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New Year’s Eve Bash at The Core
When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31
Where: The Core Fitness and Aquatic Center, 16028 W. 127th St., Lemont
Info: www.lemontparkdistrict.org, 630-257-6787
About: Ring in the new year at noon instead of midnight. Celebrate with party favors, a DJ, balloon drop, pizza lunch and activities for the whole family.
New Year's Eve at the Abbington
When: 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Dec. 31
Where: Abbington Distinctive Banquets, 3S002 Route 53, Glen Ellyn
Cost: $135 to $165
About: Welcome in the new year with a gourmet dinner that includes a filet mignon served with either jumbo shrimp or lobster tail. The meal also includes hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and five hours of open premium bar, as well as party favors, a balloon drop, DJ, Champagne toast and sweets table.
Expo ‘76 and the Total Pro Horns featuring Robert Cornelius
When: 9 p.m. Dec. 31
Where: FitzGerald’s Nightclub, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn
About: Rock in the new year with Expo's list of hits and obscure cover tunes. The band is joined by guest Robert Cornelius. Party hats, favors and a Champagne toast are included.
New Year at 8 – Family Party
When: 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31
Where: Reserve 22 Restaurant Bar Banquets, 485 Winchell Way, Glen Ellyn
Cost: $8 to $50
Info: reserve22.com, 630-469-5550
About: Enjoy a buffet dinner and a New Year’s countdown at 8 p.m. The buffet offers something for everyone's tastes including shrimp, salad, penne pasta with pesto or sun-dried tomatoes, roasted potatoes, salmon limone, chicken marsala, a beef tenderloin-carving station and desserts.