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5 ways to French-ify your New Year’s Eve – Chicago

5 ways to French-ify your New Year's Eve - Chicago - www.MyFrenchLife.orgAs 2013 comes to a close, Chicagoans are busy looking ahead to 2014 and making plans to ring in the New Year in style.

Lucky for us, there are plenty of opportunities to toast 2014 à la française right here in the Windy City – often with a glass of French champagne, bien sûr.

Here are five ways to ring in the New Year with true French flair in Chicago…

1. Bistronomic

840 N. Wabash Ave

5 ways to French-ify your New Year's Eve - Chicago - www.MyFrenchLife.org

Why not celebrate the start of 2014 with a multi-course New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner at Bistronomic?

You can choose to dine at 5 or 11pm. For the first seating, a four-course Chef’s Tasting Menu is available for $65, or $90 with wine pairings. The second seating includes a five-course menu with a ‘surprise’ amuse bouche for $85, or $110 with wine pairings.

For those who want to keep the celebration going on New Year’s Day, you can enjoy a two-course New Year’s Day brunch at Bistronomic for $25 per person. For an extra $10, you can enjoy a bottomless mimosa. Santé !

2. Brasserie by LM & LM Bistro

800 S. Michigan Ave. & 111 W. Huron St.

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Celebrate ‘Midnight in Paris’ on New Year’s Eve at Brasserie by LM and LM Bistro.

At Brasserie by LM, you can enjoy a three-course special prix fixe menu and a complimentary glass of champagne for $37 per person. Guests at LM Bistro can dine on a four-course prix fixe menu for $39 per person. Reservations are being taken for dinner at both restaurants that evening from 5 – 10:30pm.

3. Geja’s Cafe

340 W. Armitage Ave.

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Geja’s Cafe offers a romantic twist on New Year’s Eve dining at their intimate, candle-lit restaurant.

Indulge in a fondue dinner and champagne during one of three reserved seatings at 5, 7:30 or 10pm. The first two seatings include a glass of champagne for $85 and $105 per person, respectively. The last seating is $125 per person and includes a bottle of champagne per couple and party favors to help you count down the final minutes before midnight.

4. Paris Club and Studio Paris

59 W. Hubbard St.

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Paris Club invites guests to ring in 2014 with traditional French dishes and a selection of New Year’s Eve specials, which include house-smoked salmon with caviar and potato billinis and croque-en-bouche.

The New Year’s Eve party also will be going strong at Studio Paris, the nightclub located above Paris Club, where you can enjoy a dinner buffet and music from special guest DJ Jerzy.

5. Bakers Man Chicago

312-520-7334

5 ways to French-ify your New Year's Eve - Chicago - www.MyFrenchLife.org

Make 2014 a sweet one with French-inspired cookies from Bakers Man Chicago.

You can choose from Eiffel Tower, champagne bottle, and French flag-decorated cookies, among other designs. Or, you can purchase ‘Les Mini Biscuits Roses de Reims (pink champagne or ladyfinger biscuits), which Bakers Man Chicago imports from Maison Fossier in Reims, France – and recommends you serve with champagne or sparkling wine.

How do you plan to ring in the New Year? Will you be toasting 2013 à la française in Chicago? Share your plans in the comments below.

Image credits:
1. Chicago nights, by Ian Freimuth on Flickr. 
2. Bistronomic, via Bistronomic. 
3. LM Bistro, via LM Bistro on Facebook. 
4. Geja’s Café, via Geja’s Cagé on Facebook. 
5. Paris Club, via Paris Club on Facebook.
6. Bakers Man Chicago


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