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Ring in 2019 at these Events!

By Neile Moriarty, Kathleen Bailey and Dan Mulka

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for something fun and different to do to celebrate the year behind and welcome in the New Year! Do you like to stay close to home, go out with friends, or bring the whole family? We found just enough things below to satisfy a little bit of everything. Some of these events even take place earlier in the day, so you can celebrate as a family - and save the night for the partying!

Have a Happy New Year from all of us at the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau!

ISM Lockport Gallery and Embers - New Years Eve

Illinois State Museum - Lockport Gallery, Lockport

The Illinois State Museum - Lockport Gallery and Embers Tap House are teaming up for a New Years' Eve event that the Chicago Tribune featured as one of "12 ideas to help plan New Year's Eve fun."  A fancy NYE dinner (prime rib and smoked salmon, 2 sides and dessert), wine pairing, beer and cocktails provided by Embers Tap House.  Get tickets at this link.

Bolingbrook Golf Club, Bolingbrook

Before heading over to the neighbor’s party stop at Bolingbrook Golf Club for a celebratory dinner! Bolingbrook is offering a wonderful New Year’s Eve Surf & Turf Dinner for $75.00 per person. Reservations are required by calling 630-771-9400 x4071.

Starved Rock Lodge - New Years Eve 2018

Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center, Oglesby

An evening at Starved Rock Lodge! New Year’s Eve Party at Starved Rock Lodge. Overnight packages start at $495 (for two) and includes;  overnight accommodations for two guests, open bar, party favors, photos by the fireplace (additional cost), hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, live entertainment, champagne toast at midnight, late check-out and New Year’s Day Brunch. Plus, a chance to win a $1,000 travel voucher! Must be 21 years and older to attend. Reservations are required for this event. Visit their website for more information and call 815-667-4211 to reserve.

Channahon Lanes, Channahon & Riverfront Lanes, Wilmington

Lot of options of family fun bowling specials on NYE!

Family Parties 3:00PM-5:00PM ($69.99 per lane) & 6:00PM-8:00PM ($79.99 per lane) and 5:30PM-7:30PM ($54.99 per lane) at Riverfront Lanes, which includes shoe rental, pizza, soda & party favors. Pre-paid reservations are required for this. Starting at 8:30PM at both locations, Rock It! Open lane bowling for only $20.19 per lane/hour. Reservations are encouraged. Go to their website for more information.

Haunted Trails Entertainment Park & Picnic Groves, Joliet, IL 

Haunted Trails Joliet is having a Party New Year's Eve Family from 8:00PM to Midnight. Advanced reservations are required. $29.95/guest includes buffet, soft drinks, dessert plus $10 in Game Play, UNLIMITED Indoor Rides & Laser Tag, Hats & Noisemakers, Karaoke Entertainment, Games & Prizes plus a Balloon Drop, New Year's Toast, and Countdown Celebration! Visit their website for more information. All guests aged 3 and up must be on package. Kids 2 and under eat free, but do not receive game play or attractions.

The Ladies of Illusion present NYE at The Pink Chihuahua

The Pink Chihuahua, Ottawa, IL

The Ladies of Illusion present NYE @ The Pink Chihuahua.  You can ring in the new year with Davina Devine, Felicity St. James and Special Guest Jazzelle Boyette. The show starst at 7pm.  Reservations are required, contact The Pink Chihuahua at 815-324-5227.  

River Hawk Brewing

River Hawk Brewing, Channahon, IL

Don't miss the great music of Living Proof Band and Junk Yard Dawks.  You won't want to miss the great beer and wine of River Hawk Brewing as well!  (Note: the deadline has passed for the party package)

Hickory Creek Brewing

Hickory Creek Brewing, New Lenox, IL

Celebrate "Brew Years Eve" 2018 at Hickory Creek Brewing!  Two music acts (Lucas Aleander and Jack Byron), the Smoking Z Food Truck, and a party special that includes one price for drinks (including champagne at midnight).  Get tickets at this link.

Chuck's Cafe in Darien - New Years eve

Chuck's Cafe, Darien, IL

Live DJ, premium open bar, select craft beers, champagne toast at midnight and party favors.  The food buffet will feature seafood bisque, super caesar salad, root vegetable salad, smoked samlon w/ sauteed greens and beurre blanc, penne vodka with shrimp, ribs, london broil w/ bordelaise sauce, smoked peppercorn pork tenderloin, baked mac 'n cheese, smashed red potatoes and roasted vegetables.  The dessert table will include assorted desserts, chuck's mini cookies, brownies and more.  Get your tickets via this link.  

Embers Tap House, Lockport, IL

DJ Synergy and your friends at Embers Tap House will be dancing their way into the new year.  Appetizers, domestic beer, wine and well drinks are part of the package, as well as a champagne toast at midnight.  Buy tickets  via this link.  

Elder Brewing Company - Blacklight Masquerade

Elder Brewing Company, Joliet, IL

Are you ready for the Blacklight Masquerade Party?  Your ticket includes entertainment, 4 craft beers, food and snacks, a 50/50 raffle, mask/costume contest and a champagne toast.  Buy your tickets via this link.

Nevin's Brewing Company, Plainfield, IL

From P!NK to Gwen, Spice to TLC, Katy to Brit Brit, and everything in between. COVERGIRLS consists of 2 powerful lead vocalist backed by 3 punks that keep the songs upbeat and rock steady. Don’t miss out on the best (NYE) Ladies Night you’ll ever see. 

Bowlero, Romeoville, IL

Bowlero offers Daytime Family Packages that let you roll in the New Year early and get the kids to bed on time. Celebrate with 2 Hours of Unlimited Bowling, arcade games, Champagne Toasts, Sparkling Cider & Soft Drinks, and a lineup of exceptional food.

Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, Oak Lawn, IL

Celebrate the New Year with your children at Noon Year’s Eve at the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn. Beginning at 10am, you and your children can enjoy crafts, games, music, dancing, snacks, and other fun activities! Kids will receive noisemakers and party hats to celebrate when the balloons drop at noon! Register and purchase your tickets for a great day of fun for the whole family.

Gelsosomo's - Lemont

Gelsosomo's Pizzeria - Lemont

The fun starts at 6:00pm with acoustic music by Pete Stillwell, followed by three headliners: Amy Shanker, Paul Farahvar and Ken Garr who take the stage at 9:00pm. Joe Orozco Acoustic Rock Show (acoustic guitar) will end the night and bring in the new year with classic and modern rock hits! You'll also get a three course dinner - salad, entree and dessert, live entertainment for over 5 hours, and a champagne toast at Midnight.

Pick up tickets at this link.