Where/When: Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare, 5300 N. River Road in Rosemont, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Why Go: Join the festivities at the hotel's 15th annual New Year's Eve Rock 'n' Roll Ball. ABC 7 News broadcasts “Countdown Chicago” during performances by OLD 97's, Cathy Richards & The Macrodots, Hairbanger's Ball, Imposter Radio and DJ Roland. There will be an open bar and party favors.
Pricing: Tickets are $75, and room packages are available.
Prime Rib Special and Home Before Midnight
Where/When: Club Casa Café, 353 N. River Road, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Why Go: If you want to indulge in a prime rib dinner and Stella Artois pints for a great price and make it home before midnight, this restaurant and sports bar is the place to be.
Pricing: The prime rib dinner is $13.95 and Stella Artois pints are $4.
Free Pool and Appetizers at Lee Street Sports Bar
Where/When: Lee Street Games & Sports Bar, 1122 Lee St., 7 p.m.
Why Go: Free pool all night, raffles and live music will contribute to the merrymaking. Drink specials include $2 well drinks and domestic bottles, $3 import bottles and $4 shots and you-call-it drinks. You can also nibble on free snacks throughout the night. Sign up by Dec. 26.
Pricing: $10 cover charge.
Party at Rivers Casino
Where/When: Rivers Casino, 3000 S. River Road, 12:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Why Go: The Cube will be having a post-midnight DJ party. The festivities also include party favors and a balloon drop at the countdown.
Steak Dinner and Open Bar at Excueses
Where/When: Excueses Bar & Billiards, 901 E. Oakton St., 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Why Go: A DJ will be playing music while customers ring in the New Year with an open bar, champagne toast and New York Strip steak dinner.
Open Bar at Miner Street Tavern
Where/When: Miner Street Tavern, 1492 Miner St., 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Why Go: This lively tavern is having a three-hour open bar starting at 10 p.m., complimentary champagne toast, party favors and live DJs until 4 a.m.
Where/When: Administrative and Leisure Center, 2222 Birch St., starts at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and ends at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.
Why Go: Kids don't have to sit around and watch parents have all the fun. Children in grades one through eight can head over to the Des Plaines Park District's Annual New Years Eve Overnighter for gym sports and games, arts and crafts, board games, movies and a game room. Dinner and breakfast are included, and registration ends Dec. 28.
Get home safe. Here are some local limousine and taxicab services:
Dove Limousine, 2313 Birch St., (847) 544-5345.
M & M Limousine, 2720 River Road, (847) 257-2111.
Des Plaines Yellow Cab, 1585 Ellinwood Ave., (847) 296-8294.