Palmer House Hilton traditionally hosts New Year's Eve parties in Chicago. The Drake Hotel, Hilton Chicago Hotel, JW Marriott and Hard Rock Hotel also put on New Year's Eve parties, as of 2015.
The Palmer House Hilton puts on a New Year's Eve gala that features celebrity DJs, live music and other entertainment throughout the hotel. Thousands of people attend this gala. Food buffets and drinks are included as are party favors. The VIP ticket also includes top shelf drinks, exclusive dance floors and seating. The velvet rope ticket includes everything in the VIP ticket, as well as access to a special performance in the ballroom.
The Drake Hotel party also hosts thousands of people in four ballrooms with DJs, bars, food and midnight champagne. The party at the Drake is the longest-running New Year's Eve party in Chicago.
The Hilton Chicago Hotel has several ballrooms with entertainment, casino gambling and premium cocktails. The Hilton party requires guests to dress in formal attire. It's broadcast live on television.
The JW Marriott Chicago hosts an elegant New Year's Eve soirée. The package includes a discount and a top-shelf cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. The actual party offers celebrity DJs and party favors.
The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago has multiple ballrooms with entertainment. The tickets include drinks, food and access to the entertainment.