It’s the final weekend of 2017! Regardless of age, there are plenty of ways to ring in the new year in style. Wishing everyone a healthy and fabulous New Year!!!
It’s A Wonderful Life
Dec. 29 & 30: 8 pm
Oil Lamp Theatre, 1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview
This heartwarming classic is a show within a show. It's December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WBFR Radio, and a cast of six actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of only a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the story of George Bailey, a young man whose dreams of traveling the world are thwarted by his sense of responsibility to the family business. Tickets: $35, included corkage fee (feel free to bring a drink and enjoy before, during and after the production) and fresh-baked complimentary cookies. For more info, click here.
The Magic of Bill Blagg
Dec. 30: 2 & 7:30 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! returns to the North Shore Center for two shows filled with amazing new illusions! Critics and audiences alike rave about his incredible high-energy, grand-scale magic and illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Tickets: $28 - $40. For more info, click here.
Noon New Year’s Eve Party
Dec. 31: 10:30 am – 12 pm
Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview
Can’t make it until midnight? Celebrate the “Noon Year” instead! Enjoy bouncy inflatables, fun face painting, tattoos and DJ with dancing activities in the main gym. End the morning’s festivities with a massive balloon drop in the main lobby at noon! Admission: $10 per child, pay at the door. Ages 3-9 years and children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit glenviewparks.org or call 847-724-5670.
Itty Bitty New Year
Dec. 31: 11 am – 12:30 pm
Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe
Ring in the New Year with dancing, crafts, and a countdown to noon, complete with a balloon drop! Advanced registration required by December 28; recommended for children ages 2-6. Tickets: $7 res/$12 nr. For more info and to register, click here.
Kohl’s New Year’s Eve Bash
Dec. 31: 8:30 am – 11 am or 12:30 – 3 pm
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
The museum transforms an entire wing into a giant Times Square style party with the biggest confetti drop you've ever seen! Children's concert with Wendy Morgan & DB, DJ and dance party, hat making and horns, family photos, free hair styling from KidSnips, and a Times Square-style confetti drop! Children under 12 months of age free. Tickets: $33/person, Members $23/person. For more info, click here.
New Year’s Freeze Celebration
Dec. 31: 5 – 7 pm
Glenview Ice Center, 1851 Landwehr Rd., Glenview
Ring in 2018 at the Glenview Ice Center. This family-friendly celebration includes skating, games, crafts, a balloon artist, and a balloon drop and Kiddie Toast at “Midnight” (7 p.m.). Admission $8. $4 skate rental. (Passes not accepted). Call (847) 724-2800 for information.
New Year’s Eve Soiree
Dec. 31: 6 pm – 12: 30 am
Chevy Chase Country Club, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling
Celebrate the New Year in style! Enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, six-station dinner buffet, six hours of open bar, music by the Steve Anthony Orchestra and champagne toast at midnight. $109 per person plus tax. Reservations limited to first 250 people. Doors open at 6 PM. Pre-payment required. Call 847-465-2311 for details or click here for more info.
First Night Evanston
Dec. 31: Various Times
Various Location Throughout Evanston
Experience an incredible range of music, dance, poetry and more from some of the world's finest artists, many of whom live right here in Evanston. It's a family friendly event too, featuring an afternoon of exciting musical and variety performances geared to families and young children as well as a teen improv performance in the evening. Performance venues include some fantastic acoustical spaces in some of Evanston's classic houses of worship. Click here for a full schedule of events and ticketing information.
New Year’s Eve at The Curragh
Dec. 31: 9 pm – 3 am
The Curragh, 1800 Tower Drive, Glenview
Adult only party featuring party favors, champagne toast, plus live music by El Bandolero at 11 pm. Special kids party at 5 pm featuring balloon drop, noise makers, party hats, face painting and tattoos. For more info: 847-998-1100.
New Year’s Eve at Valley Lodge Tavern
Dec. 31: 9 pm – 1 am
Valley Lodge Tavern, 1141 Central Ave., Wilmette
Close, classy, affordable and fun….the 1st Annual New Year's Eve Party at the Valley Lodge Tavern in Wilmette. Ring in the New Year at Valley Lodge Tavern for adult fun (must be 21 to enter) and leave the kids at home. Enjoy a festive atmosphere and an elaborate dinner right here on the North Shore! DJ Mike Hill will provide the tunes to dance the night away and ring in the New Year. Tickets: $75, includes an elaborate dinner, late night appetizer and champagne toast. Want to skip dinner but still join the party? $20 will get you in the door! For more info, click here.