New Year's Eve is tough. Overhyped parties and overpriced bar packages are enough to make anyone stay in - especially in Chicago when weather (ice storms and freezing temps) are a deciding factor on whether to stay in or not.
That said, we're not getting any younger and life is meant to be lived! Here are the best way to ring in the new year, without buying a drink package at an overcrowded bar. When I set out this year, the cold air will let my body know that I'm still alive (at least that's what I'm telling myself):
Experience life in a distant galaxy.
That's the theme for Canvas Chicago's Voyager themed NYE bash at Moonlight Studios. More than 10,000 square feet will house the art installation centered around what NASA's Voyager would discover millions of lightyears away. Light projections and dj sets from the likes of Hebru Brantley will top off the night.
Go Casual at Lowcountry
Seafood boil and champagne....what could be better? It's the fun, local alternative to packed Wrigleyville bars or stuffy dinners. The best part is, with communal style seating, you're sure to make friends. Cost is $125 per person. Email info@lowcountrychicago for seating arrangement details.
New Year's in Italy - Minus the Plane Ticket
Filini is taking guests on gastronomic trip to Italy without taking your butt out of Chicago. The four-course prix fixe dinner is $120 per person and $145 per person with wine pairings. For reservations call 312.565.5258.
Sing your heart out
If you and your pals love to sing or just do weird stuff (like sing karaoke in a room together for laughs) then get down to Clark St. Karaoke for NYE. Tickets include room reservations and bar package (craft beers, wine, liquor, and champagne toast). My mom would be all about this life. I'm not into karaoke but I'd be into this only because for a minute it would feel like I'm in Japan (travel without traveling! My theme for this post).
Ring in the New Year's at Clark St. Karaoke!Party with your friends in one of our private karaoke rooms. Rooms range...
Rosé Champagne Gold at Travelle Kitchen + Bar
Travelle is going all 'big city, bright lights' with its rosé champagne New Year's Eve party. Enjoy views of the Chicago river while you sip on cocktails, snack on small bites at your reserved table. Tickets for the rose package are priced at $125 per person and can be upgraded to include dinner. To make a reservation call 312.923.7705 or visit www.travellechicago.com.
Ring in 2016 Like Royalty
Roka Akor Chicago is sparing no expense to ring in 2016. They've created a decadent menu for all the foodies looking for the best of land and sea. A five-course prix-fixed menu highlighting their premium steak, sushi, and seafood specialty is priced at $128 per person.