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A New Year's State of Mind in Lake County

By: Jonathan Jones

auldlangRight after the holiday season we look for a way to bond with our buddies and find the proper way to make it a New Year’s State of Mind in Lake County.

On New Year’s, Lake County is where dreams are made of; There’s always things you can do. Now it is New Year's – 2017 will make you feel brand new, ball drops will inspire you. Let’s hear it for New Year's, in here, in Lake County. (Sang to the lyrics of Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys "New York State of Mind")

Maybe that was a stretch for the sake of the title, but everyone is always dressed in their Sunday Bestest and partying hardy in Lake County.

We all get to reminisce about all the good times we had at the KeyLime Cove, Lake County Fair, Six Flags Great America and various other places where we spent 2016. Not only that, we get to look forward to when all of the snow and ice melts so we can create more memories in Lake County.

Without further ado – here is your guide to the 2017 celebrations. Wave farewell to 2016 with a bang and remember to keep a New Year’s State of Mind in Lake County.

A New Year's State of Mind in Lake County



New Year's Eve at Port of Blarney

Celebrate the New Year at The Port of Blarney. Ticket price includes premium open bar from 9pm-12am, complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight and a dinner which includes soup, choice of New York Strip or Grilled Salmon, baked potato and green beans. Limited seating so make reservations early




Toukie's New Year's Eve Beach Party at KeyLime Cove

Will you be among the KeyLimers celebrating with us? Ride a wave into the new year with the only beach party in northeastern Illinois. Join the rockin' and rollin' island for a celebration to remember. KeyLime Cove is they KEY to a Happy New Year! Party includes overnight accommodations, admission to the Lost Paradise waterpark, entertainment including a stilt walker, juggler, face painter and more. Dinner buffet, live music and breakfast buffet in the morning. Please visit the website for complete details.



Tilt Into 2017 New Year's Bash at Rink Side 

The best New Year's Eve Bash is at Tilt Studio at Rink Side Sports in the Gurnee Mills Mall! Enjoy dinner, unlimited ice skating (including skate rental) with our DJ and Snowflake mascot, play laser tag, mini golf, video games and participate in raffles to win great prizes. Hats and noisemakers will be supplied. Tickets are $25 pp if purchased in advance, or $30 pp if purchased on Dec. 31. What better way to ring in the New Year with a fun night for the entire family.



New Year's Eve Bash at Rainforest Cafe

Join us for a New Year's Eve Bash! Featuring a dinner buffet for kids 10 & under, free goodies for the kids and a sparkling cider toast and countdown to New Year's Rainforest Cafe. This event sells out every year, so make a reservation today.



Kid's New Year's Eve Party At Uno's

Bring your kids to celebrate New Year's Eve at Uno's. A countdown & balloon drop at 5 pm- & 7 pm, sparkling ginger ale toast, holiday crafts, goodies and other treats for kids 12 and under.


Lake Zurich


New Year's Eve at Beelow's

Bring in 2017 at Beelow's Steakhouse in Lake Zurich. We will be serving the regular menu with New Year's Eve specials all evening in the dining room. Last dinner seating at 10 pm. Party all night on our patio starting at 9 pm with free midnight buffet and champagne toast. Live music by local band, Pirate Radio. $10 advanced, $15 at the door.




Ivy Ford at Mickey Finn's for NYE

Come out for a great night of blues with the Ivy Ford Band and celebrate the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. Grab the friends and enjoy a night out at Mickey Finn's.


New Year's Eve Party at Austins

Come out and celebrate New Year's Eve at Austin's Fuel Room. Live entertainment by Charlie Foxtrot (great fun party band) and Battling DJ’s in the Saloon Room. Free party favors, & appetizers. Free shuttle if you're staying in the Libertyville hotel area. Have dinner here at Austin's before the party and get free cover. Otherwise, the cost is $10 before 10:30, $15.00 till midnight, and $20 after midnight.


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New Year's Eve Dinner, Theatre, and Overnight at Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

Enjoy deluxe overnight accommodations, a four-course dinner in Great Lakes Ballroom, tickets to Singin' in the Rain, DJ and dancing in the Grand Ballroom, midnight champagne toast and a New Year's Day Brunch. Cash bar available. No cancellation, non-refundable if less than 1 day before. Must be 21 or older. Starting at $359.00 per couple, plus tax and gratuity.




New Year's Eve at Dover Straits

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Dover Straits! Make reservations today. Enjoy live music from the Muzik Engine Band.



New Year's Eve Swag Event #2 at DoubleTree Mundelein

Come out for a New Year's Eve party you won't want to miss. There will be a 70's, 80's & 90's costume party, food, open bar, comedy show, discounted hotel rooms, music from DJ Roger and a champagne toast at midnight. Ages 21 and older only.


Vernon Hills


Dave and Buster's Family New Year's Event

Dave & Busters is offering an exciting and fun way for families to ring in the New Year. The New Year’s Eve packages combine all the food & fun that guests have grown to love at Dave & Buster's. Designed for families, you can choose from 2 different times either 12 pm or 5 pm. and from 2 packages. Package 1, for $30.23 per person, includes an appetizer buffet with family favorites, dessert, unlimited soft drinks, a $20 Power Card per guest and a video ball drop to ring in the New Year. Package 2, $38.62 per person, includes an appetizer buffet with family favorites, dessert, unlimited soft drinks, a $25 Power Card per guest, unlimited Video Game Play (not available on Package 1) and a video ball drop to ring in the New Year. The New Year's Event will be hosted in one of Dave & Buster's private rooms where food, beverages, and the NYE ball drop will be. As a guest of the Family New Year's Event, attendees will have access to this private event space, as well as our Million Dollar Midway, packed to the rafters with games and simulators. Buy your tickets today.


New Year's Eve Celebration at Dave & Busters

Buy tickets now for Dave & Buster's New Year's Eve Celebration. Adults 21 & older only. Two amazing packages are available to help you Eat, Drink, Play, Party, and Ring in the New Year. Designed for adult guests, this event will run from 9pm-1am. Package 1 includes a dinner buffet with D&B favorites, dessert, unlimited coffee, soda & tea, $15 Power Card per guest and a video ball drop to ring in the New Year. Package 2 includes a dinner buffet with D&B favorites, dessert, unlimited coffee, tea & soda, 2 drink tickets per person for bar beverages up to $9, $20 Power Card per guest, unlimited Video Game Play (not available on Package 1) and a video ball drop to ring in the New Year. Both packages also include DJ entertainment.




Three Brother's Theatre Bootleggers Ball

This year the party will have a 1920's theme at the Bootlegger's Ball. Put on your flapper dresses, load your Tommy guns, and bring your bathtub gin because this is a night you won't want to miss. Just like last year, we have an impressive selection of raffle prizes, live music, sketch comedy, and plenty of appetizers from Green Town Tavern, Sazon and more! You can pick up a single ticket for $35 or bring an accomplice for $50. Bring your own hooch and we'll provide the mixes for your moonshine. If you don't have 20's attire don't worry, we won't leave you out of the speakeasy. Buy tickets online at www.3brostheatre.com or at the door.



New Year's Eve Bash at the Illinois Beach Resort

Ring in the New Year at the beach. This New Year's Eve Bash includes full Dinner with dessert, wine service during dinner, open bar all night, sweet table, champagne toast at midnight with a balloon drop. Please visit our website for more information and dinner menu. Bash only tickets are $119 per person. Reservations required. Overnight packages including a champagne brunch on New Year's morning are also available starting at $325 & tax for 2.


Other Places in Lake County to have a New Year's State of Mind

New Year's Eve at Za Za's

Make reservations now and come out to Za Za's for New Year's Eve. Enjoy a great dinner and live music beginning at 8 pm from DeJa Vu. They are a high energetic dance band that has performed hundreds of festivals, weddings & corporate events

New Year's Eve at Chessie's

Make reservations now for New Year's Eve at Chessie's. Enjoy a special dinner menu and a complimentary glass of champagne. The evening will also feature live music for a special New Year's Eve celebration.

Red Hot Balloon Drop at Michael's

Bring the family out for an early New Year's Eve celebration. Tickets include access to a beautifully decorated venue, light appetizers and kiddie cocktails, DJ, and dancing, games and raffle prizes, balloon drop, champagne & sparkling apple juice toast at 6 pm, party favors and more. Full menu and adult beverages available for purchase.

New Year's Eve Party at Potawatomi

One night. One place. Make it epic. Four DJ's, free parking, the city's largest bar, a 2400-square foot dance floor and VIP cabanas. Spend your New Year's Eve 2016 at Potawatomi.

New Year's Eve Celebration at Wilmot Mountain

A family-friendly event throughout the afternoon and evening. Ring in the New Year with good food and live music. Fireworks at 10 pm. Lodge open until 12:30 am.

For other ways to have a New Year's State of Mind in Lake County, continue here. 

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