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New Year’s Eve Parties in Chicago

New Year’s Eve in a big city like Chicago offers an unlimited number of activities and events. Concerts, huge parties, small parties, VIP parties, dinner parties, tea parties, whatever party you’re looking for it can be found somewhere in Chicago (most likely at a fancy hotel). You can always hang around in the hostel and tag along with other fellow travelers.

Here are some of the bigger parties going on around town. It’s never too late to make a plan and start the New Year off right. Party on!

Rock Around The Clock @ Hard Rock Cafe

The Hard Rock Cafe might be a haven for many tourists, but on New Year’s Eve every year it turns into one big party for everyone. There will be music, dancing, food… this description will pretty much fit all descriptions below, but it will still be a great time. Party lasts until 4 am.

Where: Hard Rock Cafe River North.
63 W Ontario St


Voyager 2016 @ Moonlight Studios

A theme party! This space party takes place on a far away planet where the Voyager 1 spacecraft just crash landed. Light shows, art, DJs, and all the cool kids will be there. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but moonlight studios is an awesome place to party.

Where: Moonlight Studios
1446 W Kinzie St,


New Year’s @ Roof on the Witt

We featured Roof on the Witt In our Best Rooftop Bars in Chicago post this summer. This swanky New Years event will offer you a panoramic bird’s eye view of downtown Chicago while you sip some champagne and grease your dancing legs.

Where: ROOF on The Witt
201 N State St


Big Night Chicago New Year’s Eve Gala @ Palmer House

More djs, more bands, music, booze, you get the drill. Palmer house is a historic hotel in the loop. There will be multiple dance floors so bring your good shoes and drink away your shyness.

Where: Palmer House
17 E Monroe St


Crystal Gardens New Year’s @ Navy Pier

Another big tourist spot turns into one big part. Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens hosts a huge new years party (20 liquor bars!) with a private terrace overlooking lake Michigan. There will be fireworks at midnight over the lake.

Where: Navy Pier Crystal Gardens
700 E Grand Ave


New Year’s Eve Soiree @ The Westin River North

Not only is this another hotel party it has the same name as another hotel party in Chicago. How embarrassing right? That doesn’t mean this won’t be a great party though!

Where: Westin River North
320 N Dearborn St


Chicago Scene New Year’s Eve Party @ The Drake Hotel

Just a block away from the magnificent Mile, the Drake is keeping it classy with a fancy New Year’s party with food dancing, again you know the drill it’s a New Year’s eve party.

Where: The Drake Hotel
140 E Walton Pl


Reaction New Year’s Eve 2015 @ Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Finally a non hotel party. Listen to the sounds of robots in ecstasy with Skillrex and Deadmau5 performing live. This two day party starts December 30th and picks it back up New Year’s eve. Just a little bit of a catch, the party is in Rosemont just outside of Chicago. HOwever, the CTA Blue Line (right outside of our hostel!) will take you to robot music show.

Where: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N River Rd


Midnight In Paris @ Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

This official black tie party will donate all proceeds to the Misericordia Home, which houses Children and adults with disabilities. If you couldn’t tell by the title it’s parisian themed. Maybe if you have enough drinks you will see Ernest Hemmingway just like Owen Wilson did.

Where: Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
20 E Chestnut St


Below are more hotel parties going on around Chicago without our vital commentary.

Hilton New Year’s Eve Soiree

Hard Rock Hotel New Year’s Eve Soiree

New Year’s Eve Soiree @ JW Marriott

Chi Town Rising @ Hyatt Regency

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