Edge of ’17: Best spots for NYE

By / Culture / December 15, 2016

The countdown is on as we prepare to turn the page to 2017: From sky-high soirées and family-friendly fêtes to sophisticated celebrations and all-night dance parties, these of-the-moment NYE events are the toasts of the town

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VOYAGER 2017: A JOURNEY TO THE NEW YEAR 

What: Produced by the visionaries behind artistic expression organization Canvas Chicago, Voyager, now in its fourth year, draws inspiration from NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft mission, imagining an artistic time capsule that welcomes the city’s culture vultures to experience next-level installations and performances.

Set list: With a live performance at midnight, musician JMSN headlines this year’s bash, which will also see acts like Masego, Edamame and more. 

Where: Baderbräu Tap & Brewery, 2515 S. Wabash

When: 8: p.m.-2 a.m.

Cost: $100-$130; visit Voyagernewyears.com.

Tip: Check out Canvas’ curated gallery showcasing favorite pieces and artists — Lefty Out There, Julius Torres and others — from 2016.

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CHI-TOWN RISING NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION

What: In its second year, Chi-Town Rising returns to the riverfront with a main outdoor event expected to draw 50,000 bundled-up attendees. Count down the seconds to the New Year while the six-point Rising Star (we’ll see Times Square’s 12-foot ball and raise you this 70-foot stunner) climbs 36 stories up the Hyatt Regency Chicago’s West Tower.

Where: Viewing areas are north and south of the Chicago River at Michigan and Wacker.

When: 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Cost: Free, but tickets are required; visit Chi-townrising.com.

Tip: For guaranteed access to either the north or south viewing areas, register for early arrival tickets and enter prior to 9 p.m.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE AT SLIPPERY SLOPE 

What: Looking for an off-the-beaten-path way to toast 2017? Head to Slippery Slope. Carlos Mercado and Major Taylor will get the party going with everything from hip-hop and indie rock to ’80s and ’90s hits at the Logan Square charmer — festively decked in dive-y form with lights and tinsel — on NYE, which will culminate in a midnight Champagne toast and balloon drop.

Where: 2357 N. Milwaukee

When: 9 p.m.-3 a.m.

Cost: No cover for entry (menu prices vary); visit Slipperyslopechicago.com.

Tip: Sip the Slope Fashioned, a heady libation for when you’re getting rowdy playing Skee Ball or tearing up the cabin-esque dance floor.

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DISCO’S NEW YEAR’S EVE 2017 PARTY 

What: For those nursing a serious case of Saturday Night Fever, DISCO — the flashy nightclub above Celeste — invites revelers to its LED dance floor for a ’70s-inspired celebration with decadence galore (Champagne and dessert, anyone?).

Don’t-miss drink: The Pornstar frozen martini, served in a disco ball, of course.

Where: 111 W. Hubbard, 3rd floor

When: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Cost: Starting at $125, bottle service starting at $800; visit Discochicago.com.

Tip: At this hot spot, which draws inspiration from the David Bowie, Bianca Jagger and Grace Jones set, looking the part is encouraged. Stock up on retro wardrobe essentials at Zara and Topshop, and accessorize with Lucite baubles crafted by local designer Giselle Gatsby (Bygiselle.com).

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VOL. 39’S CHICAGO SPEAKEASY NYE

What: The Kimpton Gray Hotel’s handsome bar Vol. 39 beckons old sports with a glamorous, Fitzgerald-inspired fête (complete with a sparkling Champagne tower). Enjoy decadent bites like caviar hors d’oeuvres, petite financiers and cake batter truffles from Executive Chef Nick Sutton and Pastry Sous Chef Melissa Cozzi.

Where: 39 S. LaSalle

When: Seatings at 6 and 9 p.m.

Cost: Starting at $100; visit Eventbrite.

Tip: Sure, there will be a Champagne toast at midnight, but embrace the Prohibition-era spirit beforehand with a gin cocktail by head bartender Jess Lambert.

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360 CHICAGO’S 360 DEGREES OF CELEBRATION 

What: Afraid of heights? Resolve to face your fear by welcoming 2017 1,000 feet above ground at 360 CHICAGO’s first-ever NYE party, exclusively for the 21-and-over set. DJ Andres Martinez provides the soundtrack while daredevils enjoy unlimited TILT rides to view the city from a whole new perspective.

Vantage points: Weather permitting, this is a prime (and toasty) locale to take in the fireworks display.

Where: John Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan, 94th floor

When: 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Cost: $60 (includes two glasses of sparkling wine); visit 360chicago.com.

Tip: Warm up with the Peppermint Patty cocktail (crème de cacao, crème de menthe, peppermint Schnapps and hot chocolate) at Architect’s Café & Bar, which will be selling beverages and serving bites.

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FIRST NIGHT EVANSTON

What: There’s no shortage of sensory overload at this 24th annual family-friendly bonanza on the North Shore, which is chock full of musical performances, poetry, an interactive story slam and more.

What’s new: This year’s installment features a collaboration with The Actors Gymnasium, which will be doing circus-style activities for children as well as nighttime performances and demos.

Where: Downtown Evanston at various locations near Raymond Park (Chicago and Lake)

When: Daytime activities geared toward children 1-4 p.m., evening festivities 7 p.m.-midnight

Cost: $20-$30 adults, $10 kids and teens; visit Firstnightevanston.net.

Tip: Don’t miss original songs performed by homegrown duo Carly and Martina, 15-year-old recording artists (and twins) from Glencoe.


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