Ring in the New Year with some of the best parties in town! All of these festivities are well priced for what you get: free-flowing drinks and music all night long. A lot of people will be in attendance at all of them, and tickets will sell out in advance, so be sure to get your ticket soon!

(Photo Credit: thedrakehotel.com)

(Photo Credit: thedrakehotel.com)

The Drake
140 E. Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-2200

For one of the biggest parties of the New Year — more than 2,500 people spread across four ballrooms — head on over to the Drake hotel. This will be the party’s 15th year, and it’ll be bigger and better than ever before with more than four DJs throwing down some beats, appetizers galore and 45 bars serving top shelf drinks. General admission tickets are $145 and VIP tickets — which include access to the VIP Akira ballroom — start at $165.

Estate Ultra Bar
1177 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 582-4777

Party with views of the Chicago River waterfront at this chic New Year’s Eve bash. The party starts at 9 p.m. and tickets include a four-hour hosted bar, where you can grab everything from “skinny” cocktails to craft brews. You can also dance your way through the bar’s 8,000 square feet of space, through rooms named everything from the Living Room to the Trophy Room; each room even has its own theme or vibe. General admission tickets are $59, while VIP tickets start at $99.

2200 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 750-8090

For a New Year’s Eve party with plenty of dancing , head to this Lincoln Park night club for a festive party. It’s so festive, in fact, that Dolphin will provide all guests with party favors as well as a champagne toast for when the ball drops at midnight. The DJ will keep things rocking with plenty of Top 40 hits. The party even has a reasonable price tag: $49 for general admission and $69 (and up) for VIP tickets.

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The Crystal Gardens
Navy Pier
700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 560-4422

The Crystal Gardens party has it all: music from DJ Kane and DJ J-Rose, 20 liquor bars, complimentary party favors and, one of the biggest draws, an awesome view of the Navy Pier fireworks. Food will also be provided by Stefani, and while every ticket includes 10 drink tickets, any extra drinks are only $1 and go towards Stefani’s Children’s Charity. The hosted ticket reception starts at 9 p.m. — when you stroll down the red carpet for a photo — and goes until 2 a.m.

Linkin House
2142 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-1111

The doors open at 8 p.m. at this big bash spread across the bar’s three levels. No matter which level you choose to party on, you’ll have your choice of passed appetizers and complimentary party favors. You can also choose from an array of drinks during a four-hour hosted bar. And then when midnight rolls around, watch the ball drop on the 25 TV screens, and throw back a champagne toast. All night long, DJs will also be playing some of the hottest beats to help you dance the night away.

Best 2014 New Year’s Eve Parties in Chicago

Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s writing about a variety of topics for numerous websites and blogs, and working part-time at a culinary vacation company based in the Windy City. Some of her work can be found at Examiner.com.