WBEZ | New Year's Eve http://www.wbez.org/tags/new-years-eve Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en This New Year's Eve, stay home and vicariously crash a local televised party http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/new-years-eve-stay-home-and-vicariously-crash-local-televised-party <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/2174291170_1bd0cd28a4.jpg" title="Flickr/Yuan2003" /></div><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.31332960131054466" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">&ldquo;New Year&#39;s Eve is for young people,&rdquo; is my newest motto, because the idea of putting on dress-up clothes (after eating for a week), going out and drinking a lot (after drinking for a week) and staying up til midnight (my god!) is clearly for the kids. Of course, this is said tongue-in-cheek, as I do have some NYE plans and, more obviously, if you&rsquo;ll turn on any local NYE coverage you&rsquo;ll see that NYE is actually for the old (&ldquo;old&rdquo; meaning &ldquo;older than I am.&rdquo;)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">No matter where I spend NYE, part of the tradition is turning on one of the local stations and making fun of the concert, concertgoers, newscasters and camerawork from a station here in town. It began many years ago at a dinner party at my friend Sarah&rsquo;s house, where we switched on the Navy Pier concert and saw that the blandish band Train was playing for the benefit of the middle-aged contemporary rock partiers who were going to tear it up since they had all gotten babysitters for the night. Sarah kept up the party for about five years and every year we joked that Train was playing again. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">After my husband proposed to me on New Year&rsquo;s Eve in 2007, our tradition has been to stay in that night, either with people over or not, and out of tradition, we check the local coverage to see if Train is still playing. I am pretty sure they are not, but there is still a version of the Train concert going on every NYE. Last year we had people over and focused in on Channel 5&rsquo;s coverage, which appeared to be a sparsely-attended live show at a small theater in Rogers Park. The cameraman must have stepped outside for a cigarette break or something, because it looked like he had just set up the camera on a tripod and walked away, as people milled around in front of the camera, danced listlessly just in-frame or drunkenly groped each other in the middle distance.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The best part, though, was Channel 7&rsquo;s coverage, as Mark Giangreco and Janet Davies covered yet another local shindig. I don&rsquo;t want to say that Mark was drunk, but he definitely seemed festive. He made a few slightly off-color jokes that I wish I could remember, because there were a few &ldquo;Did he really just say that?&rdquo; moments, and Mark planted a big enthusiastic kiss on Janet at midnight. We rewound and rewatched the moment more than once. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">So, if you&rsquo;re like me and too old to go out on NYE but are young enough to ironically watch things and make fun of them, turn off Ryan Seacrest or Anderson Cooper and give local coverage a try. If you look closely, you might actually see something spontaneous and funny, unlike the tightly-controlled parties you see on the national stage. &nbsp;And I&rsquo;m aware that I&rsquo;m pretty much a jerk for doing this. After all, how cool can I be? I may not be dancing badly on live TV &nbsp;to Train, but I am also home on New Year&rsquo;s Eve. So who really wins in this scenario? (A: Mark Giangreco and Train.)</span></p></p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-12/new-years-eve-stay-home-and-vicariously-crash-local-televised-party Eat this, drink that: New Year's week edition http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-new-years-week-edition-104599 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8318699212/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/trotterschampagnetoast.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Champagne toast at Charlie Trotter's, which closed in 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><u><strong>Monday, December 31</strong></u></p><p>Happy New Year&#39;s Eve! Most restaurants will be open, many with special NYE menus. After combing through the details of just about every single one, here are my picks of three of the most promising for eats, drinks and merriment.</p><p><a href="http://site.acadiachicago.com/events/">A Midwinter&rsquo;s Night Dream</a> at&nbsp;<a href="http://site.acadiachicago.com/">Acadia</a>&nbsp;will transform the space, feature&nbsp;costumed performers from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,76,3,17">Chicago Shakespeare Theater</a>&nbsp;mingling with the diners, and a special menu: &ldquo;Oysters and Champagne&rdquo;; foie gras torchon; lobster eggs benedict with Périgord truffle; tagliatelle with uni butter sauce, bottarga, and rare Golden Osetra caviar; <a href="http://purebredlamb.com/">Elysian Fields lamb</a>; and a dessert of hazelnut, chicory, and chocolate. At midnight, a special celebration will take place &mdash; last year, a marching band came through. Admission, including wine pairings, $175 for 9 p.m. seating ($150 vegetarian), $150 for 6 p.m. seating ($125 vegetarian).</p><p><a href="http://slurpingturtle.com/home.php">Godzilla Movie Night Extravaganza at Slurping Turtle</a> features three different tasting menus (Godzilla, Ultra Man, and Turtle), action movies, and Japanese drums. Go back New Year&#39;s Day for their Pajama Party Brunch. Wear your PJs and get a gift certificate for 50% of what you spend to use on your next visit. Admission NYE $45, $60, or $80 depending on menu.</p><p><a href="http://trenchermen.com/events">Bar seating</a> at&nbsp;<a href="http://trenchermen.com/">Trenchermen</a> features live music by <a href="http://mattulery.com/wordpress/">Matt Ulery</a>&#39;s jazz quartet, Loom. NPR Music listed the Chicago-based modern chamber jazz bassist/composer&#39;s new album, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007WFR0FO?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=lklchu-20&amp;creativeASIN=B007WFR0FO"><em>By a Little Light</em></a>,&nbsp;among its <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/bestmusic2012/2012/12/05/166230912/npr-musics-50-favorite-albums-of-2012">50 Favorite Albums Of 2012</a>. Admission $20 including a complimentary glass of Champagne and Trenchermen&#39;s signature bar snacks. À la carte menu will also be available all night at the bar.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, January 02</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/192035-soup-bread-chicago/">Soup &amp; Bread kicks off its fifth season at the Hideout</a>, and this year, a Theme of the Week. The theme of <a href="http://soupandbread.net/2012/12/26/seasons-greetings-from-soup-bread/">this week&#39;s program, Green</a>,&nbsp;benefits&nbsp;<a href="http://www.catholiccharities.net/services/emergency_assistance/">Casa Catalina Basic Human Needs Center</a> in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. The week&#39;s soup cooks include Soup &amp; Bread founder Martha Bayne,&nbsp;Diane Galleher, La Sirena Clandestina,&nbsp;Wendy Miller,&nbsp;Milk &amp; Honey,&nbsp;Swim Cafe, and yours truly. I&#39;l be making and serving the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-02/field-dreams-and-swans-sendai-japan-96073">Nanohana Project miso soup</a>.&nbsp;Publican Quality Meats will be supply fresh-baked bread for the season, and &mdash; in a S &amp; B first &mdash; gluten-free loaves courtesy of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/thesweetpurveyor">Rae Lynn Hill, aka The Sweet Purveyor</a>. Admission FREE, donate what you can and remember <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-04/season-soup-bread-and-pie-98220">Everyone LOVES the Generous</a>.</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, January 03</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://www.trenchermen.com/">Killing Me Sweetly back at Trenchermen</a> features the crème de la crème of world pastry chefs: Noma&#39;s Rosio Sanchez, Momofuku Milk Bar&#39;s Christina Tosi, and our very own <a href="http://blackbirdrestaurant.com/blogs/433-killing-me-sweetly">Blackbird&#39;s Dana Cree</a> &mdash; plus pairing by The Boarding House&#39;s Master Sommelier/owner Alpana Singh and Masa Azul&#39;s mixologist Jenny Kessler &mdash; all benefitting <a href="http://www.greencitymarket.org/">Green City Market</a>. But it&#39;s not just the sweet stuff. Each pastry chef will collaborate with a rising star female pastry chef to create both a savory and sweet course. For dessert, teams will work with themes (which may be the theme of 2013) including &quot;Vegetables&quot; and &quot;Winter&quot;. Trenchermen chefs/partners Michael and Patrick Sheerin will serve an <em>amuse-bouche</em>, entrée, and <em>mignardises</em>. Admission $100.</p></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-new-years-week-edition-104599 Prohibition’s doctor-sanctioned drunkenness http://www.wbez.org/story/alcohol/prohibition%E2%80%99s-doctor-sanctioned-drunkenness <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/champagne 2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>As you raise your glass of champagne tonight, toast the fact that you&rsquo;re not celebrating New Year&rsquo;s Eve between 1919 and 1933. The &ldquo;Noble Experiment&rdquo; better known as Prohibition caused drinking rates to drop precipitously and made it a lot harder to get that precious glass of bubbly.&nbsp;</p> <div>Harder that is, but not impossible. Drinking didn&rsquo;t stop in the U.S. during Prohibition, nor was it technically illegal. (Only selling, making or transporting alcohol was.) We all know the legends of the speakeasies, those password-protected watering holes lousy with dolled-up dames and their mobster dates. But writer <a href="http://www.danielokrent.com/">Daniel Okrent</a> traces a less glamorous set of work-arounds in his book <em>Last Call: the Rise and Fall of Prohibition</em>. According to Okrent, you were just as likely to end up in the doctor&rsquo;s office or the pharmacy as the speakeasy. For $3, or about $37 in today&rsquo;s money, you could get a weekly prescription to keep the taps running.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the audio excerpt above, Okrent describes how the medical establishment was in cahoots with the liquor biz, underground as it was. As you&rsquo;re listening, just be glad you can go to a bar this weekend. So much less romantic to steal a boozy New Year&rsquo;s kiss under the cold, unflattering fluorescent lights of a CVS. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="../../../../../../series/dynamic-range"><em>Dynamic Range</em></a><em> showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. David Okrent&rsquo;s talk was presented by the </em><a href="http://www.chicagohs.org/"><em>Chicago History Museum</em></a><em> in May of 2010, and was recorded by </em><a href="../../../../../../amplified"><em>Chicago Amplified</em></a><em>. Click </em><a href="../../../../../../episode-segments/prohibition-seminar-way-we-drank"><em>here</em></a><em> to hear Okrent&rsquo;s talk in its entirety, and click </em><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278"><em>here</em></a><em> to subscribe to the Dynamic Range podcast.</em></div></p> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 18:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/alcohol/prohibition%E2%80%99s-doctor-sanctioned-drunkenness Chicago hospitals brace for alcohol-related problems on New Year's Eve http://www.wbez.org/story/alcohol/chicago-hospitals-brace-alcohol-related-problems-new-years-eve <p><p>Emergency rooms around Chicago are bracing for an influx of patients seeking help for drinking too much Friday.</p><p>The head of the emergency room at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago's western suburbs says he sees more teenagers on New Year's for alcohol-related problems than any other day of the year.</p><p>It's an old routine for hospitals by now. Emergency room doctors prepare for patients who celebrate New Year's Eve a bit too much. Dr. Rahul Khare works at the ER at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.</p><p>&quot;It's actually pretty quiet a couple hours before new year's, but then about 15 minutes after new year's hits, we do see a surge of ambulances,&quot;&nbsp;Khare said.</p><p>Khare said doctors mostly try to re-hydrate patients. He said pumping stomachs is invasive and doctors don't do it much any more.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/alcohol/chicago-hospitals-brace-alcohol-related-problems-new-years-eve