If you're looking for a festive atmosphere to ring in 2017, Medieval Times is a great place to do so. Take in an early show with the kids or make it a late night celebration for just the two of you. The 9:30 showtime has some added goodies - party favors, music and dancing, admission to the Museum of Torture, hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast and balloon drop in addition to a four-course dinner. Click here for tickets. There are also several shows scheduled on New Year's Day.
LaVoute Bistro and Bar
This lovely bistro serving classic French cuisine inside a historic hotel is a lovely setting for a celebration - a perfect way to celebrate by retreating to your room instead of heading out for home in the chilly wee hours of a Chicagoland winter. Purchase tickets for a dinner seating between 4 and 7 p.m. or get tickets for the late bash with an open bar, appetizers, entree and dessert. $75 per person for dinner only and $125 for the New Year's Eve party starting at 9:30 p.m.
If you're looking for a jolly place to Prost! in the New Year, head to Hofbrauhaus where you can partake in one of two celebrations to welcome the new year. An afternoon bash will help you celebrate at 5 p.m. along with all of Germany as the clock strikes midnight in Deutschland. The party features a parade and lots of swaying and dancing with their amazing band. Then later in the evening, count down with complimentary champagne and a festive fireworks display at MB Financial Park. P.S. MB Financial Park offers free skating right across from Hofbrauhaus through February 26. Skate rental is $8.
If you're looking to celebrate even a little early or after the celebrations are over and you're looking for a way to nosh through that hangover, visit Trader Todd's for their Lucky Food Menu running all week. Among the menu items are Black Eyed Peas ($8) served a warm pork broth soup with fresh herbs and jalapeño corn bread - a traditional southern dish consumed on New Year's Day for good luck and prosperity in the new year along with Collard Greens ($4), Trader Todd's Meatball Sandwich ($11) and Soba Noodle Salad ($9.) Also enjoy lucky cocktails made just for the occasion.
On New Year's Even, you can enjoy brunch starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. Then there's a 4-hour happy-hour running from 4 - 8 p.m. with half-price specialty drinks and 25% off food. The New Year's even party kicks off at 8 p.m. with karaoke and free party favors with two complimentary toasts - one at 11 p.m. for Key West and one at midnight for Chicago.
Fogo de Chao
Chicago, Naperville and Rosemont
Spend your last day of 2016 or first day of 2017 overindulging in a luxurious, culinary experience at a Fogo de Chao location. The Brazilian Steakhouse offers an expansive market table of cold treats followed up by meat, meat and more meat served on swords. This churasco dining experience is something everyone needs to try - and what better time to do so than as 2016 comes to a close.
True BBQ and Whiskey Bar
Hope across the border and dine and party like a Hoosier this year. The upscale bbq bar is serving up some delicious dinner package to celebrate the new year. Available December 31 and January 1, get a dinner package for $24.95 of BBQ ribs, smoked prime rib, bourbon chicken or more or upgrade to a $28.95 with entree choices such as ahi tuna, 18 ounce porterhouse steak or filet and lobster tail.
Enjoy a four-course meal and champagne toast priced at just $60 and choose from such dishes as escargot, shrimp and crab galette, grilled bone-in ribeye and cassoulet of shellfish. Finish off the meal with a Meyer lemon tart or hazelnut and roasted almond mousse cake. Make your reservation here.