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Still Making NYE Plans?

By Sarah Dahnke in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 31, 2007 6:32PM

The clock to '08 is ticking. What are you doing to ring in the new year? If the answer to that question is a desperate, collar-loosening, sweat-inducing "I don't know!" then here are a few last-minute suggestions. Everything listed here will cost you less than $40 and was not sold out at the time of posting.

Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile at the Old Town School of Folk Music: If you thoroughly enjoy the pop/folk fusion of the Punch Brothers, combined with the classy, yet casual atmosphere at the Old Town School, call up the box office ASAP (773) 728-6000 and request tickets for the 10:30 show, which includes a champagne toast at midnight. 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., $28 for general admission.

SWITCH with Justin Long, Santiago and James Amato at Smartbar: What? You didn't get your $75 tickets to see Spoon at Metro tonight? Spend half as much dough and spend the evening next door, sipping cheap beer and booty dancing the night away to house music. Bonus: You'll beat the crowd that will inevitably make their way down to Smartbar after the Spoon show anyway. 3730 N. Clark St., $35 at the door for general admission.

Diamondback at Carol's Pub: If you're one of those people who likes to treat NYE like just any other night, Carol's is your spot. No high-dollar cover charge, no bottle service, no complimentary ass wiping ... just good old fashioned country music, cheap beers, greasy, fried bar food, and a last call that doesn't happen until around 3:30 a.m. 4659 N. Clark St., $5 at the door (includes a party hat).

2007_12_31_roane6.jpgDance Party Magic Loft Party: If you're feeling a little less, um, adult about your NYE plans, head over to this Humbolt Park dance party where hipsters "dressed to impress" will undoubtedly be bouncing, sweating and grinding the night away to the sounds of Matt Roan, E6, Andrew Foster and Team Band! Your cover charge gets you all the beer and liquor you can hold in your tummy, but BYOB is welcome as well. 2606 W. North Ave., $20 at the door.

No matter what your plan tonight, stay safe out there, and don't do anything we wouldn't do!

Photo of Matt Roan/E6 courtesy of (who else?) Clayton Hauck.