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Alternative things to do in Chicago for New Year`s Eve 2013

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Still trying to figure out plans for New Year's Eve 2013? Looking to go beyond the bar?

Check out FOX 32's list of just a few of the things going on outside the typical party scene in the Chicagoland area this year.

Happy New Year's!

Family Friendly

Noon Year's Eve

  • Where: Chicago Children's Museum
  • When: 10 a.m. to noon
  • What: Celebrate a special New Year's Eve countdown with your family at the Children's Museum at Navy Pier. Kids will even receive their own noisemakers.
  • Cost: Members and children under 1 are free. Children and adults are $14, seniors are $13

Zoo Year's Eve

  • Where: Brookfield Zoo
  • When: 5 to 8 p.m.
  • What: A party just for kids! There will be games, music, prizes and party favors for an early countdown. Those Funny Little People will perform a special show at 5 p.m.
  • Cost: Free with zoo admission ($10.50 to $15)

New Year's Eve Family Cruise Fireworks Cruise (Lake or Architecture)

  • Where: Downtown Chicago
  • When: 7 p.m.
  • What: Float down the Chicago River or on Lake Michigan while learning about Chicago history or enjoying the fireworks. The architecture cruise is 30 minutes long and goes along the Chicago River. The lake is 75 and includes fireworks.
  • Cost: Architecture - $29, Lake - $19


Budget Friendly

The Improvised Shakespeare Company's New Year's Eve Spectacular

  • Where: iO Theatre
  • When: 8 p.m.
  • What: The Improvised Shakespeare Company will perform a special New Year's Eve themed show
  • Cost: $25

Billy Sunday

  • Where: 3143 W. Logan Blvd.
  • When: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • What: Enjoy dinner at Billy Sunday, a craft-cocktail joint, as you ring in 2014
  • Cost: $20


Pet Friendly

Wiggly Field

  • Where:1645 N Sheffield Ave
  • When: Open until 11 p.m.
  • What: Enjoy an evening at the park with your pup! Let them run free with other dogs at Wiggly Field.
  • Cost: Free

Small & Large Dog Warm Up – Chicago Party Animal

  • Where: Chicago Party Animals - 1133 W. Fulton Market
  • When: Small dogs 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., large dogs 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • What: While it may not be on New Year's Eve night, celebrate the coming of 2014 with your pup, large or small at Chicago Party Animals.
  • Cost: $5

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