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If you: Are a Great Gatsby fan.Crimson Lounge New Year’s Eve.
The vintage decor of this lounge lends itself perfectly to its Roaring Twenties-themed New Year’s party. DJs Jesse de la Plena – of Vocalo radio station – Frank Solano, and Phattivan will be on the 1s and 2s, and the event will also feature live entertainment, performers and party favors. Tickets start at $95, which gets you a 4-hour open bar (9pm-1am) and a Chef’s gourmet selection. Bust out a flapper dress, throw on some pearls, and celebrate New Year’s Eve like it’s 1929. You know, minus the Great Depression part. MORE INFO.
If you: Are a milonguero.ARTango! New Year’s Eve
Tango is more or less the sexiest couples dance in the world, so bring someone you want to make out with to this New Year’s Eve party. Or find someone to make out with there. Basically, just be prepared to make out. But, you know, in a classy way – the event tends to draw a 30-something crowd and the attire is semi-formal. For New Year’s Eve, ARTango will be hosting an elegant cocktail reception followed by home-made tapas, sangria and a live performance by guest dancers straight from Argentina. Then you get to try out your own moves to the tunes of DJ Katia Alferova. $35 per person before December 21st. MORE INFO.
If you: Know all the words to Oscar D’Leon’s Lloraras.Nacional 27 New Year’s Eve
Part sleek restaurant, part salsa nightclub, Nacional 27 has put together an evening of Latin eats and beats for New Year’s eve. Enjoy a multi-course meal that showcases the cuisine of 27 Latin American countries, including Venezuela, Argentina, Costa Rica and Brazil – then take a spin on the dancefloor to live salsa band Conjunto Candela. After the midnight champagne toast, DJ X will take over, churning out latin top 40 faves. Word to the wise: at some point in the night Pitbull will get played. Maybe more than once. If you hate Pitbull this is not your New Year’s Eve party. Dinner/dancing ranges from $35-95 depending on dinner seating and drink options. MORE INFO.
If you: Are LGBTQ or Allied.FKA New Year’s Eve.
You know that saying “you get what you pay for”? Not this time. At only $7, the FKA party may be one of the cheapest New Year’s Eve tickets in town, but the line up is a good one. Genre-busting DJ Reaganomix is a fixture on Chicago’s queer party scene; she’ll be joined by Black Gold (of Queerer Park), Jyldo (Soft Rock Sabbath), and DJ La Perla. MORE INFO.
If you: Are Mad for Moombahton.Dillon Francis at Enclave.
If Dave Nada is the progenitor of the Moombahton movement, then Dillon Francis is its Galactic Emperor (or so he says…). Signed to illustrious party-boy label Mad Decent, Francis has been spreading the moombah gospel across our fair nation – and you can catch him for only $10 on New Year’s Eve. For an additional $20, Enclave throws in a 2-hour private cocktail reception. MORE INFO.
If you: Wanna get nasty.Porn and Chicken New Year’s Eve.
Voted best dance party two years in a row by the Chicago Reader, this is a no holds barred get-wasted-get-naked-get-down type of New Year’s Eve event – and probably the only one to get gays, straights, preppies, goths and hipsters to regularly come together and while out on a Monday night. Don’t worry about wearing your New Year’s finest – just come in something you don’t mind getting spilled drinks and chicken grease on (free chicken wings are a part of the deal). Oh, and don’t be surprised by the vintage porn playing in the background. The party is called Porn and Chicken, after all…MORE INFO.
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