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New Year's Eve: Where to Dine Around Chicago

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New Year's Eve is 11 days away and you know you haven't yet made your plans. You hem. You haw. You simply just don't want to commit. But wait too long and you may be out of luck. A number of top restaurants around town have pretty stellar deals. We've sifted through a bunch and came up with some recommendations.

1) Where: Cibo Matto
What: 6-course menu featuring porcini spuma with caviar and white truffle oil; Sicilian escarole salad; chevre gnocci with oxtail ragu; prosecco granita; choice of thre entrees; and dessert.
How much:$99 (exclusive of tax and tip)
Address: 201 N. State St., Chicago; website

2) Where: Nacional 27
What: 3- or 4-course tasting menu (starting at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively) featuring various appetizers, entrees and dessert served family style. Champagne toast with later reservations.
How much: $45 per person (5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.); $95 per person (7 p.m. and later)
Address: 325 W. Huron St., Chicago; website

3) Where: Gemini Bistro
What: 3-course meal, featuring app choices including beef carpaccio and lobster bisque; entrees options like stuffed dover sole or Colorado rack of lamb; and dessert between chocolate baba rum and Grand Marnier creme brulee.
How much:$55 (6 p.m. seating) or $65 (8 p.m. and 10 p.m.)
Address: 2075 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago; website

4) Where: DMK Burger Bar
What: Passed burgers, fries, shakes, booze and more all night long
How much: $50 (hang around the bar); $75 guarantees your table all night
Address: 2954 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago; website

5) Where: Graham Elliot
What: 6-course tasting menu featuring American caviar, Maine lobster, truffle risotto, halibut wellington, wagyu beef, 24k chocolate and optional wine pairings
How much: $125 (dinner only); $75 (additional wine pairings)
Address: 217 W. Huron, Chicago; website

6) Where: Mercadito
What: 5-course menu featuring signature guacamole, ceviche, tacos and more with optional drinks.
How much: $50 (5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) and $60 (9:45 to 2 a.m.); $110 includes drinks.
Address: 108 W. Kinzie St., Chicago; website

7) Where: Elate
What: Early-bird four-course menu featuring lobster carpaccio or chilled foie gras terrine; ricotta gnocci or parsnip bisque; butter poached sole or grilled wagyu strip; chocolate mousse or passion fruit panna cotta
How much: $65 (not including tax or tip) between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. only.
Address: 111 E. Huron St., Chicago; website

8) Where: Ceres' Table
What: Two seatings: 5-7:30 for three courses; 8-midnight for 5-course feast including glass of sparkling wine
How much: $45 (early seating) and $65 (late seating)
Address: 4882 N. Clark St., Chicago; website

9) Where: Shaw's Crab House
What: Dine from the regular menu all night. Enjoy live tunes by the Fish Heads. Return for New Year's Day brunch where kids under 12 eat free.
How much: $43 (New Year's Day brunch)
Address: 21 E. Hubbard, Chicago; website

10) Where: Blackbird
What: 5- and 10-course tasting menus
How much: $85 (5-course) and $125 (10-course)
Address: 619 W. Randolph St, Chicago; website

11) Where: Sable Kitchen & Bar
What: Zoot: New Year's Eve 2011 bash with 9-piece swing band, unlimited small plates and desserts, bottomless Champagne bar, midnight toast and balloon drop
How much: $125 (includes tax and tip)
Address: 505 N. State St., Chicago; website

12) Where: North Pond
What: 8-course dinner (optional seafood-only menu) featuring items like oysters on the half shell; lobster; squab; venison; cheddar souffle and flourless dark chocolate cake
How much: $120 (not including tax and tip) with optional wine pairings for $60.
Address: 2610 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago; website

13) Where: In Fine Spirits
What: 4-course dinner with wine pairings and/or open bar masquerade party
How much: $100 (6 p.m. 4-course seating); $150 (9p.m. seating with masquerade party); $75 (masquerade party with bar bites only)
Address: 5420 N. Clark St., Chicago; website

14) Where: Kith & Kin
What: 4-course meal featuring signature crocks; celery root soup; choice of three entrees including mushroom pappardelle and horseradish BBQ short ribs; cinnamon roll for dessert
How much: $58 with optional wine pairings for additional $32
Address: 1119 W. Webster Ave., Chicago; website

15) Where: Sepia
What: 4- and 5-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings
How much: Early seating ($65 meal; $55 optional wine pairings); late seating ($85 includes welcome cocktail, amuse and petit fours; $70 optional wine pairings)
Address: 123 N. Jefferson St., Chicago; website

16) Where: NoMI
What: 5- and 8-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings
How much: 5-course ($150 starting at 5:30 p.m.; wine is additional); 8-course ($395 includes wine pairings and features truffles; seating at the windows for 4-6 people starting at 8:30 p.m.)
Address: 800 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago; website

17) Where: Chizakaya
What: 7- and 10-course menus with optional sake pairings
How much: $35 (7-course) plus $25 for sake; $50 (10-course) plus $40 for sake
Address: 3056 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago; website

18) Where: Blue 13
What: 5- and 7-course tasting menus, both in vegetarian and omnivore options
How much: $100 (5-course plus $50 for wine pairings) and $140 (7-course plus $70 for wine pairings)
Address: 416 W. Ontario St., Chicago; website

19) Where: Chicago q
What: 3-course menu including smoked diver scallops; BBQ black-eyed peas salad; smoked prime 18-ounce porterhouse or apple-smoked Chilean sea bass; and triple-chocolate cake
How much: $59.75 per person
Address: 1160 N. Dearborn St., Chicago; website

20) Where: Hearty
What: 5-course Mid-Century Bash featuring updated takes on comfort faves like Jell-O salad; lobster mac 'n' cheese; rumaki and baked Alaska. Meals including glass of sparkling wine and festive hats and noisemakers.
How much: $65 (5 p.m seating) or $85 (8:30 p.m. seating).
Address: 3819 N. Broadway, Chicago; website

21) Where: May St. Cafe
What: 3-course Latin-inspired prix-fixe menu with select bottles of wine and Champagne
How much: $35 with some wine priced at $20.11
Address: 1146 W. Cermak, Chicago; website

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