2022 Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Events Around Chicago

Looking for kid friendly events happening over New Year's? We have your list!

By Debra Flanagan and Jessica John, Macaroni KID Chicago Northside December 21, 2022

Looking for kid-friendly New Year's Eve events around Chicago? We've got your list of Dec. 31 family-friendly events and even some Eve of the Eve to get the party started even sooner!

Please check back often as we are adding more kid-friendly New Year's events frequently.

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Eve of the Eve (December 30th) Family Events Around Chicago:


Little Beans Cafe
Ring in the new year early….kid style. Little Beans will have a fun NYE celebration with a DJ, pizza, punch, play, NYE swag, and a countdown to a balloon drop.
Tickets are needed for kids over 12 months. Adults are free. $35 per child. 2 Adults are allowed per registration. Extra adults are $10 each.


Lincolnwood Library
Celebrate the “Noon” Year with the library featuring songs, books, and a balloon drop to ring in the new year.

Near North

Bubbles Academy
Ring in the NOON year at Bubbles! Jam out to a concert with Miss Mel, create your own NYE crown, and countdown to the new year with a Bubble-filled finale!


Oakton Community Center
Ring in 2023 at this fun family event! Festivities include dancing, games, prizes, crafts, Exploritorium play, count down, and balloon drop at noon.
Advance ticket purchase is required for his event. Space is limited. The Exploritorium will be open on 12/30 for event goers only. All adults and children (1 and above) must purchase a ticket for the event.

Family Friendly Events on New Year's Eve (December 31st)


Dakota 94
Noon Years Eve is happening at Dakota 94 with tickets starting at $20.00 Listen to all the current music that can possibly be heard on Tik Tok and enjoy a kid's buffet, parents get to have a little fun also, parent ticket includes House wine, Domestic Bottles and Dakota94 House cocktails!

Edison Park

Explosive Kid's Video Countdown, Balloon Drop, Confetti, Party Favors, Party DJ & Dancing. Family Style Dinner - Pizza, Pasta, Salad & Ice Cream
Kid's - $14.95/Adults - $19.95
3:30pm, 6:00pm, or 8:30pm 


Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge
Join Koi for a New Year's Eve Countdown at 7:59pm. Celebrate with complimentary party favors, kid's bubbly drinks, and adult sparkling wine.


Bottle and Bottega
All ages are invited to the BYOB studio for Mimosa Brunch. They supply the OJ, you supply the Bubbly! $39 ticket price includes all paint supplies, instruction, aprons and a take-home canvas, glass set or wood surface!

Lincoln Park

Bring in the Family to Celebrate the New Year at WhirlyBall! Unlimited games and Lunch included! $20 per child/$30 per adult includes: Lunch Buffet, Endless WhirlyBall, Bowling, LaserTag, and Pop-Up Games. Buffet includes Cheese, Sausage, and Pepperoni Pizza, Pretzel Bites, Mini Quesadillas, Mac & Cheese Bites, and Freshly Baked Cookies. Fountain drinks included. Cash bar available for alcoholic beverages. Note: In order to play WhirlyBall you must be 54" or taller. LaserTag is available for those that are 7 years and older.

Lincoln Square

The Green Post
Bring the family for a kid friendly New Year’s dinner. The Green Post will be ringing in the New Year at 6pm (CST) with a UK countdown from across the pond. $55 (plus tax and gratuity) per adult/$10 (plus tax and gratuity) per child. Price includes a welcome drink (non-alcoholic option available for kids or upon request), 3 course prix fixe dinner, New Year’s toast (non-alcoholic option available for kids or upon request) and New Year’s party favors. Dinner choices due by Dec. 26th.
5:00pm, 5:15pm, or 5:30pm

Roots Pizza
Celebrate a family-friendly NYE at Roots Handmade Pizza! All are welcome for an early "countdown."  A ticket is required to partake in this event. There is no charge for this event, but tables are limited. Your Eventbrite "ticket" secures you a table reservation for either 1-4 guests or 1-6 guests. Ticket includes a "countdown" to the new year, party favors, a complimentary toast (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and sodas for the table. Exclusive Offer for ticket-holders: Receive a free order of Mozzarella Sticks with the purchase of a 16" Pizza and a Salad.
4pm-6pm, or 7pm-9pm


Just for Fun Roller Rink
Just For Fun is excited to host it's annual NOON YEAR'S EVE PARTY! This is a family fun daytime celebration and skate party. We celebrate the New Year with Skating, Pizza, Drinks, Games, Photos and more....but MOST Exciting is the NOON Balloon Drop!!! $15 admission includes skates, pizza, drink, games, balloon drop and party favors. Special Guests Marshall, Skye and Chase from Paw Patrol too!


Ring in the New Year at 6pm with Ireland at Begyle's annual Irish New Year Celebration! Enjoy a few pints and board games with the family and get to bed at a reasonable hour. $1 off all pints, plus, grab some bites from Papas' Empanadas starting at 3pm.

Redline VR
Celebrate New Years Eve...during the day! Redline VR is hosting a free event: "European Midnight: for Kids and Adults Who Don't Want To Stay Up Late", featuring two "Ball Drops" at midnight in London and Paris, Music, Dancing, Crafts, and Fun.

River North

Safehouse Chicago
Families can ring in the New Year with "Cheers Heard Around the World" at SafeHouse Chicago on New Year's Eve. If your little spies have an early bedtime, they can celebrate the New Year with cities around the world at SafeHouse. Every time a new city rings in 2023, like London and Paris, SafeHouse will have a toast! Regular dining will be available along with all the fun interactive activities you can always experience at SafeHouse.


Pilot Pete's
Hourly countdown complete with a complimentary glass of champagne for guest 21+ and kiddy cocktails for kids.
Countdown Cities: Athens - 4pm, Paris - 5pm, London - 6pm, Iceland - 7pm, Sao Paulo - 8pm, Santiago - 9pm, Caracas - 10pm
Reservations for parties of 6+

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Other Fun Ways to Make the Day Special:

See a Show

Blue Man Group at The Briar Street Theatre, Lakeview
Families with young children can take advantage of Blue Man Group’s early performances at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. These shows feature early “midnight” countdowns after the show complete with party hats, noisemakers and a special performance of “Auld Lang Syne” by the Blue Men. Other festivities include pre-show face painting where children will be transformed into members of Blue Man Group’s band.
Dec. 31, 1pm & 4pm

Chitown Movies, Pilsen
Shrek/Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Dec. 30, 7pm/9pm

The Trickery Chicago, Lakeview
Chicago’s most entertaining magic show! Fun, intimate, sometimes outrageous, and always hilarious!  Recommended for ages 12+. Venue is BYOB for guests 21+. Cups and bottle openers are available if needed.
Dec. 31, 6pm

Host a Party

Broadway Murder Mystery Party Games 
24 Themes to choose from!

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Scott’s Magic Show-In-A-Box, Virtual
A one-of-a-kind virtual family experience. After you book your private family show, a mysterious box arrives at your door. Don’t open it until showtime, when the surprises in the box and the live, interactive 90-minute Zoom performance combine to make the magic happen in your family’s hands. 
Book online