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Looking for something fun to do this New Year's Eve in Chicago? Look no further. Here is a listing of some of Chicago's top New Year's Eve events and parties. (Because costs are subject to change, please confirm with the establishment their New Year's Eve party/event prices.)

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1. DMK Burger Bar

To ring in 2013, DMK Burger Bar's Lakeview and Lombard locations invite revelers to celebrate the greatest hits of 2012 by reliving the most popular monthly burger and shake specials. A selection of the year's favorite off-menu monthly burger specials, as well as sides and shakes, will be passed throughout the evening. Plus, DMK's newest burger will be released at midnight for a sneak peak into 2013. Celebrations at both DMK Burger Bar locations are from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and include an open bar, featuring mixed drinks, wine and craft drafts. The Greatest Hits NYE burger extravaganza is priced at $75 at DMK Lakeview and $50 at DMK Lombard. As a bonus, DJs Groover Cleveland and Somebody's Daughter will spin live at DMK Lakeview during the night. Reservations for DMK Lakeview can be made by emailing krotar@dmkrestaurants.com and for DMK Lombard by emailing fgonzalez@dmkrestaurants.com.

2. New Year's Eve at Rebar at Trump Chicago

Chicagoans looking to ring in the New Year can do so at Rebar at Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, where an "All That Jazz"- themed event will take place. The downtown Chicago hotel's mezzanine-level lounge will showcase a modern interpretation of the Broadway classic "Chicago," complete with flappers, vaudevillian costumed servers, a cabaret singer and all the lights and style of Prohibition-era Chicago. Live singing performances will entertain revelers throughout the evening. Performances will take place at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. Rebar is offering two packages designed for groups of up to four people: For $475 per table, guests can book the Velma Package, which includes a bottle of Krug Rosé, a comfortable table and the guests' choice of a sweet pastry tower or a savory selection from Sushi Chef Min Suh featuring sashimi, maki rolls and more. For $625 per table, guests can book the Roxy Package, which includes a bottle of Krug Rosé, guaranteed window seating that affords prime views of the Chicago River and midnight fireworks display, and their choice of the sweet or savory tower. Parties exceeding four people are required to purchase seating for additional guests, which costs $125 per person for the Velma package or $150 per person for the Roxy Package. All prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations call 312-588-8104.

3. New Year's Eve at Tru

Celebrate early at 5 p.m. with a six-course meal ($165) or dine later at 8:30 p.m. featuring an eight-course meal ($275). The late seating will include a midnight Champagne toast. Call 312-202-0001 for reservations.

4. New Year's Eve at Mercadito

Start your night with an early dinner or count down to midnight with a special menu, party favors, and live DJ’s. You can order off the regular menu or do a special five-course sharing menu for $110. Call 312-329-9555 for reservations.

5. New Year's Eve at SUSHISAMBA rio

Ring in the New Year at SUSHISAMBA’s Réveillon, inspired by the Brazilian tradition of Réveillon, the "awakening of a New Year in Rio de Janeiro," which traditionally takes place on the beach. White-clad revelers pay homage to Yemenja, the Brazilian goddess of the sea, by setting candlelit offerings afloat on the waters. SUSHISAMBA will follow suit with white décor and staff wearing festive white dress. Premier seating: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. / no minimum. Celebration seating: 10 p.m. – close / $30 surcharge. Call 312-595-2300 for reservations.

6. New Year's Eve at Libertad

Spice up your New Year's Eve by celebrating with Libertad. Chef Armando Gonzalez has created a special five-course menu that includes a glass of champagne for $50 per person. There is an optional wine pairing for an additional $25 per person. The menu will feature Latin-inspired dishes highlighting fresh ingredients and authentic Latin spices and flavors including eggplant tempura with soy-jalapeno aioli and red snapper with fennel puree, beet relish and saffron-mandarin salsa. Reservations can be made by calling 847-674-8100 or by emailing info@libertad7931.com.

7. New Year's Eve Part at the Drake Hotel

Ring in the New Year the historic Drake Hotel on Chicago's Michigan Avenue that includes a premium bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; four ballrooms with entertainment; 45 bars and bartenders; and more. Tickets are $185 for V.I.P. Regular tickets are sold out as of press time. Tickets can be purchased online.

8. New Year's Eve at Navy Pier

Families can ring in the New Year a little early with a fireworks display at Navy Pier that starts at 7 p.m. The Navy Pier Family Bash also includes hip-hop dance, live music, and more at the pier's Winter WonderStage. For adults, Navy Pier is having a Resolution Ball from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. with fireworks at midnight. Tickets average $110. Tickets can be purchased online.

9. New Year's Eve at the Palmer House Hilton

Fromt 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., you can ring in the New Year the Palmer House Hilton during its New Year's Eve Soiree that includes a top shelf open bar with martinis and champagne, appetizers, casino games, live music, DJs, and pre- and post-parties. Tickets start at $135. Tickets can be purchased online.

10. New Year's Eve Party Aboard the Mystic Blue

Enjoy a cruise along Lake Michigan, including a dinner buffet, a premium open bar, DJ, a champagne toast, and a view of the Navy Pier fireworks. Boarding begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $149.90. Call 877-299-7783 to make a reservation.
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