What You Need to Do in Chicago This Weekend: December 29-31

This is where we'll be this weekend.

Friday:

New Year’s Eve Menu @ Catch 35: Starting today and through New Year’s Eve, this seafood emporium is debuting a special holiday menu including lobster bisque with sherry whipped cream, broiled red king crab with key lime and crème fraiche and beef shortrib and diver scallop, among other tempting dishes. Open 4-11 pm, 35 W. Wacker Dr.

Harlem Globetrotters @ Allstate Arena: See tricks and stunts on the court from the world-famous, quick-handed troupe. After the show, stick around for autograph and photo sessions. Tickets: $26+. 7 pm, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont.

The Magic Parlour @ Palmer House: Get a phenomenal magic show up close and personal with illusionist Dennis Watkins. Each show is performed for just 40 guests and is open to guests 12 and older. Cocktail attire is encouraged and your ticket price includes wine, beer and soft drinks. Through April. Tickets: $79. 7:30 and 9:30 pm, 17 E. Monroe St.

 

Saturday:

The Schweddy Ball @ Museum of Broadcast Communications: As home of the SNL Experience exhibit, it’s only natural the MBC hosts the first-annual Schweddy Ball based on one of the show’s best skits. “Guests are encouraged to follow suit like Alec Baldwin, Molly Shannon and Ana Gasteyer and wear their best ugly Christmas sweater or dress as their favorite SNL character.” Live band karaoke, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served, including the namesake balls. Tickets: $75. 8 pm, 360 N. State St.

Metalachi @ Reggies: “The World’s First and Only Heavy Metal Mariachi Band” takes the stage at Reggie’s for a memorable show. Hear originals and Black Sabbath hits done uniquely in the Mexican music tradition. Tickets: $20. 8 pm, 2105 S. State St.

Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest @ Navy Pier: Returning for its 17th year, this is Chicago’s biggest indoor winter playground with 170,000 square feet of rides, giant slides, the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating Rink and one last round of holiday décor. Through January 7. Tickets: $27 for adults, $12 for kids. 10 am-10 pm, 600 E. Grand Ave.

 

Sunday:

TILT New Year’s Eve Party @ 360 Chicago: If you’re looking for a new view for the New Year, head to 360 Chicago for a special celebration. The exclusive package includes general admission to the observation deck at the John Hancock Center, along with unlimited rides on the TILT attraction, entertainment from DJs, party favors and two glasses of sparkling wine (not to mention a great view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks from Navy Pier). There will be light bites and a full cash bar. Must be 21 or over. $70 package price. Begins at 9 pm, last admission is at 12 am, 875 N. Michigan Ave.

Times Square NYE Party @ Kohl Children’s Museum: The museum has big things planned for the little ones with this daytime party. Two “midnight” celebrations will take place at 8:30 am and 12:30 p.m. with giant confetti drops as well as other festive activities, such as party hat making and free family photos. Entertainment will be provided by the house band, The Dreamtree Shakers, and DJs; the whole museum will also be open to ticketed guests. Tickets: $23 for members, $33 for non-members. Two sessions will be 8:30-11:00 am and 12:30-3 pm, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview.

Voyager @ Ravenswood Event Center: For a really out-there party, head to Ravenswood Event Center for a collaborative art party that imagines what it would look like if the NASA Voyager spacecraft crash landed on a far away planet. Think, a Dune-inspired desert with plenty of mirages that will make you rub your eyes to see if it’s even real. Music, performance art and exhibits will all be part of the massive three-level industrial loft space with more than 20 artisans involved. Tickets: $100-150 (including all-inclusive drink package). 8 pm-2 am, 4021 N. Ravenswood Ave.

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