Looking for the right place to rock the night away while waiting to ring in New Years Eve?
The options of where one may party away the final hours of 2012 are seemingly infinite, so what follows are merely a few suggestions on where to join in the fun come midnight on Dec. 31.
STAR PLAZA THEATRE - I-65 & US 30, Merrillville, IN - (800) 745-3000 or or www.starplazatheatre.com/hotelpackage/new-years-eve
It’s long been a tradition to welcome the new year with comedy at the 3,400 seat Star Plaza Theatre and this year the tradition continues with the return of Damon Williams Comedy Bash featuring Williams, Alex Thomas, Leon Rogers, B Phlat, Scruncho, Tony Tone, and DJ Dollar Bill.
A special NYE VIP package includes: Tickets within the first 7 rows of Celebrity Circle for 8 p.m. performance, overnight hotel accommodations, buffet dinner at Star Café, a deluxe midnight breakfast at Star Café, and wristbands for access to all of the Radisson Hotel’s “Main Event NYE” parties (see below).
WISECRACKERS AT THE RADISSON HOTEL - I-65 & US 30, Merrillville, IN - (219) 769-6300 or www.starplazatheatre.com/hotelpackage/new-years-eve
Those wanting to welcome the New Year with laughter can do it here, where the party starts with a buffet dinner at Star Café and ends there with a deluxe midnight breakfast. In between, catch live comedians for either a 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. show. Wisecrackers revelers also get wristbands to party the rest of the evening at any or all of the “Main Event” parties.
RADISSON HOTEL At STAR PLAZA - I-65 & US 30, Merrillville, IN - (219) 769-6300 or www.starplazatheatre.com/hotelpackage/new-years-eve
The Radisson at Star Plaza is more than ready to usher in 2013 by featuring “The NYE Main Event,” a property wide menu of party options with one price getting one access to all of them – dance parties, live bands and more. Main Event tickets grant unlimited access to all FOUR events – Dance Party, Atrium Party, Pub Party, and the Rock Party. Tickets are $25 per person
“The Dance Party”in Celebrity Ballroom features spinning by DJ Gordo, with a special appearance by Julian from the B96 Morning Show. Cash bar. Doors open 8 p.m.
Enjoy a tropical oasis at “The Atrium Party” with a live performance of retro pop by Dick Diamond & The Dusters, covering songs from the '70s and '80s. Cash bar. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Pure Irish revelry will be had with “The Pub Party” at T.J. Maloney’s Authentic Irish Pub, where a menu of Irish and American favorites is featured with live band performances by New Element and The Unit. Entertainment starts at 7 p.m.
The final option is “The Rock Party” where regional live rockers The Crawpuppies mix classic rock and pop covers with their own original songs in the hotel’s Grand Metropolitan Ballroom. Cash bar. Doors open at 8 p.m.
HORSESHOE CASINO - 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond - horseshoehammond.com
The VIP Package, at $175 per person, features a prix fixe dinner at Jack Binion's Steak House (cocktails included) followed by admission to the Midnight Celebration in the Venue with live entertainment by Party Faithful, cocktails and party favors.
The NYE Package, at $95 a person, includes dinner in the Village Square Buffet (with three cocktails included) followed by admission into Midnight Celebration in the Venue. Among other entertainment at the casino will be a live DJ in Push, a band in the Village Square Buffet and a duo in Jack Binion's Steak House
NORTHWOODS – 8101 Rt. 41, St. John, IN - (219) 558-8130 or www.northwoodsdining.com
One of the region’s most popular party places will feature Video DJ for dancing in the New Year, a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop, with free limo rides home for those who get a little “too spirited.”
FRONT PORCH MUSIC – 505 East Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN - (219)464-4700 or www.frontporchmusic.com
The basement coffee lounge will feature an open stage music party for all ages hosted by singer/songwriter Mami Matsuda. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with music at 8 p.m. Cost $5 to attend and $4 if you perform. There will be a non-alcoholic champagne toast at midnight.
BLUE CHIP CASINO - 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City - bluechipcasino.com
P.S. Dump Your Boyfriend will perform in Blue Chip's It's Vegas Baby! on Dec. 31 while Jamrose will perform at 6 p.m. New Year's Eve in Rocks lounge. April's Reign will perform at 10:30 p.m. in Rocks.
THE EAGLES CLUB – 805 Elm Street, Rensselaer, IN - (219) 464-2011
A full steak dinner with sides will be served from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by a 9 p.m. performance by popular local rockers, The Highway Band. Cost is $30 a couple/$17 per person for dinner/performance and $5 cover after 8 p.m. without dinner.
THE PIONEER TAP – 6826 Kennedy Avenue, Hammond, - (219)845-2413 or www.zodiac69.com
Along with an open dinner buffet and bar for $30 per person or $50 per couple, patrons here get a night of high energy live dance and pop music provided by The Zodiac Band.
PORTER COUNTY EXPO CENTER - 215 E. Division Road, Valparaiso - (219) 464-0133
Funkadelic Fever will be presented with entertainment by Chris and Lou and Steve Zana. Event runs from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The package, for $60, includes a prime rib dinner, dessert, dancing and open bar.
Ron Hawking's "Copa Chicago" performances will be at 6 and 9 p.m. Dec. 31. Individual tickets are $50 and a New Year's Eve buffet package is available for $70. Buffet seating is at 4 and 7 p.m.
THE BLACK EYED PEA AT STONEY GARDENS – 110 West 9th Street, Michigan City - (219)879-8997
This party features a food buffet, two drink tickets, a midnight champagne toast, a DJ dance party on the lower level and a live performance by The High Noon Band. The event runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
FOUR WINDS CASINO - New Buffalo, Mich. -fourwindscasino.com
On Dec. 31, revelers can see rock and pop star impersonators beginning at 7 p.m. at Four Winds.
Also Purple Reign, the Prince tribute show, will star at 10 p.m. Eastern in Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds. Tickets for Purple Reign show are $25 general admission or $75 for dinner, preferred seating, and a champagne toast.(purplereign.net)
A New Year's buffet, featuring a seafood extravaganza, will be offered from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Dec. 31. Cost is $42.
MYSTIC BLUES FIREWORKS DINNER & CRUISE at NAVY PIER, Chicago - (877) 299-7783 or www.mysticbluecruises.com
There are a variety of classy all inclusive options from a family friendly 11 a.m. New Year’s Eve Lunch Cruise on Lake Michigan (base cost $43) to a pair of wave rocking cruises for those 21 & older. The latter one's cruise on Lake Michigan begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner (entrees include Chicken Breast a La Vesuvio or Au Gratin Spinach & Cheese Manicotti), a premium bar, skyline fireworks, and a midnight champagne toast. Boarding is at 8:30 p.m., with the cruise running 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., with three packages available – Silver ($159.90), Gold ($189.90) and Platinum ($199.90).
THE HILTON CHICAGO – 720 South Michigan, Chicago – www.clubzone.com
Ring in the New Year in style with more than 4,000 expected revelers in two ballrooms at the historic Hilton Chicago. Dance to the music of Chicago’s rock star DJ Bad Boy Bill or catch a live performance by Mike Posner (“Cooler Than Me,” “Please Don’t Go,” etc.) after enjoying hors d’oeuvres, a dinner buffet hosted by Playboy Playmates. The event begins at 9 p.m. and includes a video countdown and confetti explosion and midnight champagne toast. Package prices range from basic ($155) to VIP (195) to special table group rates..
THE HYATT CHICAGO, MAGNIFICENT MILE – 633 North St. Clair, Chicago – (312) 565-1234 or www.clubzone.com
Welcome 2013 on top of Chicago’s famed Mag Mile at “The 10th Annual New Years Eve Extravaganza” featuring top shelf amenities, hors d’oeuvres and party favors with live music provided by rock and pop band, Trash Martini. Event begins at 10 p.m. The $135 per person package includes a 9:30 to 11 p.m. pre-NYE party at The Sound Bar and a post-NYE party at The Crescendo Night Club immediately after the main event. Special Hyatt room rates available.
THE DRAKE HOTEL – 140 East Walton Place, Chicago – (312) 787-2200 or www.theclubzone.com
“The Chicago Scene 12th Annual NYE Party at The Drake” is a three ballroom event expected to draw over 2,000 partiers for its gala with hors d’oervres, a dinner buffet, a dessert and coffee buffet, and 45 bars to prevent long lines, while some of the city’s top club DJs – DJ Jem, DJ Jernell Geronimo, Dance Floor Junkies and DJ Rock City – keep a variety of music styles pumping. A midnight toast, balloon drop and six drink tickets come with the $145 ticket.
HOUSE OF BLUES – 329 North Dearborn, Chicago - (312) 923-2000 or www.houseofblues.com
The Back Porch Stage at this popular downtown concert spot features Northwest Indiana’s top blues crew, The Steepwater Band, closing out 2012 at midnight following a 10 p.m. opening set by Paige & The Reverent Few. There are always great dinner options at HOB, but straight show tickets will cost you $20 in advance/$25 day of show. More: www.steepwater.com
Eloise Marie Valadez contributed to this report