Though some will opt for ringing in 2018 quietly from the comfort of their own homes, New Year's Eve is a time when many celebrate (or mourn) what has transpired over the past 365 days and revel in anticipation of what's to come. For those looking to welcome 2018 with a night out on the town at some of Chicago's finest restaurants, here's a variety of options for you to choose from.
Those looking to celebrate the New Year at one of Chicago's hottest openings
can head to Somerset. There, chef Lee Wolen will be dishing up a four-course menu, with dishes such as beef tartare, butter poached lobster and black truffle-stuffed chicken. Guests can enjoy this decadent meal in Somerset's swanky dining room at $95 a pop.
This pasta haven from chef Sarah Grueneberg is the perfect spot to fill your stomach before a night of revelry. Options include lobster spaghetti, tortelloni di zucca
(winter squash filled pasta) and a 24-ounce bone-in rib eye. There are three different seatings
throughout the night depending on how late your plan to stay out, with the last one including five courses, live music and a toast at midnight.
Treat yo' self to a two-Michelin-starred meal to celebrate the start of 2018. The restaurant is taking a trip back in time to transform itself into the legendary Studio 54
for guests to party the night—and year—away. There are promised to be surprise performances throughout dinner at two seatings. Afterwards, the real partying will begin and last until 4:00 a.m. for those looking for the "real Studio 54 experience."
This Chinese spot from celebrity chef Stephanie Izard is offering a special menu on the big night. Options include scallion pancakes, wood-fired duck hearts, pekan chicken and beef slap noodles. The cost is $70 per person, with a beverage pairing also available for an additional $30. For a more lively atmosphere, check out the 70s-themed party at Izard's Little Goat Diner
Unable to book a trip this year? Take a trip to the Mediterranean at this Bib Gourmand-designated restaurant. Avec is offering a four-course feast for $99 (including tax and gratuity) per person. Dishes include lamb tartare with preserved lemon, tahini yogurt and urfa chile; gnocchi alla Romana with roasted hen of the woods mushrooms, chicories and saba; octopus tagine with moroccan spiced chickpeas, cauliflower and hand rolled couscous; and an array of Mediterranean sweets to finish the meal.
Image courtesy of Somerset. Photo by Anthony Tahlier Photography.