New Year's Eve Chicago: 10 Unforgettable Restaurant Experiences to Ring In 2021

Melanie Medrano with The Editors | December 21, 2020 | Food & Drink

With 2021 around the corner, the best way to welcome the new year is with some truly delectable food. Here are 10 Chicago restaurants serving up dinner with a celebratory twist.

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1. PROXI

Travel around the world—without leaving the safety of home—with Proxi’s globally inspired menu.The New Year’s package serves two and includes a five-course dinner of dishes like basmati rice pulao, braised lamb shank and matcha cheesecake. Orders must be placed by Dec. 23 and are available for pickup Dec. 30 and 31. 565 W. Randolph St.

2. VIRTUE

Hyde Park's Virtue brings together dinner and drinks into one meal tailored for two. Choose from fried chicken or whole branzino and enjoy with sides, such as cornbread and black-eyed peas and spinach, before ending your meal with a housemade chocolate cake. Vegetarian lasagna is also on offer as an add-on, and a bottle of Canard-Duchêne brut is included. Save the Champagne for the final hour and kick the evening off with a cranberry mule cocktail or a classic Old-Fashioned. Order by Dec. 28; available for pickup Dec. 31. 1462 E. 53rd St.

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3. TZUCO

Welcome the new year on Tzuco’s all-season patio with chef Carlos Gaytan’s three-course menu, prepared just for the occasion. The menu will include options such as aguachiles, halibut bouillabaisse and maíz y azafrán. And for fans of vino, wine pairings will be on offer. Guests can revel in party favors, listen to music and clink to a special toast. Tickets are available on Resy. 720 N. State St.

4. Prime & Provisions

This New Year's, Chicago staple Prime & Provisions brings the celebratory flavor with pickup—and dine in!—options. On the indulgent pickup menu, find slow-roasted prime beef, decadent mac and cheese, grilled asparagus with balsamic glaze, and a chocolate and caramel cake to cleanse your holiday palate. For those dining on the heated, covered patio, relish in chef Joseph Rizza’s prix fixe offerings of oysters Rockefeller, lump blue crab cake, clam chowder, petite cut filet mignon and banana cream pie, among others. Pickup pre-orders are required by Dec. 29 and can be picked up at Prime & Provisions, Oakbrook Center or Northbrook Court. 222 N. LaSalle St.

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5. Untitled Supper Club

Cocooned in the heart of the city, speakeasy Untitled Supper Club has been once again reimagined—this time with the panache of the Roaring ’20s. For New Year’s, expect an at-home sensory experience with the Untethered package, which includes bottles of bubbles and liquor, a DJ set and countdown to midnight, and streaming burlesque videos, among other festive accoutrements. Plus, extra add-ons and bottle upgrades are available for those looking to kick things up a notch. 111 W. Kinzie St.

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6. TRAVELLE AT THE LANGHAM

Providing a NYE-only menu, Travelle at the Langham chef Jeff Vucko created take-and-bake dishes ideal for small groups to share. Seafood-lovers will lean toward the Clams Casino and oysters Rockefeller, while meat connoisseurs will appreciate the 32-ounce salt-crusted prime bone-in tomahawk steak. Travelle will also offer a variety of beverage packages, including bloody mary or mimosa kits to keep the party going into the next day. Orders must be placed by Dec. 27 at 12PM. 330 N. Wabash Ave., Floor 2

7. STEAK 48

Have an upscale New Year’s Eve night with food from one of the hottest steakhouses in the city. Located in River North, Steak 48’s full menu is available for curbside pickup Dec. 31 from 4 to 11PM. Order a specialty cocktail like the Perfect Manhattan to pair with prime cuts, such as filet mignon or domestic wagyu filet. Finish your dinner with crispy banana split or sorbet from the dessert menu. Orders can be placed via UberEats or by calling directly. 625 N. Wabash Ave., 312.266.4848

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8. Nobu

When Nobu Hotel Chicago and its on-property (and don’t forget world-famous) sushi restaurant of the same name hit the scene in 2020, the hospitality world felt its after-shock. Months later and Nobu Chicago remains at the tip-top of the food-and-bev hot list. For New Year’s Eve, this sushi darling serves up a take-away menu to satiate. Think: miso soup; sashimi salad; toro negi, salmon avocado and soft shell crab rolls; as well as tuna, salmon, fluke and toro nigiri—among other options. Top the order off with an upgraded bottle of Nobu Champagne or Nobu Junmai Ginjo 71 Sake. 155 N. Peoria St.

9. THE BRISTOL

There’s no shortage of options from The Bristol to ring in the new year. Inspired by the retro vibe of the 1950s, the restaurant has takeout packages and hors d’oeuvre platters that are perfect for hosting intimate gatherings. The packages are even equipped with party favors, instructions on plating and labeled platters. Dishes include cheese balls and smoked fish rillettes, and for imbibing, Champagne and bottled cocktail kits are also available. Orders must be placed by Dec. 28. 2512 N. Damen Ave.

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10. DAISIES

If you want to be more hands-on for your New Year’s Eve dinner, Daisies is the answer. Its packages are not only fully prepared and ready for pre-party reheating, but are also accompanied with the recipes for later kitchen tinkering. Package options include the beef tenderloin for two with horseradish cream, potatoes au gratin and marinated beets. There’s also pie on hand from Brite bakery, as well as wine and cocktail pairings, and beef substitutes for our vegetarian friends. 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave.



Photography by: From top: Courtesy of Proxi; courtesy of Lindsey Becker; courtesy of Untitled Supper Club; by Galdo Photo; courtesy of Nobu; by Ryan Gorey