Toast New Year's Eve at these suburban spots
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Do you have plans yet to ring in the New Year? If not, here are some ideas of suburban restaurants and clubs hosting New Year's Eve parties and New Year's Day brunches. Don't delay making those reservations though.
Bahama Breeze: 406 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, (847) 884-7060 or bahamabreeze.com/home. Celebrate at Bahama Breeze's New Year's Eve Junkanoo Jam featuring live music and giveaways starting at 9 p.m. Sip on cocktails like the Gombay Smash, Painkiller, Yuka Hula Hickey Dula, Zombie and Dark 'N Stormy starting at $2.18 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The New Year's Day Recovery features the "What a Bloody Mary" starting at $7.99 all day on Jan. 1.
Bar Louie: Suburban locations in Geneva, Mount Prospect, Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace and Schaumburg. Kiss Off 2017 at Bar Louie's New Year's Eve party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Expect music, drinks, scratch food and more. Tickets cost $20; reserve them at barlouie.com/nye.
Big Bowl: 215 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 808-8880, and 1950 E Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-8881 or bigbowl.com/. The regular menu plus daily specials will be on tap from noon to 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Reservations recommended.
Bub City: MB Financial Park, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 261-0399 or bub-city.com/rosemont/. Kick off New Year's Eve with a brunch serving Southern staples and a DIY Bloody Mary Bar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. New Year's Eve dinner specials include smoked prime rib, seafood boil and a barbecue rib dinner, all while enjoying the music of Suburban Cowboys (no cover charge before 10 p.m.) and a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations required. Come back between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday for brunch featuring fried chicken and waffles, beef brisket benedict and the Bloody Mary Bar.
Chandler's Chophouse: 401 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, (847) 885-9009 or chandlerschophouse.com/events-2/. Chandler's goes all out for New Year's Eve with a five-course dinner, a four-hour open bar from 8 p.m. to midnight, a video countdown, a balloon drop, party favors, a DJ and dancing. The package costs $99. Reservations required.
Chicago Prime Steakhouse: 1444 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, (847) 969-9900 or chicagoprimesteakhouse.com/ring-in-2018-with-chicago-prime. In addition to the regular menu, enjoy live music by Ed Collins from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., a champagne toast at midnight and party favors on New Year's Eve.
Chicago Prime Italian: 1370 Bank Drive, Schaumburg, (847) 240-1414 or chicagoprimeitalian.com/. Dinner, a champagne toast, party favors and live music in the lounge are all included in the $79.99 New Year's Eve celebration. Nosh on surf and turf, twin lobster tails, 10-ounce filet Italiano style and desserts like white chocolate mousse, tiramisu or cheesecake. Tax and gratuity not included. Reservations required.
CityGate Grille: 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville, (630) 718-1010 or citygategrille.com/. Upscale dinner, classic cocktails and live jazz from The Friends Band are on the menu for New Year's Eve. Reservations required.
The Clubhouse: 298 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-0600, and 1301 American Lane, Schaumburg, (847) 298-8200, or theclubhouse.com/. Ring in the New Year with the Surf and Turf Prix Fixe for Two or other Clubhouse dinners. The DJ starts at 10 p.m. at the Oak Brook location. Reservations required.
Coach's Corner: 152 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village, (847) 956-1818 or dacoachs.com/. Coach's Corner celebrates its 20th anniversary with a New Year's Eve party from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Choose from the $65 open bar and app/dessert bar or a cash bar and limited menu. Reservations recommended.
D'Andrea Banquets: 4419 Northwest Hwy., Crystal Lake, (815) 459-7234 or dandreabanquets.com/. The $90 New Year's Eve package runs from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and includes a five-hour open bar, filet mignon and lobster dinner, a pastry table, live DJ and dancing, party favors, and a champagne toast and balloon drop. Includes tax and gratuity. Reservations suggested.
Draft Picks: 912 Busse Road, Mount Prospect, (847) 290-9000 or draftpicksmtprospect.com. New Year's Eve party includes a live DJ, champagne toast at midnight and free buffet at 12:30 a.m.
Dover Straits: 890 E. Route 45, Mundelein, (847) 949-1550 or doverstraits.com/. The restaurant will be hosting a special limited menu for a New Year's Eve late seating. Muzik Engine Band will entertain. Reservations requested.
Drink: 871 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, (847) 397-3100 or aceplaceschicago.com/NYE/Drink/NYE17.php. Drink goes all out for New Year's Eve with a video countdown, balloon drop, party favors, two dance floors and three DJs featuring Zebo, Rich Ungos of Dance Factory Radio and Dahmino. It's $35 general admission after 10 p.m. and $85 for Gold VIP, which includes admission from 8 p.m. to midnight, four hours of open bar and an appetizer buffet from 8 to 10 p.m.
Drury Lane: 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, (630) 530-8300 or lucillerestaurant.com/holidays-and-special-events. Celebrate one last time in 2017 with a four-course dinner at Lucille. Toast the New Year with a glass of champagne in a commemorative flute, and then enjoy live music and drinks at the cash bar until 1 a.m. It costs $45 at 3 p.m., $70 at 6 p.m. and $65 at 9 p.m. Come back on Monday for the New Year's Day Champagne Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nosh on eggs Benedict, French toast, baked Atlantic salmon and more at 10 food stations. Sip on mimosas or bellinis and stop by the Bloody Mary bar. It's $40 for adults, $16 for kids 6-12, $10 for kids 3-5, and free for kids 2 and younger. Reservations required.
e+o Food and Drink: 125 Randhurst Village Drive, Mount Prospect, (847) 398-3636 or eofoodanddrink.com/. e+o hosts a New Year's Eve party that includes a buffet, a premium bar package, a cheesecake bar, DJ CJ, a holiday photo booth, a champagne toast at midnight and a late-night pizza bar from midnight to 1 a.m. It's $50 for the premium bar package only, $50 for the buffet only (with champagne toast), or $100 all-inclusive. Tickets are available on eventbrite.com.
Emmett's Brewing Co.: 110 N. Brockway, Palatine, (847) 359-1533 or emmettsbrewingco.com/. Get ready to laugh when Emmett's Brewery hosts an early dinner/comedy show on New Year's Eve. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the New Year's Eve menu includes a choice of bourbon-glazed chicken, filet of tenderloin or shrimp boursin pasta, plus salad, bread and a stout brownie. The comedy show, which starts at 8:45 p.m., will feature host Paul Shafer along with the Chicago Comedy All-Stars and Bill Gorgo, James Wesley Jackson and Jimmy McHugh. Tickets cost $65 and include dinner, the show, nonalcoholic drinks, tip and gratuity. Seating in the Tap Room is limited to 60 people. Reservations required.
Empire: 48 W. Chicago Ave., Naperville, (630) 355-9000 or empireburgerbar.com/. Pirate Radio headlines the New Year's Eve bash that runs from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. General admission, which is $20 at the door, includes party favors and a top-shelf champagne toast at midnight.
Entre Bar and Grill: 1725 E. Algonquin, Schaumburg, (847) 221-0622 or entrebarandgrill.com/. It's a Roaring '20s New Year's Eve party with Dueling DJ's Carlos Guate and Reggie, a champagne toast, an open bar package and a breakfast buffet. Tickets cost $75. Reservations required.
Finn McCool's: 1941 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, (847) 303-5100 or aceplaceschicago.com/NYE/FinnsSCH/NYE.php. There are two ways to celebrate: Party for free -- no cover, cash bar, based on space availability -- or party for $49, which includes four-hour open bar from 8 p.m. to midnight and pizza and pasta apps from 9 to 11 p.m. Everyone gets party favors and a champagne toast, plus there's a multimedia countdown and party DJ and dancing.
Gene & Georgetti Rosemont: 9421 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont, (847) 653-3300 or geneandgeorgetti.com/. The restaurant's holiday specials, available Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 28-31, include seafood salad, oysters Rockefeller, bacon-wrapped scallops, lobster ravioli garnished with a lobster confetti, Alaskan king crab legs, 18-ounce bone-in osso bucco and 14-ounce bone-in strip steak with three jumbo shrimp. Holiday cocktails, available until Jan. 6, include the hot toddy, wintermint and spiced hot cider. Reservations required.
The Heritage: 7403 Madison St., Forest Park, (708) 435-4937 or theheritageforestpark.com. Enjoy an intimate celebration with a special three-course prix fixe dinner on Sunday, Dec. 31. There will be three seatings: 5/5:30 p.m. and 7:30/8 p.m. cost $65, while the 10/10:30 p.m. seating is $75 and includes a midnight champagne toast. Beverages, tax and tip not included. The menu includes tuna tartare or roasted quail, seared scallops or dry-aged strip steak, and chocolate financier, lemon tart or almond eclair. Reservations are required.
The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center: 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, or oakbrookhillsresortchicago.com/. Starting at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, TIMELESS returns to the Grand Ballroom featuring "The Rat Pack is Back," which comprises Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin impersonators backed by a 15-piece big band. The night includes a premium open bar, classic-era cocktails, and food stations with items like caviar, oysters, shrimp cocktail, crabcakes and a chocolate fountain, plus party favors, a midnight balloon drop and a champagne toast. The Rat Pack Manhattan will be the featured cocktail in the VIP Lounge. Tickets cost $235-$397.50 at eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-timeless-tickets-39714060825.
Hofbräuhaus Chicago: 5500 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 671-2739 or hofbrauhauschicago.com/. Families can ring in the New Year earlier during the "Munich-style" family-friendly celebration starting at 2 p.m. Festivities include a face painter from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by a magic show with illusions and live animals and then a parade and toast to Munich's New Year at 5 p.m. All guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne or sparkling wine for the kids. The adult celebration includes a champagne toast at midnight during the fireworks over MB Financial Park.
Hotel Baker: 100 W. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-2100 or hotelbaker.com/new-years-eve-2017/. Make reservations for the four-course New Year's Eve dinner menu featuring butternut squash soup; lobster martini with wasabi mashed potatoes; beef rib-eye cap or yellowtail hamachi tuna; and a dessert trilogy of pear cobbler, white chocolate panna cotta and vanilla spongecake. First seating is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; second seating is from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. $68. Head to the Waterfront Room for DJ entertainment from 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.
Joe's Live: MB Financial Park, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 261-0392 or joesliverosemont.com/. Starting at 9 p.m. New Year's Eve, feast on a Southern barbecue dinner buffet, jam to Sixteen Candles, enjoy libations and stick around for a late-night breakfast. There will be a confetti blast at midnight. $85 general admission. New Year's Eve tickets are good for $10 off brunch the next day at Bub City.
Johnny's Kitchen & Tap: 1740 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, (847) 699-9999 or johnnysglenview.com/specials/. Johnny's New Year's Eve party features live music from Bonnie Bridges starting at 7:30 p.m. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
Kings Dining & Entertainment: 5505 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 233-0099 or kings-de.com/rosemont. Kings Dining & Entertainment is hosting a Willy Wonka-themed New Year's Eve celebration featuring a live DJ and dancing. plus party favors and giveaways throughout the night. Try a variety of food specials and Wonka-inspired cocktails and take advantage of bowling packages for families and adults. Drinks include "Violet, you're turning Violet!" (vodka, coconut rum, energy drink, cranberry juice and Blue Curacao), "Oompa Loompa" (tequila, lime juice, strawberry and mango puree served frozen with a green sugar rim), "Chocolate River" (vodka, Kahlua, Godiva chocolate liquor and sweet cream), "Fizzy Lifting Drink" (citrus vodka, St-Germain, fresh lemon juice and strawberry puree topped with bubbly and served with a Pop Rocks rim) and "Golden Ticket" (vodka, white grape juice, peach and mango puree, served with a bottle of prosecco). Lobster pizza, beef Madeira, land & sea (steak tips and jumbo grilled shrimp) and the cannoli trio are a few of the specials available Friday through Monday, Dec. 29-Jan. 1.
Main Event: 28250 Diehl Road, Warrenville, (630) 393-9400 or mainevent.com/funspecials/new-year. New Year's Eve happenings include a prize-filled balloon drop at 4 p.m., a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, party favors, an interactive photo booth and half-price games after 10 p.m. Also, there's a New Year's Eve package that includes all-you-can-play bowling, billiards, laser tag and more, plus an entree, soda and gelato for $39.95 for adults and $29.95 for kids 12 and younger from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and $44.95 for adults and $34.95 for kids from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. No reservations needed.
Martini Room: 161 E. Chicago St., Elgin, (847) 741-0349 or martiniroomelgin.com/. Head Back to the '90s at Martini Room's New Year's Eve party starting at 8 p.m. DJ Joe Black starts at 9 p.m. Drinks specials and dance contests throughout the night, plus a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. No cover.
Mon Ami Gabi Oak Brook: 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-1900 or monamigabi.com/home/?loc=oakbrook. Roll out of bed in your pajamas and head to Mon Ami Gabi for a French breakfast featuring quiche, crepes, crème brûlée French toast and more from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. Dine in your pajamas and receive a gift certificate equal to the price of your meal (minus tax and gratuity) to use on a future visit. The regular dinner menu will be available until 8 p.m.
Old Town Pour House: 1703 Freedom Drive, Naperville, (630) 448-6020 or oldtownpourhouse.com/naperville/new-year-s-eve-party-in-naperville-event-615.php. Brew Year's Eve features a prix fixe menu with beer pairings for $60. The pairings include potato beer soup with Goose Island Bottlenectar or roasted beet salad with Ace Perry Cider; IPA-braised pork shank with Great Divide Yeti Stout or chicken roulade with Half Acre Pony Pilsner; and lemon angel cake with Pollyanna Eleanor. Full food and drink menus also will be offered. Plus, there's a champagne toast at midnight and a live video DJ playing videos and party music. Reservations encouraged. The New Year's Day Recovery Brunch includes specials like the stuffed French toast, steak and eggs, pork benedict and the Churchill Bloody Mary ($12).
Nevin's Brewing Company: 12337 S. Route 59, Plainfield, (815) 436-3900 or nevinsbrewing.com/. A special New Year Eve's dinner package, which costs $40, includes cover charge at the door, two drink tickets, dinner and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Guests can choose one appetizer such as firecracker shrimp or spinach artichoke dip; one entree like Parmesan-crusted filet medallions, crab-stuffed Atlantic salmon or chicken rotolo; and one dessert such as mascarpone cheesecake or flourless chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Dance to the sounds of Poison'd Crue. Reservations required.
O'Toole's: 412 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, (847) 984-2599, and Timothy O'Toole's Pub, 5572 Grand Ave., Gurnee, (847) 249-0800. timothyotooles.com/. The celebration begins at both locations with a kids' party from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring dinner specials, a sundae bar and party favors with a 7 p.m. countdown. Reservations are encouraged. From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., both locations feature a choice of Miller High Life or champagne split and party favors while a DJ Spins. $15 cover charge at O'Toole's Libertyville and $10 at Timothy O'Toole's Pub Gurnee.
Perry's Steakhouse and Grille: 5 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 571-1808 or perryssteakhouse.com/menu-locations/chicago/oak-brook/. Start New Year's Eve night with a three-course meal followed by a champagne toast in Bar 79 at midnight. Dinner starts with a choice of soup or salad; main course options include 8-ounce Filet Perry wrapped with Nueske's applewood-smoked bacon and topped with jumbo lump crab meat, various steaks and chops, grilled salmon, surf and turf pasta and more. Dessert includes white chocolate cheesecake, dessert trio or the chocolate crunch. For reservations at 5:30 p.m. and earlier, dinner is $59.95 and for reservations at 5:45 p.m. or later, dinner is $79.95. Tax and gratuity not included. The restaurant will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight and Bar 79 will be open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Reservations required.
Pete Miller's Steak and Seafood: 3032 English Rows Ave., Naperville, (630) 428-4242 or petemillers.com/. Pete Miller's celebrates its inaugural New Year's Eve with a special lobster deal. The 1.5-pound lobster will be served with a side salad and a choice of a baked potato or broccoli. Enjoy live jazz from Return II Soul. Reservations required.
Pheasant Run Resort: 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (800) 474-3272 or pheasantrun.com/. Get dressed up for the New Year's Eve DJ and dance party in the New Orleans Ballroom. For $75, the evening includes a DJ party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., a four-hour open bar, a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight and party favors. Tax and service charges included. Reservations required. Overnight packages are also available.
Pinstripes: 7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook, (630) 575-8700; 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington, (847) 844-9300; 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook, (847) 480-2323. pinstripes.com/. Dinner, drinks, live music, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight are all made better with no cover charge. Or bring the kids for the Noon Year's Eve Party from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. A $10 ticket includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental, party favors and a sparkling cider toast at noon.
Rack House: 222 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, (847) 640-7225 or rackhousetavern.com/. On New Year's Day, roll out of bed and head to a Pajamas Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chef Bryant Anderson's one-day-only New Year's Day Menu includes waffle breakfast nachos, cinnamon roll pancakes, hangover breakfast sandwich and a kids brunch plate. Sip on $4 mimosas and $4 Bloody Marys.
Real Time Sports: 1120 W. Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village, (847) 534-5000 or realtimesportsbar.com/. Get ready to party with a DJ starting at 7 p.m. and live music starting at 8:30 p.m. New Year's Eve. Riley Elmore from TV's "The Voice" will make a special appearance. Plus, there's a champagne toast at midnight and an after-hours breakfast buffet. There's a $20 door cover for the party; it's $60 for a four-hour premium bar package. For reservations, see realtimesportsbar.com/events-1/ring-in-2018.
Reel Club: 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 368-9400 or reel-club.com/. The seafood brunch buffet starting at 10 a.m. Sunday and Monday features seafood and salad options, assorted sushi rolls, smoked fish, carved prime rib, an omelette station and a selection of homemade desserts until 3 p.m., followed by the dinner menu with daily specials.
Restaurant Michael: 64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, (847) 441-3100 or restaurantmichael.com/. New Year's Eve dinner will feature first-course selections including the gratin of scallop and prawn with artichoke beignet and saffron sauce and three entree selections including roasted filet of beef tenderloin and truffle mousse "en brioche." Seating times will begin at 5 p.m. and continue through 11 p.m. Late reservations will not be rushed. Dinner costs $95; a deposit of $24 per guest will hold the reservation.
Sam's: 1863 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights, (847) 577-1800 or samsofarlington.com. New Year's Eve specials include prime rib, twin lobster tails, filet mignon Oscar, pork chop and more.
Saranello's: 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 777-6878 or saranellos.com/. Ring in the New Year starting at 8 p.m. Sunday in Saranello's Grand Salon with a special five-course menu from chef-partner Mychael Bonner and executive chef Michael Brownell. It's $69.95, plus tax and gratuity, and includes a DJ, dancing, a champagne toast and more. Reservations for parties of four or more can be made at (847) 777-6878. Reservations are also available in the main dining room for Saranello's regular menu.
Schnitzel Platz: 729 E. North Ave., Glendale Heights, (630) 942-9900 or schnitzelplatz.com. A special menu, plus a champagne toast and party favors at midnight await guests New Year's Eve.
Shaw's Crab House Schaumburg: 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722 or shawscrabhouse.com/schaumburg/. Shaw's will be serving up a New Year's Day brunch, and to keep things casual, pajama attire is encouraged. From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., nosh on breakfast and seafood favorites. All guests who wear pajamas will receive a $20.18 gift certificate to use toward their next Shaw's visit. It's $45 for adults (plus tax and gratuity), $10 for kids 7-12, and free for kids 6 and younger. Reservations recommended.
Steak + Vine: 37 S. La Grange Road, La Grange, (708) 579-0520 or steakandvine.com/events/. Celebrate with a New Year's Eve dinner from 4 to 11 p.m. featuring prime steak and lobster tail specials. Local musician Johnny Don't performs from 9 to 11 p.m. in the lounge. Reservations required.
Sullivan's Steakhouse: 244 S. Main St., Naperville, (630) 305-0230, and 250 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 883-0311 or sullivanssteakhouse.com/promotions/new-years-eve-sullivans/. Ring in 2018 with a four-course prix fixe menu for $75 and a midnight toast. Start your dinner with the classic lump crabcake followed by an iceberg lettuce wedge and a 16-ounce rib-eye. End with a choice of New York-style cheesecake, bananas Foster bread pudding or chocolate-covered strawberries. Reservations required.
Texas de Brazil: 5 Woodfield Center, Suite D312, Schaumburg, (847) 413-1600 or texasdebrazil.com/locations/illinois/schaumburg/. The restaurant will be opening at 11 a.m. on New Year's Eve, offering the full rodizio-style dinner menu all day as well as the horseradish crusted rib-eye, a special holiday item. Dinner is $46.99 for adults, salad only is $24.99, half price for kids 6-12, $5 for kids 3-5, and free for kids 2 and younger. Reservations recommended.
Tuscany: 1415 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, (630) 990-1993 or tuscanychicago.com/location/oak-brook/. Enjoy live music from local band MyTime from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday as well as dinner specials, party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The regular menu of Italian specialties also will be available. Reservations required.
Tuscany: 550 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 465-9988 or tuscanychicago.com/location/wheeling/. The night features a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, a special New Year's Eve Chef's Menu created by executive chef Bolla Loza and live music from Rendition. The regular menu also will be available and reservations (beginning at 3 p.m.) are required.
Wheatstack: 5900 S. Route 53, Lisle, (630) 968-1920, option 2, or wheatstacklisle.com/events.html. Celebrate the new year from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, with a prime rib dinner for $20. Enjoy music from jazz trio Lush Life Jazz, who will play jazz standards from the '40s to today with a mix of rock and pop classics from 6 to 9 p.m. The restaurant closes at 10 p.m. Reservations required.