A guide to New Year’s Eve shows and parties in Chicago
We’ve been talking New Year’s Eve for quite some time, and since the world didn’t end last week, all the great shows and parties we told you about are still happening.
Refresh your memory below…
“The Screaming Eagle of Soul” himself, Charles Bradley, will be visiting Chicago for a two-night stand at Lincoln Hall on December 30 & 31. Advance tickets are still available for both shows, and though his New Year’s Eve performance will cost you twice as much as the 30th, you’ll receive complimentary drink tickets, appetizers, and a Daptone Records drop card for a free digital sampler.
Speaking of Lincoln Hall, their sister venue Schubas will be hosting Maps & Atlases on December 30 & 31. Gypsyblood will act as main support on the 30th, Santah will open the show on New Year’s Eve, and advance tickets for both shows are still available. There’s also a two-show pass for sale.
Screeching Weasel are celebrating their 27th anniversary with a two-night run at Reggie’s on December 30th & 31st. Though Night 1 (with The Queers, The Manges, and Vatican Junkies) is sold out, advance tickets for Night 2 (with The Queers, The Manges, and They Stay Dead) are still available.
Tilly and the Wall are yet another act that will be playing two Chicago shows during New Year’s Eve weekend. You’ll be able to find them at Subterranean on December 30 (with California Wives) & 31 (with My Gold Mask and DJ CC Rider). Advance tickets for both shows are still available.
The Eternals will be performing “the Espiritu Zombi Suite,” a piece written for a larger group-version of the band, at the Hideout on New Year’s Eve. As discussed, core members Damon Locks, Wayne Montana, and Areif Sless-Kitain will be joined by six additional musicians on vibes, coronet, flute, saxophone, and more. Chandeliers will act as main support and will also play a DJ set around midnight. Advance tickets are still available.
“The Queen of Rockabilly,” Wanda Jackson, will be headlining the Double Door on New Year’s Eve. JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers, Burlesque le’ Moustache, and Soul Summit DJs will open the show. Advance tickets are still available.
Denton, TX’s The Marked Men are playing the Empty Bottle on December 31 with Bad Sports and Terrible Twos (tickets). As discussed, Marked Men side project Mind Spiders are playing the Bottle on December 29 with The Novice and Dumpster Babies (tickets).
Speaking of the Empty Bottle, they’re also presenting Mucca Pazza, White Mystery, and Jon Drake & the Shakes at the Logan Square Auditorium on New Year’s Eve (tickets). They’re also doing “New Year’s Eve: Two Thousand Turnteen” with The Hood Internet, Moon Boots, Only Children, and DJ Esquire at Beauty Bar (tickets).
Magic Milk, Rabble Rabble, Vamos, Kodiak Farm Boys, The Electric Dollhouse Groove Buggy, Don’t Forget Your Dinosaur, and The Sueves are ALL set to play Quenchers on New Year’s Eve. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
Outer Minds, The Hello Hello, and Absolutely Not will be performing at The Burlington on December 31.
South Loop dive bar Cal’s are closing on New Year’s Day. They’ll be throwing a farewell // New Year’s Eve show, featuring performances by Mercy Mercy, Demerits, and Larroquettes.
Perhaps you’re looking for something a bit more electronic? Porter Robinson is coming to Chicago for a two-night stand at the Congress on December 30 & 31. Hardwell and Deniz Koyu will act as main support on the 30th, and Mat Zo and The M Machine will open the show on the 31. Advance tickets for both nights are still available. Paul Oakenfold is also playing Castle Nightclub (tickets).
ALSO: You’ll be able to ride the CTA from 10PM – 4AM on New Year’s Eve for 1¢. For more information on how that works visit the CTA’s website.
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Happy (almost) New Year!