5 hot spots to ring in 2018

By / Culture / December 14, 2017

We’ve got you covered with the best fêtes in the city.

The Congress Plaza Hotel

Big Night Chicago is a glitzy New Year’s Eve gala, drawing more than 3,000 revelers and nine performers — including DJ Vinny “VinSane” Ventiera from “Bachelor in Paradise” — to usher in the new year.
Time: 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Place: 520 S. Michigan
Cost: Starting at $114.99. For tickets, visit Bignightchicago.com.

The Crystal Gardens

A classic New Year’s Eve bash at a quintessential Chicago destination: check! Don your sequins and sparkles to start 2018 off with a bang — and fireworks, of course — at this 11th annual event, featuring a red carpet entrance, live DJ sets and a midnight toast.
Time: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Place: Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand
Cost: $99, $149 VIP. For tickets, visit Crystalgardensnye.com.

The Drake Hotel

Ranked as one of the country’s best NYE parties by “Good Morning America,” this 18th annual bash features 40 bars and thousands of balloons across five ballrooms in the historic hotel.
Time: 9 p.m.-2 a.m., 8 p.m. VIP
Place: 140 E. Walton
Cost: Starting at $185. For tickets, visit Chicago-scene.com.


The lavish hotel’s Juliette ballroom sets the scene for a glamorous party with entertainment by rock cover band Mike & Joe. The best part? Once the clock strikes midnight, guests can belly up to a breakfast buffet.
Time: 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Place: 85 E. Upper Wacker
Cost: $150. For tickets, visit Eventbrite.com

ROOF on theWit

Take a gamble on 2018 in style: The 27th story bar hosts a Monte Carlo-themed black-tie bash with roulette and other casino gaming tables, beats by DJ Flipside and a seafood bar and other bites from Executive Chef Nathan Sears.
Time: 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
Place: 201 N. State
Cost: $198. For tickets, visit Nyeonroof.eventbrite.com.


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