What better place to start off 2016 than in the Windy City? Whether you’re looking for a fireworks cruise, ready to hit the clubs or just want to enjoy a nice New Year’s Eve dinner in the City, Chicago has got you covered. Here’s a few of the events that sparked our interest.
Navy Pier Fireworks – When it comes to fireworks, Navy Pier wins. Enjoy all the entertainment, rides and attractions of this family friendly destination, and then enjoy colorful fireworks synched with music over Lake Michigan.
Navy Pier Parties – Check out the annual Chicago Resolution Gala, the ultimate destination for kicking off 2016 the right way. With more than 30 bars, buffet stations and access to the Lakeview Terrace, there is plenty of fun to be had at this party. For those who want to be seen, check out Crystal Gardens New Year’s Eve with special guest DJs like Dante and more than 20 premium liquor bars. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and signature dishes and step out on the private terrace to watch the midnight fireworks.
New Tradition – Chi-Town Rising is a new event where musical headliners and American Authors will rock the crowd, while a stunning countdown will culminate with an epic fireworks display over the Chicago River.
“Best Chicago New Year’s Eve Party” – If you’re into the hotel party scene, check out the party rated the “Best Chicago New Year’s Eve Party” at the Drake Hotel. With more than 2,500 guests dancing to Chicago’s hottest DJs, four ballrooms, premium top shelf liquor and a breathtaking balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight, this is the party to be at.
Best Black Tie Event – If Black Tie formal is more your thing, you may try the Drake Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Black-Tie Affair at Palm Court which will have you indulging in Chef’s small plates, food station delicacies and drinks.
NYE Soiree at JW Marriott Chicago – This party rings in the New Year right. Appreciate the landmark luxury hotel designed by Daniel Burnham, where partiers dance to live DJs and cover bands then finish the night with a champagne toast to welcome 2016.
New Year’s Eve at ROOF on the WIT – Be sure to make reservations for this one! Guests can enjoy a special party with extravagant food, dessert displays and a premium open bar and midnight toast, all happening 27 stories above the city. The view can’t get much better than this!
For the music lover – Listen to some blues with the Grammy-nominated Billy Branch & the Sons at Kingston Mines or Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at House of Blues Chicago. Head to Howl at the Moon for a gourmet buffet dinner, champagne toast, party favors and exciting dueling piano music.
For the foodie – Chicago’s award-winning restaurant scene is pulling out all the stops with this year’s celebrations. At Riva Crab House, enjoy breathtaking views of the Navy Pier fireworks from the upstairs dining room or the downstairs dance floor, or just grab a bite along the pier at Harry Caray’s Tavern before catching the fireworks show outside.
After the party is over and 2016 is in full swing, make your way to one of the four hotels in Burr Ridge, where you can rest your feet and head after a night of partying in the Windy City.
Want to save up to 40% on your hotel stay? Stay in Burr Ridge, voted Chicago’s #1 suburb! Choose from the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, SpringHill Suites Burr Ridge, Extended StayAmerica Burr Ridge and the Oaks Hotel & Conference Center. Four great hotels, four price points and plenty of great restaurants! (Just 18 miles from McCormick Place on I-55 at County Line Road (1/2 mile south of I-294).