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New Year’s Eve in Chicago, cont.

by User ImageMatt B on December 27th, 2007

' Alinea: Chef Grant Achataz is the frontrunner of progressive cuisine. The word 'unique' doesn't even begin to describe his dishes' many of which don't even come on a dish! He'll be presenting his cuisine at two seatings. The first seating offers a ten-course meal; the second offers 15 courses and a champagne toast. Wine pairings are also available. Reservations required. Jackets recommended, jeans not allowed. (5 p.m. ' 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. ' 9:30 p.m., $175-$250) (map) (link)

tequila' Salud Tequila Lounge: This popular spot has about 85 different tequilas to choose from, available straight or in a margarita. They'll be ringing in the new year with a top shelf open bar, champagne, party favors, and a buffet. Reservations recommended. (9 p.m. ' 2 a.m., $90) (map) (link)

' Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier: Party like a rock star. This package includes an open bar, catered buffet, midnight champagne toast, party favors, and music by DJ Jumpin' James. Best of all, you'll have a terrace view of the beautiful, bursting fireworks over Navy Pier. (9 p.m. ' 2 a.m., $195+ via tickets.com) (map) (link)

' Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club: Five jumbo screens show classic black-and-white films while diners enjoy a five-course meal inspired by Hollywood icons. Get ready to enjoy the likes of Ricky Ricardo ceviche nachos, Rock Hudson lobster tail, and a Marlon Brando chocolate lava cake. And of course, it wouldn't be the Kit Kat without the performing divas. (7 p.m., 9 p.m., $85-$95) (map) (link)

' Carnivale: Accompanied by horns and percussionists, DJ Mar will be spinning tracks while you enjoy the spicy Nuevo Latino cuisine. 'Carnivale' truly lives up to its name with professional ballroom dancers, servers in full mambo dress, a balloon drop, and a champagne toast. Reservations recommended. (5 p.m. ' 1 a.m., prices vary) (map) (link)

' Rednofive: Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but gold is where this party is at. This swanky Gold Party features premium cocktails, upscale hors d'oeuvres, a sweets table, and a midnight Moet & Chandon champagne toast. The club will be decked out in gold, and you should be too. Also, don't forget to grab a well-stocked gift bag before you leave. (8 p.m., $50 via tickets.com) (map) (link)

' darkroom: The high-school themed evening features performances by the Beta Theta DJs and special guests Dark Wave Disco DJs. Let your inner teenager out, and dress accordingly. Whether you're a jock or a nerd, you'll love the yearbook photo booth, premium open bar, party favors, and champagne toast. (9 p.m., $60-$75 via going.com) (map) (link)

Photo credit: (c/o SXC) Chris Cheever

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