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Life of the Party

Whether you wish to say goodbye to 2015 with a wild send-off or an elegant adieu, luxury hotels around the city are chilling the Champagne and dusting the dance floors to prove there’s nothing more glamorous than New Year’s Eve.
 

Ring in 2016 with a luxe evening at one of the city’s top hotels.

Broadcast Boulevard
Imagine the Grammys and Emmys all rolled into one and you’ll get the ultimate NYE party this year presented by Corona Extra and hosted by Hyatt Gold Passport. On Upper Wacker Drive, between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive will be the center of this legendary bash featuring 2014’s Top New Artist, American Authors, who will take the stage alongside rock band Chicago. 7pm. Tickets $150. 151 E. Upper Wacker Drive, chi-townrising.com

Cherry Circle Room
The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel’s chef Pete is pulling out all the stops to give partygoers a feast worth remembering. His tantalizing nine-course menu features scallop crudo, roasted duck, grilled ribeye and chocolate peanut butter ganache for desert. Be sure to save room for the Champagne toast. 9pm. Tickets $150. 12 S. Michigan Ave., 312.792.3515, milkroom.tocktix.com

The Drake Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Party
Join 3,000 partygoers for the ultimate Vegas-style fete featuring five ballrooms of the the city’s best entertainment, over 40 bars, a midnight Champagne toast and buffet. 8pm. VIP tickets $5,000. 140 E. Walton Place, 312.587.3474, chicagoscene.com/newyearsevechicago

Big Night Chicago
Golden Globe award winner and Entourage star Kevin Dillon takes over the mic at Palmer House Hilton for its second annual New Year’s Eve gala, featuring DJ ArikTek, Steve Smooth and Sam Fazio. 9pm. VIP tickets $5,000. 17 E. Monroe St., 888.810.2063, bignightchicago.com

New Year’s Eve Soiree
Start the night early with a pre-celebration at Sound-Bar; then head to Hard Rock Hotel to ring in the new year and celebrate the hotel’s 12th anniversary with a Playboy-themed extravaganza. 9pm. VIP tickets $2,000. 230 N. Michigan Ave., 888.8102063, chicagonyeparty.com/hardrockhotel