This Weekend Around Oak Park

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And just like that, 2017 is over.

Have you met all of the resolutions you set in place 12 months ago? Did you even make any resolutions? Maybe you believe that’s all nonsense. Are you wiser, wealthier, happier, or in a better place? Are you making new goals with better intentions to stick to them? Do you need a fresh start?

Each time the calendar year turns over, it is a reminder of where we have been and where we have yet to go. It’s a reason to celebrate our accomplishments or what we plan to achieve. That’s the beauty of it. If your 2017 was great, look back and reflect fondly on it. If your 2017 was awful, now is your chance to begin anew.

Your frame of mind will dictate how you will begin your 2018. I implore you, no matter how fortunate or disappointing your year was, to start the next one on the right foot… By celebrating. Here are six different ways to help you figure out how.

DINNER IDEAS

LaNotte Ristorante’s NYE Celebration
Owner and Executive Chef Giovanni Manicini has prepared a seven-course all-inclusive meal that is designed to pair well with LaNotte’s extensive Italian wine list. There will be one seating for the evening beginning at 8 p.m. with dinner starting at 9 p.m. The price package is $195 per person which includes the meal, live entertainment, Prosecco toast, and party favors. Dress code is dressy/cocktail attire. LaNotte’s is located at 118 N. Marion Street, Oak Park. For more information, visit lanotte-op.com.

Social Tap NYE Dinner
Two Brother’s Social Tap, 100 South Marion Street, Oak Park, is hosting an all-inclusive three-course meal with beer samples for the price of $20.18. How festive is that?! Head in any time after 5 p.m. to enjoy your appetizer, main course, dessert, and of course, four-ounce beer samples every step of the way. Dress code for Two Brother’s Social Tap is casual. For more information, visit twobrothersbrewing.com.

Dinner at Amerikas
Amerikas is one of Oak Park’s newest restaurants that opened at the end of November, and NYE is a great opportunity to try them out. Head Chef Armando Gonzalez prepared a menu that appeals to vegetarians as well as meat eaters. Dress code for Amerikas is business casual. For more information or to make a reservation, visit amerikasrestaurant.com.

BAR IDEAS

NYE at Wild Onion Tied House
Wild Onion Tied House, 1111 South Boulevard, Oak Park, will have live music starting at 8:30 p.m. If you enter after 9 p.m., there is a $10 cover. The bar is offering $40 select beer and wine packages for drinks all night. Appetizers will be passed around from 9-11 p.m., and there will be a champagne toast at midnight.

Doc Ryan’s NYE Party
Go to Doc Ryan’s in Forest Park if you want a younger crowd, loud music, and an energetic environment. This place offers the hardest party vibe in the OPRF/Forest Park communities. If that’s what you are looking for, you definitely need to go here.

STAY AT HOME

Dinner or partying with a crowd is great and all, but some people just want to kick back in the living room (or bed), and watch the ball drop from the comfort of their own home. Some of my favorite memories of NYE as a kid were going to Blockbuster Video (remember those?!) with my family, renting two or three movies and being allowed to stay up until midnight.

So if going out isn’t in the cards for you, invite friends over or spend it with your significant other. Cook dinner or order out. Play card games or board games. Watch movies or let the music play in the background of your conversations.

Whatever you end up doing on Sunday night, ring in 2018 with the people you care about the most.

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