The more we try to get out, the harder they pull us back in! Here’s a few more New Year’s Eve events, starting with a big kahuna— Grace will have one menu for New Year’s Eve, and guests will have the reservation for the evening. It starts with a champagne reception at 7:30, with dinner shortly after 8:00. At midnight, the festivities peak with a Champagne toast, and guests are free to stay as long as they like and mingle throughout the space (including the kitchen). It’s all a mere $325 per person; call 312-234-9494 for reservations.
• Graham Elliot has two special tasting menus for the evening. $125 gets you the "best of 2012," while $195 gets you a more luxurious one titled "2013 yet to come." (Curiously, they both begin and end with courses simply titled "yuzu.") Check them out here.
• The Boarding House has two dinner seatings: a 5 p.m. seating featuring a four-course tasting menu for $85, and an 8 p.m. seating presenting a five-course gala tasting menu (complete with party favors) for $105. Call 312-280-0720 or go to Open Table.
• Tesori offers a three-course menu from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for $40, followed by a four-course menu for $85 which includes live music by Lynn Jordan and the Shivers, dancing and a midnight toast. Call 312-786-9911.