Send 2018 out the door in style

What with politics, wildfires, hurricanes, and a whole ton of restaurant closures (RIP, Sabatino’s), it’s not surprising that a lot of people are excited to see the dumpster fire that is 2018 come to an end. Whether you’re in that camp, or you happened to defy the prevailing winds and had the best 12 months ever, the end of the year is still a great excuse for a party.

Here are some of my favorite ways to ring in the New Year:

Hot Doug’s Is Back

If you’re an old fan of Hot Doug’s, you need to buy tickets for this event right now. At Ambassador Hotel (1301 N. State Pkwy., Gold Coast), Hot Doug’s is doing a full menu pop-up on New Year’s Eve. In the hotel’s Library Bar, you can enjoy unlimited sausages (including the legendary foie gras), duck fat fries, and a playlist curated by Doug Sohn himself. The party costs $75, and runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.