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The 25 Best Chicago Venues for Your Event in 2019

By EventMB Team

Find the best venue for your next event in Chicago. We’ve listed the top corporate venues in Chicago, small event venues in Chicago, warehouse party rentals, and more.  

 

With every year, event space in Chicago grows in magnitude and innovation. The windy city is on the cutting edge of repurposed architecture and environmental initiatives, and it shines through in the downtown Chicago venues. From small corporate parties to international conventions, these 25 venues in Chicago capture the city’s event expertise.

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Keep reading to explore the best Chicago venues, including:

The Best Small Event Venues Chicago


These small venues in Chicago cater to a range of events from intimate cocktail parties to business meetings.

 

The Up Room at The Robey, Wicker Park

The Robey is a boutique hotel in the Art Deco Northwest Tower with five unique event spaces. The Up Room, the smallest venue, is an intimate rooftop parlor.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The Up Room is both a business room and cocktail lounge. Located on the 13th floor of the hotel, it has floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Chicago skyline. The interior is warm and cozy, with dark wood furnishings and a full cocktail bar. The outdoor wrap-around patio leads to The Grotto, a separate intimate alcove.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, networking, cocktail parties.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The 1,198 square foot space fits up to 18 for a seated dinner or 50 for a standing function. The Grotto holds an additional 20 guests.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities available upon request.

CATERING: The Robey provides a stationed buffet, appetizers, or five-course plated dinner. There is also a full bar in the venue.

HOTEL ROOMS: 89 total hotel rooms.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Damen.

TAGS: boutique, bleisure friendly, experience first.

 

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The Guild Room, Chicago History Museum, Lincoln Park

The Chicago History Museum is tucked away in Lincoln Park, a garden oasis not far from downtown. Although The Guild Room is one of the smaller spaces, it has the same technological capabilities as the museum’s largest venue.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The museum was built with Georgian architecture, high ceilings, and large windows to enjoy views of Lincoln Park. The Guild Room is more modern in design, but boasts the same expansive views of the park. When you rent a facility in the museum, you receive access to the exhibition Chicago: Crossroads of America.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, breakout sessions, lectures.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The room accommodates up to 50 guests and can be configured as a theater or with tables.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Complete AV capabilities, projection screen.

CATERING: The museum has a list of exclusive caterers for food. For beverages, the museum provides an in-house service.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Sedgwick. Public parking is located one block from the museum at Clark and LaSalle Streets.

TAGS: tapping into local intellectual capital, experience friendly, corporate friendly.

 

 

Cheney Mansion, Oak Park

This English-style country mansion was converted from a 1920s residence to a center for community events and private celebrations. Just nine miles from downtown, nestled in the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, it offers a selection of small, homey spaces.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The Cheney Mansion sits on 2.2 acres of garden, walking trails, fountains, and a greenhouse. Originally built for a Chicago family in 1913, you can choose from a living room, dining room, library, and other cozy spaces to host an event.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, luncheons, cocktail parties.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The facility has numerous rooms which can be adjoined or rented separately. The smallest is the dining room, holding 12 to 15 guests around a central table.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Audio system, projector and screen, microphone, WiFi.

CATERING: The mansion has a list of preferred caterers. If you prefer to use a different caterer, there is an additional fee.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Oak Park. There is ample street parking around the mansion.

TAGS: reinvention, boutique, bleisure friendly.

 

 

The Langham Chicago, River North

This five-star Chicago hotel delivers flexible, corporate-driven event space alongside extensive hotel amenities to event delegates.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? While The Langham offers 14 event spaces in total, seven of these rooms hold no more than 60 guests. The abundance of small rooms creates ample space for breakout sessions or small corporate meetings. The Langham also uses an online meeting and event platform that facilitates the organization of the event.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conferences, corporate meetings, breakout sessions.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The entire hotel has 15,000 square feet of event space. The smallest room holds 12 guests boardroom style over 594 square feet, while the largest room holds 260 guests reception style over 4,880 square feet.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities.

Sustainability: The Langham has an EarthCheck certification. More so, event planners can choose to enroll in CONNECT Conferences, a plan for sustainable meeting solutions that offsets the environmental and social impact of the event.

HOTEL ROOMS: 316 rooms.

STAR RATING: 5-star.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Grand/State. The hotel offers valet parking.

TAGS: sustainability, corporate friendly, attention to planner.

 

Ravenswood Loft, Ravenswood

This small venue is situated amongst the converted machine shops and industrial businesses from the 1900s. Of the cheap venues in Chicago, Ravenswood Loft excels at pairing affordability with skilled service.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Ravenswood Loft is highly adaptable. Event planning services, bar staff, and event staffing are available if required, and rates are hourly and flexible- ranging from $50 to $100 an hour for meetings and workshops. It’s a cheap event space in Chicago that doesn’t compromise on amenities. More so, the loft often offers discounts to art and humanities-based clients.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, themed parties, dinner parties, workshops.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The 2,000 square foot open studio space with a kitchenette comes fully-furnished. Theater style, it holds 70 guests and classroom style it holds 60 guests.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV technology including projector and screen, WiFi.

ACCESSIBILITY: The loft is located on the second floor but is not wheelchair accessible which will rule it out for some events.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Montrose. There is free street parking outside the building.

TAGS: conventions off the beaten track, attention to planner, human friendly.

 

The Best Chicago Corporate Event Venues


For corporate event venues in Chicago that cater to business meetings and receptions, these four venues offer ample space, state-of-the-art AV capabilities, and innovative features.

 

OFFSITE, West Loop

After the successful launch of OFFSITE in New York City, the private meeting and event space expanded to Chicago. The high-tech environment is corporate focused, from innovative brainstorming spaces to a bottomless supply of coffee.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Events at OFFSITE are flexible and all-inclusive, meaning full tech support, customizable seating, a fully-stocked kitchenette, office supplies, and an event coordinator all come with the rental fee. Innovative features include whiteboard walls throughout, 3D TVs, and a 15’ Shimmer Screen.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, breakout sessions, training sessions, team building.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The space is divided between the main room and a mezzanine. The main room can hold ten to 100 seated guests. It divides into four break-out rooms if needed. The mezzanine is for private conferences configured classroom or conference-style.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Two 60” and one 70” LED 3D TVs, iMac computers, wireless microphones, WiFi.

CATERING: OFFSITE provides a fully stocked kitchenette. For full meals, they will collaborate with your preferred caterer.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Clinton. The building is one block from the Ogilvie Transportation Center, servicing Metra’s three commuter rail lines.

TAGS: the age of all-inclusive, forward thinking, new and newsworthy.

 

 

Stratford on the Park, Mid-North District

The newest venture from restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You is an elegant and versatile meeting space. With its location inside Lincoln Park’s historic Belden-Stratford building, the venue’s sophistication marries well with corporate events.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? An in-house events team facilitates the planning, including a fully customizable menu. The cream-colored hues throughout make for a simple yet classy interior.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, breakfast meetings, luncheons, dinner parties, cocktail parties.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The space can hold a maximum of 200 guests reception style and as little as 15 guests seated for more intimate events. There is an additional outdoor patio that can be configured with tables.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: LCD screen for presentation, wireless microphones, sound system, WiFi.

CATERING: In-house kitchen provides food and beverage.

TRANSPORT: There are several nearby parking lots. Valet parking is offered in the Belden-Stratford building.

TAGS: new and newsworthy, corporate friendly, experience friendly.

 

 

The Metropolitan Club, Loop

The focal point of the Chicago skyline, the Willis Tower, hosts a breathtaking event venue on its 66th and 67th floors. More than just great views, perks include fine-dining cuisine and well-versed event staff.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The interior is simple, leaving ample room for creativity, or more commonly, turning your attention outwards towards the city views. Event planners can select from 16 different spaces that vary in size and layout, but all include large windows.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, fundraising events, luncheons, dinner parties, cocktail parties.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The two floors include 16 private event spaces that can accommodate a range of two to 400 guests. One of the most adaptable spaces, the Lincoln Room, can be divided into four separate rooms or used as one large space. Depending on the division, it holds eight to 100 guests.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Farragut West. There are also several parking garages nearby.

TAGS: iconic, in demand, corporate friendly.

 

Moonlight Studios, West Loop

Chicago’s trendy West Loop neighborhood is brimming with converted warehouses and Moonlight Studios fits right in. Its industrial ambiance alludes to its former factory life while creating a unique backdrop for corporate events.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Exposed brick, a lofted ceiling, and industrial architectural design give Moonlight Studios a chic, urban atmosphere. The space can be divided into multiple break out rooms and the open floor plan allows for maximum personalization.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conference meetings, product launches, dinner parties, themed parties.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The entire facility is 15,000 square feet divided between multiple rooms. The largest, an open studio, is 6,000 square feet followed by the 4,000 square foot gallery space. There is also a 1,500 square foot production office and smaller pre-function preparation rooms.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Complimentary basic lighting, traveling I-beam crane system, high-capacity rigging system, catwalks, WiFi. Moonlight Studios has a preferred list of AV vendors.

CATERING: Moonlight Studios has a preferred list of caterers.

TRANSPORT: The closest “L” station is Ashland. Valet parking can be arranged through a preferred vendor.

TAGS: reinvention, attention to planner, experience friendly.

 

The Best Chicago Venues For Sustainability

Whether you’re searching for outdoor venues in Chicago or party venues in Chicago, these spaces go above and beyond to implement green practices.

 

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, South Loop

With more than 44,000 square feet of space, five types of venues, and direct access to North America’s largest convention center, this environmentally-friendly facility can host a myriad of events.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The hotel is connected to the McCormick Place show floor, meaning on top of the numerous event spaces in the hotel, guests have direct access to an additional 2.8 billion square feet of exhibition space. Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is a full-service event venue.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conventions, conferences, board meetings, galas.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The hotel is three floors and offers over 50 event spaces. The largest is Grant Park at 5,200 square feet. It can host 520 reception style or 294 classroom style. The smaller boardrooms host as little as 14 people over 407 square feet.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

CATERING: Hyatt’s Personal Preference Dining program manages food and beverage.

SUSTAINABILITY: On top of its LEED certification, McCormick Place has committed to offsetting 100% of its electricity usage with clean wind energy.

HOTEL ROOMS: 1,258 rooms.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is McCormick Place. There is self-parking inside the hotel garage as well as hotel valet.

TAGS: sustainability, future proof, corporate friendly.

 

Greenhouse Loft, Avondale

Similar to other loft venues in Chicago, Greenhouse Loft was restored and repurposed from an old manufacturing facility. Not only does this create an urban atmosphere, but it adds to the impressive sustainability profile of the venue.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? With its hardwood floors, refurbished vintage furniture, and floor-to-ceiling windows, this light-filled loft maintains an organic feel. There is plenty of blank wall space that can be decorated or used as room for brainstorming. To assist event planners, an on-site event management team creates custom meeting packages to meet your specific needs and fit within your budget.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, workshops, fundraisers, themed parties.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The 3,600+ square foot venue can be divided into two separate spaces using drapery. The Glasshouse portion is 2,200 square feet and the Loft portion is 1,475 square feet. The venue can accommodate cocktail receptions up to 250 guests or 200 guests theater-style. There is an additional 8,000 square foot outdoor garden which can be reserved for private events after 5:00pm.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

CATERING: Greenhouse Loft has a list of approved caterers.

SUSTAINABILITY: Greenhouse Loft is Chicago’s most sustainable meeting and event venue. The building has a LEED Platinum certification.

TRANSPORT: The nearest public parking garage is at 2464 W. Schubert Avenue. There is also public street parking on Diversey Avenue and surrounding side streets.

TAGS: attention to planner, sustainability, forward thinking.

 

 

Catalyst Ranch, West Loop

This woman-run event venue was founded with the idea that nostalgia triggers purposeful play and disorientation sparks creative thought. The result is an eclectic, colorful room with numerous sustainability features.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Mismatched furniture, colorful artwork, toys, books, and ethnic furnishings make the Catalyst Ranch a unique backdrop for events. The venue is all-inclusive, including tech support, beverages, and snack service.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Business meetings, workshops, brainstorming sessions, team building.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: There are five rooms within the facility. The biggest, Polka, is 3,250 square feet and holds 120 theater style or 150 reception style. The smallest, Foxtrot, is 300 square feet and holds 10 theater style.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: LCD projector and screen, speakers, microphones, flipcharts, stereo, 36” flat screen TV, copier/ printer, HP laptop, voice recorders, video camera, WiFi.

CATERING: Big Delicious Planet is the exclusive caterer.

SUSTAINABILITY: The venue achieves all 14 of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for green venues. More so, all leftover food from catering is donated to the Pacific Garden Mission.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Clinton. Guests can use $10 validated parking at the LAZ Parking Garage on Lake Street.

TAGS: the age of all-inclusive, innovative, sustainability.

 

 

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Streeterville

This hotel is commendable for more than just its numerous flexible meeting spaces and convenient location, only minutes from the Financial District, Millennium Park, and Navy Pier. The hotel also offsets the carbon footprint of every meeting.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Many of the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. The venue uses ‘Brain Box’ furniture- bright, flexible furniture designed to drive dynamic engagement.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Conferences, corporate meetings, breakout sessions.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: Thirteen rooms are spread across 28,000 square feet. The largest room is the Atlantic Ballroom with capacity for 1,650 reception style or 588 for dinner.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Built-in screens, projectors, AV tech support, WiFi.

CATERING: In-house catering provides food and beverage.

SUSTAINABILITY: The hotel offsets the carbon footprint of every meeting held in their venues. This amount is calculated from the number of attendees, meeting room type, and meeting length.

HOTEL ROOMS: 334 hotel rooms in total.

Transport: The nearest “L” station is Washington/ Wabash. There is a self-park garage attached to the hotel.

TAGS: sustainability, forward thinking, future proof.

The Most Unique Event Spaces Chicago


These four unique event venues in Chicago cater to events with surprising, unusual or quirky elements.

 

Adler Planetarium, Museum Campus

For events under the stars, Chicago’s planetarium rents out several event spaces that offer a creative variation from traditional conference rooms.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Rentals include 60,000 square feet of exhibitions for guests to explore and the option of adding hands-on science activities or sky shows. Guests can also peer through the Doane Observatory’s research-quality telescope. Besides the star gazing, expansive glass windows allow for views of Chicago’s skyline.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Dinner parties, cocktail parties, team building, receptions, presentations.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: There are six spaces inside the facility. Three are open-floor rooms, one is a terrace, and two are theaters. The largest is the terrace, holding 500 reception style or 320 ceremony style. The entire museum can be rented together to host 1,200 reception style.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities.

CATERING: Food For Thought Catering Group is the exclusive caterer.

ACCESSIBILITY: The facility is wheelchair accessible. Each theater has designated seating for wheelchairs and all floors can be reached by elevator.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Roosevelt. There are several Museum Campus paid parking lots close to the venue.

TAGS: tapping into local intellectual capital, iconic, immersive.

 

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American Writers Museum, Loop

The American Writers Museum contains five centuries of artifacts from the country’s most influential writers. The multiple meeting spaces allow event attendees to both celebrate past writers and create fresh content.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Events include full access to the museum’s exhibits. The permanent exhibits are interactive learning spaces where guests use computer systems, touch screens, and even typewriters to produce their own content or learn about writing’s past.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Fundraisers, cocktail parties, breakfast events, corporate meetings.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The rental space is divided between three rooms- the Readers Hall, holding 60 guests for a seated dinner, A Nation of Writers, holding 60 for a seated dinner, and Meijer Changing Gallery, holding 20 for a seated dinner. The entire museum holds 250 for a cocktail reception or 100 theater style.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Wireless PA system, microphones, nine TV monitors, WiFi.

CATERING: The museum has a list of preferred caterers.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” stations are State/ Lake and Washington/ Wabash. Guest parking is available at 60 Lake Street and 20 East Randolph.

TAGS: immersive, tapping into local intellectual capital, experience friendly.

 

 

DrumBAR at Raffaello, Streeterville

This self-proclaimed best rooftop bar in Chicago is located inside a boutique hotel, granting extra convenience and increased resources to event attendees.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Besides its iconic Chicago skyline views, DrumBAR’s outdoor patio includes fireplaces and cozy lounge furniture. The bar is stocked with premium liquor, including a selection of limited release whiskeys, scotches, bourbons, and cognacs. For events that require a mix of socializing and business, the hotel offers an additional meeting room with advanced AV capabilities.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Cocktail parties, networking, receptions, team building.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The entire space is 4,000 square feet spread across The Great Room, The Library, The Parlor, The Nook, and The Outdoor Terrace. The largest is the Outdoor Terrace, holding 30 to 75 guests, while the smallest is The Nook, holding four to ten guests. The main bar is in The Parlor, but both The Great Room and The Library have access to the bar.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Sound equipment, DJ equipment, microphone, ambient lighting, WiFi.

CATERING: The in-house cocktail bar comes fully staffed. Day functions can add an additional omelette and doughnut station.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Chicago. Valet parking arrangements are available upon request.

TAGS: bleisure friendly, boutique, experience first.

 

 

Read/ Write Library, East Village

As its name suggests, this Chicago venue is lined with bookshelves and reading nooks that can easily adapt to hosting events.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The space is warm and cozy with its worn brick walls, vintage carpets, and fireplace. Most of the furniture folds up for ease of movement or can be removed entirely. All proceeds from the rental fee go back to the library, a 501c3 nonprofit.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, workshops, fundraisers.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The facility has two rooms- the Reading Room, a 600 square foot space holding 30 seated or 50 standing, and the Exhibition Room, a 1,000 square foot space holding 50 seated or 80 standing.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: 3,000-lumen HD projector, PA system, WiFi.

ACCESSIBILITY: The facility is wheelchair accessible and has three gender-neutral bathrooms.

TRANSPORT: The nearest public transportation stop is the California & Augusta bus station. There is street parking around the venue.

TAGS: tapping into local intellectual capital, immersive, human friendly.

 

The Best Party Venues Chicago


For a city that turns old buildings into trendy businesses like its going out of fashion, a Chicago warehouse party rental is easy to come by. There’s something about exposed brick and beams that takes a party from commonplace to memorable. Warehouse or not, these venues in Chicago for private parties deliver great drinks in spaces that easily adapt to your party’s theme.

 

MCA Warehouse, West Town

First a pie factory, then a Chinese bakery, and now a contemporary art museum, MCA Warehouse is a transformable space that’s hosted events from black-tie dinners to themed parties.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The facility was recently renovated to include two levels of modern architecture, including four-story windows. Event spaces include an atrium, terrace, and sculpture garden with views of Lake Michigan. Guests have access to the MCA’s collections and special exhibitions.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Cocktail parties, dinner parties, themed parties, fundraisers.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The entire venue is 10,000 square feet. It can hold 570 standing or 300 seated.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV services are available at an additional fee.

CATERING: MCA Catering is the exclusive in-house caterer.

ACCESSIBILITY: The venue is wheelchair accessible via a freight elevator.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Ashland. There is a public parking lot at Chicago Avenue and Fairbanks Courts. Guests receive parking discounts.

TAGS: tapping into local intellectual capacity, forward thinking, experience friendly.

 

Row 24, South Loop

The designers of Row 24 aimed to capture the glitz and glamor of the Motor Row era in this once Speedwell Motor Company showroom.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The distinct 1920s atmosphere of Row 24 is enhanced with 20-foot ceilings, exposed brick, mid-century chandeliers, and vintage furniture.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Cocktail parties, celebrations, receptions, fundraisers.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The first floor is an open showroom space and the second floor is a mezzanine. The whole venue can hold 280 for cocktails or 215 seated.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: House sound system, light system with dimmers, WiFi.

CATERING: The venue offers a customizable beverage program. For food, outside caterers are permitted.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Cermak-McCormick Place. Parking lot access is available at an additional cost.

TAGS: reinvention, immersive, experience friendly.

 

 

Fieldhouse Jones, River North

This innovative hotel is tapping into a developing market- hotels that cater to community-life. With more than just guest rooms for rent, Fieldhouse Jones caters to the foodie, the tourist, the thrill-seeker and the event planner all in one.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The hotel was built in the old Borden Dairy Depot building. It now functions as a social hub, with event spaces including a game room, swimming pool hallway, slot car room, and kitchen. With the diversity of spaces, the facility can host events from formal business meetings to corporate parties.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Dinner parties, cocktail parties, team building, networking, corporate meetings, company retreats.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: Both the slot car room and kitchen can be rented individually. Each accommodates 50 people standing, while the kitchen can hold 36 people seated. The whole lower level can be rented for 135 standing. This includes five unique spaces. The entire hotel can be rented to accommodate 250 people reception style. Included are the hotel’s 52 guest rooms.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities, WiFi.

CATERING: DropShot is the exclusive caterer.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Chicago. There is reserved parking outside of the hotel.

TAGS: forward thinking, immersive, bleisure friendly.

 

 

Bridge 410, West Town

Nestled in between two of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods, this event venue was built from a vintage warehouse and updated with modern graphics.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The interior of this refurbished warehouse is divided between two spaces with exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and industrial features. An additional outdoor courtyard is complete with artificial turf and room for a food truck.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Themed parties, networking, dinner parties, cocktail parties.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The facility includes three main spaces over 8,500+ square feet. The Loft is a 2,000 square foot space with capacity for 99 people. The Carriage House is a 3,000 square foot space with 14-foot ceilings and capacity for 150 people. The Courtyard is a 3,000 square foot outdoor patio with room for 150 people.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Dimmable industrial lighting, WiFi.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Ashland. The venue has a 25-car parking lot as well as ample free parking on neighboring streets.

TAGS: reinvention, forward thinking, human friendly.

The Best Chicago Venues Music


For a space that supports top-level acoustics, but also provides room for socializing, networking, or businesses talks, these event halls in Chicago excel.

 

Theater on the Lake, Lincoln Park

This Chicago icon is one of the only venues on the lakefront. It’s spacious interior with stunning views add an additional charm-factor to live performances.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? The historic building was built in 1920 with brick walls and sweeping steel arches across the ceiling. It is fully enclosed and pillar-free. The spacious stage is home to off-Loop theater community when it’s not hosting events.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Corporate meetings, galas, themed parties, private performances.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The space can hold 250 people seated or 800 people reception style.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities.

CATERING: The venue has a list of preferred caterers.

TRANSPORT: The venue is best reached by car. Valet parking is available in the circle drive at Fullerton, east of Lake Shore Drive.

TAGS: theater, iconic, in demand.

 

 

Schubas Tavern, Lake View

This music venue was built from a 1903 historic building that originally housed the Schlitz Brewing Company. It maintains a cozy, intimate atmosphere, ideal for small-scale live performances.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Dark wood bars and low lighting add an element of casual intimacy to the venue. The bar comes stocked with local craft beer, cocktails, and wine. To add to the cozy atmosphere, an in-house chef prepares hearty comfort food for events. The housemade mac and cheese is a local favorite.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private performances, celebrations, receptions, cocktail parties, dinner parties.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The whole venue holds 305 guests for cocktails or 160 guests seated. Individual rooms can be rented separately. These include The Music Room, holding 150 guests for cocktails, The Tavern, holding 100 guests for cocktails, and The Lounge, holding 80 guests for cocktails.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Projector, four flatscreen TVs, photobooth, DJ equipment, professional sound equipment, WiFi.

CATERING: Food is provided by an in-house chef. The venue has three fully-staffed private bars.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” is Southport. There is no parking at the venue, but there is a paid public lot on Greenview Avenue.

TAGS: theater, bleisure friendly, experience friendly.

 

City Winery, West Loop

Wines aged in-house and then served on tap are the foundation for this urban winery. Attached to the bar, a dedicated concert room hosts events from electronic DJs to acoustic concerts.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Floor-to-ceiling glass walls invite guests to watch the winemaking process. Events can include food and wine pairings as well as wine blendings. After enjoying the in-house blends served on tap, guests can move to the attached concert venue.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Dinner parties, luncheons, receptions, conferences, workshops.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The space is divided between four rooms. The Dining Room hosts up to 200 guests reception style or 140 guests seated. The Concert Venue holds 350 guests standing or 240 guests seated. The Private Barrel Room hosts 25 guests standing or 32 guests seated. The Mezzanine hosts 80 guests standing or 60 guests seated.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: Full AV capabilities, Meyer sound system, Ketra lighting system, PA system, flat screen TV, 150” pull-down screens, microphone, WiFi.

CATERING: City Winery’s chefs provide food and a fully-staffed bar provides beverages.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Morgan. Valet parking is available after 5pm. There is ample street parking outside the venue.

TAGS: theater, bleisure friendly, immersive.

 

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Chicago Symphony Center, Loop

The same theater where the likes of Toscanini and B.B. King performed also hosts private events. Ornate architecture and design details make the space fit to host sophisticated gatherings.

 

WHY IS IT COOL? Home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1904, the Armour Stage in the Chicago Symphony Center offers superior acoustics for live music. Alongside the theater, multiple spaces create room for receptions, meetings, or cocktails. Among other options, events can be organized in an elegant ballroom with crystal chandeliers, a lobby with views of Lake Michigan, or a simple green room designed for meetings.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR? Private performances, corporate meetings, cocktail parties, galas.

GENERAL SPACE DESCRIPTION: The facility has eight separate rooms for rent. The Armour Stage, where the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs, holds 200 reception style or 150 banquet style. The biggest room in the building, Buntrock Hall, holds 575 reception style or 350 theater style.

AV AND TECHNOLOGY: AV capabilities.

CATERING: Blue Plate Catering are the exclusive caterers.

TRANSPORT: The nearest “L” station is Adams/ Wabash. The two nearest parking garages are Grant Park South Garage and Grant Park North Garage.

TAGS: theater, iconic, in demand.

 

 

IN CONCLUSION

2019 promises to bring a wave of fresh ideas and creative thought. The best event venues in Chicago will be at the epicenter of the action, and these 25 meeting spaces are no exception. No matter the size, the purpose, or the theme of the event, this list encompasses the Chicago event rooms setting the standard for 2019.

 

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