Posts Tagged ‘New Year’s Eve’

Glenn Murray, NBC5 Street Team

Your best bets for affordability and fun for New Year’s Eve have everything to do with your own personal style. From the big blow outs to the smaller more intimate events there is certainly something for everyone. Here is a sampling of the some of the options:

The Critic’s Choice: Chicago Scene Party at the Drake

Voted 3rd best NYE party in the country by AOL City Guide. Chicago Scene in association with Lonnie Rodriguez and Vince Anzalone of Genuine Entertainment will host a massive party at the Drake Hotel.

Special Guest performance by Your Villain My Hero Chicago’s hottest top 40 Cover Band. DJ Jernell Geronimo (Y-Bar, CRESCENDO) with Miro on Drums will be performing in the Grand Ballroom.
DJ JEM (Lumen, Cuvee) and Marty Kane are the newest DJ/Drummer Duo to hit the scene will be performing in the VIP French Room.

The Drake Hotel
140 E. Walton Place,
Chicago, IL

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    The Hard Core Party  Choice: NYE Soiree 2010

New Year’s Eve Soiree 2010 at the Westin Sponsored by KISS 103.5 FM
The Westin Hotel (909 North Michigan Ave) will provide not only a great New Year’s Eve party with all the requisite amenities: Top Shelf Open Bar All Night, a variety of hors d’oeuvres, specialized martinis, champagne all night, chocolates, celebrity djs, midnight confetti storm and so much more.. not to mention 3 nights of celebration. Purchase a ticket to the celebration and get free admission to the pre party Dec. 30th at Soundbar and the post party Jan 1 at Crobar.

The Elegant Choice: Pops For Champagne

Pops For Champagne  (601 North State)  will feature an open bar food and party favors and a special performance in their downstairs jazz club by the Ava Logan Quartet.


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Shlomi Rabi, NBC5 Street Team

For the first time in the eleven years that I have been living in this country, I did not go home for New Year’s. This year, I thought, should be different, and if for no other reason then because now that I am the big 3-0, it was time to break tradition and go for something a tad less conventional, a wee bit radical, plus I had no money for a ticket to go back home. So, I decided, being the first of its kind, this New Year’s should be filled with all the grandeur and glamor that befits a devastatingly famous bloggerista (yes, I said bloggerista) such as yours truly.

After fielding offers from anybody who’s anybody such as Nobody and InMyHeadbody, I decided to settle for a medley of four different parties, for most of which I may have mentioned something to the hosts about having nowhere to go for New Year’s and being on suicide watch. The first party was the perfect way to kick off the night, as it was an intimate mix of friends who hadn’t seen each other since 1963 (I kid you not), plus that one genius who expressed his pure shock at the existence of institutions of higher learning in my home country. “Mexico? There are universities in Mexico? Who would ever send their kids there for a semester abroad? I’ve heard of Europe, but Mexico?” Truly the voice of his generation. The next fiesta was at gay couple’s fashionable house, where the average age was two facelifts and the drinks were a cross between strong and fierce. After sipping on a dozen cocktails and about a pound of M&M’s later, it was time to go to soiree number three, a bubbly get-together where the average age required a fake ID and the bedroom doors were boarded shut, we checked. After feasting on the meatballs and then going for the food, we decided to head out to the last treat of the night: a kumbaya congregation by homosexual ladies, where the average age was three cats and two houses. The conversations flowed, the laughs filled the room, and promises to join Amnesty International were made, but then it was time to go home.

While I did not get to see a single firework, or stand with millions of others at a downtown location, or spend my life savings on a cover charge to get into a stuffy club, I had a blast. If there was one thing spending every New Year’s with my family for the past thirty years has taught me, it is that New Year’s Eve is not about the where but about the who. So for this upcoming year, I wish for you, and me, and everyone we know, to be surrounded by the same sort of love and camaraderie that have made us who we are today, and to be able to spend next New Year’s Eve with as much wonderful energy and as many beautiful loved ones. Although something tells me next year’s invitations will probably come with a gag order.


The Elegant Ron, the Prudish Cinder, the Obese Andy, and the Illiterate Mexican

To learn more about Shlomi’s take on how to have fun in Chicago no matter when and where click here.

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Chasity Chaos, NBC Chicago Street Team

Why bring in 2009 at a club when you can party with a purpose? This New Year’s Eve, the River East Art Center (435 E. Illinois) and Diageo Brands (Don Julio, Ciroc, Nuvo) are hosting a black tie gala in support of three athlete sponsored foundations. These foundations include: The Luol Deng Foundation, For the Good of the Neighborhood Foundation, and The 8 Foundation.

From 9pm to 2am, guests can indulge in a premium hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres provided by one of Chicago’s top catering companies, a surprise celebrity performance, and a silent auction featuring memorabilia from Chicago Bulls and Bears legends.

The countdown and balloon drop will begin promptly at 11:59:50pm and will be lead by a surprise celebrity host. Guests will not only have the opportunity to mix and mingle with Bears and Bulls players, but also with the leaders of some of Chicago’s most prominent organizations.

The lavish décor for the evening will be provided by Kehoe Designs.

There are limited advance tickets available for $75 or $120 for couples. Tickets at the door are $150 or $200 for couples.

To purchase tickets for the event and to gain additional information, visit TheArtofCelebration2009.com.

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