Each December 31st, towns all across Illinois ring in the new year in their own unique way. From dance parties to children’s events to musical performances, there is a special celebration to fit anyone’s interests. Welcome 2017 in one of these Illinois towns, and you won’t be disappointed!
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This small Illinois town offers a number of unique New Year's Eve experiences. Relax at Tuscan Hills Winery's laid-back celebration, enjoy the Lionel Richie Experience at Effingham Performance Center, or attend the
Austin Mansion Murder Mystery Dinner.
Tuscan Hills Winery: 2200 Historic Hills Drive, Effingham
Effingham Performance Center: 1325 Outer Belt West, Effingham
Austin Mansion: 1007 S. 4th Street, Effingham
Join in on the fun at Harrah’s Casino or Juliet’s Tavern in Joliet for a classic New Year's Eve party. Or, for something a bit different, stop in at Chicago Street Pub for their Irish New Year’s event.
Harrah's Casino: 151 N. Joliet Street, Joliet
Juliet's Tavern: 205 N. Chicago Street, Joliet
Chicago Street Pub: 75 N. Chicago Street, Joliet
These Central Illinois twin cities have plenty to offer on December 31st. For a lively evening, sing along with The Chorale during their performance at The Virginia Theatre. Or, let loose at The Canopy Club and enjoy sets by The Werks and Sun Stereo.
The Virginia Theatre: 203 W. Park Avenue, Champaign
The Canopy Club: 708 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana
Ring in 2017 at events being held at Topgolf, Meson Sabika, or Catch 35. Looking to get the kids in on the fun? Take them to DuPage Children’s Museum's Bubble Bash.
Topgolf: 3211 Odyssey Court, Naperville
Meson Sabika: 1025 Aurora Avenue, Naperville
Catch 35: 35 S. Washington Street, Naperville
DuPage Children's Museum: 301 N. Washington Street, Naperville
Get a reservation at one of Galena's finest restaurants to enjoy their special New Year's Eve menus; One Eleven Main, Vinny Vanucchi’s, and Frank O’Dowd’s are all sure to please. To take things up a notch, visit the Eagle Ridge Resort for dinner and dancing.
One Eleven Main: 111 N. Main Street, Galena
Vinny Vanucchi’s: 201 S. Main Street, Galena
Frank O’Dowd’s: 9853 US-20, Galena
Eagle Ridge Resort: 444 Eagle Ridge Drive, Galena
For those with children, the Children's Discovery Museum's Noon Year's Eve event is the perfect place to start the day. For adults only festivities, get tickets for the Brushville concert at Castle Theatre or head to the DoubleTree Hotel and party with rock cover band Mike & Joe.
Children’s Discovery Museum: 101 E. Beaufort Street, Normal
Castle Theatre: 209 E. Washington Street #1, Bloomington
DoubleTree Hotel: 10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington
Kiddos will love the Legoland Discovery Center's Balloon Drop and the Schaumburg Park District's Itsy Bitsy New Year's Eve Countdown. But, there's something for adults too - dance the night away during the Salsa Party at Entre Bar and Grill.
Legoland Discovery Center: 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg
Entre Bar and Grill: 1725 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg
Illinois's capital city has no shortage of things to do on New Year's Eve. First Night Springfield begins with children's activities during the day; at night, Downtown Springfield is taken over by musical performances and a fireworks display. If you'd prefer to stick to one spot throughout the night, attend the events at Donnie B's Comedy Club or Boondocks Pub.
Donnie B’s Comedy Club: 3455 Freedom Drive, Springfield
Boondocks Pub: 2909 N. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield
Rockford offers up some impressive performances in celebration of the new year. Spend your night in stitches at Deon Cole's show at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, or take in a performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at Nordlof Center.
Coronado Performing Arts Center: 314 N. Main Street, Rockford
Nordlof Center: 118 N. Main Street, Rockford
10. Peoria/East Peoria
Do something more unique with your evening by visiting one of Peoria's New Year's Eve celebrations. Run among the light displays at the Get Lit NYE Fun Run, and then end your night with the dueling piano performance at The Waterhouse.
The Waterhouse: 316 SW Washington Street, Peoria
It's impossible to mention all of the Windy City's incredible New Year's Eve events; you really can't go wrong. But, the events that really shine are Resolution Gala at Navy Pier and the great parties thrown by hotels like The Drake Hotel and Hard Rock Hotel.
Navy Pier: 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago
Drake Hotel: 140 E. Walton Place, Chicago
Hard Rock Hotel: 230 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
How do you plan to spend your New Year’s Eve in Illinois? Is there a great celebration we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.