Above / Naperville offers many ways to create memories on NYE. Update! If you’re reading this post after December 31, 2019, note many of these local traditions and opportunities will return. PN editors will check the links to see if they’re still live.
Update for 2022 / Many events remain on the calendar…Call ahead to confirm…
Dec. 28, 2021 / PN analytics tell us readers are searching “New Year’s Eve.” Since this page is receiving lots of eyeballs this week, we’ll update it as best we can for folks who land on it. Follow updates and subheads in red text on the New Year’s Eve timeline posted two years ago.
Considering the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of “tradition” is to be “an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior,” this community celebrates many traditions as the New Year approaches. Many of the events listed remain on this year’s calendar as still planned. The bell-ringing traditions at Rotary Hill, both early and at midnight, will be on hold this year while Moser Tower with the 72-bell carillon is receiving rehabilitation.
It’s wonderful to know that many things to do remain the same right here in Naperville!
Good news for kids who enjoy sledding is that the forecast says “4-8 inches of snow” on Sat., Jan. 1, 2022. Stay tuned!
Cheers! Have a safe, healthful and happy 2022!
Wash your hands often, but don’t wash away your common sense. And whenever you’re feeling sick, stay home!
Now… what did you decide to do New Year’s Eve?
Here are a few of PN’s picks among many choices in our city’s grand illumination of activities, by day and by night on Tues., Dec. 31, 2019.
Whether New Year’s Eve begins in the morning with enthusiastic children at the DuPage Children’s Museum or starts with an early evening drive around town to see the bright holiday lights, revelers can link up with options to fit any pocketbook or whet any appetite.
Find options that include a night on the town or simply munching on snacks in front of a good movie on TV (For starters, consider “An Affair to Remember,” “Radio Days,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “South Pacific,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and/or “While You Were Sleeping.”) before switching the channel to watch the ball drop in Times Square a few seconds before midnight.
Spread the kindness and respect!
If going out, be sure to make reservations to avoid disappointment. And remember to tip servers (who share tips with bussers and food runners), bartenders and valets – 20 percent is customary. Appreciate that other individuals are working so you can have a good time.
One more thing… Whenever booking advance reservations at more than one venue, kindly cancel the ones you decide not to use in plenty of time for someone else to benefit.
Update for 2021 / Safety patrols now in progress thru Jan. 3, 2022 / Plan ahead
Celebrate safely with family, friends & neighbors
Celebrate Safely! Area and state police departments will be adding extra patrols this weekend, New Year’s Eve and through January 2, 2020. Don’t forget to plan ahead for all your transportation needs whenever you celebrate. Remember, taxis and limos will be at a premium on New Year’s Eve.
Whatever you decide, enjoy the last day of the year with a vow to try to enjoy a safe, healthful, respectful, productive and prosperous 2020.
Happy New Year’s Eve from 8AM to Midnight!
8AM – NYE
Bundle up! Stroll the Naperville Riverwalk on New Year’s Eve and every day!
Park at the Main Street Parking Lot along Jackson Avenue for an early morning Riverwalk stroll. Then follow the winding brick path along the DuPage River as it meanders through Sindt Woods all the way to the Jefferson Avenue Bridge and back again. Dress appropriately to enjoy the changes of the city’s natural treasure every day, every season throughout the year!
And smile, smile, smile. Seventeen to twenty-six muscles are required for every smile! The smile is considered across cultures as a universal sign of friendliness. Exercise with smiles as you stroll all along the winding brick path and local sidewalks. What’s more, add some belly laughs to those smiles and use more muscles at one time than any other activity.
Update for 2021 / Snow is predicted for Jan. 1, 2022. Sled Hill will be busy.
9AM – NYE
Update for 2021 / SOLD OUT!
The DuPage Children’s Museum hosts its 18th annual Fun Family NYE with confetti, bubbles or quiet time!
Sunday, December 31, 2019 | 9AM– Noon
Fun Family NYE is an important fundraiser for the Museum. It is the place for families to ring in the New Year. This annual year-end celebration, now in its 18th year, has become a holiday tradition for families to celebrate together at DuPage Children’s Museum. Join families and friends for the countdown and come discover plenty of choices and lots that’s new.
10AM – NYE
Update for 2021 / CLOSED FOR NOW
Noon Year’s Eve Activities at SciTech
Check ticket availability at Noon December 31, 2019, Year’s Eve. SciTech Museum is located in a historic post office building at 18 W. Benton St. in Aurora.
11AM – NYE
Update for 2021 / Be ready to strike!
Celebrate at Bowlero with a strike or two or three! | 11AM– 1AM
Space is limited and lanes are filling up fast! Book your holiday party now at bowlero.com/nye. Find Bowlero Naperville at 1515 Aurora Ave. Give them a call for reservation availability at (630) 355-7622.
All Afternoon until 6PM in downtown Naperville
New Year’s Eve Bargain Hunt, Shop & Dine with DNA Gift Cards
And whenever you’re headed downtown, take your handy Downtown Naperville Gift Cards, too.
Ringin’ in the New Year in downtown Naperville. Family fun and merriment begin at 12:30PM. Enjoy the final day of 2019 shopping, dining and celebrating downtown with many happy returns. leading up to an early evening 6PM countdown to ring in the New Year at the base of the Moser Tower with the 72-bell carillon at Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk.
Consider venturing to Quigley’s Irish Pub for a late lunch where patrons again will be attracted to live music by Cirrus Falcon at 3PM before welcoming in the New Year at 6PM, the beginning of 2020, Dublin time. (Note that Quigley’s closes at 8PM on New Year’s Eve.)
New Year’s Eve day throughout downtown includes special sales and celebration along Main Street, Jefferson Avenue, Washington Street, Jackson Avenue and Van Buren Avenue.
Discover all that’s new including shops around the corner from the Main Street Bridge located along Water Street.
- Great end-of-year shopping specials with bargains galore
- NYE parties along Water Street and Washington Street
- 5:30 to 6PM early New Year’s Eve countdown at the base of the Carillon at Rotary Hill (Free of Charge) Listen to the 72-bell carillon ring in 2020 at Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk. Not for 2021
- 11:30PM to Midnight is the New Year’s Eve countdown at the base of the Carillon at Rotary Hill (Free of Charge) Listen to the 72-bell carillon ring in 2020 at Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk. Not for 2021
3PM and so on
Update for 2021 / Live music begins at 3PM with Countdown at 6PM
Celebrate New Year’s Eve Dublin time at Quigley’s, 3-8PM! Families and friends are invited for the annual New Year’s Eve Celebration and Countdown Dublin Time at 6PM at Quigley’s Irish Pub at 43 E. Jefferson St. in downtown Naperville. This family-friendly tradition at Naperville’s authentic Irish pub is filled with good cheer, delicious food, live music by Cirrus Falcon (3-7PM) and satisfaction for folks who enjoy celebrating without staying up until midnight CST to welcome in the New Year. Note also that the pub will close at 8PM on New Year’s Eve. It’s best to come early if you plan to find a table as this event with live music attracts groups of revelers of all ages. And remember West Suburban Irish Quiz Night begins another trivia contest throughout Quigley’s beginning at 7PM the first Tuesday in January.
Update for 2021 / Disregard Events with Carillon Bells at Rotary Hill
Ring in the New Year with 72 bells! The public is welcome to attend the 6PM countdown to ring in the New Year 6 hours early at the base of the Moser Tower with the 72-bell carillon at Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk. (See more details at 11:15PM). FREE of charge. For more info, visit “Schedule.”
Update for 2021 / Open Table is completely reserved at Meson Sabika
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Mansion! Meson Sabika offers a pair of seatings. First at 6:30PM and earlier: 6 tapas, filet or lobster and 2 desserts is $59.95 pp and includes Champagne toast and complimentary children’s menu. Then 7PM and after: 8 tapas, filet or lobster and 2 desserts is $69.95 pp and includes Champagne toast, party favors for the countdown and a children’s menu is available. Live Spanish flamenco dancer and guitarist performance to begin at 7PM. Limited seating times still available for New Year’s Eve. To make reservations call (630) 983-3000 x 2 or visit www.mesonsabika.com.
Catch 35 Naperville, located in the heart of downtown, welcomes you to enjoy good taste in seafood and premium steaks on New Year’s Eve. Ring in 2019 at Catch 35 with surf & turf specials and mouthwatering shellfish platters. Catch 35’s regular menu also will be available. Check limited reservations available at (630) 717-3500. Catch 35 Naperville is located at 35 S. Washington St., just steps from the Van Buren Parking Deck. For more info about fine dining every day at Catch 35, visit www.catch35.com.
Update for 2021 / Walk around the blocks of downtown Naperville to find your favorite eateries, including what’s reopened and what’s new…
Front Street Cantina, located at 15 W. Jefferson Avenue, has reopened with a new look! Among our favorite downtown choices for years, let us commend their new menu, including shank steak and delicious salads!
Zade’s Lounge, located at 22 E. Chicago in River District, is new for New Year’s Eve.
SixtyFour – A Reserve Room, 123 Water Street, invites guests to make reservations this New Year’s Eve for a tasting extravaganza! To reserve your seats, email email@example.com.
Che Figata at Hotel Arista, 2139 CityGate Lane located next to Hotel Arista in CityGate Centre, will help revelers ring in 2020. For reservations, call (630) 579-3210.
CityGate Grille, located in the Calamos Investments Building at I-88 and Rt. 59 at Ferry Road, invites you to kick back and enjoy an evening of friends, fun, live music and nothing stuffy at their New Year’s Eve Party! For reservations beginning at 5PM for a celebration that ends at 1AM, call (630) 718-1010 or visit www.citygategrille.com.
Update for 2021 / Top Golf bays will be open NYE / Not a ticketed event
Top Golf, 3211 Odyssey Court (near CityGate Centre), will host a golden night of fun. Reserve an all-inclusive bay package for your group that includes party favors and unlimited Topgolf from 9PM to close. VIP Bay- $450: Includes a reserved bay with unlimited Topgolf game play from 9PM-1AM for up to 6 people, Chef’s choice buffet, champange toast at Midnight, party favors. General Admission Bay- $225: Includes a reserved bay with unlimited Topgolf game play from 9PM-1AM for up to 6 people, party favors. Some restrictions apply. Phone: (630) 596-1000.
For more variety, check out Dine Naperville where you’ll find the city’s long list of more than 260 eateries.
Consider a NYE Getaway at one of Naperville 19 hotels
Ring in the New Year during an overnight “staycation” at one of Naperville’s 19 hotels. Naperville boasts a wide array of over-night accommodations including luxurious full-service, comfortable select-service, roomy suites, extended- stay facilities as well as a cozy historic bed and breakfast.
Find swimming pools at Chicago Marriott, Courtyard, Embassy Suites, Fairfield Inn East, Fairfield Inn West and Hampton Inn.
Hotel Indigo, located along the Riverwalk in downtown Naperville, is a short jaunt from Moser Tower where the 72-bell carillon will ring in the New Year for early birds at 6PM and traditional revelers at midnight. A free New Year’s Eve concert will be performed 30 minutes before 6PM, Dec. 31, and 12AM, Jan. 1, 2020.
For a list of all hotels to check availability for Dec. 31, 2019, click www.visitnaperville.com.
Update for 2021 / Some things to do stand the test of time…
NYE take-out to party at home!
Catering, too! If New Year’s Eve is a time to stay at home with family and friends, relaxing with jigsaw puzzles and board games to the whimsy and revelry on television as the ball drops in New York’s Times Square, remember that most restaurants offer take-out.
And for all your party-at-home supplies, find festive noisemakers, hats and other New Year’s Eve novelties at Oswald’s Pharmacy, right around the bend from Casey’s.
Enjoying New Year’s Eve in the comfort of your home can be a time to create a game night. Play cards. Order a pizza to be delivered. Pop popcorn. Work jigsaw puzzles. Watch movies. Sort old photos. Create scrapbooks. Count your blessings.
Some folks have suggested taking down the Christmas tree and connecting every ornament with a fond memory.
With little desire to stay up late, another reader said she always organizes her closet and chest of drawers on New Year’s Eve with the aim to celebrate with a toast upon completion at 10PM and bedtime soon after.
Create a commemorative brick message for Riverwalk Jaycees Plaza… Looking toward the future, perhaps take time to gather ’round and create a message for a commemorative brick that will mark a spot in the new Jaycee Park along the Riverwalk near Water Street. Dedicated in spring 2019, the park is located just west of the Webster Street Covered bridge.
OR create a commemorative brick message for the plaza around Exchange Club Memories Fountain in Fredenhagen Park or the Riverwalk from the Washington Street Bridge to the Hillside Road Bridge…
Since 1997, the commemorative brick/stone program has been to benefit the Naperville Riverwalk Foundation. The program continues to offer the opportunity to purchase a variety of legacy gifts to honor a family or friends, remember a loved one or recognize a milestone.
Commemorative bricks ordered now will be placed in the spring of 2020.
Cheers to community spirit that began when Captain Joe Naper and his family arrived along the banks of the DuPage River in 1831!
8PM & 10PM – NYE
Update for 2021 / Comedy Shrine now is located at 2228 Fox Valley Center Dr.
Comedy Shrine presents New Year’s Eve with Eddie Brill at 8PM ($40) and 10PM ($45)… Brill has taken his brand of entertaining humor throughout the world, including the U.S., Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, France, Holland, and Hong Kong. Closer to Naperville, for 17 years, Brill worked on The Late Show with David Letterman, serving as the audience warm-up and for 11 of those years as he also was the Stand Up Comedy Talent Coordinator. The Comedy Shrine is located at 4034 Fox Valley Center Dr. in Aurora. For info and reservations, call (630) 585-0300.
11:15PM – NYE
Update for 2021 / Disregard All Events with Carillon Bells at Moser Tower
Traditional Bell Ringing. Then at 11:15PM, head for a traditional New Year’s Eve countdown planned at Moser Tower with the Millennium Carillon along the Riverwalk. The concert is open to the public and free of charge. Searchlights will illuminate the Carillon as it rings in the New Year with a festive peal and Carillon music. Hear the songs planned by City Carillonneur Tim Sleep from 11:30PM before the midnight countdown to welcome 2020! Cheers!
Happy New Year’s Day!
Do you know couples that became engaged at Christmas or New Year’s?
Wedding Showcase is planned for Jan. 15, 2022 / For details, click here.
Naper Settlement will host its annual Wedding Showcase from 10AM to 3PM on Sat., Jan. 18, where many wedding planners, consultants, venues and special services will be on display for brides and grooms as well as their parents to begin planning. Check out Meson Sabika, Hotel Arista and CityGate Grille among many local vendors that offer spaces for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Admission to the Wedding Showcase is free of charge.
2022 Restaurant Week / January 15 – February 6
Look toward 2020 Restaurant Week, Jan. 24-Feb. 8
Naperville 2020 Restaurant Week is slated for Jan. 24 through Feb 8, 2020.
After NYE, plan to celebrate Naperville community spirit throughout 2020
Celebrate the end of the year with the whole family, then make plans to begin the New Year with great shopping and dining while participating in fun adventures and traditional activities planned throughout 2020. Whether resident or visitor, plan to check this website regularly to keep track of special events and many ways to participate in Naperville where there are more than 260 restaurants to please every appetite, spread all over town.
The city’s central business district is just steps from the Riverwalk, Naper Settlement, DuPage Children’s Museum as well as entertainment venues and art galleries at North Central College. Think dinner and the show!
For more info about downtown festivities and special offers, visit www.downtownnaperville.com.
Thanks for reading.
Thanks, too, for shopping, dining and entertaining locally whenever possible. Your independent business community appreciates your support and a thriving local economy benefits all local residents, likely your family, friends and neighbors.
For a listing of more than 260 local eateries, sure to whet any appetite, visit www.dinenaperville.com. Local matters.
Find ‘What We Need’ during treks along the Riverwalk…
And it’s A-OK to curl up with a good book on New Year’s Eve. Many folks tell us they hit the hay way before midnight with a positive attitude that “tomorrow is another day.”
Then there are 364 more days to experience before the next New Year’s Eve. Make every day count. Happy New Year!