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10 places where Chicago procrastinators still can ring in 2013

Phoby ClaytHauck for Second City. “Who Do We Think We Are?” Second City. PICTURED: Holly Laurent left Katie Rich.

Photo by Clayton Hauck for Second City. “Who Do We Think We Are?” at Second City. PICTURED: Holly Laurent, left, and Katie Rich.

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Updated: January 28, 2013 3:38PM

Well, the world didn’t end on Dec. 21. And now 2013 is just a few days away. Those who didn’t bother to make New Year’s Eve plans due to the pending apocalypse are finding themselves in quite a conundrum.

Fear not, last-minute planners, there are still plenty of New Year’s Eve options that haven’t sold out and won’t leave you with nothing but lint in your pockets.

“You’d be surprised. I feel like most people think restaurants book up quickly for New Year’s Eve, but most places have reservations available up until the week of,” said Elaina Vazquez, owner and style director at Boutique Bites. Prior to launching her catering company, Vazquez worked at several restaurants in Chicago.

Here are 10 of Vazquez’s favorite last-minute New Year’s Eve ideas:

1. Champagne and Caviar at Tru

This year, Tru, 676 N. St. Clair, is offering two seatings: an early seating, at 5 p.m., which features an intricate six-course collection ($165), and a later seating at 8:30 p.m., featuring an eight-course collection ($275).

2. Cheeky’s White Night Event

Cheeky Chicago is hosting a chic white party at Vertigo Sky Lounge, 2 W. Erie, complete with cocktails, food from Argent and music from DJ Mister Wolf; $125-$200. To make a reservation, call (312) 202-6060.

3. Dinner at Shanghai Terrace
and Ice Skating

Enjoy dinner at Shanghai Terrace, 108 E. Superior, and check out the Peninsula’s new ice skating rink. Call (312) 202-0001.

4. New Year’s Eve at Studio Paris, 59 W. Hubbard

This black tie fete includes a premium open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; $190-$200. Call (312) 595-0800 for reservations.

5. New Year’s Eve dinner at the Bristol, 2152 N. Damen

An elegant four-course dinner for $65. Hard to beat that price.

6. New Year’s Eve fireworks and dinner cruises

Cruise around Lake Michigan aboard Odyssey cruises and enjoy a four-course dinner, a premium open bar, live music and a midnight champagne toast; $219.90.

7. RM Champagne Salon

Offering a four-course dinner at 5 p.m. for $85 (with wine $145), and a five-course meal at 8 p.m. for $125 (with wine $185). All-you-can-drink champagne from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

8. “The Second City’s 100th Revue: Who Do We Think We Are?” and “We’re All in This Room Together”

Enjoy a little comedy before watching the ball drop. Shows begin at 7 and 10 p.m.

9. “An Evening of Opulence” at N9ne Steakhouse, 440 W. Randolph

Open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., plus passed bites and dessert buffet; $150.

10. Ward Eight Dinner with Marianne Sundquist
Enjoy artisan cheeses, gnocchi, lobster, filet mignon, chocolate mousse and more at Ward Eight Cocktail Lounge, 629 Howard, Evanston; $50 with optional $15 wine pairing.

Tony A. Solano is a local free-lance writer.

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