New Years Eve Guide 2011

Here's where you'll be ringing in 2012.

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Meredith Gregory
Join eight Playmates and singers Eva Simons and Baby Bash at the Playboy at Hilton Chicago event. Ring in the New Year with a four-hour premium open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet, midnight champagne toast, and a performance by rapper Chet Haze, son of Tom Hanks. Also, enjoy the VIP Playboy Lounge for exclusive gambling, an extra hour of the open bar and yes, more Playmates. Tickets start at $155. VIP Lounge $215.
KISS-FM and the Chicago Sun-Times are throwing a NYE Soiree at the Palmer House Hilton with a four-hour premium open bar and live casino gambling, hors d'oeuveres and desserts. General admission and VIP tickets are available along with special room rates. $155-$185
Meredith Gregory
The RedEye hosts the NYE Ballroom Blitz 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, featuring two party areas, premium open bar, buffet stations and live music from 7th Heaven and DJ Sye Young. Tickets start at $119 per person.
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RA Sushi rings in the New Year at its three Chicagoland locations (Chicago, Glenview and Lombard)with a live DJ and New Year’s themed food and drink specials.
Lumen nightclub rings in 2012 by bringing Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival to Chicago. The lounge morphs into a tropical paradise, complete with a live samba band and Latin-inspired music along with the latest hits. An all-inclusive $55 drink package from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. includes a buffet a champagne toast at midnight.
Cindy Barrymore
Lil Jon will be on the mix and the decks at the Rosemont Ballroom's NYE bash. The party features three rooms of entertainment, and VIP guests get a four-hour open bar. Organizers say up to 5,000 party-goers will be in the house. Tickets $49-$99
Ogre, the legendary character from "Revenge of the Nerds," will be getting the party started at Trader Todd's New Years Eve bash. The $85 ticket gets you an open bar and champagne at midnight.
Marcus Riley
Vertigo Sky Lounge celebrates New Year's Eve with a four-hour premium open bar packages that include champagne served all night long, live DJ entertainment, passed hors d’oeuvres, late night snacks and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets $105
The Shrine offers a number of NYE packages, ranging from $40 general admission, up to a $3,5000 VIP seating for 20 people. Music by DJ Broadway Streetz & DJ B-Man and party runs 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
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HUB 51 is hosting a black-tie affair that includes a premium open bar, hors d'ourves and dessert, music from DJ Konsept and MATT ROAN and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Tickets start at $125
Spice up your New Year with Carnivale. There's no cover to enjoy a cabaret performance complete with fan dancer, drag queen, contortionist, burlesque entertainers, stilt walker, magician and photo booth. Stay for the balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Enjoy dishes from the Caribbean, Cuba and Spain from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Meredith Gregory
No date, no problem at the Westin Hotel in Itasca, which is promoting its NYE bash as the world's largest. The Thunderbird Dances event is for singles only and last year attracted 1,000 revelers. The party runs 6 pm - 2 am., $20 for the dance and $55 if you want the buffet as well. Room rates are also available in case -- well, we'll leave that to your imagination.
Meredith Gregory
Say hello to the New Year at District Bar with a premium open bar, upscale menu, party favors, midnight shot toast a balloon drop and more. VIP options also available.
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Mac's American Pub is offering two budget-friendly events to ring in the New Year. Start with an a la carte food menu and cash bar featuring $5 blood orange champagne cocktails and then join DJ Blue J to dance the night away from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Or get the premium liquor package for $45. To purchase tickets contact
The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago features the Rock'n 2012 celebration. The party encompasses four rooms with full premium open bars. Enjoy passed hors d'oeurves and champagne. Los Angeles DJ Chris Masterson, Chicago's DJ Timbuck2 and Team Bayside High will be on the decks, along with a special performance by the Gold Coast All Stars (pictured). Packages start at $140. Pre-sale tickets can be found at
AKIRA and Chicago SCENE magazine are taking over the Drake Hotel this NYE with 45 open bars scattered around several ballrooms, several DJs spinning and a balloon drop and toast at midnight. Tickets $145-$195, $2,000 for a table.
Meredith Gregory
TheWit offers not one but two New Year's Eve parties. Guest can purchase tickets for ROOF NYE 2012 for an open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres and a midnight champagne toast while viewing Chicago from 27 stories up. Or head to the second floor for TheWit NYE 2012: A Hotel Rendezous. The party begins at 9 with an open bar, bites and midnight champagne toast. Parties are priced from $111-$160. Or for you big spenders, $30,000 gets you and seven of your friends an exclusive table, vintage Dom Perignon, chocolate desserts by Chef Toni Roberts, spa services and a two-night stay.
Meredith Gregory
The Hyatt Regency O'Hare presents live music from Modern Day Romeos, Jaktripper and DJ-Spin. Get access to the Red Bar and watch Tony Ocean live. Enjoy a midnight champagne toast, festive party favors, fantasy casino, fantasy poker, blackjacks and more. Tickets start at $75.
Meredith Gregory
Studio Paris offeres a premium open bar, passed hors d’oeurves from Paris Club and music from DJ Mr. Best. Tickets start at $155 for general admission.
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One of the biggest parties of the holiday season actually takes place a day before New Year's Eve. For the past 16 years, the Eve of the Eve bash takes over Union Station. The optional black tie party raises funds for Chicago kids to attend private schools. Tickets are $125 in advance and $140 day of.
Take the family to Navy Pier between 6-8 p.m. for a Winter WonderFest NYE bash in the Festival Hall. The all-ages showcase includes dance and live music, a confetti canon at and fireworks at 8:15 p.m. Free.
Bridge Bar offers are cheaper approach toward ringing in the New Year with no cover charge, $2 vodka cocktails, $2 Weller cocktails and $2 domestic beers.
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TZAR Ultra Lounge hosts its NYE bash from 10:00 pm until 3:00 am. Guests will be treated to champagne and caviar prepared table-side. General admission tickets are $60.
Wicker Park’s Moonshine Brewing Company takes on a new personality for NYE with a Roaring '20s party with a full premium bar until 1 a.m., a full dinner buffet, DJs, a champagne toast and themed party favors. Tickets are $85 in advance or $90 at the door.
The Boundary rings in 2012 with a premium open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, midnight champagne and a video DJ. $100
Nolen James
Ring in the New Year with house music all night long as the legendary Chosen Few & The Hot Mix 5 take over the decks at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom for the New Year’s Eve Old School Mayhem bash. Tickets run $45-$120.
Meredith Gregory
"Three Parties...One Roof...One Ticket" is the theme for the New Year's Bash at the InterContinental O'Hare. The first room features national touring bands like the Old 97s. The second room featuress cover bands and the third ballroom is for dance music. Additional bands include Hairbangers Ball, the Cathy Richardson Band and Imposter Radio. Packages starts at $75 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Onasis Odelmo
Board Room presents the NYE Playhouse. Four different VIP packages are available, whether you want to drink anything from Grey Goose Vodka to Armand de Brignac "Ace of Spades" Champagne for the big ballers. Prices range from $2,000 to $100,000 for VIP packages and include limo service. Premium drink packages start at $125 per person and $195 per couple.
Eugene Feygin
Enjoy a four-course dinner, sangria and other premium drinks at People Lounge. People offers a bar package, midnight champagne toast, party favors and DJ Spin from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. $100 for dinner and drinks package. $50 for cocktails package.
Enclave nightclub rolls out the red carpet for a Hollywood-inspired New Year’s Eve party themed Everyone’s Famous. One of the hottest nightspots for hosting celebrities turns you into a celeb for a night, complete with a paparazzi Step and Repeat. Champagne and and appetizer buffet will be available from 9 p.m.- 1:30 a.m. and guests will get a chance to win a trip for two to Hollywood. Tickets start at $95.
Be one with nature and head to the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. View the New Year's Eve fireworks from Botanical Gardens in the six story glass atrium. Indulge in cocktails, midnight champagne toasts, hors d'oeuvres and official afterparty for Crystal Gardens guests only.
Jeff Schear
The Fifty/50 is toasting the New Year with a six-hour food and drink package. Guests can enjoy a midnight champagne toast, party favors and DJ SHO. Food service starts at 9 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. Party begins at 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Marcus Riley
Grab your sea legs with Entertainment Cruises, with NYE packages available on any of their three ships December 30, 31 and New Year's Day. Enjoy fireworks on New Year's Eve on the water with plated dinners and champagne toast. Go back onboard News Year's Day for a Champagne dinner. Prices range from $49.90 to $219.90.
Meredith Gregory
Division Ale House offers a five-hour meal package of signature dishes on New Year's Eve that culminates with a midnight champagne toast, party favors and a balloon drop. DJs will be rocking the Ale House from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. The next day wake up late and come back in your Pajamas for Pajama Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy breakfast cocktails, Irish breakfast and free hangover shots for those in PJs.
Frontier is ringing in the New Year with a smoked whole animal buffet, champagne toast and four-hour premium open bar. Party starts 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $95 for the package.
Join Lottie's Pub for five-hour drink package from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Package includes premium drinks, pizza, appetizer buffet,champagne toast and party favors.
Marcus Riley
Looking for a New Year's Eve party for less? Much less? Head to Luxbar for its "no-package-deal." Enjoy drinks, party favors a champagne toast and White Label DJs Madrid, Sadie Woods in the LuxLounge. The kitchen will be open until 1 a.m. No cover.
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John Barleycorn of Schaumburg is hosting an all-you-can-eat buffet from 9 p.m. to midnight. Dance the night away with DJ Unique. Get party favors and a balloon drop at midnight. Prices start at $65.
Moe's Cantina in Wrigleyville is ringing in the New Year with a premium bar package featuring sangria, margaritas and an all-you-can-eat buffet. DJ Dirty Darren will be spinning and be sure to stick around for the midnight balloon drop. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Packages start at $100.
If you want to bring in 2012 with a little Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha-cha, Tango or Cumbia, the Legendary Fiesteros have rented out a spot at 2829 W. Armitage in Logan Square. It'll be two floors of party action, with an open bar from 9-midnight for $50 and a premium open bar until 4 a.m. for $70. Or you can just BYOB -- as long as you're willing to share. Email for ticket info.
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