5 Restaurants to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Chicago

It has been quite the year. You deserve to celebrate the start of a new one in style.

Though some will opt for ringing in the New Year 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 2019 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.


Pasta-lovers are going to want to head to this Italian restaurant from chef Sarah Grueneberg. The menu will feature some of Grueneberg's favorite dishes to celebrate the year. There are three different seatings throughout the night depending on how late your plan to stay out, ranging from three ($65) to five ($125) courses with additional wine pairings available. The last seating gives you the table for the rest of the evening and includes live music and a toast at midnight.


The two-Michelin-starred restaurant is having a Shanghai-themed New Year's Eve dinner. The first seating is at 5:30 p.m., featuring six courses for $175 a seat plus beverages. The second seating is at 9:00 p.m. and boasts eight courses for $215 per person with wine pairings for an additional $135. Dishes include chicken truffle xiaolongbao with intense lobster soup; Peking duck with caviar, gai lan and consommé; fermented broken rice with peekytoe crab, uni and scallion; and short rib with braised turnips and salt and pepper puffed tendon. There's also an after party with a special drink menu, food buffet and Chicago house DJ Karl Almaria spinning three sets. Don't forget to bring your dancing shoes.

Band of Bohemia

Beer lovers should head to the world's first and only Michelin-starred brewpub. "So much more than a working brewery with a talented kitchen, Band of Bohemia is in fact a truly inspired gastropub that produces its own utterly unique creations both in the glass and on the plate," according to inspectors. Here, executive chef Ian Davis and his team is offering a seven-course tasting menu for $125 per person. Those looking to meet the person in charge of the kitchen can opt for the chef's counter reservation that will include a welcome cocktail and Champagne toast with Davis in addition to the tasting menu.


Chef Lee Wolen is offering two seatings at his Michelin-starred Boka on New Year's Eve. "The three dining rooms each exude elegance with a bit of romance and quirk, thanks to walls covered in ornate escutcheons and whimsical paintings," state inspectors, making this the perfect spot for a fancy evening of fun. The first seating offers five courses for $130 and runs from 5:00 p.m. through 7:15 p.m. The second seating is a seven-course tasting menu for $165 per person and starts at 8:00 p.m. Considering "this is the kind of place where one can sink in and never leave," per inspectors, it might be best to opt for the later time.

Dusek's (Board & Beer)

"Dusek's is simply a great gastropub, serving food that is as comforting and down-to-earth," state inspectors. The Michelin-starred gastropub is offer two seatings throughout the evening, the first with five courses for $65 per person and the second with seven courses plus a Champagne toast at midnight for $85. Dishes include gnocchi with Pecorino fonduta, guanciale, matsutake mushroom and aleppo pepper; dry-aged rib eye with smoked barley, bruléed figs, kalette and natural jus; and gianduja mont blanc, hazelnut dacquoise, rum caramel, candied chestnuts and cocoa nib tuile. Realized you didn't make a reservation? The bar will be first-come, first-serve with a limited menu for all of the last minute people.

Image courtesy of Monteverde. Photo by Galdones Photography.

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