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Man killed in Cornell Park

A 33-year-old man was shot and killed Friday afternoon, Dec. 2, in Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Avenue. Curtis Knowells was sitting in the park with his girlfriend when an unknown individual wearing a ski mask exited a green vehicle and fired a weapon striking the victim in the head.

    Man killed in Cornell Park
    By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A 33-year-old man was shot and killed Friday afternoon, Dec. 2, in Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Avenue. Curtis Knowells was sitting in the park with his girlfriend when an unknown individual wearing a ski mask exited a green vehicle and fired a weapon striking the victim in the head.

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The best New Year's Eve events

...1930s Chicago to the future, and a champagne toast. 8 PM-3 AM, the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West, 312-801-2100, thepartynoire.com, $55-$100...

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...includes a live Latin orchestra, dancing, and a champagne toast. 3 PM-2 AM, Artango, 4767 N. Lincoln, 872-208-7441, $65-$85...

...Swing Gitan and a champagne toast at midnight. 5 and 8 PM, Band of Bohemia, 4710 N. Ravenswood, 773-271-4710, bandofbohemia.com, $75-$150...

Cafe des Architectes The French restaurant offers a five-course prix fixe meal to ring in the new year that includes hamachi crudo, black sea bass, and a blood orange mimosa. 5-11 PM, Cafe des Architectes, 20 E. Chestnut, 312-324-4000, cafedesarchitectes.com, $95.

Cheers to 2017! Before 7 PM, the Italian restaurant offers a $75 prix fixe menu, and after 7:30 PM a larger New Year's menu is available complete with a prosecco toast. Reservations required. Osteria Via Stato, 620 N. State, 312-642-8450, osteriaviastato.com, $75-$95.

Chez Moi Chef Dominique Tougne offers a special a la carte menu that includes foie gras terrine, bass en croute, and macaron brochette. Guests can also enjoy a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations required. Chez Moi, 2100 N. Halsted, 773-871-2100, chezmoichicago.com.

...and champagne specials at the bar until 3 AM. 4 PM-midnight, the Duck Inn, 2701 S. Eleanor, 312-724-8811, theduckinnchicago.com, $95...

...includes an open bar, party favors, and a champagne toast. 8 PM-1 AM, Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee, 773-772-4322, thefrontierchicago.com, $85...

Geja's Cafe The fondue restaurant hosts three seatings of its four-course prix fixe dinner, which includes a flaming chocolate dessert fondue and champagne. Sat 12/31: 5, 7:30, and 10 PM, Geja's Cafe, 340 W. Armitage, 773-281-9101, gejascafe.com, $90-$125.

Menu di Capo D'Anno Chef Luca Corazzina's Italian four-course prix fixe menu features spinach souffle, crabmeat ravioli, herb-crusted rack of lamb, and more. Optional wine pairing for $35. 312 Chicago, 136 N. LaSalle, 312-696-2420, 312chicago.com, $75.

...music plus champagne and a balloon drop at midnight. Reservations required. 4 PM-midnight, Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton, 312-850-5005, carnivalechicago.com...

Another 90s New Year's Eve Party Ring in 2017 with a 90s-themed dance party. Tickets include a one-hour open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. 9 PM-3 AM, Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago, 312-226-8828, thebeautybar.com/home-chicago, $55.

Big Night Chicago Former Bachelorette contestant Wells Adams hosts this party, which features live music, a burlesque performance, a mock casino, an open bar, and a dinner buffet. 9 PM-1:30 AM, Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, 312-726-7500, bignightchicago.com, $125.

Brew Year's Eve Ten local breweries—including Half Acre, Pipeworks, and Solemn Oath—offer up more than 20 beers along with hors d'oeuvres, live music, and a late-night pizza buffet. 8 PM-1 AM, Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard, 312-733-0098, brewyearseve.com, $135, $50 for designated drivers.

...champagne toast, and plenty of ping-pong, of course. 8 PM-2 AM, Spin Chicago, 344 N. State, 773-635-9999, chicago.wearespin.com, $75-$125...

Duffy's New Year's Eve Party The bar hosts a buffet dinner and open bar. 8 PM-2:30 AM, Duffy's, 420 W. Diversey, 773-549-9090, bar1events.com/index.php?BarID=2, $60.

Goat Down Tonight The diner turns into a 70s disco for NYE with unlimited food and drink, DJs, and, of course, a dance party. 8:30 PM-1 AM, Little Goat Diner, 820 W. Randolph, 312-888-3455, littlegoatchicago.com, $125.

Haymarket Eve Tickets include a menu of the brewery's handmade sandwiches and sausages, five pints of the house beers, a late-night pizza buffet, and a midnight toast. 8 PM-1 AM, Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph, 312-638-0700, haymarketbrewing.com, $65.

Interstellar A space-themed celebration featuring music from Garrett David, DjHeather, Jeff Derringer, Justin Long, Olin, and more, plus an art installation by Nate Love and four drink tickets with VIP admission. 9 PM-5 AM, Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-4140, smartbarchicago.com, $35-$60.

Lottie's Pub The night features an open bar; a buffet of pizza, wings, and sliders; and a champagne toast at midnight. 8 PM-1 AM, Lottie's Pub, 1925 W. Cortland, 773-489-0738, lottiespub.com, $60-$75.

Nellcôte A party featuring passed bites from Nellcôte's menu, party favors, an open bar, and a midnight toast. 9 PM-1:30 AM, Nellcôte, 833 W. Randolph, 312-432-0500, nellcoterestaurant.com, $105-$115.

New Year's Eve at ZooLights The zoo offers festive hats, horns, and party favors to all who walk through the luminous display tonight. 4:30-9 PM, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon, 312-742-2000, lpzoo.org.  F

...view of Navy Pier's midnight fireworks. 9:30 PM-12:30 AM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312-595-7437, spiritcruises.com, $159.90...

New Year's Eve Gala Kiss FM's black-tie party features music from the station's DJs, an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a casino room, and a confetti storm with a champagne toast at midnight. 9 PM-2 AM, Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan, 312-922-4400, chicagonye.com, $125-$155.

...Attire from the 1920s to the 1940s is encouraged. 9 PM-3 AM, Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, 773-867-1946, uptownunderground.net, $100-$125...

New Year's Eve Soiree Dance into 2016 with music from local cover band Stache, party favors, an open bar, a pasta buffet, and a champagne toast. 9 PM-2 AM, JW Marriott, 151 W. Adams, chicagonewyearsparty.com, $125-$145.

Noon Year's Eve The nature museum hosts a family-friendly celebration featuring make-your-own eco-friendly party favors, games, a dance party, and an apple juice toast. 11 AM-3 PM, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon, 773-755-5100, naturemuseum.org, $25, $10 for children 2-18.

NYE Cocktail Party This celebration features an open bar, an hors d'oeuvres buffet, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. 9 PM-1 AM, State Restaurant, 935 W. Webster, 773-975-8030, state-chicago.com, $75.

NYE Patio Bash The bar heats up its patio for an outdoor party featuring a taco buffet, an open bar, party favors, and a midnight toast. 8 PM-3 AM, D.S. Tequila Company, 3352 N. Halsted, 773-697-9127, dstequila.com, $85, $75 in advance.

Old Town Social Tickets include hors d'oeuvres, party favors, an open bar, and a midnight toast. 9 PM-1:30 AM, Old Town Social, 455 W. North, 312-266-2277, oldtownsocial.com, $90-$100.

...bar, appetizers, a dessert station, and party favors. 9 PM-2 AM, Untitled Supper Club, 111 W. Kinzie, 312-880-1511, untitledchicago.com, $100-$175...

Under the Sea The mermaid-themed celebration features hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. 8 PM-3 AM, Roscoe's Tavern, 3356 N. Halsted, 773-281-3355, roscoes.com, $30-$50.

Waveland Bowl New Year's Eve Party This family-friendly party includes two hours of cosmic bowling, a pizza buffet, party favors, and a sparkling cider toast. 6-8 PM, Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western, 773-472-5900, wavelandbowl.com, $30.

WBEZ New Year's Eve Admission to this NYE party includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, stories from the Moth, bowling and bocce ball games, and a dance party with tunes from DJ Ayana Contreras. 8 PM-12:30 AM, Pinstripes, 435 E. Illinois, 312-527-3010, $145.

Countdown Comedy Bash Stand-ups Tim McLaughlin and Marty DeRosa ring in the New Year with other local comics. Admission includes a midnight champagne toast. 10:30 PM, Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 773-327-3175, laughfactory.com, $40 plus two-drink minimum.

...ends with a dance party and champagne toast at midnight. 8 PM-1 AM, Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, 773-650-1331, cornservatory.org, $75, $120 per couple...

New Year's Psychic Eve Mentalist Sidney Friedman offers premonitions of what's to come in 2017 along with party favors, a raffle, and a champagne toast. 10:30 PM, Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1383 N. Milwaukee, 773-278-1830, davenportspianobar.com, $49 plus two-drink minimum.

NYE Comedy Jam V103 hosts a night of stand-up from Nephew Tommy, Bill Bellamy, Capone, and Melanie Comarcho. 8 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State, 312-462-6300, thechicagotheatre.com, $59-$125.

Tony n' Tina's Wedding The New Year's Eve performance of this interactive comedy features an Italian buffet dinner, an 80s wedding reception dance party, and a champagne toast. 5 and 9 PM, Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W. Belmont, wegottabingo.com, $75-$85.

...typewritten-on-demand poetry, plus a champagne toast at midnight. 9:30 PM, Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland, 773-275-5255, neofuturists.org, $50...

...favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. 8 PM-2 AM, Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 773-270-3440, undertheguntheater.com, $60...

    The best New Year's Eve events
    Some thought 2016 would never end, but somehow we made it through. Whether you want to drink to forget or celebrate what's to come, we've got you covered. Some of our top New Year's Eve picks are below, with an ever-updating list here.

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