Chicagoland chefs, restaurants, bars, and hotels prepare to treat guests to New Year’s Eve celebrations that are not to be missed. From prix fixe dinners to à la carte menus, themed parties to big musical acts, locals and tourists alike can choose from a variety of sparkling celebrations for Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015.
Great Gatsby Goes Hip Hop at Ada Street
Foxtrot into Ada Street (1664 N. Ada St.) on Dec. 31 for a Great Gatsby Goes Hip Hop New Year’s Eve soirée featuring DJ Dan Demchuk. Beginning at 9 p.m., partygoers enjoy cocktails fit for modern-day flappers, like the Gin Fizz or The Julep, and of course, a Champagne toast at midnight. Throwback bites include Steak Tartar on toast with fried capers, Crab Dip on cucumber slices, sliders of Beef Tenderloin with horseradish cream, and Truffle Potato Croquettes. Guests are invited to don their best Zelda Sayre getup, but at this party, don’t be afraid to switch out heels for high tops. Tickets are $75 per person, not including tip or tax, and can be purchased at http://adanye.eventbrite.com. Festivities continue from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. For more information, visit www.adastreetchicago.com, or stay in touch with Ada St. on Facebook and Twitter.
NOLA New Year’s at Analogue
Analogue (2523 N. Milwaukee Ave.) transports guests to New Orleans this year on New Year’s Eve. The acclaimed Logan Square restaurant featuring Cajun cuisine by Chef Alfredo Nogueira and cocktails by Robert Haynes and Henry Prendergast, prepares a Southern celebration to ring in 2016. From 9 p.m.-2 a.m., guests can enjoy a prix fixe menu of Oysters Rockefeller, Shrimp Remoulade, Crab Au Gratin and more, along with specialty NOLA-inspired classic cocktails including the Sazerac, Hurricane, and French 75. At midnight, guests can keep the party going with a Champagne toast and a late-night serving of Yaka-Mein, a traditional New Orleans hangover cure of spaghetti noodles, beef broth, green onions, and a hard-boiled egg. DJ Catie-O provides the music for the evening, spinning classic funk and soul 45s, international beats, and electronic tunes. Tickets are $120, excluding tax. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2472616.
Barrelhouse Flat’s Two-Floor Fete
The Barrelhouse Flat (2624 N. Lincoln Ave.), the award-winning Lincoln Park cocktail lounge, offers guests two party options on New Year’s Eve. On the first floor, a live band ushers in the New Year while guests enjoy a selection of classic cocktails and as small bites from Publican Quality Meats. On the second floor, revelers can get cozy in the plush lounge while listening to jazz and ragtime tunes. Offerings upstairs include the same food and drinks available on the first floor plus menu items exclusive to the second floor. All guests enjoy an array of passed appetizers, along with a sparkling toast at midnight. Tickets for the first floor party are $100 per person, with second-floor tickets priced at $150 per person. Tickets can be purchased by emailing NYE@barrelhouseflat.com.
Bar Takito Invites Guests to Experience “A Classy Affair”
Bar Takito (201 N. Morgan St.), the West Loop’s Pan Latin-inspired, seasonal shared plate restaurant with a menu from Chef/Partner David Dworshak, offers a range of all-inclusive experiences for guests with seating times both earlier in the evening, and later to ring in the New Year. The first seating, with reservations beginning between 6-7 p.m., includes an open margarita bar (max 3 per person), a three course prix fixe with options for each course, sparkling wine toast, party favors, and tax and gratuity. Dish choices include Mixto Ceviche, Beer Cheese Arepa, Pan Roasted Fish, Roasted Cauliflower, Grilled Lamb Chops, and more. Tickets are based on seating preference with seats at the bar for $79/person, at the social tables for $99/person, and in the main dining room for $129/person. A second seating features everything in the first, and live music from Sonic Octopus (Bar Takito’s resident house band), which performs Latin, funk, and familiar tunes to groove and dance to, and a balloon drop at midnight. Seatings begin between 9-10 p.m. and pricing is $129/person at the bar, $159/person at the social tables, and $199/person for the main dining room. To buy tickets or for more information, please call 312.888.9485 or visit the website at www.bartakito.com.
Ringing in the New Year at The Boundary
Wicker Park hot spot The Boundary (1932 W. Division St.) throws the party of the year to kick off 2016. As part of the festivities, guests can enjoy passed appetizers including Coconut Shrimp, Chicken Sandwiches, Breaded Artichoke Hearts, and Stuffed Mushrooms; a five-hour premium bar, and Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $85 per person before Dec. 25th, or $100 after Dec. 25th and are inclusive of tax and gratuity. The party goes from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. and tickets are available at www.hastickets.com/TheBoundaryNYE.
Chi-Town Rising: A New Year’s Eve Tradition Worthy of Chicago
This year, Chicago rings in 2016 like never before with Chi-Town Rising, an epic New Year’s Eve celebration Presented by Corona Extra and Hosted by Hyatt Gold Passport. The mega-event puts Chicago at the top of the list of winter holiday destinations, showcasing the city as a world-class venue for celebrating New Year’s Eve, headlined this year by 2014 Billboard Top New Artist American Authors and legendary rock band Chicago®. Taking place along Upper Wacker Drive, the Chi-Town Rising broadcast centers between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive, with the Countdown Stage directly in front of Hyatt Regency Chicago. NBC-5 Chicago broadcasts the event live starting at 11:08 p.m., and Telemundo Chicago begins broadcasting at 11 p.m. The evening will boast musical performances beginning at 7 p.m., a dazzling countdown with a 75-foot tall Chicago Star ascending 360-feet up Hyatt Regency Chicago’s West Tower, and an unprecedented fireworks display linking the event site with Navy Pier’s annual fireworks in one grand display synchronized to a musical soundtrack. To learn more about Chi-Town Rising and to book a New Year’s Eve stay in Chicago, please visit www.Chi-TownRising.com, and follow Chi-Town Rising on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Bringing the Beach to Chicago this New Year’s Eve: Corona Extra Beach House at Chi-Town Rising
Corona Extra – the #1 imported beer in the U.S.– is bringing the beach to Chicago this winter for the city’s inaugural New Year’s Eve celebration, Chi-Town Rising. As the event’s presenting sponsor, Corona Extra will build an epic, one-of-a-kind Beach House along the Chicago River where party-goers can warm up and ring in the New Year with Chi-Town Rising and an experience only Corona Extra can create. Kicking off at 7 p.m. Dec. 31, 2015, and running through 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2016, the Corona Extra Beach House offers a high-energy crowd the opportunity to partake in Chi-Town Rising celebrations north of the Chicago River. Event goers are invited to “Find Your Beach” on the shores of the Chicago River with Corona Extra, and join the hottest party in town. The Corona Extra Beach House is a ticketed event for guests 21 and over, featuring rotating DJs sets and an unparalleled view of the Countdown Stage and Rising Star across the river. Admission includes a full dinner buffet, plus a New Year's Toast featuring Ruffino Prosecco, the Official Sparkling Wine of Chi-Town Rising. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. Tickets can be purchased here for $99.
Forget The Fuss & Celebrate with Cindy’s
To ring in the New Year, Cindy’s, the rooftop bar and restaurant atop the newly opened Chicago Athletic Association (12 S. Michigan Ave.), invites Chicagoans to leave the party-planning stress of New Year’s Eve behind and celebrate with an evening of fine food, great company, and clinking glasses. In lieu of a traditional prix fixe menu with timed seatings, Cindy’s offers festive drink specials curated by Spirit Guide Nandini Khaund, along with celebratory menu items designed by Executive Chef Christian Ragano. Cindy’s is open Thursday, Dec. 31, from 3 p.m.-2 a.m., and is taking reservations for New Year’s Eve throughout the afternoon and evening. For reservations, call 312.792.3502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Cindy’s on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Bacon & Champagne Spectacular at County Barbeque
County Barbeque (1352 W. Taylor St.) hosts a Bacon & Champagne Spectacular this New Year’s Eve from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Guests can choose from 11 different specialty bacon dishes, including Thai Chili Brushed House-Smoked Bacon, Bacon-Wrapped Sea Scallops, and Chocolate Covered Bacon Bark. The party also features a selection of Champagne Cocktails and Champagne Punch, with a Champagne of Beers toast at midnight. Tickets are $78 per person including tax and gratuity, and can be purchased at http://countynye.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 312.929.2528, visit www.dmkcountybarbeque.com, or follow County Barbeque on Facebook or Twitter.
First Row Tickets to the Fireworks at DMK Navy Pier
DMK Burger Bar and Fish Bar Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) invites Chicagoans to reserve a front row seat to the New Year’s fireworks while enjoying the best of DMK Burger Bar & Fish Bar sliders. The food doesn’t stop there: Guests also have the chance to indulge in fan favorite shakes, tots, and fries throughout the years. Sip on beverages including Celebratory Punch, craft cocktails, and beer, all while taking in unmatched views of the city’s skyline and midnight fireworks. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased at http://navypiernye.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 312.624.8017 or visit dmkburgerbar.com.
We Gonna Party Like its 19—Hold Up, It Is: A Very 90s DMK NYE
What better way to celebrate the start of 2016 than by reliving the glory days of Gameboy, Scrunchies, Blockbuster stores, and the beautiful sound of AOL dial-up? DMK Burger Bar (Lakeview and Lombard, IL) throws it back to the ‘90s this New Year’s Eve with guest DJ Groover Cleveland (only at the Lakeview location), ‘90s board games, and food and drink specials including the Fresh Prince of Burg-Air, The Trapper Keeper, and The Tamagotchi cocktail. Tickets for the Lombard location are $60 per person and can be purchased at lombardnye.eventbrite.com. Tickets for the Lakeview location are $65 per person for a standing only ticket and $80 per person for a seated ticket and can be purchased at lakeviewnye.eventbrite.com. For more information, visit www.dmkburgerbar.com and follow DMK Burger Bar on Facebook and Twitter.
Ring in 2016 at Embeya
Ring in the New Year at Embeya (564 W. Randolph St.) with a multi-course menu and a beautiful atmosphere. The first seating begins at 5 p.m., featuring a three-course prix fixe menu that includes six dishes priced at $75 per person, with an optional beverage pairing for $35 per person. The second seating starts at 7 p.m. highlighting Chef Michael Sheerin’s regional Asian cuisine through four courses, featuring eight dishes and complimentary bubbles, with the option to add beverage pairings for $55 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 312.612.5640. For more information, follow Embeya on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
White & Gold New Year’s Eve at FIG & OLIVE
Celebrate in festive style this New Year’s Eve at FIG & OLIVE (104 E. Oak St.), as the Gold Coast olive oil oasis brings its signature White & Gold New Year’s Eve to Chicago for the second year on Dec. 31. Guests will enjoy FIG & OLIVE’s coastal Mediterranean a la carte menu including signature dishes such as Zucchini Carpaccio with lemon, pine nut, parmesan, and Arbequina Olive Oil ($15); Butternut Squash & Chestnut Soup ($13); Fig & Gorgonzola Risotto with Arborio rice, mascarpone, parmesan, and fig balsamic glaze ($26); and Rosemary Lamb Chops, grilled and smoked a la minute with a bouquet of Herbs de Provence, goat cheese and chive gnocchi, braised eggplant, and rosemary garlic olive oil ($41). For dessert, guests will indulge in seasonal selections such as Poached Pear in Spiced Orange syrup with whipped mascarpone, ginger biscuit, and pistachio ($12). FIG & OLIVE rings in 2016 with elegant holiday décor, DJ, party favors, and a countdown to midnight. Moët Chandon bottle service is also available for $110. Reservations can be made by on OpenTable or by calling 312.445.0060. For more on FIG & OLIVE, please visit www.figandolive.com or connect on Facebook and Twitter.
New Year’s in Italy; Minus the Plane Ticket
On New Year’s Eve from 5-10 p.m., Filini Bar & Restaurant (221 N Columbus Dr.) invites guests on a gastronomic trip to Italy with a New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner featuring the refined Italian cuisine of Chef Carolina Diaz. The four-course experience starts with the antipasti course with choice of Carpaccio with spiced beef with arugula, Grana Padano and lemon oil, or Capesante with seared scallops, carrot puree, and roasted fennel. Then dive into Filini’s handmade pastas, including Strozzapreti made with pesto rosso, cherry tomatoes, and topped with toasted pine nuts, or heat things up with Orecchiette, known as little ear pasta, with Italian sausage, broccolini, and tomatoes, sprinkled with chili flakes. After the pasta course, make room for the Piatto Principale course, with choice of Beef Osso Bucco served with creamy polenta, mushrooms, and sundried tomatoes; Venison served with a cherry mostarda, mustard greens, and toasted hazelnut; or Lobster with lemon risotto, tomatoes, and gremolata. To finish the decadent meal off, dessert options include Trio di Gelati and Cioccolatissimo, a soft center chocolate cake. Dinner is $120 per person and $145 per person with wine pairings, exclusive of tax and gratuity. To make reservations, please call 312.565.5258. For more information, visit www.filinichicago.com. Follow the restaurant on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Blow Your Top with a Real New Orleans Jazz Celebration
Fish Bar (2956 N. Sheffield Ave.) transports guests to The Big Easy for a jazz-filled New Year’s Eve celebration. Enjoy a live jazz duo and the option of an early and late seating to ring in the New Year. Guests attending the early seating can look forward to a four-course dinner for $35 per person (not including tax & tip). The late seating includes a five-course family style meal with special New Orleans themed cocktails and sparkling toast at midnight for $95 per person (not including tax & tip). Tickets are available for purchase at http://fishnye.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 773.687.8177 and follow Fish Bar on Facebook and Twitter.
An Elegant New Year’s Eve at GreenRiver
Start 2016 on a delicious note by joining GreenRiver (259 E. Erie St., 18th floor) for an elegant prix fixe dinner and can’t-miss after-party on Dec. 31. The first dinner seating begins at 5 p.m. with a five-course seasonal American menu from GreenRiver Executive Chef Aaron Lirette for $120 per person. The later seating begins at 8 p.m. with an eight-course menu and complimentary Champagne toast for $195 per person. Both menus begin with celebratory Caviar with potato espuma, whipped crème fraiche, and crispy chive chip. Other dishes include: Scallop with celery root, orange, and hazelnut; Cauliflower Soup with farro verde, roasted cauliflower, and tarragon; Risotto with black truffle, black trumpet mushrooms, and parmesan; and Veal Breast with baby carrots, trumpet mushroom, potato puree, and black truffle. Wine pairings are available for an additional $65 during the first seating and $80 during the second. Additionally, GreenRiver hosts a cocktail party from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., featuring open bar, live jazz band, dance floor, and passed appetizers for the early bird price of $90 per person until Dec. 1. Starting Dec. 2, any tickets remaining are priced at $125. Guests may also opt for the all-inclusive ticket for New Year’s Eve at GreenRiver that includes the eight-course menu during the second seating, wine pairings, Champagne toast, and a spot at the after-party for $250 per person. All prices include tax and gratuity. For more information or reservations, please visit www.greenriverchi.com or call 312.337.0101. Connect with GreenRiver on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
New Year’s Eve Night Fever at Henry’s and The Rec Room
Guests can get excited to break out their platforms and don their best leisure suits. It's time to boogie, as Henry’s and The Rec Room (18 W. Hubbard St.) transforms into Studio 54 for one night only on New Year’s Eve. With live disco music from DJ Shaka 23 and Video DJ Def Cut Don at Henry’s and go-go jams from DJ Nikki Camcam down in the Rec Room, guests are in for the grooviest of New Year’s parties. Menu highlights include: Liquid Cocaine Shots and Andy Warhol-inspired draft cocktails, Giant Pretzels, Truffle Popcorn, and Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. Cheers to the New Year with a Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $85 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Guests can buy tickets at http://henrysnye.eventbrite.com or make reservations by emailing email@example.com.
Stay at the Epicenter of Chi-Town Rising at Hyatt Regency Chicago
Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Dr.) is located in the heart of the action as Chi-Town Rising, Chicago’s first-of-its-kind New Year’s Eve celebration, comes to town. The historic event, complete with musical acts and a midnight countdown, features a giant Chicago Star rising skyward ascending 36 stories up Hyatt Regency Chicago’s West Tower, followed by an epic fireworks show. Guests can be a part of this inaugural event and experience Chi-Town Rising with exclusive packages that include access to Broadcast Boulevard and the main stage. The Chi-Town Rising Show & Hyatt Regency Chicago's Private Party Package offers the ultimate way to experience the celebration and includes access to a private area for a premier viewing experience to the Broadcast Boulevard, which includes the Countdown Stage and the Rising Star as well as a private party hosted by Hyatt Regency Chicago. The Chi-Town Rising Show Package allows guests to be in the midst of the action with exclusive access to Chi-Town Rising's Broadcast Boulevard located just outside the front doors of the hotel. For guests looking to celebrate the evening in style, the 2016 NYE Party Package allows guests to enjoy a private party hosted by Hyatt Regency Chicago. Guests can book their stay for Chicago’s historical New Year’s Eve event online or by calling 312.565.1234.
New Year’s Eve without the Freeze: JW Marriott Chicago’s 2016 New Year’s Eve Soirée
This New Year’s Eve, JW Marriott Chicago (151 W. Adams St.) invites locals and visiting guests to ring in 2016 with the most luxurious and elegant New Year’s Eve Soirée in the city. The landmark, luxury hotel in downtown Chicago makes it easy for guests to enjoy all the necessary party perks under one roof from multiple music options, lavish hors d’oeuvres, and more. Make the most of the night with the overnight package, featuring an early check-in at 11 a.m. and late check-out at 2 p.m. Additional package elements include two general admission or VIP tickets per room to the New Year’s Eve Soirée, luxury overnight accommodations, live entertainment from rock n’ roll cover band Stache as well as DJ Krush and DJ Katy, Champagne toast with midnight confetti storm, and much more. Book a New Year’s Eve Party Package here for an unbeatable room rate of $169 (and over 40% savings). For more information, visit www.jwmarriottchicago.com.
“Feliz Any Nou!” at Mercat a la Planxa
Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan Ave.) offers a decadent four course meal of Catalan-inspired eats to ring in the New Year. The pre fixe menu begins with smaller bites like Kumamoto oysters served with an Espellete-orange mignonette, to foie gras served with raspberry jam and brioche, moving into heartier dishes like poached sturgeon served with Ras el Hanout, lentils, fennel, and conserved lemon. To finish the meal, Mercat offers their house-made Spanish-style Mato cheese served with lemon, walnut, and honey. The menu is $95 per guest and is available on New Year’s Eve. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312.765.0524. For more information, please visit www.mercatchicago.com, follow Mercat a la Planxa on Twitter or “like” the restaurant on Facebook.
Indulge and Imbibe This New Year’s at mk
For those looking to go all out this New Year’s, contemporary American restaurant mk (868 N. Franklin St.) offers a decadent five course tasting menu complete with wine pairings. Begin the meal with the choice of a Hamachi
Crudo served with Ossetra caviar, shaved fennel, and cauliflower purée or Chilled Lobster with Alaskan crab, grapefruit, watercress, and hearts of palm and enjoy a rich truffle risotto before heading into heartier plates like Wagyu Sirloin served with salsify and black trumpet mushroom purée. To end the meal on a sweet note, choose a dessert prepared by Pastry Chef Lisa Bonjour. Pricing for the five course menu is $95 for early seating and $135 for late seating, with $50 for suggested wine pairings, exclusive of tax or gratuity. Please call 312.482.9179 for reservations. For more information and the full menu, please visit www.mkchicago.com, follow mk on Twitter, or “like” on Facebook.
Old Town’s 2016 Celebration
Old Town Pour House (1419 N. Wells St.) is starting the New Year off right, with passed hors d’oeuvres, a video DJ, and a Champagne toast at midnight. Guests will also be able to live stream photos and videos on screens throughout the bar. The $50 ticket includes entry and food, as well as the midnight toast. Guests can partake in a cash bar from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.hastickets.com/OldTownPourHouseNYE.
Count Down to the New Year with Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
After waiting over a century, Chicago has finally been given the New Year's Eve Party is has always deserved! On Dec. 31, Chi-Town Rising offers Chicagoans and visitors a memorable way to say goodbye to 2015. The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago (221 N. Columbus Dr.) is located right in the middle of all the action and entertainment of downtown, giving guests access to the New Year festivities. To celebrate in style, the hotel’s VIP Package includes two VIP complimentary passes which provide exclusive access to the Chi-Town Rising concert, access to the countdown stage with premium viewing location, complimentary champagne toast, limited edition souvenir apparel, and a VIP credential. To book the Chi Town Rising New Year’s Eve package, visit the Radisson Blu Aqua’s Hotel Deals page. For more information on the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, please visit www.radissonblu.com/en/aquahotel-chicago and follow the hotel on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Ring in 2016 Like Royalty at Roka Akor Chicago
Corporate Chef Ce Bian and the team at Roka Akor Chicago (456 N. Clark St.) spare no expense to ring in 2016, as they create a decadent menu guaranteed to make guests’ night a top-tier New Year’s Eve celebration. For those kicking off the night with a formal dinner, the restaurant has crafted a five-course prix-fixed menu that highlights their premium steak, sushi, and seafood specialty. Options range from a Toro Tartare with Ossetra caviar, quail egg, and taro chip; Chef Selection Deluxe Sashimi Platter; Roasted King Crab with chile lime butter and cucumber; and Robata Grilled Prime Beef Filet with chili ginger sauce and bone marrow. Last, but not least, is the dessert course of Molten Chocolate Banana Cake with green tea ice cream. The five-course menu is priced at $128 per person; excluding tax and gratuity. If guests want to continue to upgrade their experience, a bottle of Taittinger Champagne is available to add on for an additional $89. For a more bar-centric experience, guests heading into the lounge after 10 p.m. can enjoy a three-course prix-fixed late night menu with signature bites like the Butterfish Tataki with white asparagus and yuzu or Rock Shrimp Tempura with wasabi peas and sweet chili aioli; and Robata Grilled Pork Belly with marinated golden beets. This menu is priced at $55 per person and is only available in the lounge. Other drink specials include signature shochu bottle service for $100 per bottle, and a complimentary Champagne toast passed out at midnight. The restaurant and lounge hours are as follows: restaurant open from 5-11 p.m.; lounge open from 5:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by contacting the restaurant directly at 312.477.7652 or via their website at www.rokaakor.com.
Start 2016 Fresh with Sashimi and Bubbly at Roka Akor Old Orchard
Kick off the shopping shoes and show Skokie how to celebrate at Roka Akor Old Orchard (4999 Old Orchard Shopping Ctr.) this New Year’s Eve with some of the finest steak, sushi, and seafood created by Executive Chef Boyd Cheong. The restaurant hosts an early seating at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., as well as a later seating from 6:30 p.m on. The earlier seatings at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. offer a three course prix fixe menu accompanied by additional shared plates for the table for $65 per person. Courses include choices like Salmon Tartare with roasted tomato dressing and taro chip; Hamachi Serrano Maki with wasabi aioli, and the signature Yuzu Miso Marinated Black Cod with pickled red onion. In addition to these options, the table shares a Japanese Hot Pot with mountain greens and mushroom. The dessert course follows with an Ube Pot de Crème. For those looking to customize their meal, the a la carte menu is also available. During the later seatings starting at 6:30 p.m., a more extensive five-course prix fixed menu offers dishes such as Prime Beef Tartare with Ossetra caviar and quail egg, Chef’s Selection Sashimi Platter, Lobster Tempura with wasabi aioli, Prime Filet with chili ginger sauce, and a Chef Selection Dessert Platter. The 6:30 p.m. seating is priced at $89 per person; excluding tax and gratuity. Upgrade options include adding Toro on a sashimi platter prime for $30, as well as a adding a bubbles pairing of Taittinger Champagne to the coursed out menu for an additional $80. The restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 847.329.7650, or visiting the website at www.rokaakor.com.
Sepia-Toned New Year’s Eve
The team at Sepia (123 N. Jefferson St.) has created a festive feast to close out the year. Indulge in a prix fixe meal on New Year’s Eve with Michelin-starred fare from Executive Chef Andrew Zimmerman and optional wine pairings from Beverage Director Arthur Hon, recently named Wine & Spirits Magazine’s “Best New Sommelier of 2015”. Dishes include Sea Scallops and Black Pudding, Brandade Tortolini, and Root Vegetable Pastilla. Reservations are available from 5-6:45 p.m. for the first seating option, featuring four courses priced at $85 per person, with optional wine pairings for $60 per person. The second seating option available from 8-10 p.m. features six courses priced at $125 per person, with optional wine pairings for $90 per person. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, call 312.441.1920 or visit www.sepiachicago.com. For more information, follow Sepia on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
An Indulgent Toast to 2016 at Spiaggia
Mark the start of the New Year with a truly unforgettable evening at Michelin-starred restaurant Spiaggia (980 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor). Spiaggia offers guests three different options to indulge in before raising a glass to the finale of 2015. The first seating from 5-6 p.m. is $175 per person, a second seating from 6-7:30 p.m. is $250 per person, and the New Year’s seating starting at 8 p.m. is $300 per person and includes additional dishes. The menu, curated by award—winning Chef Tony Mantuano, includes Seared Foie, Porcini Chestnut Bigoli, and a Veal and Uni Brioche. Reservations can be made by calling 312.280.2750. For more information, follow Spiaggia on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
“An Affair to Remember” This New Year’s Eve at Takito Kitchen
Takito Kitchen (2013 W Division St.), the Wicker Park restaurant offering Chef/Partner David Dworshak’s Mexican-inspired cuisine, has a number of options available for New Year’s Eve festivities. The first seatings, with reservations beginning at 6 p.m., feature a welcome toast, three course meal with options for each course, an open margarita bar (max 3 cocktails per person), and tax & gratuity. Dishes go beyond the restaurant’s daily taco menu with full size entrees, including Braised Short Rib, Roasted Half Chicken, and Mushroom Tart. Tickets are based on seating preference with bar seating at $59/person, seating at social tables at $69/person and $79/person in the main dining room. The second seatings, beginning at 9 p.m., feature all of the above, as well as a live DJ and dancing, party favors, and a midnight toast. Tickets for the second seating are $89/person at the bar, $99/person at social tables, and $119/person in the main dining room. To buy tickets or for more information, please call 773.687.9620 or visit www.takitokitchen.com.
Tanta Elevates 2016 with Upscale Peruvian Cuisine
This New Year’s Eve, Executive Chef Jesus Delgado of Tanta (118 W. Grand Ave.) elevates the experience of ringing in 2016 with lavish Peruvian fare. A special à la carte menu, made with indulgent ingredients, is created for guests to enjoy on this special evening only. This upscale Peruvian menu includes dishes such as: Cebiche Fashion with seared scallops, octopus, ikura in a scallop emulsion, avocado, cucumber, and cilantro oil; Camarones Encamotados crispy prawns in quinoa crust, purple sweet potato puree, and orange sauce; Pulpo Nikei Andino grilled octopus in miso panca anticuchera, golden quinoa stew, rocoto chimichurri andino, and black quinoa tuile; and Ravioli & Lobster kabocha squash ravioli, grilled lobster, zucchini noodles, and chupe reduction. Pricing available upon request. For more information, please call 312.222.9700, or visit www.tantachicago.com. Follow Tanta on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Topping Off 2015 at The Signature Room at the 95th
Close out 2015 95 stories high at The Signature Room (875 N. Michigan Ave.), as Executive Chef Cardel Reid prepares a three-course feast and five-course feast with multiple seating options. Three-course menu items include Charred Cuttlefish, Pan Seared Snapper, Chef’s Selection of Dessert, and more. The first seatings occur at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 6:30 p.m., and are priced at $105 per person for adults, and $45 per child (4-12 years old), including tax, gratuity, and a glass of Champagne or sparkling grape juice. Dress code is business casual and there is a two-hour table limit. Five-course menu items include Truffle Cheese Ravioli, Seafood Bisque, Pickled Red Beets, Roasted Pheasant, Chef’s Selection of Dessert, and others. The second seatings occur at 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9 p.m., and are priced at $225 per adult, including tax, gratuity, and a glass of Champagne. Dress code is formal and includes a balloon drop at midnight. Both dining options feature live music from Matt Lewis. Pre-paid reservations are required and can be made by calling 312.787.9596. For those looking to continue the party, The Lounge hosts DJ Megan Taylor from 8:45 p.m.-12:45 a.m. Cover charge is $25 per person after 6 p.m. and includes one drink. For more information, visit www.signatureroom.com, or follow The Signature Room on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Rosé Champagne Gold New Year’s at Travelle Kitchen + Bar
Travelle Bar (330 N. Wabash Ave.) ensures guests ring in 2016 on a high note as Beverage Director Priscilla Young and the bar team hosts a rosé champagne New Year’s Eve party. Stick to the night’s theme by glamming up in your glittery best and soak in views of the Chicago River from the bar’s 2nd level perch while enjoying the finest sips, bites, and entertainment. The bar has dance enthusiasts top of mind, as a live band and entertainment featuring tunes from Cobalt & the Hired Guns keeps the party alive until the early hours of 2016. Guests will have the opportunity to have their vintage photo taken, and the best dressed couple could win a weekend getaway surprise that will be revealed at the event. From 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. the lounge caters to all levels of celebration. The Rose Package guarantees reserved table seating, selections from a specially curated cocktail & beverage menu from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., hors’ d'oeuvres, a rosé champagne toast, and a complimentary membership into the Langham Supper Club. Tickets for the rose package are priced at $125 per person; exclusive of tax and gratuity. Take your experience to the next level with the Rose Gold Package, priced at $275 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity), which includes all the amenities of the Rose Package, plus a six course dinner at Travelle Kitchen + Bar. The dinner portion of the Rose Gold Package is available during the restaurant’s second seating, which begins at 7:30 p.m. The bar will be open to the public at 11:00 a.m. and there is no minimum charge for guests looking to imbibe before 7:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by restaurant at 312.923.7705 or by visiting www.travellechicago.com.
Celebrate a Savory and Sweet ‘16 at Travelle Kitchen + Bar
Executive Chef Tim Graham has made it his goal to close out 2015 with some of the best dishes of the year as Travelle Kitchen + Bar (330 N. Wabash Ave.) hosts guests for a prix-fixed dinner with optional wine pairings this New Year’s Eve. The restaurant offers two options: the first being a four-course menu with seating times available from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by the later option, which features a six-course menu with seating times available from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Seasonal menu selections include options like Crab and Fennel crepes with caviar crema; Chestnut Soup with porcini and duck confit; and Beef Tenderloin with foie gras, truffle bread pudding, and watercress pesto. Executive Pastry Chef Scott Green will be offering a Mont Blanc with black currant jam, toasted meringue, and “Forestier” mousse. The first seating is priced at $95 per person, and the second seating is priced at $175 per person. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant at 312.923.7705 or by visiting www.travellechicago.com.
A New Year’s Eve to Remember at Vie
Vie (4471 Lawn Ave., Western Springs, IL) invites Chicagoans to celebrate the New Year with a six-course prix fixe menu from award-winning Chef Paul Virant. Suburban and city guests alike can reminisce about the past year and look forward to 2016 while indulging in dishes including Bay Scallops with White Asparagus Aigre-Doux, Chevre Cavatelli with Braised Duck Ragout, and Wood-Grilled CDK Strip Loin. The six-course menu is priced at $140 per person, with optional wine pairings for $55 per person. Guests joining the restaurant from 8:30 p.m. and on are welcome to stay for the big countdown to the New Year. Reservations can be made between 5-10 p.m. on OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at 708.246.2082. For more information, follow Vie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.