New Years Eve 2011 Guide

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You’ve drank all the Jingle Juice you can handle, you’ve played Santa’s helper, and your ugly Christmas sweaters are becoming a wardrobe staple… so what do you do when the biggest holiday of the year is over? You celebrate the biggest party of the year, of course! New Years Eve 2011 is going to be one for the books and if you’re celebrating in Chicago you’re bound to have a spectacular night. But with so many parties to choose from, NYE plans can become stressful. So UPchicago.com has created a guide to give you a glimpse of what your night could entail.

Joe’s Bar
Shout out the lyrics to your favorite 80’s and 90’s jams and you might get handed a microphone or pulled on stage. NYE is gonna rock with Joe’s live entertainment Wedding Banned and rumor has it one of the singers dresses up as baby New Year (every new year) complete with diaper and bonnet. Sip while you sing with a three hour open bar, and don’t worry about your next two meals because Joe’s dishes up both a dinner and a breakfast buffet.

December 31: 9pm – 2am
Price: $110
Neighborhood: Old Town
940 W. Weed St.
(312) 337-3486

Rockit Bar & Grill
Cheers with cocktails from a premium open bar and don’t stop your conversation or pool game to grab hors d’oeuvres – they will be brought to you. Sport tiaras and top hats along with other party favors to ring in the New Year. A dinner buffet will be available. At midnight balloons will tumble from the ceiling as champagne glasses clink.

December 31: 8 pm – 2am
Price: $175
Neighborhood: River North
22 W. Hubbard St.
(312) 645-6000

Hilton Chicago – Official Playboy New Year’s Eve
A giant Christmas tree adorns the hallway and a grand staircase leads to a glitzy ball. Inside Playboy playmates work the room and pose with guests for pictures on a red carpet. Grammy award winning rapper T-Pain will have you singing, “Lemme buy you a drink…” but don’t worry those drinks are included in your ticket price, as well as a dinner buffet.

December 31: 9pm – 2am
Price: $165-$215
Neighborhood: South Loop
720 S. Michigan Ave.
(312) 922-4400
http://surrealnye.com

Palmer House Hilton – NYE Soiree 2011 – A Night of Luxury
This historic hotel dating back to 1870 is the perfect place to make history this New Years Eve. From the lobby to the ball rooms this venue exudes elegance, so dress accordingly. 103.5 Kiss FM’s Jordan hosts and DJ Jay Funk spins live. Casino gambling, a top shelf open bar, appetizers and bubbly will sweeten the occasion.

December 31: 9pm – 2am
Price: $145-$215
Neighborhood: Loop
17 E. Monroe St.
(312) 726-7500
http://chicagonye.com

Hard Rock Hotel – Rock Around the Clock
Nine, Ten, Eleven O’clock, Twelve O’clock rock…dance the night away at the Hard Rock – Rock around the Clock. But don’t forget to take a break for some gourmet hors d’oeuvres & cheeses. A four-hour ultra premium open bar including red bull will keep you energized, but the chocolate buffet & desert bar could lure you off the dance floor. With a New York room and a Miami room you’ll be sure to find your tempo.

December 31: 9:30pm – 1:30pm
Price: $180
Neighborhood: Loop
230 N. Michigan Ave

Spirit of Chicago – New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise
Ring in the New Year with a Bang! Fireworks will explode over Lake Michigan at midnight and guests will enjoy extensive dinner selections, a premium bar package, DJ entertainment and a breathtaking view.

December 31: 8:30 pm – 1:00 am
Price: $215.96
Neighborhood: Mag Mile/Streeterville
401 E. Illinois St. Suite 310

Big Star
Toast the New Year with tequila — the only way that’s worth celebrating New Year’s at Big Star. The evening will include open bar – all specialty cocktails, shots, and draft/bottle beers. Guests will order all night — a la carte — off of the entire menu while they dance to the DJ spinning all the classics on vinyl.

December 31: 8pm- 1:30am
Price: $145
Neighborhood: Wicker Park
1531 N. Damen Ave.
(773) 235-4039
http://bigstar2011.eventbrite.com

Navy Pier Fireworks
If all you desire for New Years is fireworks at midnight, the best free option in town is to head to Navy Pier, heavily bundled up, and catch the midnight fireworks.



Now that UPchicago.com has outlined a few of the best places to celebrate NYE 2011, all you’ll have to worry about is who you will be locking lips with when the clock strikes midnight! HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE 2011!

About Natalie Scheid

When Mattel manufactures your idol and your nickname is Barbie life can get pretty unreal. My favorite activities include cheering on the White Sox (I’ve been converting Cubs fans since 1986), meeting new people and writing on the rooftop with the skyline as my backdrop. You might be able to find me at the opening of a new hot spot, soaking up some culture at a local museum or art show, or enjoying one of the cities fabulous festivals. So…. catch me if you can!

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