and four party rooms are on offer here. Tickets are $100 at the door, $80 from 12/26-12/31, and $60 before 12/26. 9 PM-1 AM. a3655 N. Sheffield, 773-281-5356

MYSTIC BLUE NEW YEAR'S EVE CRUISE

A cruise around the harbor, in addition to views of the Navy Pier fireworks display at midnight, offers hors d'oeuvres, an "upgraded holiday food station menu," an open bar, a DJ, party favors, and a photo of each couple (no word on whether you get a photo if you come stag). Boarding starts at 8:30 PM; the cruise is from 9:30 PM-12:30 AM. aNavy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 877-299-7783 or mysticbluecruises.com, $144.26 (does not include taxes, fees, and tip)

NAVY PIER CRYSTAL GARDENS

Alife Group's party features a terrace view of the Navy Pier fireworks, DJ Jumpin' James, a premium open bar (9 PM-2 AM), an appetizer buffet, and a champagne toast. Admission starts at $110. a700 E. Grand, 312-595-7437

NAVY PIER GRAND BALLROOM

The gala hosted by Allen Entertainment Management and WKSC FM has live music, a premium open bar, appetizers, a balloon drop, giveaways, raffles, and a view of the Navy Pier fireworks. Performers include the Shock Stars and DJ JJ Flores. Some proceeds will benefit Metropolitan Family Services. 9 PM-2 AM. a600 E. Grand, 312-226-6110, $150

NAVY PIER NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS

The lights on the Ferris wheel will count down to midnight, when the 18-minute display of fireworks set to music begins. a600 E. Grand, 312-595-7437 F

NEIGHBORS' EVE 2008

The annual alcohol-free Hyde Park/Kenwood celebration is in just one location this year, but still offers a bunch of kid-friendly activities, including clowns, face painting, belly dancing, and a 7 PM countdown. There'll also be food, drinks, and performances by Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames, Johnny Drummer, and Judda & the Hi-Dukes. 5 PM-midnight. aHyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood, 773-643-4062

NEO-FUTURISTS

Doors open at 9:30 PM for non-alcoholic beverages and hors d'oeuvres before the performance of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (11 PM), a special anniversary show with present and past cast members that highlights the best miniplays of the year. Pizza and a midnight champagne toast follow the show. Admission is $40; advance purchase required. aNeo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland, 773-275-5255 or neofuturists.org

NV PENTHOUSE LOUNGE

This $150 package includes an open bar (9 PM-midnight), appetizers, and a champagne toast. Those who want a table reservation and bottle service can expect to spend $1,100-$2,000 for up to six people. Open 9 PM-2 AM. a116 W. Hubbard, 312-329-9960

ODYSSEY NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS CRUISE

This black-tie-optional cruise includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a three-course dinner, a dessert buffet, a chocolate fountain, live entertainment, one photo per couple, and, of course, a view of the harbor fireworks and champagne toast at midnight. Boarding is at 8:30 PM; the cruise departs at 9:30 PM and returns at 12:30 AM. The $192 per person charge "does not yet include taxes, fees, any fuel surcharges and an 18% prepaid service charge." aNavy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 888-741-0281 or odysseycruises.com

LE PASSAGE AND THE DRAWING ROOM

The Drawing Room has two seatings for its four-course dinner, the first from 6-8:30 PM ($90) and the second from 10 PM-1 AM ($110). Both include a glass of champagne, and the second also gets you free admission (a $30 value) to the after-party next door from 1-4 AM. The $125 general admission tickets for the party package at Le Passage from 9 PM-1 AM are already sold out, but VIP tables, which start at $1,200 for six people and include one bottle of champagne and one of vodka per table, are still available. a937 N. Rush, 773-276-7582

PLAN B

The first-ever New Year's Eve party for this new lounge features an open bar, appetizers, DJ, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. 8:30 PM-2 AM. a1635 N. Milwaukee, 773-252-2680, $120

PROST

This German-style party includes a buffet (with Viener schnitzel, of course) and performances by an acoustic guitarist (8 PM) and Modern Day Savage (9:30-11:30 PM). There'll be a DJ to keep the night going after the live music ends. a2566 N. Lincoln, 773-880-9900, $20

REDNOFIVE

"The Gold Party" offers cocktails (8 PM-midnight), hors d'oeuvres, a champagne toast, and a sweets table; gold decorations complete the theme. Each attendee will also receive a gift bag with several gift certificates. a440 N. Halsted, 312-543-4998, $50

RINO

DJ Gusto hosts this party, which includes an open bar (9 PM-2 AM), buffet, appetizers, and a champagne toast. Open 9 PM-4 AM. a343 W. Erie, 312-587-3433, $125

SALUD

This tequila lounge offers a top-shelf open bar (9 PM-2 AM), champagne, and food. a1471 N. Milwaukee, 773-235-5577, $90

SECOND CITY AND SECOND CITY E.T.C.

Both of the current shows—Between Barack and a Hard Place on the main stage and Pratfall of Civilization at Second City E.T.C.—will be performed in two seatings, 7 and 10 PM. Admission at the late show includes a champagne toast. a1616 and 1608 N. Wells, 312-337-3992, $50

SEVEN TEN LOUNGE

The party at this Lincoln Park bowling alley and lounge, in addition to the usual bowling, pool tables, and video games, offers an open bar, appetizers, a DJ, and a champagne toast and party favors at midnight. 8 PM-3 AM. a2747 N. Lincoln, 773-549-2695, $85, $75 before 12/26

SHEFFIELD'S

The night starts with a four-course dinner, 7-9 PM ($45), and continues with an open bar, 9:30 PM-1:30 AM ($65). For $90, you get both. a3258 N. Sheffield, 773-281-1350

SOUTHPORT LANES & BILLIARDS

This old-school bowling alley, famous for its live pin-setters, offers an open bar, buffalo wings, chicken fingers, and a DJ as well as its four alleys and six pool tables. 8 PM-2 AM. 3325 N. Southport, 773-472-6600, a$85; $75 before 12/26

STONE LOTUS

DJ Klutch from New York spins; an open bar, appetizers, buffet, and champagne toast are also on offer. 9 PM-4 AM. a873 N. Orleans, 312-440-9680, $125

TANGOCHICAGO DANCE CENTRE

An "absolute beginner" tango lesson (7-9 PM) is followed by a dinner buffet and then dancing until 3 AM. Party favors and a view of the Grant Park fireworks are included; professional photography is available for an extra fee. a408 S. Michigan, 312-788-3408, $75, $50 in advance

THE UNDERGROUND

DJ Jem spins; $125 general admission includes an open bar (8 PM-1 AM), buffet, appetizers (8-10 PM), and desserts (10-11 PM). For the $250 VIP admission, you also get a table reservation and a bottle of champagne. a56 W. Illinois, 312-644-7600

UNION PARK

This black-tie optional event, hosted by Party with Style, includes food, an open bar, DJ, raffle, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. There's a VIP reception from 7-8 PM, and the party runs 8 PM-1:15 AM. a228 S. Racine, 312-243-9002, $150

WILLOWBROOK BALLROOM

Teddy Lee and his 13-piece orchestra ring in the new year at this formal dance hall. Admission is $50 ($40 in advance) for dancing; a surf and turf dinner package can be added for $60. Cocktails begin at 7 PM, dinner at 8 PM, and dancing at 9 PM. a8900 Archer, 708-839-1000

WINTER WONDERFEST

A family-oriented festival at Navy Pier, with an indoor ice rink, ropes course, climbing wall, cookie decorating, and carnival rides and games. Admission is free, but activities and rides require the purchase of a $15 wristband ($18 with skate rental). 10 AM-6:30 PM. a600 E. Grand, 312-595-5225 or winterwonderfest.com

ZELLA

The open bar includes everything on the regular bar menu except shots; there are also heavy appetizers and party favors. 9 PM-1:30 AM. a1983 N. Clybourn, 773-447-3480, $100

ZOO YEAR'S EVE

This bash for kids has music, games, crafts, activities, and an early start to 2008. The countdown is at 8 PM so that little ones can get to bed early. The party is included in the zoo's admission price: $10, $6 for children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and over, children under 2 free. aBrookfield Zoo, First Ave. between the Stevenson and the Eisenhower, Brookfield, 773-935-6100 or brookfieldzoo.org

Listings compiled by Julia Thiel. Send updates to jthiel@chicagoreader.com.

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