10 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Chicago

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1. Shine

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Bid adieu to ‘22 with a lakefront party. New Year on the Pier, held in Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom, features live music, DJs, gourmet apps and drinks, and, of course, champagne. Seeking skyline views — without the chill. Check out Offshore Rooftop’s Glitz & Glam New Year’s Eve Soiree, where you’ll get great views of the midnight fireworks show.

Details for lakefront fireworks: 11:59 p.m. Saturday at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Free / MAP

Details for New Year on the Pier: 8 p.m. Saturday at Navy Pier, Aon Grand Ballroom, 840 E. Grand Ave. $139 and up / MAP

Details for Offshore Rooftop’s Glitz & Glam New Year’s Eve Soiree: 9 p.m. Saturday at Offshore Rooftop, 1000 E. Grand Ave. $149-$225 / MAP

2. Celebrate early

More of an early bird than night owl? You can still celebrate NYE without giving up those coveted Z’s at European Midnight for Kids and Adults Who Don’t Want to Stay Up Late. Ring in the new year in Paris (5 p.m.) as well as London and Berlin (6 p.m.)

Details: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday at Redline VR, 4702 N. Ravenswood Ave. Free, RSVP encouraged / MAP

3. Swing

Get your golf game on at New Year’s Eve at Puttery Chicago, where festive attire is strongly encouraged. A live DJ spins all night.

Details: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday at Puttery Chicago, 932 W. Randolph St. $55 / MAP

4. Rewind

Don your favorite medieval fantasy garb and ring in the new year just like folks did in the Middle Ages at “Feast of Fools: A Renaissance Faire New Years Eve Celebration.” Enjoy Renaissance Faire-style entertainment, food and drink, and a midnight maypole celebration.

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday at Otherworld Theatre Performance Venue and Bar, 3914 N. Clark St. $70-$90 / MAP

5. Cut a rug

Dance the night away at Dance Center Chicago’s New Year’s Eve Dance Party. With three rooms — each dedicated to a different style of dance: salsa/bachata, zouk and fusion — you’ll be able to groove all night. No need to worry about your two left feet — an open bar will be flowing with beer, white and rose wine, and cocktails.

Details: 10 p.m. Saturday at Dance Center Chicago, 3868 N. Lincoln Ave. 2nd floor. $35-$70 / MAP

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6. Indulge

Enjoy a four-course meal while watching a variety show at Alhambra Palace’s New Year’s Eve Celebration. Entertainment includes belly dancing, aerialists and singers.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at Alhambra Palace, 1240 W. Randolph St. $125-$175 / MAP

7. Pour

Raise a glass to the new year at Brew Year’s Eve 2023, where you can pour your own from 40 different taps from four breweries all night long. A live DJ, BBQ buffet and specialty shots curated by the brewers are also on tap.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at District Brew Yards, 417 N. Ashland Ave. $99-$150 / MAP

8. Challenge

End 2022 with a friendly game of ping pong with auld (and new) acquaintances at Chicago Social NYE Party 2023 at AceBounce. Top the night off with a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday at AceBounce, 230 N. Clark St. $115 and up / MAP

9. Set sail

Cruise into 2023 aboard the Anita Dee II. The luxury three-story yacht will set sail three times on New Year’s Eve, including a family-friendly afternoon launch and an evening fireworks cruise.

Details: Cruises available 1-3:30 p.m., 5-7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday at Burnham Harbor, 1559 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive. $20-$250 / MAP

10. Giggle

Ring in 2023 with lots of laughs at the New Year’s Eve Comedy Bash featuring performances by Blake Burkhart, Kellye Howard, Calvin Evans, Skyler Higley and more. Top off the night with a complimentary champagne toast.

Details: Shows at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Laugh Factory Chicago, 3175 N. Broadway, $55 / MAP

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Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before you head out the door. Want to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future roundup? Send us an email.

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