Kick off the new year in style

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to start thinking about what to do on New Year’s Eve. Chicago’s restaurants and bars are celebrating the occasion by throwing blowout bashes, creating one-night-only prix fixe menus, and offering other specials. The various events include Doug Sohn popping up at Booth One, an intimate experience at the Violet Hour, and a French-hip-hop mash-up at Fat Rice. So make reservations before they fill up; nobody wants to spend the evening home alone without plans.

Booth One

The Windy City’s sausage king is popping up for one night only at the Library Bar inside the Ambassador Chicago. Doug Sohn, of Hot Doug’s fame, will be making his signature foie gras dogs and duck fat fries, plus creations like alligator sausage with crayfish remoulade and Jarlsberg cheese. Tickets are $75 per person and include unlimited food samplings; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Intonation Music Workshop, which supports music education for Chicago youth.