It's time to bid adieu to 2019 and look forward to a fresh start (and a new decade) in 2020 with these local gatherings that really put the happy in Happy New Year!
Navy Pier is the site of two spectacular NYE parties. In addition to a dazzling spectacle of fireworks at midnight, the venue’s Aon Grand Ballroom and Lakeview Terrace play host to the Chicago Resolution Gala, a one-of-a-kind party that offers 30 open bars, buffet stations and ample dance floors (plus a prime viewing spot for the show in the sky), 8:15 pm to 2 am. Tickets start at $99. The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier may be one of the prettiest New Year’s Eve venues in the city, set inside a one-acre botanical garden housed within a six-story glass atrium. General Admission tickets include premium top shelf drinks at 20 premium liquor bars and a food station from Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants from 9 pm to 1:30 am. For entertainment, there’s music from a DJ as well a premier view of Navy Pier’s midnight fireworks show. Tickets: $99 per person or VIP starting at $149. 700 E. Grand Ave.
Prohibition New Year's Eve
It’s the Roaring ‘20s all over again at Morgan Manufacturing. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best vintage pieces for this speakeasy-style event, and enjoy a large buffet and five-hour premium cocktail reception plus music and dancing. Tickets start at $109. 401 N. Morgan St.
NYE on the Lake
Chicago Sport & Social Club hosts this year-end bash at the Theater On The Lake in Lincoln Park. In true dramatic fashion, aerialists and unique photo backdrops are planned as are DJs and typical party fare including a five-hour premium drink package and apps. Tickets start at $85. 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Brew Year's Eve
Artifact Events (part of Architectural Artifacts in Ravenswood) hosts a night of craft beers in swanky digs. More than 10 Chicago breweries and 25 craft beer varieties will be on hand as you work your way around the multiple floors of this loft that features an incredible array of salvaged works. Live music, passed apps and plenty of photo ops will also be in store. Tickets $149. 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Eataly Chicago: Mezzanotte
On December 31, from 9 pm to 1 am, enjoy food from all of the Italian emporium’s restaurants. There will be an unlimited menu of fresh pasta, risotto, pizza, arancini and wine, cocktails and other drinks served at several bars. For dessert, look forward to plenty of panettone and pandoro, plus pans of tiramisu. A live band and toast at midnight will help ring in 2020. Tickets: $150. 43 E. Ohio St.
The spy-themed bar and restaurant hosts a James Bond-themed gala starting at 10 pm with a live DJ, food buffet and hosted bar, plus a sparkling wine toast and a magician presenting plenty of tricks. Dress up for the costume contest: $100 for the best-dressed couple and $50 for the best-dressed Bond and Bond Girl. Pre-sale tickets: $75 in advance; $85 at the door. 60 E. Ontario St.
TAO Chicago hosts a New Year’s Eve party as glamorous as the celebrities it attracts. The nightclub hosts a four-hour premium cocktail reception from 9 pm to 1 am along with passed hors d’oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast and a lineup of top DJs. Tickets start at $200/person. At the attached restaurant, serving award-winning Pan-Asian specialties, opt for the third seating at 8:30 pm, which will include a platter of the best dishes on the menu including Tuna Pringles and Seared Salmon Sashimi. Additional early seatings begin at 4 pm. Tickets: $200 per person. 632 N. Dearborn St.
Headquarters Bar Arcade
The bar arcade has plenty of vintage Ataris, pinball machines and other game consoles. Entry includes game time plus five drink tickets, chef-driven buffet (from 9-10:30 pm), a champagne toast, party favors and more. This year the party includes a masquerade, and offers prizes for the bests masks. The party goes from 8 pm to 2 am. Tickets start at $60. 213 W. Institute Pl.
Zoo Year's Eve
Lincoln Park Zoo hosts this event from 9 pm to 1 am that features glittering lights, a cash bar with beer, wine and champagne, games, prizes, a DJ and special animal enrichment. While several of the zoo's buildings will be closed, there will still be opportunities to see some of the zoo's inhabitants. Super early bird ticket $10; early bird ticket $20. Must be 21 or older. 2200 N. Cannon Dr.
And one more for New Year's Day ...
Jake Melnick's Hangover Pajama Brunch
After a late night of partying you’re bound to be hungry. Simply roll out of bed and head to Jake Melnick’s starting at 11 am for build-your-own bloody Mary skewers; a buffet including deep-fried French toast, biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, sausage links and more; plus games including giant Jenga. The brunch buffet is $10 per person and bloody Mary's are an additional $7 each. 41 E. Superior St.
All times and prices in this story are subject to change. Whenever possible, purchase advance tickets.