EARLY START: Union Station's EVE of the EVE party is always the place to be for a couple thousand revelers. The optional black tie party raises funds for HighSight's scholarship program, which helps Chicago kids attend private schools. Tickets are $125 in advance and $140 day of and includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, live music and dancing.
GOT SOUL? The "We Love Soul" crew celebrates the day before NYE with a combination after work social, cocktail and dance party, with a few other elements to boot. Hit Darkroom for this festive party that includes soulful grooves from the DJs such as Sean Alvarez and Duane Powell. Get there early for gift bags, massage services and gourmet soul vegeterian cuisine. 7 p.m. - 1 a.m., 2210 W. Chicago Ave, $5. RSVP at email@example.com
LIVE MUSIC: Pop star Jason Derulo hits John Barleycorn Schaumburg tonight for a live performance that is sure to include hits such as "In My Head" and "Whatcha Say." 9 p.m., 1100 American Lane, Tickets $20
STILETTOS AND CUFFLINKS: Bring in NYE a day early with dinner, cocktails, desserts, gifts and a champagne toast at Three Peas Art Lounge in the South Loop. Enjoy "Perfect Potion" cocktails, secret gifts, red velvet cupcakes and chocolate-covered strawberries. It's never too early to start looking sexy with your stilettos and cuff links on. 9 p.m., 75 E 16th St, $50