CH Distillery and Cocktail Bar offers two NYE options. (Kaitlyn McQuaid / For RedEye )
New Year's Eve is just a few days away, but just because you don't have plans yet doesn't mean you're destined for a night on the couch with Netflix and delivery pizza. (Unless those are your plans, in which case, we'd recommend an "Orange Is The New Black" marathon.) Space is still available at these bar, club and restaurant parties, some of which don't require reservations at all.
Redmoon NYE: Revolution
Redmoon 2120 S. Jefferson St. 312-850-8440 ext. 123
Ring in the new year with cocktails and sweets—delivered via aerial performers, helium balloon floating trays, Kegway roving beer dispensers and wine bikes—all inside a dreamscape atmosphere featuring costumed performers, bubble contraptions, live music by The O'My's, a post-midnight dance party with music from the massive Sonic Boom DJ station and free coach transportation to and from the Loop. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $100. Tickets: redmoon.org.
Meet Your Lover at the Bar
The Burlington 3425 W. Fullerton Ave. 773-384-3243
Rock out with your clock out—there's a bass drop at midnight—with live music (10 p.m.-midnight) from Grandkids, Sons of the West and headliners The Kuhls plus a complimentary PBR reception (8-9 p.m.), $2 PBRs thereafter, $5 PBR-and-shot combos and $5 glasses of champagne with which to toast your favorite hottie before you lean in for the kiss. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $8 at the door.
New Year's Eve Dinner
Little Goat 820 W. Randolph St. 312-888-3455
The casual sibling of "Top Chef" winner Stephanie Izard's Girl & the Goat restaurant doesn't take reservations, but stays open late so that you can fill up on regular menu options including kalbi beef ribs with Thai fried rice, beach mushrooms and crispy onions ($18) and fried chicken with mashed potatoes and slaw salad ($19; $21 with a biscuit). 7 a.m.-1 a.m.
New Beers Eve
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar 960 W. 31st St. 773-890-0588
All 400 of the bar's beers are discounted by $1—including glasses of Gueuze Tilquin (regularly $11) and Vander Mill Cyser Van Doom (regularly $9) at this Bridgeport bash featuring a variety of DJs including B-Side (Chicago house), Joe Mama (soul and funk), Tony Medina (Bollywood and Latin boogaloo), Mwelwe (world beats) and Maggie Mui (R&B and hip-hop). 9 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
Pizza & Prosecco 2014
Pizzeria Via Stato 620 N. State St. 312-642-8450
Go Italian with a pizza buffet featuring chef David DiGregorio's thin, crispy-crust classic and varieties such as margherita, pepperoni, mushroom, crispy pork (Slagel Farm pork, balsamic onions and roasted garlic), coppa and fennel (Creminelli coppa, hand-pulled mozzarella, fennel pollen) and prosciutto (La Quercia prosciutto, parmesan, aged balsamic, arugula). Admission includes five tickets for prosecco and craft beers, plus a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $60.
New Year's Eve at CH Distillery
CH Distillery & Cocktail Bar 564 W. Randolph St. 312-707-8780
Walk-ins are welcome after 9:30 p.m. at this recently opened West Loop bar and distillery. From 9:30-10 p.m., dine on a five-course prix fixe with cocktail pairings ($150) featuring such courses as seared sea bass with white bean puree and blood orange tapenade served with a gin old fashioned. Or go casual from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. with a special menu featuring such dishes as the $12 corned duck breast on black rye. Reservations are accepted for seatings from 5:30-9:30 p.m. No cover.
2nd Story New Year's Eve
The Den Theatre 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-398-7028
Plan your own possibilities for 2014 with tales from novelist Laura Krughoff ("My Brother's Name"), writer-performer Shaun Sperling and company member Margaret Marion on the theme of "Stories of What Happens Next" with live musical accompaniment, one drink ticket, appetizers and a champagne toast. 9:30 p.m. $50. Tickets: 2ndstory.com.
New Year's Rappin' Eve
The Dawson 730 W. Grand Ave. 312-243-8955
Get down with hip-hop beats from DJs Genghis Won and Tony Trim plus $10 craft cocktails including the Sacra Pala Bras (mezcal, vermouth, Creole shrub and blackstrap bitters) and the rye- and rum-based Traveling Mercies. Hungry? Chef Patrick Russ offers a special cafe menu from 4:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in addition to regular dinner service. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
'Bye Bye Liver' New Year's Eve Show
Public House Theatre 3914 N. Clark St. 800-650-6449
Before you commit to those pesky resolutions, head to this booze-themed interactive comedy show featuring sketches about the dude who confuses courage with whiskey, the girl whose personality changes with every shot and more. In between vignettes, pit yourself against the actors and your pals with drinking-themed social games. Admission includes appetizers, a cash bar and a complimentary champagne toast. 8 p.m. $40. Tickets: pubhousetheatre.com
American Junkie and Attic at American Junkie 15 W. Illinois St. 312-239-0995