While New York may have the ball dropping in Time Square, Chicago shouldn’t be counted out of the race when it comes to stellar New Year’s Eve parties. It seems that this upcoming New Year’s Eve will be even better than last year’s events. Whether you’re looking for a swanky soiree or a New Year’s pub crawl, there are a number of different events and venues to choose from. Ring the new year in with a bang by checking out some of the Chicago events that will make this New Year’s Eve a memorable one.
Chicago’s NYE Crawl ‘Til The Ball Falls Bar Crawl
Gamekeepers Tavern & Grill
345 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
For those looking for more variety in their New Year’s Eve this year, Barcrawls.com is holding a pub crawl event to bar hop into the new year. General admission registration tickets are $10, which includes admission to all of the venues participating in this event. Participants are encouraged to dress to the nines and be prepared for a whirlwind of fun. The full list of venue participants have yet to be announced but all registered ticket holders will be given a wristband, cup and bar crawl map.
New Year’s Eve Soiree 2014 at Hyatt Chicago Mag Mile
Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile
633 N. St. Clair St.
Chicago, IL 60611
General admission tickets to this event are $125 but offer an all-encompassing party package, including pre-party and post party. The pre-party event will be on December 30 at 9:30 p.m. at Sound Bar and the post party will be at Hard Rock Café that will keep the party going until 4 a.m. The actual New Year’s Eve Soiree event offers a four-hour top shelf-hosted cocktail reception including champagne, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, party favors and a photo shoot. With one ticket including three parties and three venues, this is a top pick for New Year’s Eve in the heart of Chicago.
Enclave NYE 2014
Enclave Night Club
220 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610
General admission tickets for this event are $79, there is a discounted price of $69 for groups of six or larger and there are a number of party package tickets for those looking for bottle service and VIP tables. There will be a 4.5-hour top shelf cocktail reception with chocolates and desserts for those looking for something sweet to ring in the new year. Party favors and noisemakers will be provided as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Enclave features a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system and a number of different lounge seating options to choose from.
The 2nd Annual Chicago Resolution Gala at Grand Ballroom
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
The Resolution Gala will be held from 8:15 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and allows guests the freedom of accessing the Grand Ballroom and the Lakeview Terrace. There will be a buffet, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. At midnight, guests of the Resolution Gala will have a segmented area to enjoy the perfect vantage point to view the Navy Pier Fireworks. General admission tickets are $95, couples package tickets are $185 and other package tickets are offered for VIP and all-access tickets.
Official Playboy New Year’s Eve Soiree
Hard Rock Hotel
230 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601
One of the hosts for this New Year’s party will be Playboy’s very own Playboy Playmate April 2012, Raquel Pomplun. General admission tickets are $150, which includes a four-hour top shelf cocktail reception, pasta buffet, hors d’oeuvres and a wide variety of desserts. Party favors, noisemakers and coat check are included in the ticket price. Guests will love the celebrity DJs, state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, confetti storm and live video mixing. Exclusive giveaways at this event include a chance to win everything from an exclusive table service giveaway to a trip to the Playboy mansion.
Sara Lugardo is a professional writer out of Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication and is currently working on her Master’s. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.