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Say sayonara to 2015 and start the New Year off right with big bloody marys, Brazilian brunch, and more!

Cheers to the New Year at BIG Bar’s Biggest Bloody Mary Bar

BIG Bar (151 E. Upper Wacker Dr.) invites guests and locals to sip on Bloody Marys this New Year’s Day at the one-day-only Biggest Bloody Mary Bar. As the longest freestanding bar on the continent, BIG Bar’s will open at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day to let the New Year’s celebration continue at the epicenter of Chi-Town Rising. Guests can get creative with their customizable Bloody Marys, including a selection of cheeses, cured meats, Slim Jims, veggies, a wide selection of hot sauces, pepper mills, flavored salts, and more.

The Ultimate Hangover Brunch at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap

Guests can roll out of bed and over to Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap (41 E. Superior St.) as the beer and wing hot spot hosts the ultimate brunch to cure those New Year’s Eve hangovers. Brunch goers can relax and reboot with a bevy of indulgent brunch offerings including the 4 A.M Burger ($14.95) with cheddar cheese, house-smoked bacon, hash browns, a fried egg and Bloody Mary ketchup as well as the Chicken & Waffle Wings ($11.95). Guests can enjoy a fully loaded Bloody Mary Bar offered throughout the day while college football games air on over 25 big screen TVs. Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap will be open on New Year’s Day from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call 312.266.0400.

New Year’s Day Brazilian Brunch at La Sirena Clandestina

La Sirena Clandestina (954 W. Fulton Market), celebrates the start of 2016 with a New Year’s Day Brazilian Brunch on Friday, January 1 from 12-6:00 p.m. with live music, cocktails and Latin fare. Guests can indulge in South American staples including Feijoada ($30 for a small portion, $50 for a large), and Moqueca ($32 for a small portion, $54 for a large). Additional street food-inspired offerings include Brazilian-style Fried Chicken ($10) with malagueta hot sauce and Casquinha de Siri ($14), a Brazilian baked crab dish. Live music from local samba band Planeta Azul plays musical sets throughout the day while the crowd imbibes on a selection of LeBlon Cachaça brunch cocktails, including house-made Bloody Marys, Micheladas with Tecate, and Caipirinhas. Sticking true to the South American tradition of eating seven pomegranate seeds for good luck in the New Year, Beverage Director Anthony Mitchell and LeBlon Cachaça Brand Ambassador Daniel de Oliveira also greet guests with a complimentary Pisco Punch incorporating 7 pomegranate seeds into each portion. Reservations for the New Year’s Day brunch are required and can be made by calling 312.226.5300.

Double Down with Buy-One-Get-One Brunch Entrees at River Roast

Hungover friends and family can get double their money’s worth at the New Year’s Day Blues & Brews brunch at River Roast (315 N. LaSalle St.). Guests who order one brunch entrée will get a second brunch entrée on the house. New Year’s Eve revelers will surely need an extra helping of Chef John Hogan’s famous Hangover Soup with pork shoulder, dried chili, and hominy. As with all weekend brunch at River Roast, diners will enjoy live local blues acts during brunch. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312.822.0100. For more information, please visit, or follow River Roast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


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