We’re about to say goodbye to 2022, and every neighborhood in Chicago is abuzz with New Year’s Eve preparations. The Rogers Park and the Gold Coast neighborhoods are no exception. Whether you’re looking forward to a cozy night at home or a dressy evening out, here are some ideas for celebrating the new year.
Roaring Twenties Style Dinner & Dancing
Welcome 2023 with a 1923 theme at Tortoise Supper Club in River North. The Great Gatsby-style event includes an à la carte menu, live jazz, and a DJ dance party starting at 11:00 p.m. Reserve ahead of time to ensure your spot.
350 N State Street
International Holiday Fare
For a global spin on holiday cuisine, you can dine on traditional West African New Year’s Eve dishes at local favorite Badou Senegalese Cuisine. The menu features grilled lamb, fish, and couscous, but Chef Badou can customize dinners around dietary needs and preferences.
2049 W Howard St
Bar & Grill Blowout
Mullen’s Sports Bar & Grill offers a New Year’s Eve party for neighborhood locals and sports fans alike. A $40 advance/$50 at-the-door ticket includes three drinks, a champagne toast, and tasty buffet, plus live music by Simply Sound.
7301 N Western Ave
Gold Coast Balloon Drop
For an upscale evening, ring in the new year at Nico Osteria’s reserve bar with passed hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, a live DJ and violinist, and a midnight balloon drop. Or, go all out with a five-course chef’s tasting menu and wine pairing before joining the reserve bar celebration.
1015 N Rush Street (in the Thompson Hotel)
DIY Celebration at Home
Avoid the crowds and enjoy the comforts of your TPM home with a DIY celebration!
Drinks: Rogers Park Social offers cocktails, wine, and beer to go (be sure to double-check New Year’s hours and per-person drink limits). Order online, pick up at the window, and you’re all set for a midnight toast.
6920 N Glenwood Ave
Food: Twilight Kitchen in Rogers Park offers seasonal, savory meals for small groups (2-6 people), or custom catering options for larger crowds. Either way, you get an NYE feast delivered right to your door.
New Year’s Day Brunch
Keep the celebration going on New Year’s Day and savor a made-from-scratch brunch as your first meal of 2023. Honeybear Café is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30-3:30, and kids eat free with an adult meal purchase (make sure to reserve ahead).
7036 N Clark St
However you to decide to celebrate, we wish you a happy, healthy, and and peaceful new year!