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Entrepreneur's Eve 2012

Entrepreneur's Eve

Monday, December 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM - Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:00 AM (CST)

Entrepreneur's Eve 2012

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
TICKET: EE12 General Admission Ended $200.00 $0.00
TICKET: Hennessey Black VIP
Access to Private VIP Lounge, Gift Bags, Entertainment and Much More!
Ended $325.00 $0.00
TICKET: Flagship Tavern & Grill Partner Event
The force behind The Stretch, Cortland’s Garage and Standard is bringing the next hot spot to Lakeview. Be one of the first to check out the new Flagship Tavern & Grill. As an official partner to EE12 100% of the proceeds will go to The H Foundation and finding a cure to defeat cancer.
Ended $75.00 $0.00
HOTEL: Hilton Chicago - Standard Room   more info Ended $200.00 $0.00
HOTEL: Ritz Carlton Chicago - Standard Room   more info Ended $300.00 $0.00
Save 10% when you purchase 4 general admission tickets together.
Ended $180.00 $0.00
Save 15% when you purchase 6 general admission tickets together.
Ended $170.00 $0.00
Save 20% when you purchase 8 general admission tickets together.
Ended $160.00 $0.00
Save 25% when you purchase 10 general admission tickets together.
Ended $150.00 $0.00
Private Table Reservation in Sky Theater   more info Ended $500.00 $0.00
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Event Details

Entrepreneurs Eve 2012
Monday, December 31st 8p-1a
Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL

EE12 LogoEntrepreneur’s Eve is a night to pay tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of the world’s trail blazers. It applauds those pursuing the American dream and toasts the starters igniting the community around them with ideas, passion and a drive for change. It’s an evening to celebrate and pay-it-forward.

Co-hosted by over 100 Chicagoland small businesses and entrepreneurs, EE12 is the party of the year. Join the city’s brightest up-and-comers for an upscale night of fun and celebration at  the Adler Planetarium on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Highlights of the evening include an upscale nightclub housed under the museum’s iconic dome, the Hennessey Black VIP Lounge featuring mixologist extraordinaire Ben Newby, a casino, a cigar lounge, two firework shows and premium open bar with food. The entertainment line-up is headlined by all-star DJ Zeke Thomas and supported by Chicago’s very best: DJ Matt RoanDJ Will GalvanDJ Dolo DJ Yours Truly.

Join us as we celebrate with our fellow trail blazers and look towards the horizon.

EE12 is Chicago’s only charity event on New Year’s Eve. All Proceeds benefit The H Foundation, so feel good, pay it forward and help us in the battle to overcome cancer.

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That's a Start
Monday, December 31st 8p-1a
Flagship Tavern & Grill, Chicago, IL

Official Partner NYE Event Also Suppoting The H Foundation

Flagship LogoThe force behind The Stretch, Cortland’s Garage and Standard is bringing the next hot spot to Lakeview. Be one of the first to check out the new Flagship Tavern & Grill. As an official partner to EE12 100% of the proceeds will go to The H Foundation and finding a cure to defeat cancer.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Yes, this is a twenty one and older event.


Are there any hotels with special rates in association with EE12?

EE12 has two blocks of rooms held at the following hotels:

The Hilton Chicago  
720 South Michigan Avenue  
Chicago, IL 60605  
Rate: $200 (Transportation, Taxes & Fees Included)

The Ritz Carlton Chicago  
160 East Pearson Street  
Chicago, IL 60611  
Rate: $300 (Transportation, Taxes & Fees Included)

You can book your room above. After purchasing your room we will email you a confirmation number. 


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Our Uber Trolley Service will be operating between the Adler Planetarium, the Roosevelt Red Line Station, the Hilton Chicago & the Ritz Carlton between 7:30p & 1:30a.

The 146 bus route will be operating till 10:15pm between the Adler Planetarium and the Roosevelt Redline.

The Roosevelt Red Line, Roosevelt Orange Line (Operating till 1:20am) and Roosevelt Green Line (Operating till 1:20am) are all conviently located within walking distance to the Adler Planetarium.

Limited street parking will be available as well as a self park lot. 


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email us at or give us a call at 773-234-8NYE.


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, if you log into your Eventbrite account and update the name on your reservation.


Can I update my registration information?

Yes, you can log into your Eventbrite account and update your information.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We will not be issuing paper tickets please download the Eventbrite moblie app to to speed up entry.


What is the refund policy?

While we understand plans sometimes do change and we would love to be in a position to offer a refund will we not be able to issue any due the the holiday and in interest of supporting the H Foundation to the maximum extent possible.


The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

If you need to change the name on your ticket please log into your Eventbrite account and update your information.



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Have questions about Entrepreneur's Eve 2012? Contact Entrepreneur's Eve

When & Where

The Adler Planetarium
1300 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

Monday, December 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM - Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:00 AM (CST)

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Entrepreneur's Eve

Entrepreneur’s Eve started three years ago when a small group of entrepreneurs were brainstorming how they should spend New Year’s Eve. They wanted to celebrate the success of the previous year with all those individuals in their life that relentlessly supported them.

It was determined only an epic event like no other would do and thus EE was born. Colleagues started talking and the word was out leading to hundreds of entrepreneurs volunteering to become part of this one-of-a-kind celebration. As the event took on a life of its own it became clear that the growing energy should be directed towards benefiting a larger cause. Thus the partnership with the Future Founders and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center was struck to truly give back to the Chicago community.

EE continues as an annual event gathering Chicago’s leading entrepreneurs and civic leaders to lift a glass to the American Dream in all of us.

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  News and Updates
2012-12-01 16:39:49

EE12 Announces DJ Zeke Thomas as Headliner

DJ Zeke Thomas LogoZeke Thomas is a renowned international Open Format DJ and Producer who has made a remarkable impact on the music scene over the past 10 years. His longevity in the industry is impressive as a 24-year old entertainer.  He received his degree in music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The past two years Zeke has been the official NBA All-Star DJ and is the youngest assistant programmer to have worked at HOT 97.1 FM in NYC. Zeke has collaborated and shared the stage with numerous A-list celebrities including: former NBA player and DJ, Dennis Rodman; America’s Next Top Model winner and drummer, CariDee English; artists Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Pitbull; and actor Wilmer Valderrama to name a few.

2012-12-05 09:47:55

Bring in the New Year at Entrepreneur’s Eve

Haute Living - Chris Smith

If you don’t have plans for New Year’s Eve yet or if you are just looking for something better than your current plans, I have the perfect party for you. Entrepreneurs Eve is an evening full of celebrating the American Dream and helping out a great charitable foundation. Chicago’s top entrepreneurs will be out to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and the New Year under the stars. The celebration will be literally under the stars, as it will be held at the amazing Adler Planetarium (1300 South Lake Shore Drive). Read more...


2012-12-22 00:04:29

Celebrate the New Year at the Best Party in Town: Entrepreneurs Eve 2012 at the Adler Planetarium

Fashion Files Magazine - Anna Marevska

New Year's Eve is just around the corner and if you have fireworks under the stars, top DJ's spinning late into the night and delicious cocktails with stylish guests on your mind, then do we have the scoop for you of the best New Year's Eve party in Chicago. Read More...


2012-12-22 00:08:09

New Year's Eve at the Adler

Eater - Chicago - Amanda Kludt

We don't think the Adler Planetarium was around for the Mayan Empire, but it is the oldest planetarium in the country. They'll celebrate the world not ending with a $200 ($350 VIP) party under the glow of the planetarium and hand-crafted Benjamin Newby cocktails. There's also a cigar lounge, casino, open bar, and they're turning the stage into a dance floor.


2012-12-22 00:11:49

What to Weat on New Year's Eve

Stylish Endeavors - Chris Smith

*For all my Chicago readers I have a special surprise for you underneath the clothes. It’s exclusive info about the best New Year’s Eve party happening in Chicago. If you don’t have any plans for New Year’s Eve this is perfect for you. And if you do have plans, cancel them because this is sure to be better. So not only do you have something to wear, you have somewhere to go. This post is basically the Chicago men’s one stop guide to NYE. Read More...

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2012-12-22 00:14:21

Spend NYE 2013 under the Stars for Entrepreneur's Eve: 2012 at The Adler Planetarium Chicago

Chicago Now - Jessica McCafferty

Fireworks under the stars. A hand of blackjack with friends. Top DJ’s spinning late into the night. Exceptional cocktails with stylish guests. VIP experiences. Top entrepreneurs. And … all for charity. Read More...


Spend NYE 2013 under the Stars for Entrepreneur's Eve: 2012 at The Adler Planetarium Chicago

2012-12-22 00:18:31

Entrepreneurs Eve: 2012

Le Presitge du Monde - Joprge Zavala

CHICAGO - Fireworks under the stars on one of the most memorable nights of the year while mingling with old friends and socializing with new ones. Top DJ’s spinning late into the night. Succulent cocktails with chic attendees. Feeling a bit adventurous? Join unforgettable VIP experiences, top entrepreneurs, and ring in the new year - all for charity. Read More...


2012-12-22 00:21:55

NYE Under the Stars: Entrepreneurs Eve at Adler Planetarium

Lux and Concord - Merisa

What do you get when you mix fireworks under the stars, top DJ’s spinning late into the night, exceptional cocktails by Benjamin Newby, stylish guests, and top entrepreneurs? A recipe for success, and all for charity! Read More...


2012-12-22 00:26:59

NYE Ideas: Entrepreneur's Eve Preview

NBC5-Chicago - Alicia Roman

NBC 5's Alicia Roman talks with Jeremy Rose of Cor Strategies and Michael LaPidus from the H Foundation about Entrepreneur's Eve, a New Year's Eve celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit at the Adler Planetarium. Read More... 


2012-12-22 00:32:18

Behind the Scenes of Entrepreneur’s Eve 2012 with Jeremy Rose and Erik Severinghaus

My Daily Find Chicago - Maris Callahan

What do you get when you mix Chicago’s leading entrepreneurs, Hennessey Black cocktails by Benjamin Newby, fireworks under the stars at the Adler Planetarium on the shores of  Lake Michigan, top DJs (headlined by all-star DJ Zeke Thomas) spinning late into the night and a charitable benefactor in The H Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds cancer research grants? Read More...


2012-12-22 00:35:19

Uniquely Chicago: New Year's Eve Events

WCIU Chicago - Summer Jackson

A lot of events are happening in Chicago on New Year's Eve. You & Me takes a look at two unique options happening at the Black Ensemble Theater and the Adler Planetarium. Read More...


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2012-12-22 12:04:03

 Entrepreneur's Eve 2012 with @KCSAgency & @BenjaminNewby  #EE12  

 Jen Chicago - Jen Knoedl 

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