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New Year's Eve listings will be posted at chicagoreader.com, where they'll be updated throughout the month. All venues are 21 and over unless otherwise noted; call ahead to verify special admission packages and ticket availability.

Rock, Pop, Etc.

abbey pub 3420 W. Grace | 773-478-4408 or 866-468-3401 | 8 PM | $48-$80

Josh Kelley, Strain Busy Sky, Todd Carey, Matthew Santos

aragon ballroom

1106 W. Lawrence | 312-666-6667 or 312-559-1212 | 7 PM (18+) | $65

Umphrey's McGee, Taj Mahal & the International Rhythm Band

Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont | 773-281-4444 10 PM | $12

Russian Circles, Maps & Atlases, Teith

cubby bear

1059 W. Addison | 773-327-1662

9 PM | $25

Super American Happy Fun Good Time Jamband, 16 Candles, One Hit Wonders

davenport's piano

bar & cabaret

1383 N. Milwaukee | 773-278-1830

6 PM | $23

Tony Bittner

Double Door

1572 N. Milwaukee | 773-489-3160

or 312-559-1212 | 9 PM | $55

My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult

Empty Bottle

1035 N. Western | 773-276-3600 | or 866-468-3401 | 9:30 PM | $25, $22 in advance

Girl Talk, Lando Mondo vs. Waterbabies

Fitzgerald's

6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn |

708-788-2118 or 312-559-1212

PM | Call for price

Sonny Landreth,

Pat McLaughlin, Patrick Sweany

House of blues

329 N. Dearborn | 312-923-2000

or 312-559-1212 | 9 PM | $145

Tragically Hip, Matisyahu

House of blues

back porch stage

329 N. Dearborn | 312-923-2000

11 PM | $45

The Hold Steady

joe's

940 W. Weed | 312-337-3486

or 312-559-1212 | 9 PM | $85-$100

Then Again

martyrs'

3855 N. Lincoln | 773-404-9494 or 800-594-8499 | 9:30 PM | $30

Tributosaurus

(Sly & the Family Stone tribute),

the Big Three

metro

3730 N. Clark | 773-549-0203 or 312-559-1212 | 10 PM (18+) | Call for price

Alkaline Trio, Smoking Popes

96th Floor Lounge

96th floor, John Hancock Center | 875 N. Michigan | 312-787-9596

9 PM | Call for price

Underwater People

Park WEst

322 W. Armitage | 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212 | 9:30 PM (18+) | $30

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Budos Band

Riviera Theatre

4746 N. Racine | 773-275-6800 or 312-559-1212 | 10 PM (18+) | $80

Raconteurs, Features

Schubas

3159 N. Southport | 773-525-2508

10 PM | $20

Redwalls, Catfish Haven

Subterranean

2011 W. North | 773-278-6600 or 800-594-8499 | 9 PM | $70

Legendary Shack Shakers, Scott H. Biram

the vic

3145 N. Sheffield | 773-472-0449

or 312-559-1212 | 9:30 PM (18+)

$46, $40 in advance

Poi Dog Pondering

Dance

Betty's Blue Star lounge

1600 W. Grand | 312-243-1699

9 PM | $50

DJ Stixx, DJ Corso

chromium

817 W. Lake | 312-666-8106

9 PM | Call for price

Dino Latino, DJ Twenty's, DJ Boris

crobar

1543 N. Kingsbury | 312-266-1900

9 PM | $115

Alex Peace, KCJ, Hair Dave, Victor R.

excalibur

632 N. Dearborn | 312-266-1944 | 7 PM | $50-$125, includes admission to Vision

Pat Mann, DJ Dammit Jim, DJ Slim Maybe

Finn McCool's Irish pub

15 W. Division | 312-337-4349

9 PM (24+) | $110

DJ Guns

galleria marchetti

825 W. Erie | 312-563-0495 | 7 PM | $10

DJ Aladdin

Leg Room

7 W. Division | 312-337-2583 | 9 PM | $20

Johnny Price

Lion head pub & the Apartment

2251 N. Lincoln | 773-348-5100

10 PM | $60

DJ Hitman

The Loft

15 W. Division | 312-337-4349

10 PM | Call for price

Ed Vantage

Maxbar

2247 N. Lincoln | 773-549-5884 | 9 PM | $65

PJ the DJ

Smart Bar

3730 N. Clark | 773-549-4140

or 312-559-1212

9 PM | $30-$90, $25-$75 in advance

Colette, James Amato,

Justin Long,

Jason Hodges (cabaret room)

vision

632 N. Dearborn | 312-266-1944

10 PM | $50

DJ Spin, DJ Mach 1, DJ Structure

W Hotel

644 N. Lake Shore Dr. | 312-255-4463

9 PM | $150

DJ Predator

W Hotel City Center

172 W. Adams | 888-718-4764

9 PM | $135-$150

DJ Sheik

Folk & Country

carol's Pub

4659 N. Clark | 773-334-2402

9 PM | Call for price

Diamondback

Blues, Gospel, R & B

andy's

11 E. Hubbard | 312-642-6805 | 9 PM | $100

Sharon Lewis

Bill's blues

1029 Davis, Evanston | 847-424-9800

:30 PM | $75 per person, $135 per couple

Eddy Clearwater, Melvin Taylor

blue chicago

536 N. Clark | 312-661-0100 | 9 PM | $20

Linsey Alexander

with Patricia Scott

Blue Chicago

736 N. Clark | 312-642-626 | 9 PM | $20

Big Time Sarah

B.l.u.e.s

2519 N. Halsted | 773-528-1012

9:30 PM | $30, $25 in advance

Jimmy Johnson

Buddy Guy's legends

754 S. Wabash | 312-427-0333

9:30 PM | $30

Shemekia Copeland, Charlie Love

checkerboard lounge

5201 S. Harper | 773-684-1472

9 PM | $25, $20 in advance

Jo Jo Murray, Sidney Joe Qualls

kingston mines

2548 N. Halsted | 773-477-4646

9:30 PM | $25

Magic Slim, Joanna Connor

lee's unleaded blues

7401 S. South Chicago | 773-493-3477

7 PM | $40 (reservations required)

Shorty Mack

Nick's

1516 N. Milwaukee | 773-252-1155

7 PM | F

Jimmy Burns

Rosa's lounge

3420 W. Armitage | 773-342-0452

9:30 PM | $25

Vance Kelly

Jazz

green mill

4802 N. Broadway | 773-878-5552

PM | $25

Von Freeman & Edward Petersen

jazz showcase

59 W. Grand | 312-670-2473

9 and 11 PM | $40

Henry Johnson Organ Express with David "Fathead" Newman

velvet lounge

67 E. Cermak | 312-791-9050

9 PM | $10

Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble

International

cuatro Restaurant

2030 S. Wabash | 312-842-8856

10 PM | $89

Three Degrees

DANK Haus

4740 N. Western | 773-561-9181

9 PM | $60, $45 before 12/22 (includes dinner and champagne) for Skyline Lounge; $4.99 for Maraunde Ballroom)

Die Lustige Kameraden (Skyline Lounge), Polkaholics (Maraunde Ballroom)

exedus iI

3477 N. Clark | 773-348-3998

10 PM | Call for price

Hydro

hothouse

31 E. Balbo | 312-362-9707

10 PM | $90, $75 advance

Yves Francois et Rocambu Jazz

Pete Miller's Seafood & Prime Steak

1557 Sherman, Evanston | 847-328-0399

Call for time | F

Wille Gomez & Cache

Restaurants

adobo Grill

1610 N. Wells | 312-266-7999

The bar opens at 3 PM; seating is 4:30-7:30 PM and includes four courses plus unlimited margaritas, wine, beer, a tequila toast at midnight, and mariachi music for $95. The menu includes crab empanadas and mar y tierra (surf and turf of flatiron steak and jumbo shrimp). Open till 1 AM.

adobo Grill WICKER PARK

2005 W. Division | 773-252-9990

The bar opens at 4 PM; seating is 5-7:30 PM and includes four courses plus unlimited margaritas, wine, beer, a tequila toast at midnight, and a DJ for $89. The menu includes pan-seared sea bass la Veracruzana and budin azteca (tortilla casserole with chicken, chanterelle mushrooms, and asadero cheese). Open till 1:30 AM.

alinea

1723 N. Halsted | 312-867-0110

The first seating (5-6:30 PM) features ten courses and a champagne aperitif for $175. The second seating (8:30-9:30 PM) offers 17 courses and a midnight champagne toast for $225. Acoustic guitarists play throughout the evening.

AMBRIA

2300 N. Lincoln Park West | 773-472-5959

Two seatings are available on the half hour: a five-course degustation menu from 5 to 6 PM ($110) and a six-course menu from 8:30 to 9:30 PM ($135). Guests at the later seating dine to live jazz music and take home a doggie bag of breakfast treats.

ATWOOd cafe

1 W. Washington | 312-368-1900

A three-course prix fixe menu ($42) is available as well as regular offerings a la carte from 5 to 11 PM; there's also a New Year's Day brunch from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Avenue M

695 N. Milwaukee | 312-243-1133

The early seating (6:15 PM) is $100 for a four-course dinner; the 9:15 seating is $125 for a four-course menu that includes a champagne toast. Guests at the late seating may keep their table all evening but cannot attend the upstairs party without paying an additional admission of $125, which includes a premium open bar (8 PM-1:30 AM). Booth pricing is available upon request.

Bin 36

339 N. Dearborn | 312-755-9463

For $125 guests enjoy canapes, artisanal cheeses, and "small bites" from chef John Caputo as well as a dessert bar from pastry chef Matt Kelley; an open bar with reds, whites, and sparkling wines from around the world; a champagne toast at midnight; and music by DJ J. Gravity. "Come as you are, from diamonds to Dockers," 9 PM-2 AM.

blue water grill

520 N. Dearborn | 312-777-1400

Two seatings, both offering prix fixe menus including choices such as pan-seared diver scallops, Dover sole, lobster, filet mignon, and mango-orange napoleon. The first seating is 6:30-7:30 PM ($60), the second 9:30-10:30 PM ($90).

cafe des architectes

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower | 20 E. Chestnut | 312-324-4000

Two seatings, both offering prix fixe French menus: 5-6 PM ($82), and 8:30-10 PM ($102).

CAFE BA-BA-REEBA

2024 N. Halsted | 773-935-5000

The newly designed menu features specials like citrus-cured salmon with cucumber bread, rioja short ribs with manchego mashed potatoes, and jalapeno shrimp. Complimentary pincho tapas, DJ, and dancing (8 PM-1 AM); there's a $15 cover charge after 8 PM. On New Year's Day from 10 AM to 3 PM guests who show up in their jammies receive a gift certificate for the value of their meal.

CAFE MATOU

1846 N. Milwaukee | 773-384-8911

Chef Charlie Socher will offer a prix fixe four-course menu ($65) plus a shorter version of the cafe's usual a la carte menu in an open seating from 5-10 PM.

CARnivale

702 W. Fulton Market | 312-850-5005

The restaurant and bar is open from 5 PM to 1 AM; specials include lobster-sweet potato bisque, rib eye, and Dover sole, plus a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. For entertainment there are stilt walkers, capoeira dancers, DJs, and the Chicago Bulls "Bucket Boys."

charlie trotter's

816 W. Armitage | 773-248-6228

Trotter's offers a party (7:30 PM-1:30 AM) to kick off its 20th anniversary. For $350 guests receive cheese tastings in the cellar, carved meats, a caviar bar, truffle station, a selection of wine and drinks, music, and dancing. Black tie optional.

chief o'neill's

Restaurant and Pub

3471 N. Elston | 773-583-3066

"All you care to eat" brunch buffet from 10 AM to 2 PM on New Year's Eve for $12.95 (half price children ten and under, children two and under free). From 2:30 to 10 PM guests can order from the regular menu; champagne will be served at midnight. No cover in the bar, which stays open until 2 AM.

CHina grill

230 N. Michigan | 312-334-6700

The restaurant offers a four-course "Reveillon menu" from 5-8 PM featuring dishes such as pumpkin-dusted sea scallops, Szechuan peppercorn tuna, Australian loin of lamb, and a traditional Yule log ($35). From 5 PM to midnight the regular a la carte menu and other specials are available, along with a champagne toast.

chopping block

Merchandise Mart, suite 107 | 773-472-6700

4747 N. Lincoln | 773-472-6700

Both locations offer a multicourse meal and cooking lesson from 9 to 11:45 PM: $150 for Merchandise Mart, which is BYOB, and $200 for the Lincoln Avenue location's "Festa Italiana," which focuses on Italian cuisine and also includes wine.

citE

505 N. Lake Shore Dr. | 312-644-4050

Two seatings offering a seven-course prix fixe menu. The early seating (5:30-7:30 PM) is $125; the late seating (8:30-10 PM) is $195 and includes wine, a champagne toast, and live music.

club lucky

1824 W. Wabansia | 773-227-2300

The early seating (4-6 PM) and second seating (7-8 PM) both offer

a la carte selections with dinner specials along with "5,000 helium-filled balloons." The late seating (9:30-10:30 PM) is $40 and includes live entertainment and a bottle of champagne.

Le colonial

937 N. Rush | 312-255-0088

The three-course prix fixe menu featuring red snapper and rack of lamb ($55) is available from 5 PM to midnight and includes a midnight glass of champagne.

IL covo

2152 N. Damen | 773-862-5555

The restaurant offers seatings at 5, 7, and 9:30 PM. The first two are a la carte only, the last is prix fixe (price was not available at press time). Upstairs there's a cocktail party with a DJ.

Cyrano's Bistrot

& Wine bar

546 N. Wells | 312-467-0546

Three seatings: an a la carte "pretheater" seating from 4:30 to 6 PM, an "early celebration" with a four-course prix fixe menu and a glass of champagne from 6:30 to 8 PM ($49), and a "grand finale" from 9 to 11 PM, with a five-course prix fixe dinner and champagne for $99, $109 for those opting for the live music in the cabaret room.

david Burke's Primehouse

James Hotel | 616 N. Rush | 312-660-6000

The first seating (5:30-6:45 PM) offers four courses at $125, the second (8:30-9:30 PM) six courses at $155. Special items include stuffed smoked quail, veal Diane, lobster, venison Wellington, and a variety of sorbets. A three-course children's menu featuring favorites such as grilled cheese, PB&J, and pasta is available all evening for $28. All adult meals include a complimentary mimosa, mojito, or glass of champagne.

deLaCosta

465 E. Illinois | 312-464-1700

The first seating (6-7 PM) offers a four-course prix fixe menu for $65, the second (9-10 PM) the same menu plus a champagne toast and live music from the Audley Reid Jazz Ensemble.

deLeece

4004 N. Southport | 773-325-1710

All guests seated before 10 PM have the option of a four-course prix fixe menu for $60 ($75 with wine pairing) or the regular menu. From 10 PM on a six-course prix fixe is available for $75 ($95 with wine pairing and champagne toast). A DJ plays from 11 PM to 2 AM.

dinotto ristorante

215 W. North | 312-202-0302

Six seatings on the hour between 5 and 10 PM. Specials include lobster ravioli, veal chops, truffles, and osso buco, along with a complimentary glass of champagne.

dorado

2301 W. Foster | 773-561-3780

Three-course prix fixe menu including grilled beef tenderloin, rack of lamb with cognac guajillo pepper sauce, and seafood. The first seating is at 5 PM ($65); the second and third seatings are at 7 and 9 PM ($75).

extra virgin

741 W. Randolph | 312-474-0700

The restaurant is open from 5 PM to 3 AM. A four-course prix fixe meal is $85 ($160 with wine pairings); admission includes two free drink cards for Virgin Lounge and a complimentary champagne toast. DJ Patryk spins house music to 2:30 AM.

Le Francais

269 S. Milwaukee, Wheeling |

847-541-7470

Chef Roland Liccioni offers a five-course degustation menu at 6 PM for $125 and a seven-course version at 9 PM (with champagne toast) for $160.

The Grillroom

33 W. Monroe | 312-960-0000

Five-course prix fixe menu with wine pairings and a champagne toast ($140); last reservation is at 10 PM.

GROTTO ON STATE

1030 N. State | 312-280-1005

Open seating available on the half-hour from 4 to 6:30 PM, then on the hour; a DJ plays all night in the lounge, and there's a complimentary champagne toast.

HARRY CARAY'S

33 W. Kinzie | 312-828-0966

A five-course prix fixe menu pairs Italian food and wines ($85, $65 without wine); the regular menu will also be available. Walk-ins are welcome and complimentary champagne is served at midnight.

Hot Chocolate

1747 N. Damen | 773-489-1747

$100 covers food, beer, and wine, as well as a champagne toast; cash bar. The seating begins at 8 PM and there will be DJ entertainment until 2 AM.

kit kat lounge

and supper club

3700 N. Halsted | 773-525-1111

Seatings at 6:30, 8:30, and 10:30 PM, priced at $65, $85, and $95, respectively. Each features a five-course dinner and complimentary martini plus performances by Diva Madame X and Diva Traci Ross; the late seating also offers a champagne toast.

LE LAN

749 N. Clark | 312-280-9100

The first seating (5:30-6:45 PM) features a five-course prix fixe menu for $90; the second (8 PM) a seven-course prix fixe menu and a Dom Perignon toast for $130.

MARCHE

833 W. Randolph | 312-226-8399

The Marche Moulin Rouge party includes an $85 prix fixe menu and an a la carte menu. Family reservations are available from 5 to 7 PM; children dine free from a special menu, and there's a "kiddie countdown" with party favors at 6:30 and 8 PM. Grown-ups get a champagne toast at midnight.

MAs

1670 W. Division | 773-276-8700

Two seatings both offer a five-course prix fixe menu, including wine pairings. The 7 PM seating is $75, the 9:30 PM seating is $85 and includes a champagne toast.

Meritage cafe & wine bar

2118 N. Damen | 773-235-6434

Chef Troy Graves offers three prix fixe seatings. The first (5:30-6 PM) is $70 for five courses, ($105 with wine pairings), the second (6:30-8 PM) $90 for six courses ($130 with wine pairings), and the third (8:30-10 PM) is $110 for seven courses and a champagne toast ($155 with wine pairings).

Meztiso

710 N. Wells | 312-274-9500

Five-course tasting menu with wine pairings and an open bar from 9 PM to 1 AM for $90.

MK

868 N. Franklin | 312-482-9179

The first seating (6-6:45 PM) includes a four-course tasting menu with desserts by pastry chef Kate Neumann for $60; specials include turbot, rack of lamb, and Meyer lemon meringue pie. The second seating (8:30-9:30 PM) also features music by the Alexander Rea Jazz Trio and a complimentary glass of champagne for $110.

moretti's

6727 Olmsted, Edison Park | 773-631-1223

Kids are kings and queens for the night at a "Kids' New Year's Eve Bash." The child-friendly menu features chicken fingers, spaghetti, hot dogs, and macaroni and cheese; festivities include a balloon drop and a DJ as well as "an explosive multimedia countdown." Seatings at 4:30, 6:45, and 9 PM.

il mulino

1150 N. Dearborn | 312-440-8888

From 5 to 8:30 PM the restuarant offers an a la carte menu. Beginning at 9:30 PM a four-course prix fixe menu including a champagne toast is available for $150; specials include double-cut veal chops, rack of lamb, ravioli porcini, and pappardelle with sausage.

Mrs. Murphy &

Sons Irish Bistro

3905 N. Lincoln | 773-248-3905

The restaurant offers parties on two floors. Upstairs diners receive a five-course dinner and complimentary champagne for $75 ($120 with wine flight). Downstairs features an open bar, wood-oven pizzas and appetizers, and a DJ for $50 ($75 after 12/25 or at the door).

NACIONAL 27

325 W. Huron | 312-664-2727

Two prix fixe seatings: The first, available until 8:30, is a three-course dinner for $45; the second, from 9 PM on, offers three courses for $65, including a champagne toast. Salsa dancing begins at 11 PM; those wishing to dance and drink can join the party at 8:30 for $20 (cash bar).

narcisse

710 N. Clark | 312-787-2675

The restaurant's Extravagance 2007 celebration begins with a 7:30 PM seating that includes a four-course dinner with such choices as Chinese five-spice carpaccio, vanilla-chipotle cured duck breast, a cheese course, and chocolate-peanut butter bread pudding for $95. There's also a party from 9:30 PM to 2 AM for $120, including appetizers, a DJ, and open bar with complimentary champagne.

N9NE Steakhouse

440 W. Randolph | 312-575-9900

Two seatings featuring caviar, lobster, and steak. The first (5:30-7 PM) offers a four-course menu for $80. The second (8-10 PM) features a five-course menu and admission to the adjacent Ghostbar for $130. Ghostbar also offers a separate party package for $75, which includes dancing, entertainment, a champagne cocktail (other beverages not included), and a buffet from 9 to 11 PM.

Nomi

Park Hyatt Hotel | 800 N. Michigan |

312-335-1234

At press time reservations were still available for the early seating (5:30 PM), which features a three-course menu for $110 including a champagne toast.

opera

1301 S. Wabash | 312-461-0161

The staff dress as operagoers and performers, and executive 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.

PIECE

1927 W. North | 773-772-4422

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 $70. A DJ spins music all night.

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE

& STAR BAR

601 N. State | 312-266-7677

The longtime jazz and bubbly institution celebrates its first New Year's since moving from Lincoln Park to River North. The dinner show (6-9 PM) features the Russell Alan Rowe Quartet, appetizers, and dessert for $50. The late show (10 PM-2 AM) features the Nicole Kestler Quartet until 1 AM along with appetizers and dessert for $70. Admission to the jazz club only is $25 at the door (cash only) from 6 PM on.

RED LIGHT

820 W. Randolph | 312-733-8880

This Asian restaurant offers both chef Jackie Shen's regular menu and some special items, with a champagne toast at midnight. The staff will dress in "traditional Asian attire"; reservations available beginning at 5:30 PM.

RISTORANTE WE

W Hotel | 172 W. Adams | 312-917-5608

Executive chef Michael Hazen offers a Tuscany-inspired four-course menu including butternut ravioli, lobster with spaghetti squash, pan-roasted sea scallops, and Meyer lemon panna cotta for $75. Seating is 5 to 11 PM.

ritz-carlton dining room

Ritz-Carlton Hotel | 160 E. Pearson | 312-266-1000

This black-tie gala offers a seven-course dinner with champagne toast, live jazz, and dancing from 8 PM to 1:30 AM for $290.

saltaus

1350 W. Randolph | 312-455-1919

The restaurant and club offers two seatings (6:30 and 9 PM) of a four-course tasting menu for $85. After 9:30 the lounge is open for a four-hour open bar with hors d'oeuvres and DJ music, plus a champagne toast. Tickets for the party alone are $120.

sangria

901 W. Weed | 312-266-1200

A five-course "celebration dinner" is $40, a six-course "premiere dinner" $50; both offer unlimited glasses of sangria.

SCOOZI!

410 W. Huron | 312-943-5900

There's a family-oriented early seating (4-6:30 PM) during which kids get dinner, dessert, sparkling grape juice, entertainment from clowns, and party favors for $10. The regular menu is available from 6:30 to 10 PM.

SCylla

1952 N. Damen | 773-227-2995

The French and Italian restaurant offers a five-course tastmenu for $75 (includes vegetarian options). Seatings are on the hour from 6-11 PM; the last includes a champagne toast.

SHAW'S CRAB HOUSE

21 E. Hubbard | 312-527-2722

Blues singer Grana Louise is in the dining room from 8 PM to 1 AM; the Fabulous Fish Heads play in the oyster bar from 7 PM to 1 AM, and all patrons receive a complimentary champagne toast.

Signature room at the 95th

875 N. Michigan | 312-787-9596

Two seatings. The first (5-6:30 PM) is black-tie optional and features a five-course menu and live jazz for $125. The second seating (8-9:30 PM) is black tie and offers an eight-course menu as well as dancing to the Bill Porter Orchestra and a champagne toast for $275. Menu specialties include roast pheasant, grilled fillet of beef, and South African lobster tail. Reservations must be paid in advance.

Sola

3868 N. Lincoln | 773-327-3868

A la carte selections from the restaurant's regular menu along with specials such as ginger-butter poached lobster, miso-brined filet mignon with white truffle bread pudding, and Grand Marnier souffle. Seatings are open from 6 to 8:30 PM and 9 to 10:30 PM, with a champagne toast at midnight.

SPIAGGIA AND CAFE SPIAGGIA

980 N. Michigan | 312-280-2750

Spiaggia's first seating is 5 to 5:30 PM and includes three courses for $90. The second is 7 to 7:30 PM and includes a four-course dinner for $120. The third is at 9:30 PM and features a grand degustation of nine courses for $205. Live jazz music all night. At the more casual Cafe Spiaggia next door you can get three courses for $52 or four for $62.

sushisamba rio

504 N. Wells | 312-595-2300

The restaurant's White Party includes a seven-course menu for $100 served 6 PM to midnight and featuring yellowfin tuna, pan-roasted free-range duck breast, and an Asian pear-and-chestnut tart. Live favela band and Brazilian dancers, plus a feed of the Reveillon celebration in Rio de Janeiro. (The Brazilian festival honors Iemenja, the goddess of the sea.) A party on the rooftop deck from 10 PM to 2 AM is $100, which includes appetizers and an open bar. For $150 guests also receive a table all night; an additional $25 gets you a champagne package. Guests who show up dressed in all white as tribute to Iemenja receive a complimentary caipirinha.

timo

464 N. Halsted | 312-226-4300

The first seating (5:30-8 PM) offers a three-course menu and a glass of champagne for $40; the second, at 9:30 PM, a four-course menu and a glass of champagne plus jazz from the Mike Allemana Trio for $75. Specials include pork shank with gnocchi, butternut squash ravioli, risotto, wood-grilled steak with red wine sauce, and a creme brulee trio.

tizi melloul

531 N. Wells | 312-670-4338

Four-course prix fixe menus from 6 to 8 PM and 8 to 10 PM ($50). The final seating (10 PM-close) is $75 and includes a five-course dinner plus a champagne toast. Entrees include grilled Kobe skirt steak, Moroccan-spiced tuna loin, and roasted striped bass. DJ Disco Kitty spins Moroccan music, and there's belly dancing at 7 and 8 PM.

TSUKI

1441-45 W. Fullerton | 773-883-8722

A child-oriented menu is available 4:30 to 6:30 PM, including a kiddie countdown and goody bag ($9.95 for children 12 and under). Two adult seatings are offered at 7 and 9 PM; the five-course prix fixe is $68 and includes champagne. An eight-course menu features lobster sashimi and steak with sake, wine, and champagne pairings for $98.

VA PENSIERO

1566 Oak, Evanston | 847-475-7779

A $70 five-course menu including a champagne toast is offered at a 6 PM seating; at 9 PM there's a $95 seven-course menu with unlimited champagne. Live entertainment by cabaret singer Robert Whorton and the Beckie Menzie Trio.

Vermilion

10 W. Hubbard | 312-527-4060

"The seven deadly sins" are the focus of this celebration, featuring a seven-course meal and "sultry decor." A DJ spins Latin, Bollywood, bhangra, and house. Specials include tandoori skirt steak and lobster with coconut rice. Three seatings are available at 5, 7, and 9 PM for $65, $90, and $125; wine pairings $60 extra. Admission to the party only is $25.

Vinci

1732 N. Halsted | 312-266-1199

Three prix-fixe menus--three-course ($40), four-course ($45), and five-course ($75)--are offered. The first two are available during the first seating (5-7:30 PM), the last at the second (9 PM), which includes a champagne toast and live music by the Grady Johnson Orchestra. Specials include seared quail stuffed with wild mushrooms, bass cooked in parchment, and risotto.

Wave

W Hotel Lakeshore | 644 N. Lake Shore Dr. | 312-943-9200

Chef Kristine Subido offers four "waves" of Mediterranean cuisine including a duo of tuna and salmon tartare, crab falafel, beef tenderloin, pan-roasted duck, and a selection of desserts for $75. Open seating from 5 to 11 PM.

x/o

3441 N. Halsted | 773-348-9696

A four-course prix fixe menu is offered 5:30 to 11 PM for $75 along with champagne specials. The "Bubbling Over" package includes dinner plus admission to the lounge for a party with DJs and an open bar from 10 PM to 1 AM for $125. Those wishing to enjoy the party sans dinner pay $55.

Zealous

419 W. Superior | 312-475-9112

Chef Michael Taus's global fare is offered at multiple food stations along with wine pairings from Don Sritong of Just Grapes, including an open bar from 8 PM to 1 AM and DJ for $195.

Zocalo

358 W. Ontario | 312-302-9977

The restaurant and tequila bar offers seatings at 5, 7, and 9:30 PM. The food is served family style; music by Latin jazz band Son Trinidad. $75 includes dinner and well drinks, with a cash bar available after midnight. Last seating 12:30 PM.

Special Events

the apartment and

the lion head pub

2251 N. Lincoln | 773-348-5100

Two parties on two levels including a multimedia countdown and champagne toast at midnight. For $60 revelers get access to a deluxe buffet dinner (8-10 PM) and open bar (8-11 PM) at the Lion Head, with admission to the Apartment after 11. $85 provides the same food and beverage package plus access to the entire building. $25 general admission after 11. Doors are open 7 PM-2 AM.

The Armageddon

Radio Hour

Apollo Theater | 2540 N. Lincoln | 773-935-6100

WNEP Theater's annual apocalyptic parody of the golden age of radio returns. Doors open at 9:30 PM; the performance begins at 10:30. $60 including a champagne toast.

athletes united for peace

Heartland Cafe | 7000 N. Glenwood | 773-465-8005 or www.heartlandcafe.com

Start the year with a bid for peace and goodwill (and a touch of friendly competition) at this annual 5K. For $25 participants receive awards, a shirt or hat, and a postrace feast at the Heartland.

belly's bar & Grill

3210 N. Lincoln | 773-525-3632

$70 gets you an open bar 8 PM-1 AM, hors d'oeuvres, DJ entertainment, and a champagne toast.

black and White new year's eve extravaganza

Room 43 | 1039 E. 43rd St. | 773-259-4420

This party includes an open bar, appetizers, a champagne toast, and DJs spinning hip-hop and R & B 9 PM-2 AM. Tickets are $80 before 12/16, $100 after, and "fancy dress" is required.

boutique

809 W. Evergreen | 312-751-2900

The $100 "platinum ticket" for this party (9 PM-1 AM) includes a hosted cocktail reception and champagne toast.

bringin' old school back

Lakeview Broadcasting Company | 3542 N. Halsted | 773-857-244

This retro party runs 8 PM-midnight and includes DJs spinning hip-hop, arcade games, a premium open bar, fried chicken, and an Olde English 40-ounce toast. Tickets are $100; no cover after midnight.

buckingham fountain fireworks

Grant Park | Congress and Columbus |

312-744-3370

Recorded music provides the aural backdrop for this annual display of pyrotechnics counting down to the New Year, which is coordinated with the fireworks at Navy Pier. Attendees are asked to assemble by 10 PM. F

cabaret

15 W. Hubbard | 312-245-3100

A hosted cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres, and a champagne toast are included in the $120 admission. Open 9 PM-2 AM.

cans bar & canteen

1640 N. Damen | 773-227-2277

A gourmet buffet, "top shelf" open bar, and champagne toast are on tap at this Bucktown watering hole for $90. Open 9 PM-2 AM.

casey moran's

3660 N. Clark | 773-755-4444 | www.chicagobarevents.com

The sports bar offers cocktails, a dinner buffet, champagne toast, and DJs 8 PM-1 AM for $115.

celtic crown public house

4301 N. Western | 773-588-1110

The Celtic Countdown to 2007 includes an open bar 9 PM-midnight for $35. Open 11 AM-2 AM.

Celtic Knot public house

626 Church | Evanston | 847-864-1679

The pub is "calling all Celts" for this annual celebration of what the Scots call Hogmanay. Live music, pub grub, and drink specials available till 2 AM. F

CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA

Hyatt Regency Chicago | 151 E. Wacker | 312-239-4536

Promoters Another Level and Spy Bar Events bring the rock (and hip-hop and house) to the Hyatt Regency Chicago. For $129 patrons get an open bar (9 PM-3 AM), hors d'oeuvres, and lineup of DJs, as well as a performance by a Dave Matthews tribute band, Crash. $159 covers the same plus a champagne toast and entrance to the hotel's Hard Drive club.

CHemically imbalanced comedy and corn productions

Cornservatory | 4210 N. Lincoln | 312-409-6435 or www.cornservatory.org

The two companies combine their talents for Cornstravaganza, featuring sketch comedy, improv, and "a big fat party." The evening starts at 8 PM and tickets are $35 or $60 per couple, which includes dinner, drinks, and a champagne toast. A DJ will spin after the show till 2 AM.

CHerry red

2833 N. Sheffield | 773-477-3661 or www.tickets.com

The party runs 9 PM-2 AM and includes a "top shelf" open bar, appetizer buffet, champagne toast, and DJ. $100 , $90 in advance.

CHicago Cultural Center

77 E. Randolph | Registration requested at chicagonye.com

This formal party, hosted by Lincoln Park Young Professionals, offers patrons a premium open bar, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and a champagne toast along with music by DJ Asiatic for the general admission of $125. For $150 the VIP package offers expanded beverage service and access to the VIP room, where "old school, 80s, and retro music" will be played by DJs Jay Funk and Kid Kris. The festivities run 9:30 PM-1:45 AM.

CHicago Scene

New Year's Eve Gala

Drake Hotel | 140 E. Walton | 800-882-4275 or www.tickets.com

Chicago-scene.com hosts this mammoth party spread over four ballrooms with 45 bartenders. Entertainment includes DJs and a live performance from Cat Fight along with a balloon drop at midnight. Various dinner packages are available for $205-$235; seating begins at 6:30 PM; last seating at 9 PM. General admission tickets are $190 and include hors d'oeuvres and midnight dessert service. Hotel packages available; black tie optional.

CHromium

817 W. Lake | 773-292-9010 or www.ticketmaster.com

The party runs 7 PM-2 AM with open bar 7-10 PM. The $40 admission includes a buffet, DJs, and a balloon drop.

CHuckle bowl spectacular

Lincoln Square Lanes | 4874 N. Lincoln | 773-251-1539 or www.thelincolnlodge.com

The Lincoln Lodge's stand-up and variety showcase takes over the Lincoln Square bowling alley for New Year's. In addition to 12 lanes of bowling (accented with theatrical lighting and "found film" projections) and comedy performances curated by Mike Bridenstine and Steve O. Harvey, the evening includes pizza and a "value-priced" bar with $3 domestic beers and $3.50 imports. $25, $20 in advance, 9 PM-1 AM.

Circuit

3641 N. Halsted | 773-325-2233 or www.circuitclub.com

The club features DJs Fast Freddy and Alex Perez and a countdown with "diva hosts" Veronica Zaid, Miss Ketty, and Miss Foozie. There will also be a money-filled balloon drop, confetti blast, and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $50, $30 before 12/30. Open 7 PM-4 AM.

Club 720

720 N. Wells | 312-787-8720

This dance party (8 PM-1 AM) includes a premium open bar, DJs on four floors, and a champagne toast for $75 or $125 per couple. Table reservations for five or more available for $200 per person.

Cobra lounge

235 N. Ashland | 312-226-6300

The club presents "Rock 'n Roll High School--80s Edition," which includes an open bar 9 PM-1 AM, buffet 9-11 PM, arcade games, balloon drop, and a champagne toast for $80. Period attire is "highly encouraged."

Comedysportz

Chicago Center for the Performing Arts | 777 N. Green | 312-733-6000 or www.comedysportzchicago.com

The troupe offers two packages of games-based improvisation. The 6 PM show is billed as "family friendly" and costs $17. Tickets for the 10 PM performance are $35 and include a champagne toast and postperformance dance party with a DJ.

cooper's

1232 W. Belmont | 773-929-2667

An open bar, buffet, and live funk from Eli Jones & the Bare Bones highlight this party, which runs 9 PM-1 AM and costs $50, $40 in advance.

coyote ugly saloon

316 W. Erie | 312-642-2400

The party runs 8 PM-2 AM and features an open bar, buffet, champagne toast, and balloon drop at midnight as well as "Coyote Ugly signature dances" performed by the waitstaff every hour. $100, $65 in advance.

crew

4804 N. Broadway | 773-784-2739

This party is a benefit for the Center on Halsted and includes an appetizer buffet (8-10 PM), complimentary well drinks, draft beer, wine, champagne toast, dancing, and a raffle. $50, $40 in advance. Open until 2 AM.

crobar

1543 N. Kingsbury | 312-266-1900

For $115, patrons get a four-hour premium open bar (9 PM-1 AM) with DJs Mixin Marc, Alex Peace, Victor R, KCJ, and Hair Dave, an interactive countdown with a "confetti storm," and a champagne toast. Open until 4 AM.

DANK haus German cultural center

4740 N. Western | 773-561-9181

The party takes up two floors. In the sixth-floor Skyline Lounge, guests receive a buffet dinner, champagne toast, and entertainment by the band Die Lustige Kameraden (cash bar). The Polkaholics play in the fifth-floor Marunde Ballroom. Tickets $45 before 12/22, $60 after. Those interested in the Polkaholics alone will be admitted for $4.99 on a "space available" basis. Doors open 8 PM, music begins 9 PM, and the party runs until 2 AM.

DArk Horse Tap & Grille

3443 N. Sheffield | 773-383-4178

The $65 package includes an open bar, buffet, and champagne toast.

DArkroom New Year's Eve: Class of '06

2210 W. Chicago | 773-276-1411 | www.darkroombar.com

A high school theme dominates this party (10 PM-2 AM), which features live music from the Gaylords and DJ sets by Tobias and Brock. "High school-themed attire encouraged." $35, $25 in advance.

Dave And Buster's

1030 N. Clark | 866-468-3401

"Bringing the Fun Back" is the theme of this party, featuring "house, deep house, old school, and Neo Soul" along with games, a buffet dinner for the first 400 patrons, three VIP rooms, and two bars downstairs. Upstairs features hip-hop, reggae, R & B, more games, billiards, and two more bars. Drinks are complimentary 11 PM-1 AM for the first 200 patrons. $60 advance, $100 door (call for info on various package upgrades).

deja vu

2624 N. Lincoln | 773-871-0205

Open until 4 AM, the bar offers a video countdown, balloon drop, and champagne toast. Tickets at $30 include an open bar (9 PM-midnight). The $50 VIP package includes hor d'oeuvres (8-10 PM) and an open bar (8 PM-midnight) as well as admission to the 2D Lounge upstairs.

debonair social club

1575 N. Milwaukee | 773-227-7990

The $100 party package includes an open bar 8 PM-midnight, appetizer buffet 8-10 PM, sets by DJs Jordan Z and Paradise Ryan, and a champagne toast.

duffy's Tavern and grill / Durkin's Tavern / Mcgee's Tavern & Grille / Redmond's / Wrightwood Tap

4201/2 W. Diversey / 810 W. Diversey / 950 W. Webster / 3358 N. Sheffield / 1059 W. Wrightwood | 773-868-8073 | www.bar1events.com

The party runs at all five taverns

9 PM-2 AM, courtesy of Bar1 Events. $75 buys an all-you-can-drink assortment of draft beers, cocktails, champagne, and wine as well as an all-you-can-eat buffet and DJ entertainment. Advance reservations required.

Elbo room

2871 N. Lincoln | 773-549-5549

DJ Tony Healy spins hip-hop, funk, and dance music at this party, which includes an open bar and champagne toast. $65, $50 before 12/25.

Enclave

220 W. Chicago | 312-654-0234

Bob O'Connell, Jason Beninato, and Nina Pierce host this celebration, which includes a premium open bar 9 AM-1:30 PM, gourmet hors d'oeuvres and buffet, and a champagne toast for $145.

Evolution of dance

New year's Eve Party

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago | 230 N. Michigan | 312-335-9596

Comedian and dancer Judson Laipply (star of the video "Evolution of Dance") headlines at this party sponsored by the Chicago Sport and Social Club, which includes DJs, hors d'oeuvres, a midnight balloon drop, a champagne toast, and a five-hour premium open bar for $140. Packages including rooms at the hotel are available.

Excalibur and Vision

632 N. Dearborn | 312-266-1944

Four different environments (and 25 bars) are involved in X-treme New Year's Eve 2007. The $125 "platinum" reserved admission includes a dinner buffet (8-11 PM) and an open bar (8 PM-midnight); the $80 "gold" reserved package includes a buffet (7-9:30 PM) and open bar (7-11 PM); admission after 9 PM can be reserved for $50, and general admission may also be available.

Finn McCool's and the loft

15 W. Division | 312-337-4349

Make Some Noise: NYE '07 offers a multimedia countdown, music spun by DJ Guns, and a champagne toast for a $10 cover charge from 7 PM on (based on space availability). The bar is open 11 AM-4 AM.

FIRST NIGHT EVANSTON

Downtown Evanston, various locations | 847-475-6483 or www.firstnightevanston.org

Evanston holds its annual alcohol-free, family-friendly downtown arts festival with performances on 19 stages. On the schedule: Second City, Dave Herzog's marionettes, mentalist Christopher Carter, folk music, the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, storytellers, and comedians. There will be the traditional fireworks at midnight. Buttons guaran- teeing admission to all events are $14 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12, with children under 5 admitted free.

Fixture

2706 N. Ashland | 773-248-3331

For $125 patrons enjoy a premium cocktail party 8 PM-1:30 AM including appetizers and a DJ. "Reservations and proper attire requested."

Full shilling

3724 N. Clark | 773-248-3330

The Wrigleyville pub's "Irish Eve" includes a three-hour open bar (9 PM-midnight) along with appetizers, balloon drop, and champagne toast for $45. The bar is open 11 AM-2 AM.

Fulton lounge

955 W. Fulton Market | 312-942-9500

This party includes a premium open bar, hors d'oeuvres, video countdown, DJ, and champagne toast for $95 and runs 9 PM-2 AM.

Funky Buddha Lounge

728 W. Grand | 312-666-1965

Two party packages are available. For the $115 "superpremium" package patrons get an open bar 8 PM-12:30 AM, a Moet champagne toast, and a 2007 Buddha VIP card. The $150 "VIP" package buys free drinks all night, the VIP card, and extra Funky Buddha swag (a hat and a mix CD). Both packages include Kaze sushi and a buffet from La Scarola along with DJ entertainment.

Future forward.07

Chicago Marriott Downtown | 540 N. Michigan | 800-882-4275

Tara Reid, star of American Pie, hosts this party produced by Purefuture and UR Chicago. DJs Jernell Geronimo, John Curley, and Sativa spin and the package includes a premium open bar, buffet, and a midnight toast. $120 general admission, $145 VIP (includes access to exclusive lounges and a VIP party with Reid), 9 PM-3 AM.

gamekeepers Tavern & Grill

1971 N. Lincoln | 773-549-0400

The Lincoln Park sports bar offers a $30 package, including an open bar (10 PM-1 AM), music by DJ Dizzzi, appetizers, and a champagne toast. The bar is open until 4 AM.

globe pub

1934 W. Irving Park | 773-871-3757 or www.theglobepub.com

The bar's $65 package includes a four-hour open bar (9 PM-1 AM) and champagne toast.

hard rock cafe

63 W. Ontario | 312-943-5572 or www.hardrock.com

The cafe offers an open bar (9 PM-2 AM), live music from Maggie Speaks, appetizers, and a breakfast buffet and champagne toast (both at midnight). $125, $100 in advance.

hairbangers ball

Hilton Hotel Chicago | 720 S. Michigan | 866-468-3401

This party pays tribute to the tight pants and big hair of 80s glam rock courtesy of DJs Flipside, Kalendr, and Nathan Scott. A four-hour premium open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet, video countdown, confetti storm, and champagne toast costs $150. For $475 patrons receive two party tickets and overnight accomodations. VIP reservations including private seating and a cocktail server cost $1,000.

hogs & honeys

1551 N. Sheffield | 312-397-1277

The bar features a "Four Food Groups Buffet" of hot wings, Cap'n Crunch, Slim Jims, and Twinkies as well as free bull rides, a champagne toast, and cocktail reception 9 PM-1 AM, all for $49.99.

Houndstooth Saloon

3438 N. Clark | 773-383-4178

The $65 package includes an open bar, buffet, and champagne toast.

Howl at the Moon

26 W. Hubbard | 312-863-7427

The "Howl Me" package is $85 and includes an open bar 9 PM-1 AM along with a champagne toast. For $500 guests receive dinner for two at 437 Rush and a room at the Amalfi Hotel. The venue is open until 2 AM.

Hyatt Regency Chicago

151 E. Wacker | 312-565-1234 or www.chicagonewyears.com

Party With Style hosts this black-tie-optional bash, which benefits the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in the hotel's Crystal Ballroom. Highlights include a silent auction, DJ, premium open bar (9 PM-1 AM), and appetizers.

I.O.

3541 N. Clark | 773-880-0199 or www.iochicago.net

The Wrigleyville improv powerhouse showcases some of its longtime favorites for New Year's Eve. Doors open at 9 PM for hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. At 10 PM performers from I.O.'s house team Bullet Lounge take the stage along with The Improvised Shakespeare Company and selections from I Live Next Door to Horses (see listings in Improv/Sketch Comedy). A dance party follows 11:30 PM-1 AM. The whole package is $100.

IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY

4626 N. Knox | 773-282-7035, ext. 10

The center's Fifth Province Lounge hosts its annual celebration with sandwiches, hors d'oeuvres, and a champagne toast for $25 advance and $30 after 12/30. Doors open at 7 PM.

Jake melnick's corner tap

41 E. Superior | 312-266-0400

The bar offers a party package including an open bar, champagne toast, midnight pastry buffet, appetizers, and DJ for $90, $80 in advance. The party runs 9 PM-3 AM.

Junior's Sports Lounge

724 W. Maxwell | 312-421-2277

$70 gets patrons an open bar 9 PM-2 AM, a buffet, and a champagne toast.

katacomb

1909 N. Lincoln | 312-731-7777

The club offers a seven-hour open bar (9 PM-4 AM) plus a champagne toast and DJs spinning hip-hop and contemporary for $85. "Smart attire" is requested.

kaz bar

333 N. Dearborn | 312-923-2453

The club celebrates its last New Year's before undergoing a face-lift, with live music from Toronzo Cannon and the Cannon Ball Express and drink specials. Cover is $25, $20 in advance, and the party runs 8 PM-2 AM.

kiss the sky

W Hotel Lakeshore | 644 N. Lake Shore Dr. | 312-421-7672, ext. 23

DJ Predator spins all night in Whiskey Sky and the Altitude Room, which offers a view of the Navy Pier fireworks. Tickets are $150, which includes a premium open bar 9 PM-2 AM, light hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment. "Creative black tie" requested.

leg room

7 W. Division | 312-337-2583

DJ Johnny Price hosts this bash. $60 includes a premium open bar (9-11 PM) with champagne toast; table reservations are available in advance. $20 general admission after 11. Open 7 PM-4 AM.

level

1045 N. Rush | 312-714-2626

The party runs 9 PM-1 AM and includes a premium open bar, DJ entertainment, and a champagne toast for $135.

lincoln station

2432 N. Lincoln | 773-472-8100

The party runs 9 PM-2 AM and includes an open bar, champagne toast, appetizer buffet, DJ, and dancing. $100, $75 in advance.

manhattan's

415 S. Dearborn | 312-957-0460

The South Loop bar offers a party 9:30 PM-2 AM including an open bar, food, DJ, and champagne toast for $60.

mark twain in person

Apple Tree Theatre | 1850 Green Bay, ste. 100 | Highland Park | 847-432-4335

Richard Henzel brings his long-running solo Twain show to Highland Park for two performances. The 6:30 PM show includes a preshow hors d'oeuvres buffet, the 9:30 PM performance a postshow dessert buffet. Tickets are $55.

McFadden's restaurant

and saloon

1206 N. State | 312-475-9450 | www.mcfaddenschicago.com

The $120 party package includes a "top-shelf" open bar (9 PM-2 AM), dinner buffet, and champagne toast. The bar stays open till 4 AM.

Merkle's bar & grill

3516 N. Clark | 773-244-1025

The $85 package includes an open bar 8 PM-2 AM, buffet, DJ, and champagne toast.

Midnight Kiss

W Hotel City Center | 172 W. Adams | 312-421-7672, ext. 42

This "creative black tie" party offers dancing, light hors d'oeuvres, and five hours of complimentary cocktails (9 PM-2 AM) as well as music from DJ Sheik and a burlesque performance and countdown from Miss Exotic World 2005, Michelle L'amour, along with her Sugarbabies, all for $135.

Minibar

3339-41 N. Halsted | 773-871-6227

The basic $25 advance package includes a cash bar, champagne toast, and DJ entertainment. The upgraded package includes an open bar 9 PM-midnight and appetizers and is $75 (increases to $100 before New Year's; call for pricing details). Open until 2 AM.

mix

2843 N. Halsted | 773-528-7569

The party runs 9 PM-2 AM and includes an open bar, appetizer buffet, champagne toast, and music from DJ Bliss for $90.

moonshine

1824 W. Division | 773-862-8686 or

The Prohibition-themed bar carries over its weekly "Bootlegged" event to New Year's. The party runs 8 PM-2 AM and includes a five-hour premium open bar, dinner buffet, and champagne toast, along with music by DJs Brian Gardner and Brenda D. for $100.

Motel bar

600 W. Chicago | 312-822-2900 or www.themotelbar.com

The bar eschews party packages this year and encourages patrons to "just hang out." Open 6 PM-2 AM, Motel is offering a variety of cocktail specials at $8 per drink , a DJ (10 PM-closing), and a complimentary champagne toast.

Murphy's bleachers

3655 N. Sheffield | 773-281-5356

Live bands Steampowered Aeroplane and Plaid Penmanship play and the party also includes all-you-can-drink beer, wine, and select cocktails, an appetizer buffet, and a champagne toast. $100, $75 12/26-12/30, $50 until 12/25.

MYSTIC BLUE NEW

YEAR'S EVE CRUISE

Navy Pier | 600 E. Grand | 877-299-7783 or www.mysticbluecruises.com

The folks on the Mystic Blue have again chosen a Brazilian carnival theme for their annual NYE cruise. The $175 ticket includes hors d'oeuvres, food stations, a premium open bar, DJs, party favors, a champagne toast, and, of course, a view of the harbor fireworks. Boarding starts at 8:30 PM; the ship cruises at 9:30 PM and docks at 12:30 AM.

mystic celt

3443 N. Southport | 773-529-8550 or www.mysticceltchicago.com

The $85 package includes an open bar, appetizer buffet, and champagne toast. The party runs 8 PM-1 AM.

narcisse

710 N. Clark | 312-787-2675

The party runs 9:30 PM-2 AM and offers an open bar, champagne toast, appetizers, and hip-hop and house music spun by DJ Greg Bauer for $120.

NAVY PIER Crystal gardens

600 E. Grand | 312-560-4422

Alife Group presents this party at the Pier, which includes cocktails, buffet, DJ Jumpin' James, and champagne at midnight along with a view of the fireworks. The event runs 9 PM-2 AM, and tickets are $125.

NAVY PIER Grand Ballroom

600 E. Grand | 773-248-4045

Allen Entertainment Management hosts this party, which includes a premium open bar, appetizers, champagne toast, DJ, balloon drop, and a view of the Navy Pier fireworks. The party runs 9 PM-2 AM, tickets are $150, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a charity selected by the host.

NAVY PIER NEW YEAR'S

EVE FIREWORKS

600 E. Grand | 312-595-7437

You can shell out big bucks to watch this display at a private party, but there's always the option of hiking down to Navy Pier to view it for free. The lights on the Ferris wheel will count down to midnight and the fireworks will be coordinated with those over Monroe Harbor to the south. F

NEIGHBOR'S EVE 2006

Multiple locations | 773-268-1356

This annual Hyde Park family-friendly party is now in its 11th year. The focus this year is on jazz, blues, and world music. The First Unitarian Church (5650 S. Woodlawn) is designated the "World Music Palace" and features klezmer and reggae musicians. The United Church of Hyde Park (1448 E. 53rd St.) is the "Jazz Palace," featuring the Marlene Rosenberg Trio and the Bethany Pickens Trio. The "Blues Palace" is hosted by Saint Ambrose Church, 1012 E. 47th St., and features Johnny Drummer and the Starlighters and the L.V. Banks Swingin' Blues Band. Storytellers, clowns, magicians, and face painters keep the kids entertained. A free trolley service provides transportation between the venues. Events run 5 PM-1 AM. $10 adults, $5 kids 12 and under.

NEo-futurists

Neo-Futurarium | 5153 N. Ashland | 773-275-5255 or www.neofuturists.org

Find out if too much light makes Baby New Year go blind when the troupe celebrates with a special performance of its long-running trademark hit. The usual pizza will be on hand, as well as hors d'oeuvres, nonalcoholic refreshments, and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 9:30 PM, the performance begins at 11, and in a break from their usual policy the company is requiring advance reservations.

NEW YEAR'S EVE

ROCK 'N' ROLL BALL

Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers | 301 E. N. Water | 312-559-1212 or www.ticketmaster.com

WKQX, WLUP, and Metromix/RedEye team up for this annual rock concert and party (formerly held at Navy Pier). This year's lineup includes Collective Soul, Marty Casey and the Lovehammers, and Too White Crew. The $85 admission includes an open bar 8 PM-midnight. The Tom-Tom Lounge, located on the river level,

also offers a DJ and dancing.

Hotel packages available.

Northside

1635 N. Damen | 773-384-3555

The party runs 9 PM-1:30 AM and includes DJs, an open bar, appetizer buffet, and a champagne toast for $95.

NYE Gala 2007

Millennium Park Plaza | 151 N. Michigan | Registration requested at

www.chicago-nye.com

A pasta buffet, full-service bars, DJs, and panoramic views of Millennium Park and the lake are on hand at this party, which runs 9 PM-1:30 AM.

At press time the price was $50,

but it will increase after midmonth. The promoters suggest checking online for the latest updates.

NYE Soiree 2007

The Tower Club | 20 N. Wacker | Registration requested at www.chicagonye.com

The Civic Opera House provides the perch for this event, styled "formal to black-tie optional." DJs Sandman and Funk perform in two rooms and the $150 package includes a premium open bar, champagne toast, appetizers, and a complimentary pre-New Year's Eve party on December 30 and postmidnight New Year's party, both at locations to be announced (call for details). The Soiree runs 9:30 PM-1:45 AM.

ODYSSEY NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS CRUISE

Navy Pier | 600 E. Grand | 888-741-0281 or www.odysseycruises.com

The Odyssey's three-hour aquatic extravaganza costs $235 and includes hors d'oeuvres, a three-course dinner, a premium open bar, dessert station, live entertainment and dancing, party favors, champagne toast, and, of course, a view of the midnight fireworks. The boat boards at 8:30 PM, leaves an hour later, and docks at 12:30 AM.

LE PASSAGE

937 N. Rush | 312-255-0022

This nightclub and restaurant offers an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, party favors, and bottomless champagne (8 PM-4 AM). A DJ spins all night. Admission is $125; for $200 per person parties of four or more will be guaranteed a table and a bottle of Veuve champagne.

people lounge

1560 N. Milwaukee | 773-793-0508

The party runs 9 PM-2 AM and offers two packages. For $85 guests enjoy a prix-fixe tapas menu, unlimited sangria, domestic beer, DJ entertainment, and a midnight toast. The upgraded $100 package includes all that plus unlimited wine by the glass and imported beers.

plush

1104 W. Madison | 312-491-9800

The West Loop club offers a premium open bar (9 PM-1 AM) along with a champagne toast, balloon drop, and DJ for $80. Table service is available for an additional $20 (includes a bottle of champagne) and the dinner menu will also be available. The party runs until 2 AM.

P.S. Chicago

1009-11 N. Rush | 312-355-3600

The longtime Rush Street nightclub offers a party that includes a six-hour premium open bar, a finger-food buffet, and a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. $125, $85 in advance.

REMEMBER THE TIMES

Congress Plaza Hotel | 520 S. Michigan | 312-656-7064

This party, sponsored by Two Fingers Entertainment and Executive Entertainment, features two ballrooms with DJs Ezoh, Anton, Hot, and Jermaine offering up hip-hop, reggae, R & B, and house. Ten cash bars, a balloon drop, raffles, a fashion show, an appetizer buffet, and a champagne toast round out the festivities, which run 6 PM-3 AM. $60 admission. Discounted room rates also available.

reserve

858 W. Lake | 312-455-1111

The swanky lounge offers a premium open bar (9 PM-1:30 AM) along with appetizers and champagne toast for $145.

rino

343 W. Erie | 312-587-3433

$85 gets you a premium open bar, appetizers, and DJ entertainment 9 PM-1 AM.

rock bottom Brewery

1 W. Grand | 312-755-1677

The brewery offers two floors of entertainment including live bands and karaoke in the main bar and a DJ dance party on the 2nd floor. The $85 package includes a full dinner buffet, champagne toast, and open bar 9 PM-2 AM.

rockit New Year's Eve Party

Rockit Bar and Grill | 22 W. Hubbard | 312-645-6000

From 8 PM-2 AM patrons enjoy a premium open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a DJ, and champagne toast, all for $125. Private table packages also available.

salud

1471 N. Milwaukee | 773-235-5577

A tequila connossieur's delight, this Wicker Park hot spot provides an open bar 9 PM-2 AM along with hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast for $90.

SECOND CITY &

SECOND CITY E.T.C.

1616 & 1608 N. Wells | 312-337-3992

Second City is offering two revues (War! Now in Its 4th Smash Year! on the main stage and Disposable Nation at the E.T.C.--see separate listings in Improv/Sketch Comedy) in two seatings at 7 and 10 PM. Admission is $50, which includes a champagne toast at the late show and postshow party.

sopo

3418 N. Southport | 773-348-0100

For $85 guests enjoy an open bar, buffet, DJ, and a champagne toast. Open 8 PM-1:30 AM.

sound-bar

226 W. Ontario | 312-787-4480

The River North club offers an open bar 8 PM-midnight, dinner buffet, and DJ entertainment for $75 general admission, $125 table reservations. Open until 5 AM.

SPIRIT OF CHICAGO NEW YEAR'S EVE CRUISE

Navy Pier | 600 E. Grand | 866-211-3804 or www.spiritcruises.com

The Spirit of Chicago cruise offers a traditional New Year's Eve gala with a dinner buffet, DJ, live entertainment, premium open bar, and champagne toast at midnight plus a view of the fireworks at Navy Pier for $175. The ship boards at 7:30 PM; it'll cruise 9 PM-12:30 AM.

Stone lotus

873 N. Orleans | 312-440-9680

The Asian-themed restaurant and club offers several packages. The $125 general admission covers a private premium cocktail reception 9 PM-1 AM and private champagne reception 9-10 PM as well as hors d'oeuvres. There are also several table packages available ranging from $175-$225 per person that include a tasting menu and various levels of bottle service. DJs spin all evening.

Swirl wine bar

111 W. Hubbard | 312-828-9000

Two party packages are available. The $95 package includes a premium open bar 9 PM-2 AM, wines, appetizers, late-night desserts, live jazz and DJs, and a champagne toast for $95. Those wishing to enjoy a four-course dinner (7-9 PM) in addition to the party will pay $144.

tangochicago dance centre

408 S. Michigan | 312-850-1078 or www.tangochicago.com

If your resolution is to learn some new dance steps the instructors here will be on hand 7-8 PM to teach the basics of Argentine tango. The lesson is followed by a candlelight buffet salmon supper and dancing 8 PM-1 AM. $75, $100 per couple.

The Tasting Room at randolph wine cellars

1415 W. Randolph | 312-942-1313

For $100 ($175 per couple) guests enjoy wine, cocktails, appetizers, and music 9 PM-1 AM.

10pin

330 N. State | 312-644-0300 or www.10pinchicago.com

In addition to 24 bowling lanes the lounge offers a balloon drop, prizes, an open bar (9 PM-1 AM), hors d'oeuvres, and a champagne toast plus music by DJ Speed, who will be mixing and scratching music videos all night for the lounge's 128-foot video wall. $150, $125 in advance, and $75 after midnight. Room packages at the House of Blues Hotel are also available.

tini martini ultra lounge

2169 N. Milwaukee | 773-269-2900

The party includes an open bar (9 PM-1 AM) and music by DJs Thomas Penton, JoeSeff, and PM Project (Palindrome and Misha) for $75. The lounge is open until 2 AM.

tin lizzie

2483 N. Clark | 773-447-3479

The "Kaiser party" runs 8 PM-2 AM and includes a premium open bar, finger-food buffet, DJ Chad playing requests, and champagne toast for $70.

trader todd's

3216 N. Sheffield | 773-348-3250

Guests are encouraged to "party like a rock star" (and dress like one) at this bash, which runs 8 PM-12:30 AM and includes an open bar, appetizers, shrimp and roast beef dinner, dessert, and champagne for $85.

transitions bookplace

1000 W. North | 312-645-8300

The Wright Institute and Transitions cohost this event, which includes "New Year's visioning," music, nonalcoholic beverages, food, and dancing 7 PM-12:30 AM. Tickets are $35 ($45 after 12/24), $5 children 6-12, children 5 and under free. The store also hosts "World Peace Meditation" at 9:15 AM on New Year's Eve.

union park

228 S. Racine | 312-243-9002

The $85 party package includes an open bar, buffet, DJ, and champagne toast. Open 8 PM-2 AM.

victor hotel

311 N. Sangamon | 312-733-6900

For $135, patrons get an open bar 9 PM-midnight, a champagne toast, and hors d'oeuvres. Table packages available.

victory liquors

2610 N. Halsted | 773-348-5600

The party includes a premium open bar 9 PM-1 AM, buffet, DJ, and a champagne toast. $100, $85 in advance.

vida

1248 W. George | 773-935-5700

The club offers an $80 package ($70 apiece for couples) that includes a premium open bar 9 PM-1 AM, buffet, champagne toast, chocolate fountain, and DJs. The club will be open until 2 AM.

WEBSTER's Wine Bar

1480 W. Webster | 773-868-0608

The party runs 8:30 PM-1:30 AM and includes an open bar and dinner buffet for $95.

Willowbrook ballroom

8900 S. Archer | Willow Springs | 708-839-1000 or www.willowbrookballroom.com

The legendary dance hall emphasizes formality for its annual New Year's party. Those looking for dinner and dancing can start with cocktails at 7 PM, dinner at 8 (including surf and turf), and dancing to the Teddy Lee Orchestra from 9 on (with champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight) for $100. For those wishing only to dance, admission is $45, $37.50 in advance.

WINTER WONDERFEST

Navy Pier | 600 E. Grand | 312-595-5225 or www.winterwonderfest.com

The annual family-oriented festival includes indoor ice- and in-line skating, a model train display, crafts and cookie decorating, train rides, a carousel, a giant slide, and climbing walls. It's open 10 AM-6:30 PM. Admission is free, but wristbands granting access to some activities are $14, $17 with skate rental.

zella

1983 N. Clybourn | 773-301-2626

This indoor-outdoor party (a heated tent with bar service is available) runs 9 PM-1:30 AM and includes a premium open bar, all-night buffet, DJ, and champagne toast for $100.

zentra nightclub

923 W. Weed | 312-787-0400

A masquerade ball offering "three rooms of sound and atmosphere," an open bar 9 PM-midnight, appetizers and hors d'oeuvres 9-11 PM, and a champagne toast, along with DJ entertainment, is available for $85. Table packages are also available.

zoo year's eve

Brookfield Zoo | First Ave. between the Stevenson and Eisenhower expwys. | Brookfield | 773-935-6100 or www.brookfieldzoo.org

The zoo's festivities include singing to the bears at 6 PM and a party with Radio Disney (7 PM) in the Discovery Center, which will include music, games, and prizes. $8, $4 children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and over, children under two free.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustrations/Matthew Corell.

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