The best final events of 2010
Cîroc the New Year
New Year’s Eve is a cash cow for Chicago’s small pool of celebrities. Enter Pete Wentz, Chicago rock star du jour, who helms this party for Sean “Diddy” Combs-affiliated Cîroc vodka. Tossing around words like “über exclusive,” Cîroc, Hard Rock, and E! Entertainment make up for the bombast with a buffet, open bar and a good lineup of DJs. 230 N Michigan Ave (cirocthenewyearhardrock.eventbrite.com). 9am–2pm. Tickets start at $175.
A Night In The World’s Palace
The last few years, gargantuan blow-out parties on New Year’s have become de rigueur. And no one accommodates massive well-heeled crowds like the ornate Palmer House, newly rehabbed to the tune of $175 million. With plenty of sponsors (the seemingly incongruous Yelp and 103.5 among them), this bash is sure to draw good and ample people-watching. 17 E Monroe St (chicagonye.com). 9pm–2am. Tickets start at $135.
Lincoln Square Lanes
For a decidedly mellower evening kick back at Lincoln Square Lanes, an awesomely old-school bowling alley and bar. The (clearly lifelong) Chicagoan who helps run the joint told us that, for this special night, “we’re gonna have da comedians in dere.” Not sure what that means, but we like the sound of it. 4874 N Lincoln Ave (773-561-8191). 9pm–1am, $30.