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More than four dozen of the best New Year's Eve events

White & Gold New Year's Eve A four-course Mediterranean menu featuring Chilean sea bass, foie gras, and a chocolate brownie, plus live DJs, party favors, and a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 9 PM, Fig & Olive, 104 E. Oak, $150.

...the midnight balloon drop and confetti blast. Wed 12/31, 7 PM-4 AM, Castle, 632 N. Dearborn, 312-266-1944, castlenightclubchicago.com, $59, $89 for gold package, $159 for platinum package...

The Drake The three-room party offers drinks, a buffet, hors d'oeuvres, and a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Wed 12/31, 9 PM-2 AM, Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton, 312-787-2200, thedrakehotel.com, $135.

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American Football Tue 12/30, 8 PM; Wed 12/31, 9 PM, Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake, 312-666-6775, bottomlounge.com.

Shemekia Copeland Wed 12/31, 7:30 and 11 PM, City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph, 312-733-9463, citywinery.com.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe Wed 12/31, Park West, 322 W. Armitage, 773-929-5959, parkwestchicago.com.

The Good Life Wed 12/31, 9 PM, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, 773-463-5808, abbeypub.com.

Jeff the Brotherhood Wed 12/31, 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600, emptybottle.com.

Bob Mould, Margaret Cho Wed 12/31, 9 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203, metrochicago.com.

Orwells Tue 12/30, 8 PM; Wed 12/31, 10 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501, lh-st.com.

Pelican, the Life & Times Wed 12/31, 9 PM, Subterranean, 2011 W. North, 773-278-6600, subt.net.

Sun Ra Arkestra Wed 12/31, 9:30 PM, Constellation, 3111 N. Western, constellation-chicago.com.

Andrew W.K. Wed 12/31, 9:30 PM, Thalia Hall, 1227 W. 18th, 312-526-3851, thaliahallchicago.com.

The Boundary Enjoy passed bites like coconut shrimp, breaded artichoke hearts, and stuffed mushrooms along with a premium open bar, party favors, and a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 8 PM-1 AM, the Boundary, 1932 W. Division, 773-278-1919, boundarychicago.com, $85.

...a champagne toast, and party favors. Wed 12/31, 9 PM-2 AM, the Dawson, 730 W. Grand, 312-243-8955, the-dawson.com, $80-$120...

Mercat a la Planxa Chef Cory Morris prepares a four-course, 12-dish menu inspired by the Spanish tradition of Nochevieja. The meal includes wine pairings and a midnight toast. Wed 12/31, 5 PM-midnight, Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan, 312-765-0524, mercatchicago.com, $125.

Nellcôte A sampling of bites and drinks from Nellcôte's menu, plus a set from DJ Lani Love. Wed 12/31, 9:30 PM, Nellcôte, 833 W. Randolph, 312-432-0500, nellcoterestaurant.com, $100.

New Year's Eve Luau Two seatings are available for chef Edward Kim's ten-course Hawaiian feast featuring beverage pairings, an open tiki bar, and live calypso music. Wed 12/31, 5:30-8 PM and 8:30 PM-1 AM, Mott St, 1401 N. Ashland, 773-687-9977, mottstreetchicago.com, $85-$175.

The Publican A four-course meal from chef Brian Huston, with beer and wine pairings available for an additional $25-$55 per person. Reservations required. Wed 12/31, the Publican, 837 W. Fulton, 312-733-9555, thepublicanrestaurant.com, $65.

Ready to Dine There are three seatings for this 90s-hip-hop-inspired party with a dim sum menu including lobster dumplings, foie gras wontons, and champagne-mango pudding. Wed 12/31, 5:30, 7:30, and 9:30 PM, Fat Rice, 2957 W. Diversey, 773-661-9170, eatfatrice.com, $98 per person, sold in pairs.

...bar, specialty dishes, party favors, and a midnight toast. Wed 12/31, Roots Handmade Pizza, 1924 W. Chicago, 773-645-4949, rootspizza.com, $20-$70...

Takashi Chef Takashi Yagihashi provides a seven-course meal (with wine pairings for an additional $55-$65) and a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 5:30 and 7 PM, Takashi, 1952 N. Damen, 773-772-6170, takashichicago.com, $100-$185.

Travelle Two prix fixe menus from chef Tim Graham and pastry chef Scott Green, an early three-course meal and a later five-course meal, both with live music and a champagne cart. Wed 12/31, 5-7:30 PM and 8-10:30 PM, Travelle, 330 N. Wabash, 312-923-7705, travellechicago.com, $95-$175.

Tête Charcuterie Enjoy the restaurant's signature charcuterie and crudo, plus an open bar, DJs, a champagne toast, and a late-night snack from the Salsa Truck. Wed 12/31, 7 PM, Tête Charcuterie, 1114 W. Randolph, 312-733-1178, tetechicago.com, $150.

Uncommon Ground Seatings for a four-course prix fixe menu are available from 5 to 10 PM, followed by a late-night buffet, open bar, and music from Uptown Shakedown. Wed 12/31, 5 PM-1 AM, Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark, 773-929-3680, uncommonground.com, $55.

The Barrelhouse Flat A two-floor party with classic cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live jazz, and a champagne toast at midnight. Wed 12/31, Barrelhouse Flat, 2624 N. Lincoln, 773-857-0421, barrelhouseflat.com, $100-$150.

...night also features live music and whiskey shots at midnight. Wed 12/31, Big Star, 1531 N. Damen, 773-235-4039, bigstarchicago.com...

CH Distillery Count down to midnight with an array of signature cocktails and ring in the New Year at midnight with a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 9 PM-1 AM, CH Distillery, 564 W. Randolph, 312-707-8780, chdistillery.com, $100.

East Room Music from the mashup maestros in Hood Internet and a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 9 PM-2 AM, East Room, 2828 W. Medill, 773-276-9603, eastroomchicago.com, $25.

The Fifty/50 The sports bar hosts a five-hour open bar, buffet, and, of course, a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 8 PM, the Fifty/50, 2047 W. Division, 773-489-5050, thefifty50.com, $80.

Headquarters Beercade OK Go headlines this night of video games, drinks, and a specialty menu. Wed 12/31, 8 PM-2 AM, Headquarters Beercade, 950 W. Wolfram, 773-665-5660, hqbeercade.com, $75.

Irish American Heritage Center Hors d'oeuvres, live music from Gerry Haughey and Kara Eadie, party favors, and a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 7 PM-12:30 AM, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, 773-282-7035, irishamhc.com, $25.

New Year's Eve Beach Party Combat the cold with tiki drinks, a performance by a surf-rock band, bites, and a midnight toast. Wed 12/31, 9:30 PM, Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee, 773-227-3530, whistlerchicago.com, $99.

Noon Year's Eve Party A family-friendly celebration with music, crafts, and a countdown to noon with an apple juice toast. Wed 12/31, 11 AM-1 PM, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon, 773-755-5100, naturemuseum.org, $20, $10 for children.

A WBEZ New Year's Party Live entertainment from the Doug Peck Trio and Moth StorySlam, plus specialty cocktails from mixologist Johnny Costello, hors d'oeuvres, and a dance party. Wed 12/31, 9 PM-2 AM, Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, wbez.org, $80.

Co-Ed Prison Sluts A performance of the long-running musical revue, plus a buffet, drinks, and a champagne toast at midnight. Wed 12/31, 10 PM, Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 773-697-9693, annoyanceproductions.com, $40.

Improv New Year's Eve The night includes performances of improv shows Process, Gigantic, and CIC Gameday along with an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and a champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 8 PM, CIC Theater, 1422 W. Irving Park, 773-865-7731, cictheater.com, $40, $75 per couple.

iO Theater New Year's Choose from performances of Whirled News Tonight, TJ & Dave, Improvised Shakespeare, and the Deltones along with an open bar, a buffet, a dance party, and a midnight toast. Wed 12/31, 7 PM-1 AM, iO Theater, 1501 N. Kingsbury, ioimprov.com/chicago, $100.

New Years Eve Cornstravaganza The night kicks off with an open bar and buffet, followed by sketch and improv performances, a dance party, and a midnight champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 8 PM-2 AM, Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, 773-650-1331, cornservatory.org, $55, $100 per couple.

New Year's Eve Hullabaloo The venue's grand opening includes a cocktail hour, a performance by Kiss Kiss Cabaret, a dance party, and a champagne toast at midnight. Wed 12/31, 9 PM-2 AM, Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, uptownunderground.net, $100.

New Year's Eve Monster's Ball Guests are encouraged to dress in horrifying attire for unlimited drinks, appetizers, a zombie band, a haunted house, and a "champain" toast at midnight. Wed 12/31, 9 PM-1 AM, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252, stage773.com, $70, $120 per couple.

...carousel handing out desserts, and fountains spouting cocktails. Wed 12/31, 9 PM, Redmoon Theater, 2120 S. Jefferson, 312-850-8440, redmoon.org, $100...

New Year's Eve Under the Gun A buffet and cocktail hour followed by performances of #trending and Comedy Against Humanity plus a dance party and midnight toast. Wed 12/31, 8 PM-2 AM, Under the Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 773-270-3440, undertheguntheater.com, $50.

New Year's Hangover Stand Up Marathon A stacked lineup of local comics including Ali Clayton, Kellye Howard, Mike Lebovitz, and more. Thu 1/1, 6 PM, ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont, 773-549-8080 or 312-559-1212, comedysportzchicago.com, $15.

New Year's Psychic Eve A performance by mentalist Sidney Friedman, with party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Wed 12/31, 10:30 PM, Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1383 N. Milwaukee, 773-278-1830, davenportspianobar.com, $30 plus two-drink minimum.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: New Year's Eve Beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres before the Neo-Futurists' signature show, plus a champagne or cider toast at midnight. Wed 12/31, 9:30 PM, Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland, 773-275-5255, neofuturists.org, $20.

With Love From the Black Ensemble Theater A performance by the stars of At Last: A Tribute to Etta James, along with food, dancing, and lots of champagne. Wed 12/31, 8 PM-1 AM, Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark, 773-769-4451, blackensembletheater.org, $125, $200 for couples. 

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Weekend scares: Babadook, Christmas Haunt, plays, and more

...for “Santa.” Runs through January 4th, 2015. Tickets $30-$90. (Goldstar Members $49) Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut, Chicago, IL. rocknrollxmas.com

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...A trailer reel of Christmas horror films will also be screened. Free event. Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N. Western, Chicago...

...and Saturday at 8:00pm. Tickets $15. (Goldstar members 50% discount.) The Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark, Chicago. For more information, call 1-800-650-6449...

...students) or $10 for Goldstar Members. Runs through June 15, 2015. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657. 773-697-9693...

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose - This holiday mystery returns for its 4th year at Raven Theatre. Original story by Arthur Conan Doyle adapted by Michael Menendian and John Weagly. Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark, Chicago, IL. Tickets $10-$20. Runs through January 4th, 2015.

Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints - Showcases special works in the Clarence Buckingham Collection of Japanese Prints. Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 107, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL. Runs through January 4, 2015. Open daily 10:30am-5:00pm; Thursdays until 8:00pm.

Monstrum Dark Arts Exhibition - Group dark art show presented by Gallery Provocateur and 44 Flood which “explores the monsters in our collective psyche.” Runs through January 2015. 1621 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL 60647.

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