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New Year’s Eve in Chicago

by Matt B on December 24th, 2007

As you can imagine, there are hundreds of New Year's Eve events in Chicago, giving you plenty of ways to celebrate the New Year. Here are just a few of the most recommendable:

' Fat Cat: What could be more Chicago than celebrating Capone-style? Get out the flapper dresses and zoot suits for this Roaring '20s party, and you may end up winning the costume contest. Even if you don't, you'll love the upscale hors d'oeurves and open top-shelf bar. A DJ spins vintage music as well as modern-day hits. (9 p.m. ' 1:30 a.m., $75-$100) (map) (link)

hyatt regency' Hyatt Regency O'Hare: Everclear and Marty Casey and the Lovehammers headline this year's bash. This party also features a DJ, stand-up comedy, and an open bar. Make your reservations soon though, as prices are likely to rise closer to the date. (8 p.m. ' 2 a.m., $99-$135 via Ticketmaster) (map) (link)

' Krem: If you want to celebrate like a VIP, this is the place to be. This swanky spot in Lincoln Park offers premium cocktails and appetizers. There are plenty of package options available, including a personalized tasting menu, table service, and a personal host. A portion of the night's proceeds will be noted to Shriners' Hospital of Chicago. (9 p.m. ' 2 a.m., $125 general admission) (map) (link)

' Wyndham: Some people can party all night (and morning!) long. After spending the evening sipping on top-shelf cocktails and gabbing over appetizers, you can keep the celebration going at the complimentary after-party. If you ever manage to pull yourself away from the dance floor, take in the breathtaking view of downtown. The guests will be just as appealing to the eyes, as formal attire is required. (8:30 p.m., $125-$150) (map) (link)

' Enclave: This massive two-story space invites partygoers for a premium open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, a buffet, and a champagne toast at midnight. Dance to the beats of DJ Scene, who has played at some of the hottest clubs all over the country. (9 p.m. ' 2 a.m., $125) (map) (link)

' Drake Hotel: Chicago-Scene.com is sponsoring the annual soiree, featuring performances by Too White Crew, DJ Strike, and Frankie Hollywood. You can even get yourself a hotel room to relax in afterward, as well as a dinner at the hotel's steak house. About 2,000 attendees will be enjoying the four ballrooms, premium open bar, hors d'oeurves, and a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Dress is black tie optional. (9 p.m. ' 2 a.m., $175-$215 via tickets.com) (map) (link)

' Lincoln Square Lanes: Here, striking out on New Year's Eve isn't a bad thing. 'The Chuckle Bowl Spectacular' features 12 open lanes, free pizza, stand-up comedy, short films, and music by DJ 'Bubbles Sanchez.' The comedy showcase will include Steve O. Harvey, Mike O'Connell, and Allison Lieber. $3 for domestic beers, $4 for shots. (9 p.m. ' 1 a.m., $25) (map) (link)

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