New Year's Eve will be here before you know it, so now's the time to start thinking about your party options -- before everything sells out and you're stuck foraging for singles to fill the jukebox at your neighborhood dive.
If you're the type that likes to roll with a sizeable entourage, it may be in your best interests to rent out an entire bar for your NYE festivities. And no, you don't have an NBA player's salary to do it.
Here's four spots that are offering their space from 9:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. on New Year's Eve, and include hors d'oeuvres, a buffet, call liquor, domestic and imported beers, red and white wine, shots and a champagne toast at midnight (upgrade to a premium bar for $5 extra per person).
And the best part of all? The fabulous host gets in free.
- The Smoke Daddy (1804 West Division) is offering a package for $70 per person for 51 guests or more to take over the entire restaurant (two hosts receive free entry). The price is $75 per person for 50 guests or less with a 30 person minimum for a semi-private event (one host gets free entry). Live music will be provided for an additional $5 per guest. (773) 772-6656
- Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar (3358 N. Paulina) willl cost you $70 per person for 61 guests or more to take over the full restaurant. The price goes up to $75 per person for 60 guests or less with a 30 person minimum and half of the restaurant to yourself. (773) 248-5222
- Take over Dunlays on the Square (3137 West Logan) for $70 per person for 61 guests or more. It's $75 per person for 60 guests or less with a 30 person minimum and half of the restaurant to yourself. (773) 227-2400
- For a more intimate setting, hit up the The Private Tasting Room at D.O.C. Wine Bar Lombard (326 Yorktown Center). It's $70 per person for 36 guests or more and $75 per person for 35 guests or less with a 20-person minimum. Two hosts receive free entry with 36 or more guests. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.