Chicago Hotels for New Year's

by Lee Grayson Google

Chicago celebrates New Year's Eve in style with New Year's Eve at Macy's on State Street; partying at Navy Pier; and fireworks displays visible from the downtown docks, penthouse suites of downtown hotels, and the Spirit of Chicago and Chicago Odyssey ships cruising the harbor at the witching hour. A number of Chicago hotels offer special New Year's Eve dinner and accommodation packages, and some even host their own New Year's Eve parties worthy of regional acclaim.

Palmer House

The historic Palmer House, part of the Omni Hotels and Resorts chain on North Michigan Avenue, offers packages for a New Year celebration featuring deluxe suite accommodations and dinner for two at the hotel restaurant. The meal includes dishes from a fixed menu for guests with New Year's Eve seating reservations. The program also includes live jazz music and a champagne toast at the magic hour. Pricing is based for a couple for a one-night stay. Hotel amenities at the Palmer House feature a spa, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and whirlpool and an on-site business center. For guests requiring additional champagne, room service delivers food and drink 24 hours a day. Weekday transportation includes town car drop off within three miles of the hotel and easy access to elevated trains within four blocks of the hotel.

Drake Hotel

The Drake, another historic Chicago hotel, hosts New Year's revelers for the first seating at the hotel's restaurant with a holiday five-course dinner. The second restaurant seating includes a bottle of champagne and live music. The black-tie event requires advanced reservations for one or both seatings. For New Year's Day dining, the Drake features a live jazz brunch for both children and adults. Guests wishing to stay overnight at the Drake have a choice of deluxe and executive rooms, family rooms and suite offerings, including four types of suites, all with views of downtown Chicago or Lake Michigan.

Wit Hotel

The Wit Hotel, part of the Doubletree Hotel chain, offers boutique accommodations and a location adjacent to the State Street New Year's Eve party. In addition to providing a bird's eye view of the New Year's celebration, the Wit is walking distance from the Loop business and theater districts and close to a host of downtown eateries. The Wit, only 200 feet from the Chicago River, features a choice of rooms on 27 stories overlooking Millennium Park, the river, Lake Michigan and the downtown nighttime city lights. Hotel amenities include a rooftop lounge, health club, spa, multimedia theater and a business center.

Wyndham Chicago

New Year's celebrants attending the party at the Wyndham Chicago on North St. Clair in the Gold Coast area of the city, located three blocks from Lake Michigan, have a choice of rooms on 17 stories and holiday dining in the rooftop restaurant. The holiday celebration includes access to the amenities at the AAA four-diamond hotel, including an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool. Multiple ballrooms offer live music celebrations, dancing, food buffets and alcoholic libations. Accommodation reservations made in conjunction with party ticket purchase earn special lodging discounts.

Hyatt Regency Chicago

The Hyatt Regency Chicago on East Wacker Drive in The Loop area celebrates New Year's Eve with a combination lodging and party package at the AAA four-diamond hotel. Holiday celebrants have a choice of over 2,000 rooms and access to the hotel's spa and nearby athletic club, as well as an on-site gym, and easy access to Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue where outdoor New Year's celebrations continue through the evening. The hotel hosts two party areas with live music and a radio DJ hosting live local coverage on the air at one of the of the party venues. Dining includes buffet stations and a premium open bar.

About the Author

*I have written chapters and articles for Oxford and Harvard University Presses, ABC-CLIO, and others. Arcadia Press published two of my local history texts and I have also written for numerous "article sites," including Pagewise in 2002. My "How to become a...real estate agent" is available as an online text from a Canadian publisher. *I taught writing courses at a branch campus of Indiana University. *I held a California real estate license and have remodeled four of my own homes and advised others on financing homes, repairing credit to qualify for loans, and managing construction (including meeting local, state, and federal regulations for restoration and development grants). *I served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer and wrote nearly $75,000 in small education grants (under $1,000). *My travels include frequent road trips in Canada, Mexico, U.S., and Europe. I attended school at Cambridge University and used this as a base to explore the UK and Europe.

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