I don't know about you, but after Christmas my credit cards are literally smoking from overuse, so a pricey New Year's Eve is out of the question.
There are plenty of New Year's Eve parties and dining packages that could be listed here, but if you can, for example, afford the night at Girl & the Goat Girl going for $175-$250 per person, you don't need a list but an assistant to go through all of your possibilities.
If you have a neighborhood tavern, you're in luck, but if not, here are a smattering of NYE festivities from cheap to very reasonable.
Happy New Year!
No frills festivities
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, the subterranean spot in the heart of Streeterville, will offer a simply fun, “no frills” option for NYE. For just $10 (in advance; $15 at the door), party guests will receive either a split of champagne or the “champagne of beers,” a Miller High Life tall boy. Party favors and party tunes spun by a guest DJ will keep the festivities going ’til 3 a.m.
Drink specials include: $6 Absolut Cocktails; $5 Soco Lime Shots; and $3 High Life Tall Boys.
O’Toole’s full pub menu will be available, which is very reasonable priced.
New Year's Eve tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting the web site or by calling (312) 642-0700.
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub
622 North Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611
Dinner price will make you say, "ole"
River North's Cantina Laredo offers a fiesta of fun to welcome 2014.
In addition to the a la carte lunch, dinner and brunch offerings, Chef de Cuisine Kennon Reed has created a three-course prix fixe menu that may be paired with seasonal margaritas. Entrees are upscale delish. How about 16-ounce Certified Angus Beef cowboy cut bone-in ribeye aged 21 days with sautéed mushrooms or fresh halibut or shrimp, quail, beef and chicken fajitas?
The special set menu will be available from Saturday, December 28 to Wednesday, January 1 for $35 per guest (add only $15 for margarita pairings). Table reservations may be made by calling 312-955-0014 or visiting the web site.
On New Year’s Eve, the kitchen will be open from 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. The upstairs lounge will feature DJ Matt Rochford spinning until 1 a.m. and a complimentary champagne toast will be offered at midnight.
508 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
New Year's Eve in Paris by way of Michigan Ave
Brasserie by LM invites guests to celebrate "Midnight in Paris" with a special prix fixe menu.
For $37 per person, 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.
The restaurant will be taking reservations from 5:00 p.m. through 10:30 p.m.
Brasserie by LM
800 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
Kids rock out on NYE for $20
Dine Restaurant offers a "Family Friendly" celebration that features a three-course "Big Kids" menu along with a tempting three-course menu for adults as well.
Chef Will Johnson will be making foodies out of the young ones with creative presentations like Ham & Cheese "Sushi" with honey ham and local aged Cheddar rolled up in white bread to look like a sushi roll. Entrees will include "Birds in a Nest" with "Little Chick" meatballs in a spaghetti nest along with "Oceans of Cheese" with a hot dog "octopus" in a sea setting of cheddar cheese sauce. A glass of sparkling grape juice is included for the "Big Kids" so that they can toast the New Year with their parents. The "Big Kids" menu will be $20 (with ala carte options for the youngest appetites).
Adults will enjoy a three-course meal with such selections as Tuna Carpaccio and Hand Made Mozzarella for appetizers along with entrees such as Roast Venison with juniper berries, braised cabbage and honey braised apples; Red Drum with a scallion potato cake, braised leeks and a truffle vinaigrette and a traditional New Year's Eve staple, Surf and Turf with Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Maine Lobster. A glass of Sparkling wine will be included for the adults.
Expect a "Countdown" and Balloon Drop at 7pm and 9pm with hats and noise makers along with face painting and a coloring contest to keep everyone entertained throughout the evening.
Dine Restaurant & Bar
Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro
733 W. Madison
NYE with BOB
The Bar on Buena is excited to host its 11th New Year’s Eve celebration! The BOB is offering the usual low-key, come-as-you-are NYE festivities.
The BOB is rolling out the barrels with a selection of Bourbon Barrel Aged beers including Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Against the Grain Oaken Dagger Bourbon Barrel Aged Bier de Garde and Virtue The Mitten Bourbon Barrel Aged Cider. In addition, The BOB will be introducing some of its own Single Barrel Bourbons, hand selected by the team in 2013, including the single barrel Four Roses, Buffalo Trace and Henry McKenna.
Tables can be reserved with advanced ticket purchase. Tickets are $15 per person and include small bite nosh though the night, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Everything else is pay as you go.
The Bar on Buena
910 W. Buena
Chicago, IL 60613
Tap the casks
Fountainhead offers a come-as-you-are, no cover celebration, tapping some great beer and serving delicious cocktails. Chef Cleetus Friedman offers a unique menu with the kitchen open until 1 a.m.! Complimentary bubbly toast at midnight. No cover.
To spice things up a bit, there will be two special cask tappings:
3 Floyds Zombie Dust Cask at 9 p.m.
Exclusive Metropolitan Cask at 10 p.m.
1970 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
Hot diggetty dog
Ring in the New Year with Clark Street Dog and Bar's delicious Chicago style food and drinks.
The restaurant, open until 4am, will be serving up the always fresh and never frozen menu which includes favorites like Original Style Gyros, Old Fashioned Polish Sausage, Italian Beef and the Signature Clark Street Dog.
The Lakeview staple will also be offering Goose Island drafts for $3.50, Root Beer Beer drafts for $5, their signature Jameson Pickleback shot for $5 and Jim Beam and Jack Daniels shots for $5. The bar, open until 2 a.m., will also offer a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, party favors and their everyday low pricing on both food and drinks. There is no cover.
Clark St. Dog & Bar
3040 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657