New Years Eve Guide

The best places to dine, drink, and celebrate in the Oak Park Area

From beer flights at buzzy new breweries and live blues tunes in storied venues to upscale dinners at intimate eateries and family-friendly experiences with early countdowns, the Oak Park Area is chock-full of memorable ways to ring in the New Year. Here are some of our favorite spots to welcome 2020!

Brookfield Zoo  |  8400 31st Street, BrookfieldBrookfieldZoo NewYearsEve

Brookfield Zoo's renowned Holiday Magic, Chicagoland's largest and longest running lights festival, goes out with a bang on December 31st with Zoo Year's Eve. Beginning at 6PM, this exuberant celebration boasts a DJ spinning family-friendly tunes, party favors, fun games, and more at the zoo's Holly Jolly Theater. Families with younger tykes should head over to the Hamill Family Play Zoo, where kids make their own noisemakers and enjoy an early countdown at 8PM. Zoo Year's Eve activities are free with general admission of $19.85 for adults and $14.50 for seniors 65+ and children 3-11. Parking is $12. Discounted tickets can be purchased at any Meijer location in Chicagoland. For more information, click here.

Fitzgerald’s Nightclub  |  6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwynfitzgeralds

Hailed as "a musical gem" by The New York Times and consistently ranked one of the top 5 music venues in Chicagoland, Fitzgerald's Nightclub knows how to throw a rockin' party. This New Year's Eve, Chicago blues artist and guitar slinger Ronnie Baker Brooks takes the main stage at 9PM with his soulful, passionate twist on blues. Tickets for Baker Brooks cost $40, which includes party favors and a midnight champagne toast. In the Sidebar, Expo '76 & the Total Pro Horns will head into 2018 with an adventurous setlist spanning from '70s AM radio tunes to beer-guzzling dance jams. The show begins at 9PM and tickets cost $30. For tickets to either show, click here

L!VE Cafe  |  163 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak ParkLive exterior

Not all worthy New Year's Eve events are late night affairs, and L!VE Café proves it. In keeping with the cafe's focus on development and transformation, L!VE will bid farewell to 2017 with a Community Vision Board Brunch. Instead of drafting ordinary resolutions, this event encourages us to look beyond ourselves and set goals for engaging the community in 2018. All attendees will have access to artistic supplies, planning templates and other tools to create visuals that bring their unique community-oriented goals to life. The event runs from 10AM-12PM, costs $25, and includes a light brunch - with mimosas! For tickets, click here

Maya Del Sol  |  144 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak ParkMayaNYE

Maya Del Sol is ringing in 2018 with a one-two punch of vibrant Latin flavors and guaranteed good times; first is the New Year's Eve celebration, which will feature a special menu, live music by Joe Rendon & Friends, and champagne toasts at midnight. Prix fixe, a la carte menu options, and packages with or without alcohol are all available, as well as an early bird special of 15% off guests who purchase prix fixe menu prior to 6:30pm. The party continues on New Year's Day with the annual Pajama Brunch from 10AM-3PM. Enjoy 20% off your buffet if you come dine in your pjs! For reservations, click here or call 708-358.9800.

Papaspiros  |  728 Lake Street, Oak ParkPapaspirosCelebrate

One of Oak Park's most approachable eateries invites you to welcome 2018 with flavorful and authentic Greek cuisine. Papaspiros is offering a $65-per-person four course meal, showcasing an assortment of the most popular dishes like fried zucchini with potato garlic spread, vegetarian mousaka,and baklava. Choose from two separate seatings, 5PM-8PM or 8:30PM-2AM, and enjoy complimentary champagne toasts at midnight as well as live entertainment. For reservations, call 708-358-1700.

The Heritage  |  7403 Madison Street, Forest ParkTheHeritageNYE2017menu

2017 was a buzzy year for dining in the Oak Park Area, but few openings garnered more praise than The Heritage in Forest Park. This intimate restaurant, specializing in seasonal American cuisine and creative cocktails, is offering three seatings for dinner on New Year's Eve. The first two slots, 5/5:30PM and 7:30/8PM, are $65 per person, while the 10/10:30PM seating costs $75 and includes a champagne toast at midnight. Guests thirsting for a sophisticated start to 2018 can choose from a number of upscale add-ons including black truffles, sturgeon cavier, and rare sparkling wine. For reservations, email, click here, or call 708-435-4937.

Wonder Works Children's Museum  |  6445 W. North Avenue, Oak ParkWonderWorksFun

Families bidding 2019 farewell with children in tow should head to Oak Park's largest family New Year's Eve Party! Wonder Works Children's Museum, a 6,400 square-foot place for creative play, is home to "experience zones" that use art, performance, design, and building to spark children's imagination. On December 31st from 12PM-5PM, the museum's playful environment sets the stage for a New Year's Party featuring special games, crafts, noisemakers, parades, singing, and food. Admission is $3 for Wonder Works' members and $10 for non-members. For more information, click here

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