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Tired of the same old New Year’s Eve parties? Looking for a truly unique New Year’s Eve experience? Why not head to the theater for some real Chicago entertainment. This New Year’s Eve Chicago theaters will be ringing in the new year laughing, dancing and entertaining audiences into the wee hours of the morning. Whether you’re looking for a swanky adults-only affair or you need family friendly activities that won’t bore the over 21 crowd, we’ve got something for you.
The Annual New Year’s Eve Hullabaloo at Uptown Underground
Get ready for some top shelf retro-tainment this New Year’s Eve at the Uptown Underground. The evening will feature a two-hour performance by The Kiss Kiss Cabaret, Chicago Magic Lounge, Muffy Fishbasket, Boy Toy’s Pocket Cabaret, and other special guests on two stages. Dress up in your best 1920s or 1940s black-tie attire as guests will be receive a red-carpet welcome. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail and hors d’oeuvres beginning at 9 p.m. There will be a full-service bar all night long featuring New Year’s Eve drink specials along with a complimentary dessert buffet, and you’ll enter the new year with a countdown and champagne toast. The party continues until 2 a.m. with Flapper Girl Sins and her jazz ensemble. This classy shindig is sure to delight retro lovers.
Thursday, December 31
9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
4713 N. Broadway, Chicago
General Admission tickets: $75. Premium Reserved tickets: $100.
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza presented by the House Theatre of Chicago
Need a NYE event that is appropriate for the whole family, and still entertaining for the 21+ crowd? Head over to the Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park where the House Theatre of Chicago will be hosting a raucous night full of dancing and games. Tickets include three drink tickets, plenty of food, and all-night entertainment. Cut a rug in the downstairs theater to the tunes of a live band led by House-Company member Kevin O’Donnell. Then head upstairs to the set of “The Nutcracker,” which will be turned into a game room with table top and party games. Enjoy libations from two bars as well as sweet and savory treats throughout the night. Ring in the New Year with fun the whole family can enjoy.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St, Chicago.
Admission for ages 21+: $100. Admission for guests under 21: $40.
Recommended for ages 10+
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: New Year’s Eve at the The Neo-Futurarium
Shake off 2015 and cozy up next to 2016 with the Neo-Futurists. Doors open at The Neo-Futurarium at 9:30pm for refreshments, including wine, beers from Metropolitan Brewery and hors d’oeuvres. The New Year’s Eve edition of The Neo-Futurists’ 30 plays in 60 minutes will kick off at 11 p.m., ending promptly at midnight with a toast to ring in the New Year. New Year’s Eve “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” features Neo-Futurists Jessica Anne, Lisa Buscani, Ida Cuttler, Nick Hart, Kirsten Riiber,Leah Urzendowski, and Malic White.
Thursday, Dec. 31
Doors open at 9:30 p.m. and show starts at 11 p.m.
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
New Year’s Eve Night at The ComedySportz Theatre
Laugh your way into 2016 with the whole family at The ComedySportz Theatre. Their hilarious improv comedy show features a battle between two teams who create comedy scenes, songs, and games on the spot based on your suggestions. The audience chooses the winner and the show is never the same twice. It’s clean, smart comedy for guests of all ages. There are over 100+ games in the ComedySportz book and nobody knows what will be played next. This New Year’s Eve ComedySportz will be performing three holiday shows: showtimes are at 5 p.m.($30 tickets), 7 p.m. ($30 tickets), and 10 p.m. ($40 tickets). All shows are 90 minutes and include a champagne or sparkling cider toast and party favors. The 10 p.m. show includes a midnight toast with the cast. Avoid the New Year’s Eve crowds by hanging out at the theater after the last show where the bar will stay open until 2 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 31
5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
929 W. Belmont Ave.
Tickets: $30 – $40.