New Year’s Eve: Things to Do in Chicago

Things to do in Chicago this New Year's Eve.

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Are you preparing to ring in the New Year in the Windy City? Here are some fun events to help you end your year with a bang.
Bowl in the New Year at Lucky Strike! Tickets include a 4.5 hour premium bar package, pasta dinner buffet, variety of hors d'oeuvres and desserts, open bowling and billiards, champagne toast at midnight and admission to an after-party at Hard Rock Hotel. For more information, visit Lucky Strike
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Rock in the "Zoo Year 2015" with your friends at Brookfield Zoo! Brookfield Zoo's Holly Jolly Theater will host live DJ music, games, party favors, prizes and an early countdown at 8:00 p.m. At the Hamill Family Play Zoo, families can make your own noisemakers and enjoy an early kid-friendly countdown at 8:00 p.m. This event is free with paid zoo admission.
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Brew Year's Eve is a craft beer lovers dream taking place at Chicago's historic Salvage One building. For more information, visit
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Fireworks at Navy Pier. One of the biggest parties of the year is Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens. Tickets start at $115 and include Stefani signature food stations, premium reception from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m., more than 20 premium liquor bars, a red carpet entrance and private terrace to watch the famous fireworks.nFor more information, visit Navy Pier
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The Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park. In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City’s skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other, according to Chicago Park District's website. Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, rent skates and scale the climbing wall.nSkate rentals are $12.nFor more information, visit Chicago Park District
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Moonlight Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan End 2014 and welcome 2015 with a DJ, dinner, a premium bar package, champagne toast and fireworks aboard a moonlit dinner cruise from Navy Pier. Choose from Entertainment Cruises' Odyssey and Spirit of Chicago boats. To see cruise options, times and prices visit Navy Pier
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Wine Tasting at Webster's Wine Bar. Webster's Wine Bar in Logan Square has curated a selection of wonderful wines, beers and spirits all night at our open bar, along with a house-made sparkling punch. Drinks will be accompanied by catered food from Reno.nFor more information, visit Webster's Wine Bar
Broadway in Chicago. Take in one of Chicago's best Broadway shows at one of 5 Chicagoland theatres. Tickets are still available for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day for Cinderella, Dee Snider's Rock & Roll Christmas Tale, Newsies, and more.nVisit Broadway In Chicago for ticketing information.
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Ring in 2015 with Legoland Discovery Center's Bricktacular Balloon Drops on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day at 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Guests can also enjoy the Center’s nine attractions, including their jungle expedition, kingdom quest laser ride, LEGO 4D cinema and more. For more information, visit Legoland Discovery Center
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Laugh your way into the New Year at a comedy show.
4 p.m. & 6 p.m. New Year's Family Show at The Comedy Shrine in Aurora
n5 p.m. & 7 p.m. ComedySportz at The ComedySportz Theatre
n8 p.m. Damon Williams at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana
n8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. Sasheer Zamata at Zanies in Rosemont
n8 p.m. The Improvised Shakespeare Company at iO Theatre
n8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. Tone Bell at Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago
n10:30 p.m. Jordan Klepper at Pheasant Run in St. Charles
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Andrew W.K. at Thalia Hall. With hits like “Party Hard,” “It’s Time To Party,” “Party Party Party,” “The Party God” and “Big Party,” it’s clear that Andrew W.K. will know how to ring in the New Year.n9:30 PM CST (Doors Open at 8:30 PM )nTickets start at $40. For more information, visit Thalia Hall
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Have a super-powered New Year's Eve at DuPage Children's Museum's Bubble Bash. Families can explore the science of superheroes, fight off villains with glow-in-the-dark cuffs, wrist radios, and other crime-fighting devices, design your own cape, make superhero wands and learn martial arts. For more information, visit DuPage Children's Museum
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Casino Party at Henry's Swing Club. Henry's Swing Club in River North invites you to pick your poison; Blackjack? Craps? Poker? Roulette? All of the above? They'll have them all plus a photo booth. Party starts at 9pm. Tickets are $100 per person and include unlimited sliders, crispy things, chocolate fondue, draft beer, bottled beer & house cocktails. Expect all the classic casino games plus prizes that include DMK Restaurants gear, a cocktail party for 10 at Henry's Swing Club, and DMK Restaurants gift cards. For more information, visit Henry's Swing Club
Headquarters Beercade in Lakeview will host an OK GO DJ set for New Year's Eve. Tickets here.
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Neon Trees performing at Headquarters Beercade in River North. Headquarters Beercade in River North will ring in the New Year with a DJ set from rock all-stars Neon Trees. Tickets here.
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