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I'm going to be in Chicago for NYE. I'm staying in the River North area and will be going to The Ford Theater on NYE. I'd like a few suggestions:
1. A pre-theater dinner suggestion
2. A post theater "see the new year in" location be it a bar or restaurant
3. Will cabs be difficult to come by on NYE?
Thanks for your help!

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  1. I'll answer the first question, with the hope that others can help with the other two questions.

    The Ford Center for the Performing Arts is in the Loop, on Randolph between State and Dearborn. I suggest you eat close to the theater, which will reduce any anxiety about making the show in time.

    Petterino's is a steakhouse at Randolph and Dearborn next to the theater. www.petterinos.com

    Atwood Cafe is one block south in the Hotel Burnham, offering contemporary American food. Nice place, with a view of people walking by outside the big windows. www.atwoodcafe.com

    Catch 35 is a seafood restaurant two blocks north of the theater. www.catch35.com

    All three accept reservations on Opentable.com