We're into the final days of 2013, and before you get going on those New Year's resolutions, ring in 2014 right with one of these New Year's Eve events in suburban Chicago. For a complete calendar of events covering Chicago's suburbs, visit Pioneer Local's calendar.
An early New Year's celebration for kids ages 3 to 9 and an adult with crafts, games, snacks and a balloon drop. Registration required. $6-$7.50. Glenview Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave. Call 847-724-5670.
The Oakton Community Center and the Exploritorium transform into a miniature Times Square, complete with a DJ and a countdown to the noon balloon drop. $10-$12. Oakton Community Center, 4701 Oakton St., Skokie. Call 847-674-1500, ext. 2700.
The whole family is invited to celebrate the early new year with a magic show by the Spellbinder. Registration required. Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St. Call 847-673-7774.
A luncheon and performance by the Falconaires. Glenview Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave. Call 847-724-5670. $25.
A Christmas movie about a boy who boards a magical train to the North Pole. Starring the voice of Tom Hanks. 100 minutes. Evanston Public Library's Chicago Avenue Branch, 900 Chicago Ave. Call 847-905-0764.
Featuring mini-sandwiches, homemade scones with whipped cream, jam and a selection of mini-pastries. The Celtic Knot Public House, 626 Church St., Evanston. Call 847-864-1679.
Lake Bluff members are invited for an afternoon of round-robin play followed by refreshments, prizes and more. Lake Bluff Recreation Center, 355 W. Washington Ave. Call 847-234-4150. $25.
The local roots-pop group performs a New Year's Eve show. Doors open at 5 p.m. Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. Call 847-492-8860. $15-$35.
Enjoy a comedy show followed by a live concert by Riffmaster and the Rockme Foundation. 21 and up. 27 Live, 1012 Church St., Evanston. Call 855-927-5483. $25-$100.
Ring in 2014 with ice skating, hot chocolate and cookies. Admission is free, but skate rental is $3. Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Road.
The Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist performs. VIP tickets will benefit the Northlight Theatre. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Call 847-679-9501. $75-$125.
The show features some of the Funny Old Broads' most popular pieces as well as new holiday-themed material. This is the group's final performance and includes a champagne toast. Gorilla Tango Skokie, 7924 Lincoln Ave. Call 847-677-7761. $36.
The entertainment division of Safe House Church welcomes 2014 with live entertainment from DJ Mark Butler and a performance by comedian Vashanti ShugaFoot Taylor. The night also includes raffle prizes, a silent auction, a game room, appetizers and a cash bar. Hilton Orrington, 1710 Orrington Ave., Evanston. $75 at the door.
This alternative rock band performs a special New Year's Eve show. Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave. Call 847-492-8860. $65-$95.
Children of all ages and their parents are invited to an early New Year's Eve celebration. The event includes dancing, snacks and a countdown at Noon. $7-$9. Barrington Park District, 235 Lions Drive. Call 847-381-0687 to see if space is still available.
Children ages 5 to 12 can ring in the New Year early with crafts, games, snacks and a big celebration at noon. Parents and younger siblings can joint he celebration at 11:45 a.m. Registration required. Indian Trails Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Call 847-459-4100.
Part of the Raupp Museum's "Winter Walk-Ins" series. Raupp Museum, 901 Dunham Lane, Buffalo Grove. Call 847-459-2318.
This event takes place in the Grand Ballroom and includes a multi-course dinner, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and a champagne toast at Midnight. Entertainment comes from the Dick Elliot Orchestra. Advance reservations and payments required. Chevy Chase Country Club, 100 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling. Call 847-465-2311.
Comedians Steve Cochran, John DaCosse and Mike Toomey perform stand-up. Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Call 815-356-9212 or visit the center's website. $45.
There are plenty of things to do on New Year's Eve, but perhaps none more rewarding than joining with friends and family to pack meals for starving kids. Organizers ask that all packers bring $50 to cover the cost of the meals. Sign up online at www.fmsc.org or call 847-984-3846. Feed My Starving Children, 742 E. Park Ave., Libertyville.
The actor and comedian performs a stand-up routine. 21 and up; dinner options available. Improve Comedy Club of Chicago, 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. Call 847-240-2001 or visit their website.
Bring a dish to share to this BYOB celebration that features music from Sweet Sioux. Lake Barrington Shores, 64 Old Barn Road. Call 847-381-655. $15-$20.
Near West Suburbs
An early celebration of the New Year with entertainment, activites, party favors, pizza and refreshments. Registration required. Franklin Park Community Center, 9560 Franklin Ave. Call 847-455-2852.
Chuck & Friends will perform at this New Year's celebration, which features a prime rib meal, cash bar and a free champagne toast. White Pines Golf Dome, 500 W. Jefferson Ave., Bensenville. Call 630-766-0304 to see if space is still available.
Three different seatings are available, one including a three-course meal and one including a four-course meal. Costs range from $33 to $75. Call 773-775-0808 for reservations.
Rock around the clock in style with the Park Ridge Park District and take a step back in time to the sock hop years. Enjoy dinner-style food and drinks, as well as a DJ, inflatables, games, face painitng and more. $15-$20; call 847-692-5127 to see if space is still available. Maine Park Leisure Center, 2701 W. Sibley St., Park Ridge.
The local comedian, who has appeared on HBO and Comedy Central, performs a special stand-up routine. There is a two-drink minimum for both shows. Zanies Comedy Night Club Rosemont, 5437 Park Place. Call 847-813-0484. $30-$40.
The night includes performances by the Chicagoland band In Session, as well as appetizers and a buffet. An $85 package is also available that includes an open bar. Call 630-766-0304 for more details. White Pines Golf Dome, 500 W. Jefferson Ave., Bensenville.
Near Southwest Suburbs
Welcome the new year with a two-hour, energetic class by candlelight. Stardust Yoga Studio, 330 Washington Ave., La Grange. Call 708-352-2977.
Devon Seafood & Steak is toasting 2014 with a three-course prix fixe menu, with entree choices consisting of a 6-ounce filet oscar or a 6-ounce filet with Canadian lobster tail. Devon Seafood, 17W400 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace. Call 630-516-0180. $60-$70.
Enjoy a BYOB painting party and paint a copy of a masterpiece by a local artist. Cost includes all paint supplies, instructions, aprons and 16-by-20 take-home canvas. Bottle & Bottega, 1 W. Harris Ave., La Grange. Call 708-441-4300. $35.
Take time to let go of the past, revive in the present moment and rejuvenate for the coming year, all in the warm glow of the evening candlelight. Focus Yoga Studio, 9047 Monroe Ave., Brookfield. Call 708-387-2006. $20-$25.
The New Philharmonic presents an evening of waltzes, polkas and traditional Viennese music selections featuring special guest soprano Emily Birsan. Dinner packages are available. Call 630-942-3008. $50-$60.
The Second City pokes fun at the humor and humbugs of the holidays through improvised Christmas carols, classic films and more. The tickets include complimentary champagne and party favors. The Fox Valley Repertory Theater, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Call 630-584-6342. $50.