Rather than spend New Year’s Eve at a private party or on the couch watching the ball drop on TV, some celebrities braved the Chicago-in-January weather and hit the town to ring in 2014.
The Bulls’ Derrick Rose, Bears’ Alshon Jeffery, Major Wright and Tim Jennings and comedian DeRay Davis (“Barbershop”) were spotted at Hearts in the Goose Island neighborhood. Davis, a Chicago native, performed earlier that night at Arie Crown Theater, just like he did the previous New Year’s Eve.
Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese had dinner Tuesday at Sunda.
The Bulls' Luol Deng, Nazr Mohammed, Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Tony Snell celebrated at the Pump Room in the Public Chicago hotel. Teammate Jimmy Butler and the Bears' D.J. Williams dined, separately, at Del Frisco's that night. Fellow Bull Taj Gibson hosted the New Year’s Eve party at Sawtooth restaurant in the West Town neighborhood. “Thanks to my bro @nazrmohammed for the tuxedo!!!” Gibson posted on his Instagram account. “Wonderful feeling.”
The Bears’ Charles Tillman opted for Hub 51’s lower-level club, Sub 51. DJing at Sub 51 was Lady Gaga producer DJ White Shadow.
The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane? He said goodbye to a year in which he won the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy with dinner at RPM Italian. Afterward he headed to Rockit Bar & Grill — where he counted down to midnight with several teammates, including Jonathan Toews, Corey Crawford and Kris Versteeg — and then the Underground.
Playboy’s 2013 Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun hosted the Hard Rock Hotel’s party with Playboy. And for the wrestling fans, former WWF personality Jim Cornette appeared at The Squared Circle in Lincoln Park carrying his trademark tennis racket.
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