8 Things to do in the City & Western Suburbs: December 29

Embrace the chilly winter days with activities that will make your season sparkle. From exploring winter markets to indulging in delicious food & drinks while warming up inside, there is so much to experience and enjoy. Embark on snowy trails and visit local landmarks to add a touch of adventure to your winter plans. Don’t miss out on the exciting events scheduled for this weekend to fully appreciate the beauty of the season!

A NYE Musical Showdown in Oak Brook

Experience an unforgettable New Year’s Eve at Maggiano’s with the Night of Dueling Pianos. Join for an evening filled with musical entertainment as talented pianists go head-to-head. With the energy of dueling pianos, delicious food, and the company of friends and family, this will be a lively celebration to welcome the New Year in style.  

Date: December 31 
Time: 8PM 
Cost: $150 
Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy, 240 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 
More info: eventbrite.com

Bubbles, Beats, and Family Fun

Create memories with your loved ones at the Bubble Bash! Join this annual year-end celebration and have fun with their special NYE themed activities. The festivities culminate in a joyous countdown featuring confetti, bubbles, and more! The Bubble Bash has become a beloved holiday tradition, offering families a festive way to welcome the new year while enjoying quality time together.  

Date: December 31 
Time: 9AM-1PM 
Cost: $20+ 
Location: Dupage Children’s Museum, 301 N Washington St, Naperville 
More info: dupagechildrens.org

New Year with the New Philharmonic

Celebrate the arrival of the New Year in grand style at the New Philharmonic New Year’s Eve Celebration. Enjoy enchanting symphony performances featuring the exceptional talents of the New Philharmonic. With the shimmering sounds of the orchestra, a jubilant countdown, and the joyous spirit of the season, this concert invites you to welcome 2024 in a truly magical way.  

Date: December 31 
Time: 1:30PM, 5PM, and 8:30PM 
Cost: $76+ 
Location: McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn 
More info: atthemac.org

Say Ciao to 2023 at Eataly

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with an afternoon of exquisite Italian indulgence at Eataly’s New Years Eve Taste-Around. Join for a tasteful experience featuring culinary stations offering regional Italian wines, hand-crafted cocktails, and premium dishes. Elevate your celebration with sparkling wine and for those seeking a unique thrill, indulge in sabering lessons. Cheers to an elegant and flavorful New Year’s Eve! 

Date: December 31 
Time: 2-5PM 
Cost: $75+ 
Location: Eataly, 43 E Ohio St 
More info: eataly.com

Lights, Camera, Cruise!

Sail away on an unforgettable New Year’s Eve cruise along the Chicago River with fireworks. Revel in the celebration with an all-inclusive package featuring top-shelf drinks, desserts, champagne, and more. Enjoy breathtaking views of Chicago’s iconic skyline, perfect for Instagram-worthy moments while exploring two floors of fun, including a dance floor and the beats of one of Chicago’s hottest DJs.  
Date: December 31 
Time: 10:30PM 
Cost: $119+ 
Location: DuSable Harbor, 200 N Breakwater Access 
More info: eventbrite.com

Waltz into 2024 with the CSO

Step into Symphony Center for a mesmerizing and unforgettable experience at the Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert. This cherished holiday tradition is fun for all ages and showcases singers, a complete orchestra, and dancers from the Austrian Europaballet. Guided by the spirited and cheerful Master of Ceremonies, Michael Zehetner, the concert promises to transport you into 2024 through captivating stories and music. 

Date: December 30 
Time: 2:30PM 
Cost: $35+ 
Location: Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan Ave 
More info: cso.org

Chic Celebrations at the Congress Plaza Hotel

Celebrate the arrival of 2024 at the Congress Plaza Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Party! Nestled in the heart of downtown, this iconic venue transforms into a haven of festivities, featuring live music, top-notch entertainment, and a vibrant atmosphere. Indulge in a gourmet dining experience and toast to the future with an array of premium beverages. With chic decor, a lively dance floor, and a festive spirit, the Congress Plaza Hotel sets the stage for a night of glamour and revelry! 

Date: December 31 
Time: 9PM 
Cost: $89+ 
Location: Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S Michigan Ave 
More info: eventbrite.com

Merry & Mischievous at the Krampus Pop-Up

Krampus, the legendary figure instilling fear in mischievous children, makes a mischievously naughty return to Avondale’s DMen Tap for the Krampus Christmas Pop-up that leans more towards the dark side than festive cheer. Don your finest Krampus costume to indulge in the spirit of the season with mulled wine, Revolution Brewing’s Fist of Krampus holiday ale, gooey raclette sandwiches, and a lineup of Krampus-themed events that promise a wickedly entertaining holiday experience. 

Date: Ends December 29 
Time: Open during business hours 
Cost: Free 
Location: Dmen Tap, 2849 W Belmont Ave 
More info: timeout.com

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