New Year’s - Celebrate the New Year With/In The Best City In The World and Nearby

New Years- Happy 2016 (Photo:Courtesy of Maria Densley)

The New Year, 2016, is rapidly approaching.  As we wish one another a good, healthy, happy year, we enjoy sending out the old and bringing in the new.  If you are looking for something to do in the city or the suburbs, here are a few suggestions.  Have a wonderful New Year.

The Chicago Splash Magazine Staff


Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park (Photo - Courtesy of Noreen Heron Agency

Join in on Chicago’s biggest New Year’s Eve Celebration yet with Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park’s CHI-Town Rising Packages. Just steps from the city’s infamous Magnificent Mile and world-class parks, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Dr., is located in the center of the city’s NYE CHI-Town Rising Celebration.

  • VIP CHI-Town Rising Package including two nights for two guests and 2 VIP Audience Zone CHI-Town Rising Tickets (values at $150) with featured bands Chicago and American Authors as headliners. Available December 30-January 2 from $379 USD.
  • CHI-Town Rising Package that includes a two night stay for two guests and breakfast for two from In-Room Dining daily. Available from December 26- January 3 from $379 USD.

More information at The Millenniumparkhotel website and JPEGs available upon request. 



John Michael Coppola (Photo-Courtesy of Noreen Heron Agency

Ring in the New Year right and catch A Jersey Voice at Theatre at the Center

From John Michael Coppola of Chicago’s long running hit, Jersey Boys, comes A Jersey Voice: Sinatra to Springsteen and Everyone In Between. Coppola takes the audience through some of America’s most beloved sounds starting in the 1940s and featuring the music of icons like Dean Martin, Billy Joel and, of course, a healthy dose of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Performances take place Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. Tickets are for adults are $40, students are $20 (6pm show only). Dinner and show tickets are $68 (plus tax). For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit TheatreAtTheCenter website or call 219.836.3255.



El Tapeo Restaurant (Photo - Courtesy of Noreen Heron Agency

Put a Latin spin on New Year’s Eve at El Tapeo

After the success and popularity of its first NYE event in 2014, modern Spanish restaurant El Tapeo invites guests to ring in 2016 with the 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve party on Thursday, December 31. Located on the 9th floor of Le Méridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center, 2100 Spring Road,  El Tapeo will offer two dinner seatings, each featuring a complimentary glass of sangria or sparkling champagne. Guests who book the second dinner seating will be granted complimentary access to a festive party from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., featuring live entertainment, party favors, and a midnight toast. Make a night of it with Le Mérdien’s Overnight Package for $149 plus tax. In order to receive this discount, guests must have a confirmed El Tapeo reservation for one of the options below.

  • The first seating, offered between 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., until 8:30 p.m., will feature El Tapeo’s signature à la carte menu. Highlights include traditional Spanish tapas, such as Albondigas, lamb and bacon meatballs, romesco, toasted almonds & parsley; Tortilla Española made of confit artichoke, spinach, goat cheese omelet, romesco & crème fraiche.
  • The second seating, offered from 9 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. will feature a prix-fixe, three course meal for $85 per person. The menu spotlights a number of El Tapeo’s most popular tapas, artfully constructed main dishes, and rich desserts.  The prix-fixe option also includes complimentary access to the party.
  • Reservations are required. Guests of the first dinner seating who would like to enjoy the party, or those who would like to only attend the party, can do so for an entrance fee of $35.



Geja's Cafe (photo-Courtesy of Noreen Heron Agency

Ring in the New Year at Chicago’s Most Romantic

Named Most Romantic Restaurant by USA TODAY, iconic Chicago dining destination, Geja’s Café, will offer New Year’s Eve revelers a romantic repast with three special reserved seatings on Thursday, December 31, 2015 to ring in 2016.  All guests will enjoy a four-course fondue dinner complete with cheese fondue appetizer, Geja’s Salad, Jumbo Shrimp, Beef Tenderloin and Lobster entrée and Geja’s famous, decadent flaming chocolate dessert fondue.  The evening’s packages also include sparkling wine and tax and gratuity.

  • 5:00 p.m. seating is $85 per person and includes a glass of Scharffenberger Cellars Brut.
  • 7:30 p.m. seating is $95 per person and includes a glass of Scharffenberger Cellars Brut Rosé.
  • 10:00 p.m. seating is $105 per person and includes a glass of Roederer Estate Brut and party favors galore for the countdown to midnight.

To make a reservation, please call 773.281.9101 or visit Gejascafe website


Celebrate the New Year All Day


Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel (Photo - Courtesy of Noreen Heron Agency)

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 W Upper Wacker Dr, will be hosting an all day celebration on Thursday, December 31st. Renaissance will offer pub food and NFL & college football viewing throughout the day, followed by live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and beats by DJ Wav from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. New Year's Eve revelers can toast to 2016 with an array of Champagne choices including Nicolas Feuillatte 187, Cristal, Moët Chandon, and Veuve Clicquot, complemented by a special Charcuterie Cart (pricing for the charcuterie is based on consumption). For more information, visit  Marriott Renaissance Chicago website



Rosemont NYE


MB Financial Park at Rosemont (5501 Park Place) will celebrate the New Year with a plethora of celebrations at each of its venues, complete with special dinner packages, live music and champagne toasts. At midnight, guests can kick off 2016 with a bang during a spectacular fireworks display above MB Financial Park.
New Year’s Eve celebrations will continue across the street from MB Financial Park at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. The Convention Center will ring in 2016 with Reaction NYE featuring headliners Deadmau5, Skrillix, Chvrches, Run The Jewels, Chance The Rapper and more. The music festival will serve as one of the sites for ABC 7’s New Year’s Eve LIVE broadcast, “Countdown Chicago 2015,” December 31 starting at 11:08 p.m. ABC 7’s Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner will be on-site at the Convention Center, showcasing the festival along with Rosemont’s other entertainment attractions.
Families can celebrate the New Year earlier in the day by enjoying FROZEMONT’s winter attractions. Weather permitting, the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink at MB Financial Park will be open from 11 a.m. through 1 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31. Ice skating is free, with skate rentals available on-site for $8. FROZEMONT’s centerpiece, the two-story Polar Peak tubing hill, can take visitors on a tubing thrill ride from 12 p.m. through 8 p.m. Tubing tickets start at $3 per run, with discounts available for multiple runs. The fun will continue into New Year’s Day with special hours available for ice skating and tubing at FROZEMONT. Weather permitting, ice skating will be open from 11 a.m. through 11 p.m. and Polar Peak will be open from 12 p.m. through 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1. 
“With its wide variety of venues and offerings, MB Financial Park has the perfect New Year’s Eve celebration for everyone,” said Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens. “From outdoor fun at FROZEMONT, to bowling packages, delicious dinners and even indoor skydiving, the park is a great destination to kick off the New Year.”
Adobe Gila’s Margarita Fajita Cantina will spice up the New Year with an unforgettable fiesta featuring live music by Jeff Abruzino from 8 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. The party will continue with a live DJ.  In addition to a champagne toast at midnight, Adobe Gila’s will also offer its guests $5 personal pitchers of Pacifico and “Gila Fizz” signature cocktails for $8. For more information, call 847-233-0080

Five Roses Irish Pub (Photo:Courtesy of Five Roses Irish Pub)

Five Roses Pub will present a 2016 “No Packages! No Problems” party for those who are looking to have fun without breaking the bank. DJ Alex Peace will keep guests dancing into 2016. For more information or reservations, call 847-233-0077
For New Year’s Eve, Hofbräuhaus Chicago invites guests to ring in 2016 the Bavarian way with food, brews and a live band. Hofbräuhaus Chicago will offer a special New Year’s Eve dinner menu with complimentary party favors after 4 p.m. Dec. 31. Following their fantastic dinner menu, guests can enjoy a delectable dessert tower while awaiting the stroke of midnight and a champagne toast. Call 847.671.BREW (2739)
Kick off 2016 with a thrilling adventure at iFLY Indoor Skydiving. Anyone who has ever wanted to feel the singular rush of skydiving, from age three to 103, can make their dream a reality at iFLY. A variety of flight packages are available for individuals and groups. For more information or flight reservations, call 779.368.4359 or visit  Chicagoiflyworld website

iFLY(Photo-Courtesy of ifly)

Bring the whole family to Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports to ring in the New Year. Family New Year’s Eve packages are available from 11 a.m. through 8 p.m. and include bowling, shoe rentals, food from King’s scratch kitchen, party favors and refreshments, including sparkling cider. Adult lane packages, complete with champagne and party favors, are available all day and night. A Live DJ will spin the best chart-toppers of 2015, and guests can enjoy all the New Year’s Eve action on Kings’ 50+ HDTVs & Projection Screens. For reservations or more information, call 847-233-0099 or visit  KingsRosemontRSVP website

Kings Bowling Player (Photo of Kings Bowling Player)

Park Tavern will celebrate 2016 with dinner and champagne packages starting at 10 p.m. Following their New Year’s Eve celebration is their New Year’s Day brunch with NFL games playing throughout the day, their famous “Mac Daddy” Bloody Marys, $2 mimosas and other drink specials to keep the party going. For reservations, call 847.349.5151 or visit Parktavernrosemont website

Park Tavern (Photo:Courtesy of Park Tavern)

Kick off the New Year in a sweet way at Sugar Factory with its New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu. Starting at 6 p.m., visitors can enjoy a choice of three sharable goblet cocktails, appetizer, entrée and dessert for $95 per person. For reservations, call 847.233.9010.

Sugar Factory American Brasserie (Photo: Courtesy of Sugar Factory American Brasserie

Don’t miss the hilarious lineup at Zanies Comedy Club this New Year’s Eve. Known for his appearances on NBC’s “Undateable” and Comedy Central's “Kroll Show,” Ron Funches will ring in 2016 with two shows at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Party favors and a champagne toast are included in the 10:30 performance. For reservations or more information, call 847-813-0484 or visit,  Zanies website

Zanies (photo:Courtesy of Zanies)



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