Hello Daily Do-ers,
Still thinking about what to do for the holiday to literally end all holidays AKA New Year’s Eve? Well, good thing it’s all been broken down for you right here on The Daily Do Chicago in a very cheeky Top 10 list. Who doesn’t love a top 10 list? No one. Everyone loves them.
Also, just wanted to say THANKS for hanging out with us this year! Look out for more TDD Chicago in 2015!
Schuba’s, 10pm, $25 (advance) $30 (Doors)
If you’re seeking a little bit more low key of a night to cap off your year, we highly recommend that you check out Sinkane at Schuba’s. Sinkane blends a mix of krautrock, funk, and free jazz that makes you feel like you’ve just landed on a sandy beach. Tickets are well priced, the mac n’cheese at the Harmony Grill next door is undeniably scrumptious and the Schuba’s crowd is always fun-loving and low key. It’s a casual affair but I’m sure that if you really feel like wearing that super sparkly gown or tux, just go for it. It’s New Year’s Eve! Go big or go home.
2. SEE LOCAL CHICAGO BANDS PLAY THE PORTAGE THEATER
Portage Theater, 8pm, Sliding Scale up to $40 (price goes up every day until the show)
The Portage Theater will feature local Chicago bands and they are calling this party “The Drop.” You know, like dropping beats. LOL. This is a party for fans of funk music and psychedelic jazz who want to boogie on NYE but don’t want to worry about having to elbow their way to a bar or snag passed appetizers off an almost empty platter. You can even use this link and to get cheap sliding scale tickets.
Halsted Harp, 5pm, FREE
Chicago loves bar crawls. And it seems that Chicagoans also DGAF about the cold and will do a bar crawl regardless of the bitter cold. Why not end, er, start (?) the year off with a Chicago tradition?
Drop, 9pm, $85
Have you ever seen Eyes Wide Shut? Masks, capes – Stanley Kubrick made this stuff look strange and dark but damn sexy. If you’re looking for a more mysterious start to your year, then go to this party.
Moe’s Cantina River North, 9:30pm, $110
Sometimes, you just want it easy peasy, get dressed in a sparkly dress, drink champagne, and have a good time with good people. Athletic HOT people that is. Chicago Sport & Social, one of Chicago’s premiere intramural sports leagues, is hosting their NYE party at Moe’s Cantina. Hurry, ya better get tickets to this one soon before prices go up.
6. FUTURE ROCK AT CONCORD MUSIC HALL
Concord Music Hall, 8pm, $25
If you haven’t checked out the Concord Music Hall yet you’ll be in for a treat if you decide to head over there for a super cheap NYE ticket. The venue has been outfitted for optimum bass bumpin’ and booty shakin’ and this NYE they are bringing in Chicago’s very own Future Rock to get the dance party going. Also on the bill, Chicago nuhouse/electronic DJ ZEBO, Austin’s Auto Body and Chicago’s Eliot Lipp.
7. THE HOOD INTERNET PLAY THE EAST ROOM
21+ , $28, East Room, 9pm
If you live in Chicago, you have probably heard of The Hood Internet. If you’re not quite in the loop, these producers are the masters of mashing up indie rock songs with hip hop ones. It’d be impossible to end up seeing these guys and NOT dancing. Plus, you could be hanging out at one of the best new nightlife spots in the city.
Chop Shop/1st Ward, 9pm, $88
So I don’t think my description could top what’s on this party’s website so I’ll just leave this right here… “The entire building will be turned into an otherworldy planet with giant glowing jellyfish, glowing ice shards, strange sea creatures, a time warp portal, and more.”
Beauty Bar, 8pm, $40
Here at The Daily Do we are big fans of the scene over at Beauty Bar. We’ve danced at their Friday night Motown and 90’s dance parties. We’ve paid $10 for a manicure and martini because hell yeah that is a good deal. And now, we’re ready to get down and dance ourselves into the new year, fancy nails and all.
Empty Bottle, 9pm, $25
Do you feel like moshing your way to 2015? Do you just want to ring in your new year with your ears ringing? Go to the Empty Bottle and see JEFF The Brotherhood, Juiceboxxx, & The Lemons on 12/31. You’ll get what you asked for (unless you bring ear plugs, of course.)