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New Years Eve at the Freehand.


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New Years Eve at the Freehand.

Tommy Engstrom

New Year's Eve.

How in the world has Christmas come and gone? How in the world are we only days away from New Year's Eve? I think it would be safe to say that 2016 has been a doozy. There have been ups and there have definitely been downs. But as I get ready to celebrate this new year, I am trying to instead focus on the year ahead rather than the year behind. 

I will admit that historically, New Year's Eve has not been my favorite holiday. I like classifying myself as a grandpa - I enjoy getting to bed early to allow for a productive next day. All of this going to bed after midnight nonsense is just silly. However, in recent years I've been making a conscious effort to be more social and enjoy the holiday. Last year's festivities were a little too aggressive. An EDM rave with a bunch of pre-pubescent teenagers is not my cup of tea. 

So this year I teamed up with The Tie Bar and the Freehand Chicago for something just as fun, but a little more low-key. The Broken Shaker, the hotels bar, recently launched their new winter cocktail menu - talk about perfect timing. With twists on the classic old fashioned, holiday inspired margaritas, and Felix the Elyx Gnome, there is an option for everyone!

At the end of the day, whether I like staying up late of not, I love a good excuse to get dressed up, dance with friends, and have a few cocktails. New Year's Eve - here's to you being better than all past experiences. Cheers!


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