Whether you like to eat an elegant meal with a friend or loved one or you like to party the night away, Chicago's got the goods for New Year's Eve. Here's a selection of four great places to eat a delicious meal and three places to party til the ball drops and beyond.
NEW YEAR'S EVE, December 31, 2013 - 4 dinner ideas:
1. "Midnight in Paris" Prix Fixe at LM Bistro
111 W Huron St | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.202.9900 | www.lmrestaurant.com
5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. - $39 per person
Ring in 2014 with a special Midnight in Paris prix-fixe menu at a place I love. For $39 you get a four course menu with soup, salad, entreé and dessert. The food is fabulous here!
Cauliflower Bisque with Caviar, Champagne Gelee and Chervil
Butter Lettuce Salad with Daikon, Roquette and a Grapefruit Vinaigrette
Seared Rib Eye with Crispy Parsnips, Truffle Jus and Watercress
Chocolate Torte with a Cinnamon Toffee Sauce and Whipped Creme Fraiche
2. New Year's Eve at Brasserie by LM
800 S. Michigan Avenue | 312.431.1788 | www.BrasseriebyLM.com
5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. - $37 per person
Celebrate "Midnight in Paris" with a special prix fixe menu. For $37 per person, guests can enjoy a three-course menu including a soup or salad, main entrée and dessert. The menu also includes a complimentary glass of champagne. For an additional $5, guests can enjoy an individual Beef Wellington with garlic spinach and a red wine sauce. Reservations available from 5:00 p.m. through 10:30 p.m.
First Course (choice of):
- Potato-leek Soup with Truffle Oil and Brioche Croutons
- Mesclun Salad with cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, dried cranberries and balsamic vinaigrette
Second Course (choice of):
- Roasted Duck Breast with Lentille de Puy, sautéed brussels sprouts, pancetta, chili flakes and a citrus gastrique
- Potato Crusted Black Grouper with a parsley emulsion
- Individual Beef Wellington with Garlic Spinach and a Red Wine Sauce, +$5
Third Course (choice of):
- Flourless Chocolate Cake with French Vanilla Gelato
- Crème Brulee
3. New Year’s Eve at Fiorentino's Cucina Italiana
2901 N. Ashland Ave.| Chicago, IL 60657 | 773.244.3026 | http://fiorentinoscucina.com/
5 pm to 11 pm (closed New Year's Day)
New Year's Eve dinner will be richly Italian at this Lakeview favorite. Try the Italian family favorites including Sicilian Arancini served in a marinara sauce, Classic Italian Cioppino with shrimp, clams, mussels, scallops and calamari in a tomato broth and Fettuccine Mirabella, their signature black pasta in a light alfredo sauce with asparagus, sun dried tomatoes, sweet roasted peppers and shrimp or scallops (or both).
New Year's Eve specialty items include Pan Seared Sea Scallops over Black Venere rice served with roasted fennel and butternut squash, Osso Buco in a chianti sauce with parmesan polenta and snap peas, and Creamy Lobster Risotto with fresh broccolini, leeks, cherry tomatoes and spinach. Open for dinner until 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve and closed on New Year's Day.
4. Chicago q New Year's Eve
1160 N. Dearborn St. | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312.642.1160 | www.chicagoqrestaurant.com
Chef/Partner Lee Ann Whippen offers a plethora of enticing dishes for your New Year's Eve delight:
· Seared Scallops with a Champagne Beurre Blanc
· Herb Crusted Lamb Chops with Sauteed Brussels Sprout Leaves, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and a Bourbon Demi Glace
· Flourless Chocolate Cake with a Bourbon Creme Anglaise
Get discounted prices on sparkling wine and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
NEW YEAR'S EVE, December 31, 2013 - 3 party ideas!
1. New Year’s Eve at Weather Mark Tavern
1503 S. Michigan Ave. | 312.588.0230 | www.weathermarktavern.com
9 pm to 1 am - $75 Party Package
Premium open bar
Complimentary appetizer bar
Reserved seating – Party favors – Guest DJ – Cash bar optional
2. New Year's Eve at American Junkie
15 Illinois St. | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.239.0995 |www.americanjunkiechi.com
9 p.m. - 1 a.m. - starting at $115
American Junkie rings in the New Year with an epic party! KISS 103.5 emcee Jordan will stop by and a special guest DJ will spin your favorite tracks. General admission tickets are available online starting at $115, including premium open bar, buffet, a sweets table and midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. Check out the Jager-sponsored ice luge in the shape of a deer. Big groups can reserve a limited VIP booth ($1,500) that includes six tickets, a bottle of premium champagne and a magnum bottle of premium vodka. Valet and coat check available. Tickets online at:www.wanttickets.com/americanjunkie.
3. New Year's Eve Solid Gold Party at Porkchop
941 W Randolph St. | 312.733.9333 | www.chicagoporkchop.com
9 pm - ?? - $85 packages
Porkchop hosts a Solid Gold-themed New Year's Eve celebration. Packages include signature appetizers, live music and a midnight champagne toast. Tables can be reserved starting at $99. Enjoy live music featuring top Motown and solid gold hits. Dressing to the theme is encouraged. Call for table reservations and private party package details. Tickets available online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solid-gold-nye-2014-tickets-9165551411