Say goodbye to 2013 in style by heading to a concert in Chicago on New Year’s Eve. With an assortment of acts playing on December 31, 2013, you will be sure to find a concert that suits your style. In addition, several of the concert venues are offering entire party packages, so you can be assured of a fun night out with your friends. Since many of the concert venues require you to be 21 or older, you may want to double check before purchasing tickets. You may also want to purchase the tickets well in advance to avoid the awkward “What do you mean you’re sold out?” scenario. To get started, check out the following concerts scheduled for Chicago on New Year’s Eve.
940 W. Weed St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Get ready to dance the night away with the New Year’s Eve package at Joe’s Bar, which includes a performance from Wedding Banned. The group plays hits from artists like Lady Gaga, Beastie Boys, John Mellencamp and Aerosmith, with more selections listed on its website. Joe’s Bar is located in Chicago’s Near North Side neighborhood and will offer everything you need for a great New Year’s Eve, including appetizers, a dinner buffet, breakfast buffet at midnight and a top-shelf open bar package from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. A champagne toast is also included in the package. Tickets will need to be purchased in advance, and are available through the bar’s website.
2424 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
If you’re planning to ring in the new year in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, then consider heading to Lincoln Hall for a concert by Pickwick. The Seattle-based band’s style is garage R&B, making it a perfect selection for listening to as you head into 2014. The concert kicks off at 10 p.m. on December 31, 2013, at Lincoln Hall and tickets are available via the venue’s website. The ticket price includes a champagne toast at midnight, and additional food and drinks are available for purchase.
Buddy Guy’s Legends
700 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
For a fun night out on New Year’s Eve, consider listening to blues music at Buddy Guy’s Legends. The set that night includes Eddie Taylor Jr. at 6 p.m., NuBlu Band at 9 p.m. and Mike Wheeler Band at 10:30 p.m. And what’s a night on the town without some food and beer? Buddy Guy’s Legends offers an extensive dinner menu that includes favorites like po’ boy sandwiches, chicken fried steak, gumbo and catfish, then cap off the meal with the big drunken chocolate cake or peanut buddy pie. For more information on cover charges and parking, check out the venue’s website.
House Of Blues Chicago
329 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Why not spend New Year’s Eve at a Jimmy Eat World concert at the House of Blues Chicago? The alternative pop/rock band, which was formed 20 years ago, is the headliner, with the Smoking Popes also scheduled to appear. House of Blues Chicago is located in the city’s Near North Side neighborhood, with plenty of restaurants nearby where you have dinner before the concert; you can also grab a bite to eat at the venue’s restaurant. The doors open at 9 p.m. and the concert starts at 10 p.m.
3730 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613
If you’re looking for a bit of blues and a bit of rock to listen to on New Year’s Eve, then consider grabbing tickets to see Black Joe Lewis at Metro. The concert also includes Windy City-based Outer Minds, and the doors open at 9 p.m. Located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, Metro is close to the Addison stop on the El’s red line and is accessible by public transportation. Alcohol is also available for purchase. For tickets, check out Metro’s website.
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