Plan Your NYE Now

I received this e-mail the other week from an LGS reader:

Can you give us your thoughts on a good New Year’s Eve party this year? We are all single, professional women, different ethnicities, and in our 30s. All suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

That’s a question I’m plagued by every year—along with just about everyone I know. “I’ve never had an amazing New Year’s Eve here,” one friend said to me recently. “How sad is that?"…

I received this e-mail the other week from an LGS reader:

Can you give us your thoughts on a good New Year’s Eve party this year? We are all single, professional women, different ethnicities, and in our 30s. All suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

That’s a question I’m plagued by every year—along with just about everyone I know. “I’ve never had an amazing New Year’s Eve here,” one friend said to me recently. “How sad is that?”

It’s probably because we put so much emphasis on the occasion, making it the year’s most anticipated night out—and, subsequently, the most overrated. Some might say it’s the ultimate amateur night. Which is why a couple of years ago my friends and I tried a different approach. Instead of paying too much to attend a party where getting a drink is as difficult as getting into the packed restrooms, we went to the Eve of the Eve party at Union Station, which takes place the night before NYE; this year it’s a Sunday. Tickets ($125) are already on sale for the party, which usually brings out a diverse group of 2,000-plus single, professional people—much like my dear reader and her girlfriends—who appreciate the benefits of an open bar, food, and live music on a night when cabs are plentiful.

Or, if you’re like my 26-year-old friend Carrie, you’ll save your energy for the day after. “In 2005 we partied at a friend’s house, and a ton of us slept there,” she recounts. “The next day, the place was a mess, so we all decided to go to brunch to cure our hangovers instead of cleaning. Next thing you know, we are at Kelly’s Pub for 12 hours, drinking and dancing, then ended up at the Hangge Uppe until 4 a.m. Needless to say, New Year’s Day beat New Year’s Eve!”

If you’re still hell-bent on going out on December 31st, it’s not too early to start planning. Clubs, promoters, and event planners are already sending out party invites, and the earlier you buy your tickets, the lower the price usually is. Unless you’re traveling somewhere warm—which is always a better option; South Beach 2004 was probably the best NYE I’ve had—figure out who’s in your group, what kind of a night you want to have (low-key or upscale), and commit to buying your tickets now. But keep in mind: Most parties aren’t refundable should you change your mind (or meet The Man of Your Dreams—i.e., potential NYE date) beforehand. Below are a few preliminary suggestions. Feel free to post other events you’ve heard about in the comments section and keep checking back for updates.

Avenue M: NYE options include regular dining hours and a cash bar downstairs; upstairs, an exclusive lounge event includes hors d’oeuvres, an all-you-can-drink package from 8 p.m. until close, and a Champagne toast at midnight for $75.

Plan B: Goodies include a premium open bar from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., light passed apps, a Champagne toast at midnight, and party favors. Bonus: coat check! Tickets are $120 and go on sale next week. For reservations, e-mail ticket@planb-chicago.com or call Kerby at 773-252-2680.

Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier: Alife Group hosts this NYE bash featuring a premium open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., a buffet by Stefani’s, a Champagne toast at midnight, a private terrace for watching the fireworks, an NYE countdown on the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, party favors, and wristbands for the afterparty (location TBD). Coat check is available. DJ Jumpin’ James spins. The best part: 25 additional restrooms this year. As of now, tickets are $110 but the price will go up. Word is more than 300 tickets have already been sold; attendance is usually about 1,500. Get tickets here.

Moe’s Cantina: Chicago Sport and Social Club brings the flair of Hollywood to Wrigleyville. A professional photographer will shoot you and your friends on the red carpet; other goodies include a live DJ, a select premium open bar from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., an appetizer buffet, and a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Early tickets are $125. Private booth reservations with bottle service are available; call 312-335-9596 ext. 508 for pricing and more information.

Rockit Bar and Grill: Festivities include an open bar—excluding shots but including select premium liquors, house Champagne, and house wine—from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Note: All drinks will be poured in plasticware; bottles (wine and Champagne) will be available for an additional fee. Eats include passed apps and a buffet from 8 to 10 p.m.; a limited menu (burgers, sandwiches) will be available at an additional cost. Other amenities include DJ-spun beats, and a Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Tickets are $125 a person via tickets.com. Table packages are also available; contact cary@rockitbarandgrill.com.

Swirl Wine Bar: A couple of options here. The “wine dinner package” includes four courses paired with sparkling, white, red, and dessert wines. First seating is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; second seating is 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets for either are $99 a person. The “hors d’oeuvres and cocktail package” includes live jazz, a DJ, passed apps, passed wines (two sparkling, two red, and two white), a premium open bar, party favors, and a Champagne toast and dessert station at midnight. Tickets are $95 a person. The “VIP package” combines the two for $150 a person, though the open bar will not be available during dinner.

The Underground: Purchase the whole-shebang package (205 “general admission” tickets are available at $125; 95 VIP tickets, including table seating and a bottle of Champagne, are available at $250), and you’ll get a premium open bar from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., passed apps from 8 to 10 p.m., and a dessert buffet from 10 to 11 p.m. If you plan on showing up late, cover charge from midnight to 1 a.m. is $40 with one hour of open bar; cover charge from 1 a.m. to close is $30 with no open bar. Get tickets at tickets.com or make VIP reservations by contacting bo@rockitranch.com.



7 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

In order to make reservations for SWIRL WINE BAR please contact:
312 828-9000 or email at NYE@SwirlWineBarchicago.com

7 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

rednofive NYE 2008
The Gold Party
Sponsored by Moët & Chandon

rednofive will be resplendent in sparkling gold for the most spectacular New Years Eve celebration in Chicago!

8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.: hosted bar featuring premium cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and sweets table (with desserts and pastries decorated with 24 karat gold leaf). Champagne toast at midnight with personal bottle of Moët & Chandon White Star.

Each guest will receive a gift bag with a $50 Opera Gift Certificate, $25 Another Level Gift Certificate, Guitar Chicago Gift Certificate & more!

A small block of pre-sale Golden Tickets are available now for just $50 a piece (for a limited time)! Make your plans early before demand raises prices.

Rednofive located at 440 N. Halsted Street. Please call 312-733-6699 for more information or to purchase a ticket.

7 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

Martini Park is doing a 9pm-12midnight open bar and heavy passed appetizers. Party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Cash bar after.

It’s $125 general admission. $175 per person for table seating.

The band playing that night is an amazing cover band called BBI.

For tickets, please call 312.640.0577 or stop by Martini Park at 151 W Erie. www.martinipark.com

7 years ago
Posted by Anonymous


New Years Eve Taken to the Next Level

Chicago, (November 30, 2007) Five, four, three, two. . .ONE rockin’ New Year’s Eve hot spot, will be saying good-bye to 2007 and ringing in 2008 in luxury and high style. Tony Macey and Ryan Brooks of Dynamic Productions host a memorable night on New Year’s Eve. Get the party started at the modernized, sexy and striking Hotel Sax in the Crimson Lounge and adjoining ballrooms located at 333 N. Dearborn St.

Make an early New Year’s resolution to take part in the global tradition at the hottest party in town. The one and only – the Hotel Sax presents the premiere upscale hotel bar in Chicago, the Victorian inspired Crimson Lounge. The lounge’s small and intimate setting sets the mood for an exclusive group to enjoy the classy black tie affair. The four star hotel’s stylish, free flowing adjoining ballrooms add a touch

7 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

elegance to the venue.

Indulge your senses with delectable hors d’oeuvres and a premium open bar for the entirety of the evening. Experience an unforgettable event full of surprises from a balloon drop at midnight to live musical entertainment and a special guest DJ.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend the one-of-a-kind party at Hotel Sax, a maximum number of 500 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available starting at a mere $125. Lavish hotel / ticket packages can be purchased starting at $479 for double room occupancy. Private VIP tables are available with a reservation. Please RSVP for ticket sales and table reservations at (312) 923-2453 or visit www.tickets321.com.

For more information on Dynamic Productions New Year’s Eve at the Hotel Sax in the Crimson Lounge and adjoining ballrooms, please contact Ryan Brooks at (312) 965-5777. For more information on Dynamic Productions, please visit www.dynamicproductionschicago.com. Discover the Crimson Lounge by visiting www.crimsonchicago.com.

7 years ago
Posted by Gino B

Debonair Entertainment presents THE PARTY OF THE YEAR!

:: New Year's Eve 2008 @ Reserve ::

- 9pm-2am TOP SHELF OPEN BAR !
- 3 Course Hors d'Oeuvres
- Party Favors, Confetti Countdown, and Balloon Drop!
- Champagne Toast at midnight !
- VIP Booth seating available
- Hotel Suite accomadations by Hotel 71!!
- Discounted Limo transport all night long!!!

***Live TV Cameras will be on site filming the premier episode of Debonair's upcoming primetime reality show.

Featuring the best Dj line up in the city hitting 2 floors of music!

* B96 Mixmaster DJ SPEED
* B96 Mixmaster DJ Louie Loop
* Dj Tony Arzadon
* Dj Patrick Neil
* Dj MUI
* Deftunez

... with special host B96's Dougie Stylz !!!

Price: $100 per ticket
$125 after Christmas
For ticket sales and RSVP info please visit debonairentertainment.com or call 773.433.0439. Cash and all major credit cards accepted.

7 years ago
Posted by Gino B

NOTICE: A television program is being filmed at this event. By attending you consent to your likeness, voice and sounds being used in the program in any and all media in perpetuity without compensation to you.

7 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”


Several great Clubs catering to your New Year’s Eve desires.

RUBY ~ An homage to turn-of-the century Parisian nightclubs such as the Moulin Rouge. Ruby evokes the beauty of one of history’s most illicit eras. (Ohio & LaSalle) $125 per person

BUZZ ~ Located in the heart of the greatest city in the world. Buzz is a contemporary loft styled lounge that is elegant yet comfortable. It is Ideal for both the sophisticated and the casual Chicagoan. (308 W. Erie) $100 per person

LIBERTINE ~ Draws inspiration from the famously permissive philosophy of its European namesake, Libertine is a Bi-level space housing both a traditional pub and an intimate second floor enclave. (North & Clybourn) SOLD OUT

·Top shelf open bar
·Buffet stations, hors d’oeuvres, and late night snack
·Champagne toast at Midnight
·Party favors & noisemakers
·Ensemble DJ cast

Phone: 312-735-3250
Email to: Chairman568@yahoo.com

Oscar Levant ~
Happiness is not something you experience, it's something you remember

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