From swanky balls at historic hotels to live DJs at underground clubs to unforgettable meals at Michelin-starred restaurants — there are tons of memorable ways to ring in the New Year in Chicago. Here are a few of our favorite ways to celebrate this year, including live shows at cool neighborhood venues, award-winning dining options, unique events, and more for New Year’s Eve 2022 in Chicago.

NYE Fireworks at Navy Pier

Navy Pier’s iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks show will light up the sky over Lake Michigan at the stroke of midnight. The spectacular display can be seen along the lakefront, but the best views are from Navy Pier’s official New Year’s Eve parties in two jaw-dropping locations.

New Year on the Pier at Aon Grand Ballroom
Make it a New Year’s to remember with this over-the-top celebration. Set in the stunning Aon Grand Ballroom, the evening will include the city’s largest dance floor, gourmet appetizers, a live band and DJ, and a grand countdown to the midnight fireworks show. Get tickets today.

Offshore Rooftop & Bar
The nation’s largest rooftop bar, Offshore Rooftop offers sweeping views of the Chicago skyline and midnight fireworks show. The all-inclusive event includes a five-hour open bar and a midnight champagne toast, heavy passed bites and food stations, a ball drop, and much more. Get tickets today.

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Chicago river fireworks

Chicago will be ringing in 2022 with a spectacular fireworks display on the Chicago River. This free show will light up the riverfront on Friday, Dec. 31. As the clock strikes midnight, a mile-long fireworks show will launch from Wolf Point to Lake Shore Drive down the Chicago River to welcome in the new year. Grab a spot along the river at street level or at nearby hotels and restaurants to watch the show.

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Dinner at Chicago restaurants

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Say goodbye to 2021 with an unforgettable meal courtesy Chicago’s award-winning dining scene. The city’s restaurants are going all out for New Year’s Eve dinner, with one-night-only specials, champagne toasts, luxe add-ons, and more. Check out some ideas below and see our full guide to New Year’s Eve dinner options.

  • New Year’s Eve at Alla Vita
    The hottest new restaurant in the West Loop neighborhood will be offering a multi-course family-style menu (with plenty of surprise touches) that highlights their elegant Italian cuisine. Reserve now
  • The Duck Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner
    Taste your way through four stunning courses at this classic Bridgeport spot. Diners can also enjoy optional wine pairings, favorites from the regular menu, and “gallons of champagne”. Reserve now
  • Harajuku Night at The Izakaya at Momotaro
    Celebrate a Harajuku-inspired New Year’s at this intimate subterranean bar with specialty cocktails and chef-selected bites. Reserve now
  • New Year’s Eve at Ina Mae Tavern
    Take a trip to Bourbon Street for New Year’s at this Wicker Park spot. Enjoy drink packages, NOLA favorites like po’boys and gumbo, a burlesque show, and more. Reserve now
  • 10th Anniversary Menu at Next
    This Michelin-starred spot from the Alinea Group is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner celebrating the restaurant’s greatest hits in honor of their tenth anniversary. Reserve now
  • New Year’s Eve Fiesta at Topolobampo
    Ring in the New Year with a Mexican fiesta in River North. Enjoy wild mushroom tamales, ribeye with black mole, and special champagne and margarita selections. Reserve now

Check out our full guide to New Year’s Eve dinner in Chicago for more options.

Parties at Chicago hotels

Hilton Chicago New Year's Eve Soiree
Photo from Hilton Chicago New Year’s Eve Soiree

Chicago hotels are pulling out all the stops for New Year’s Eve. Sip champagne in historic ballrooms, marvel at a midnight confetti drop, and dance the night away to live DJs and bands. And don’t forget to reserve a room for the night for an all-in-one NYE getaway.

  • Galaxy Gala at The J. Parker
    Blast off into 2022 with The J. Parker’s Galaxy Gala New Year’s Eve celebration. The year-round rooftop venue will welcome guests for an all-inclusive party with premium cocktails, a photo booth, dessert station, and champagne toast. Get tickets
  • A Midnight Soiree at Hilton Chicago
    Dress your best and spend an evening partying in the Hilton Chicago’s ballrooms, featuring a dozen live acts throughout the night. Enjoy a buffet, specialized martinis, champagne, fantasy casino gambling, celebrity DJs, live video mixing, and a midnight confetti storm. Get tickets
  • Ballroom Blitz at Swissotel Chicago Hotel
    Ring in 2022 at this waterfront hotel, right next to the Chicago River. A ticket will get you custom martinis, premium champagne, live cover bands and DJs, and a complimentary pre- and post-party. Get tickets
  • Chicago New Year’s Eve Ball at Congress Plaza Hotel
    The historic Congress Plaza Hotel will be hosting a multi-ballroom New Year’s Eve soiree. Dance the night away on multiple dance floors, mingle with sharply dressed attendees, and enjoy buffets, live music, and all-inclusive drinks. Get tickets
  • New Year’s Eve Party at The Drake Hotel Chicago
    Billed as Chicago’s longest-running NYE party, The Drake’s annual event draws thousands of party-goers to this historic space. Your ticket includes five ballrooms of entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, party favors, a balloon drop at midnight, and optional VIP upgrades. Get tickets
  • New Year’s Eve at LondonHouse Chicago
    Start the New Year surrounded by stunning river views at this downtown hotel. LondonHouse is offering two parties, one in their ballroom and the other on their iconic rooftop lounge. Both include a live DJ, open bar, and a selection of appetizers. Get tickets

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New Year’s Eve parties and events

BrewLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
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Admire millions of lights in a wintery zoo, sip craft beer from local breweries, go back in time with a retro-themed evening at a food hall, and so much more. Check out these unique parties and events ringing in the New Year in Chicago.

  • Zoo Year’s Eve at Lincoln Park Zoo
    Grab your crew and head to the zoo. Spend an after-hours evening at Zoo Year’s Eve, when one of the oldest zoos in the country will be decked out in millions of glittering lights. Plus, enjoy ice carving, cash bars, a live DJ, giveaways, games, free carousel rides, and more. Get tickets
  • Escape: NYE 2022 at The Promontory
    Dance to three of the city’s best DJs under one roof at this escape-themed party in Hyde Park. Tickets include admission and a midnight toast, with an optional open bar and VIP tables. Get tickets
  • Casino Night at The Metropolitan
    End the year in style at this black tie affair. Start the evening with a multi-course tasting menu followed by casino games overlooking the Chicago skyline. Get tickets
  • Reggie’s Rooftop New Year’s Eve
    This South Loop music venue will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party in their rooftop bar space, with drink packages, a food buffet, and champagne toast at midnight. Get tickets
  • District Brew Yards New Year’s Eve Party
    End the year with unlimited craft beer and a barbecue buffet. This unique tap room features pour-your-own beers from local brewers, alongside specialty shots, a live DJ, and dancing. Get tickets
  • New Year’s Eve Party at Three Dots and a Dash
    Sip on the city’s best tropical cocktails while counting down to the new year at this subterranean tiki bar. The evening also includes a live DJ and appetizers. Get tickets 
  • Future Disco: New Year’s Eve at Time Out Market
    Celebrate past, present, and future at Time Out Market, where a top DJ will be spinning classic and current tunes. Groove on the giant light-up dance floor, order food and drinks from market vendors, and enjoy the midnight confetti drop. Get tickets

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Live shows and concerts

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Whether you’re looking for theatre, dance, comedy, or music, these Chicago venues are offering exhilarating shows and productions that will start your new year off on an exciting note. Check out some of the live events happening this New Year’s Eve in Chicago.

  • New Year’s Eve at Kingston Mines
    Celebrate a new year at this iconic blues establishment. In Lincoln Park, Kingston Mines will be hosting Vance Kelly, Joanna Connor, and Nora Jean Bruso for a 21 and over show. The bar is open until 3:30 a.m., so get ready to dance the night away way past midnight. Get tickets
  • Goose at The Riviera Theatre
    In Uptown, electronic rock band Goose will perform live on Dec. 30 and 31. The New Year’s Eve show begins at 9 p.m. Get tickets
  • New Year’s Comedy Laugh Fest
    Start your NYE celebrations early at this star-studded comedy extravaganza. Earthquake, Eddie Griffin, Cedric The Entertainer, D.L. Hughley and Nephew Tommy are bringing their humor to the United Center on Dec. 30. Get tickets
  • Los Lobos at City Winery
    In the West Loop, City Winery is a classy and relaxed spot to ring in 2022. American rock band Los Lobos will be playing sets at 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Dec. 31. Get tickets
  • Tributosaurus at Theater on the Lake
    Cover band Tributosaurus becomes Prince for two nights at Theater on the Lake. Catch shows on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, with general admission and reserved lounge seating. Get tickets
  • JMSN at Chop Shop
    This cool hybrid venue in Wicker Park, just off the buzzing six corners area, is hosting singer-songwriter JMSN for a New Year’s Eve show. Get tickets
  • Blue Man Group
    In Lakeview, the Blue Man Group is back and ready to party for New Year’s Eve. Choose from one of three ultra-colorful, all-ages shows at 4 p.m., 7 p.m., or 10 p.m. Get tickets

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