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Oak Forest Patch's Guide to New Year's Eve 2013

Find out where you can kiss 2013 goodbye and ring in 2014 in Oak Forest and other communities around the south suburbs. Plus, get details on the Safe Ride Program.

By Erin Gallagher

Safe Ride Home Program

Orland Park, Tinley Park, Palos Heights, New Lenox and Mokena
Police departments from four communities have joined forces to minimize drunk drivers on the road over New Year’s Eve. Get a free ride home, but not to other bars. Call your police department for more details, or call Stretch Limousine at 844-230-1637 to arrange a ride from 11 p.m. Tuesday to 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. 

Oak Forest 

The Blarney Stone Pub
15400 S. Cicero Ave.
The bar's website; 708-535-4800
The bar will host a craft beer dinner and a blackout party, where everything will be covered in black, you must dress in black, and you'll enjoy the event by candlelight. You can attend both events ($70) or just one (dinner is $50; the party is $35). The dinner begins at 7 p.m., and the party starts at 9 p.m. The evening runs until 1 a.m.

Chicago Gaelic Park
6119 147th Street, Oak Forest
www.chicagogaelicpark.org, 708-687-9323Families can ring in the new year at 6 p.m. with sparkling juice for children and champagne for adults. Tickets include a buffet dinner in the Tara room at 5 p.m. Costs are $26 for adults, $10 for children, and free for ages 3 and under. Kara and Jerry Eadie will play for the family party, then in the Carraig Pub starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover charge in the pub. 

Tinley Park 

Ashford House / Winston’s Market
7955 W. 159th Street, Tinley Park 
www.winstonsmarket.net, 708-633-7500 
The Ashford House is the restaurant owned by Winston’s Market, known for famous Irish foods. The restaurant will feature a special menu for New Year’s, along with its regular menu. Dining hours will be from 7:30 a.m. to about 10 p.m. Winston’s is known for its Irish sausage and soda bread. For more information and reservations, call the number above.

The Best of the Best—NYE 2014
Tinley Park Convention Center
www.eventbrite.com
Billed as the area's largest New Year's Eve house music party, the event features Chosen Few DJs Wayne Williams, Alan King, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn. Special guest DJs include Pharris Thomas and Hula Mahone. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., and advance tickets are $25.

Durbin's
17265 S. Oak Park Ave.
Durbin's website; 708-429-1000
The restaurant has set up three different celebration levels for the night with varying prices. 
  • $10: Appetizer buffet, party favors and champagne toast
  • $40: Appetizer buffet, party favors, champagne toast and a premium open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Sweetheart Special: For $99, you can have a dinner for two that includes a shrimp cocktail, a bottle of house wine or champagne, and dessert.

JW Hollstein's Saloon
17358 Oak Park Ave.
JW Hollstein's Facebook page; 708-429-7000
Enjoy appetizers, a premium open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., party favors and a champagne toast for $35. The band Red Hot Riot will begin playing at 10 p.m. Call for reservations or email at hollsteins.saloon@gmail.com.

Bailey's Bar & Grill
17731 Oak Park Ave.
Bailey's Facebook page; 708-429-7955
This free event includes hors d'oevoures, party favors and a champagne toast. Jaywalkers Jam Band will perform.

Tribes Alehouse
9501 W. 171st St.
The bar's website; 708-966-2051
After you partying at night, relax Wednesday morning—the first morning of the 2014—by wearing your pajamas or Chicago Blackhawks gear and eating a $10 buffet breakfast. You also could win a pair of Blackhawks tickets. Breakfast starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Orland Park

Cosmic Bowl with Live Music
Orland Bowl, 8601 W. 159th Street, Orland Park.
www.orlandbowl.com 708-532-8868 
There are two different events on Dec. 31. Families can join the fun from 1:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. by reserving lanes for 2 hours. The cost is $80 per lane for a maximum of six bowlers, and includes a family size pizza, pop and shoe rental. Adults can stick around after 10 p.m. for a late night bowl that is $65 per person. It includes live music from 10 pm to 1 a.m., cosmic bowling, shoe rental, open bar, dinner buffet, party favors, and countdown fun. This is adults only, must be 21 to enter. 

Silver Lake Country Club
14700 S. 82nd Avenue, Orland Park www.silverlakecc.com, 708-349-694- ext.5
For $95, partygoers will receive a menu of filet mignon, chicken cordon bleu dinner, top shelf open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and gourmet desserts. Entertainment will be available in different rooms, including The Dancing Noodles Band and two DJs. There will also be a photo booth. Reservations are required. Email events@silverlakecc.com. 

Tinley Park 

Ashford House / Winston’s Market
7955 W. 159th Street, Tinley Park 
www.winstonsmarket.net, 708-633-7500 
The Ashford House is the restaurant owned by Winston’s Market, known for famous Irish foods. The restaurant will feature a special menu for New Year’s, along with its regular menu. Dining hours will be from 7:30 a.m. to about 10 p.m. Winston’s is known for its Irish sausage and soda bread. For more information and reservations, call the number above.

Mokena 

DiNolfo’s Banquets
9425 W. 191st Street, Mokena 
http://www.dinolfosbanquets.com/NewYearsEve.htm, 708-479-1919
Enjoy a 4-course filet mignon meal, premium open bar and DJ starting at 7:30 p.m. Live music provided by The Music Pros. Tickets are $90 per person. 

New Lenox 

American Legion Post 1977
14414 Ford Drive, New Lenox 
www.americanlegionnewlenox.com
815-485-4706
Enjoy a champagne fountain through out the night. Food will be catered by Ambrosinio’s, including lemon chicken, tortellini in vodka sauce, roast beef and more. Music will be provided by Forever Music. In addition to dinner and entertainment, an open bar will be included from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $40 per person. For more information, call 815-485-4651. 

Floyd’s Alehouse
901 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox
http://www.eventbrite.com/o/floyds-alehouse-5786997390
For $70, guests can experience a premium open bar, appetizers all night, music, giveaways and champagne toast at midnight. It goes from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

VFW Post 9545
323 Old Hickory Road, New Lenox
www.vfwpost9545.org, 815-485-8369
Bring a dish to pass at the VFW with an open jukebox night. There will be drink specials and food. The VFW also features video gaming machines for players over 21. 

Frankfort 

Francesca’s Fortunato
40 Kansas Street, Frankfort
www.miafracesca.com, 815-464-1890
Reservations are still available for dinner at Francesca’s Fortunato. Diner’s can make reservations online. Current dinner menus can be viewed online, also.  Francesca’s offers a “sophisticated trattoria ambiance”  in the quaint Frankfort town center. 

Joliet 

Chicago Street Pub
75 N. Chicago Street, Joliet
www.chicagost.com, 815-727-7171
Start with an Irish New Year’s Party from 4 to 7 p.m. by ringing in the new year on Ireland time. Live music will be provided by local music great John Condron. There will be a Two Gingers Whiskey sampling from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinner seating will be available by reservation only, then others on a first-come-first-serve basis. Chicago Street Pub menu features a range of Irish and American meal classics. 

Knights of Columbus
100 Infantry Drive, Joliet
www.kofc382.org, 815-725-0746
Bring your dancing shoes and join the band Saints N Sinners for a west-side new year’s eve party starting at 8 p.m. Jimmy Bernard is the opening act. Tickets are $25 and include appetizers and a bottle of champagne on each table. 

Lemont 

Front Street Cantina
319 Front Street, Lemont 
www.frontstreetcantina.com, (630) 232-2806
People not interested in getting locked in to a package deal can have a nice night at Front Street Cantina. Offering its regular menu, guests will enjoy the acoustic duo, Bobby and Steve, from 8 p.m. to midnight, with a champagne toast. 

Beverly – Mt. Greenwood 

A complete guide can be found at:http://beverly-mtgreenwood.patch.com/groups/holidays/p/ring-in-new-years-eve-at-these-local-year-endbashes 

Oak Lawn

Oak Lawn Clancy’s Irish Pizza Pub
4624 W. 103rd Street, Oak Lawn
www.eataatclancys.com, 708-422-1110
Count down the Irish New Year at 6 p.m. local time, which will be midnight in the Emerald Isle. Start your party at 5 p.m. at Clancy’s, followed by live Irish music by the John Williams Band of Merriment. Clancy’s offers a full restaurant as well as bar. 

Olympia Fields 

Olympia Fields Country Club
2800 Country Club Drive, Olympia Fields
www.ofcc.info, 708-748-0495
The black-tie optional celebration will benefit the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. It will feature a string quartet concert, an elegant dinner, and dancing to the Alex Blomarz Quintet. There will be a sparkling toast at midnight. Tickets are $150 per person and have a cash bar. 

Palos Heights 

Palos Heights Parks and Recreation Department
6601 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights 
www.palosheightsrec.org 
Ring in the new year at noon instead of midnight at the Palos Heights Parks and Recreation Department. The rec center will be converted into a Time Square, targeted for families with children 10 and under. This is a free event, and includes pizza lunch and fun. 

Plainfield 

A complete guide can be found at: http://plainfield.patch.com/groups/holidays/p/new-years-eve-in-plainfield-where-to-ring-in-2014 

Westmont 

Westmont Neat Kitchen + Bar
246 N. Cass Avenue, Westmont
www.neatkitchenandbar.com, 630-568-8688
10 p.m to 2 a.m. 
Join Neat with a limited open bar and appetizers for $55 per person. 

Did we miss any events, or related things happening? Let us know in the comments. Have a Happy New Year!
Bridget Delesio December 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Night Games in Oak Forest is having a New Years Eve party! Great fireplace in there to stay wArm and their kitchen is open and Beverly (one of the owners) is a great cook. Check it out

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