Chicago Event Venues

Hugging Lake Michigan is a sprawling city of 2.7 million people. One with 580 parks, more than 5,000 restaurants, 700 public art installations, and 39,000 hotel rooms. One that marries Midwestern hospitality with big-city access. One whose name is as iconic as its flavors and architecture: Chicago. Thanks to its central location, Chicago is one of the most sought-after convention towns in the country. Here are twenty-two venue-shaped reasons why.

Fulton Market

Capacity: Inquire

Location: 2412 S. Michigan Ave.

Great For: Conferences, Fashion Shows

At 30,000 square feet, Fulton Market is one of Chicago’s go-to venues for large and creative gatherings. In the heart of the meatpacking district, the trendy spot is a frequent destination for fashion shows and any other event in search of a space that can be transformed to match to a specific vision.

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The Signature Room at the 95th

Capacity: 500

Location: 875 N MICHIGAN AVE

Great For: Company Dinners

For more than 25 years, the Signature Room has treated guests to unparalleled views (and a fabulous excuse to visit one of Chicago’s most iconic buildings.) The private event space, located atop the famous John Hancock Building, shares a food & beverage team with the sister restaurant one floor higher. A no-brainer destination for an impressive gathering following a day of board meetings. 

Moonlight Studios

Capacity: 500

Location: 1446 West Kinzie Street

Great For: Conferences, Meetings, Company Parties

Some event spaces are made to simply offer space to mingle. Moonlight Studios is not one of those spaces. Rather, their knockout team partners with visionaries and conference planners to execute on colorful, demanding ideas for high caliber conferences and parties. A fabulous destination for key presentations and product launches, LED lighting and poppy decor has never looked more at home. 

The Langham

Capacity: 340

Location: 330 North Wabash Avenue

Great For: Corporate Meetings, Receptions 

One of Chicago’s most esteemed modern hotels, the Langham is where class and creativity intersect. The hotel’s professional event staff take pains to host corporate meetings without a hitch, and receptions guaranteed to impress. 15,000 square feet of event space is distributed among a dozen different spaces, offering a perfect fit for crowds from 5 to 340. Among the Langham’s best perks? Its lovely interiors leave little need for decor.

Chicago History Museum

Capacity: 1500

Location: 1601 North Clark Street

Great For: Meetings, Weddings

Outfitted with an outdoor plaza, indoor theatre, and multiple additional dedicated event spaces, the Chicago History Museum is a flexible and fascinating destination for meetings, parties, and receptions that forge memories. Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the museum features gorgeous architecture and inspiring exhibits. And yes, venue rental grants guests free access to most exhibits for the first 90 minutes of any event.

Motor Row

Capacity: 2600

Location: 2400 S. Michigan Ave.

Great For: Cocktail Parties, Musical Events

This former home of the Illinois Automobile Club, built-in 1936 and designed by architect Philip Maher, has been transformed into an event-hosting metropolis, with more than 20 individual spaces covering 50,000 square feet. Its 4000 square-foot outdoor courtyard is the perfect backdrop for summer soirees and musical events alike. With capacity for up to 2600, Motor Row is a space with spunk.

Salvage One

Capacity: 250

Location: 1840 W Hubbard St

Great For: Wedding Receptions, Company Parties

60,000 square feet of former warehouse space has never looked warmer or more inviting. Salvage One features rich colors and textures of brick, wood, and glass, plus a collection of eclectic furniture available for use by event-goers. A number of different rooms offer capacity for up to 250 individually, or more if renting a combination of spaces. Just need a snapshot? Salvage One is a frequent photo op spot, too.

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The Rookery Building

Capacity: 200

Location: 209 South LaSalle Street

Great For: Galas, Fundraisers

In the heart of Chicago’s financial district sits one of the city’s most historic buildings. The Rookery features a majestic lobby designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that–get this–can itself be rented for a gala your guests will never forget. Whether throwing a wedding fit for royals or a gala to thank your most generous benefactors, the Rookery is both timeless and unparalleled.

Field Museum

Capacity: 4500

Location: 1400 S Lake Shore Dr

Great For: Galas, Corporate Celebrations 

In the decor department, dinosaurs are hard to beat. In Chicago’s event venue scene, the Field Museum is, too. One of the country’s most esteemed museums, the Field’s atriums, theatres, and yes, dinosaur exhibits, offer spaces for events both massive and intimate. Plus, your rental fee helps promote the museum’s mission: “a journey of discovery across time to enable solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture.”

Chez

Capacity: 200

Location: 247 E Ontario St

Great For: Weddings 

Both convenience and chic, Chez is a venue that focuses on one thing and does that thing to perfection: weddings. Chez describes itself as “a white canvas to hold your wedding dreams.” Far from minimalist, its opulent white curtains, glowing chandeliers, and clear chairs create a luxurious atmosphere that can be personalized with your own touches of color and whimsy. Plus, its location affords easy access to downtown hotels for out-of-town guests.

The Old Post Office

Capacity: 300+

Location: 433 W Van Buren St

Great For: Creative Events, Company Parties

433 W. Buren was once a scene of stamps and envelopes. Today, it’s getting ready for its big debut as a prestigious address for corporate headquarters and hip events. While the details aren’t yet final, we do know this: the Old Post Office will soon play host to parties and meetings planned with creativity and style. Snag one of the first reservations, and you’ll have one the hottest tickets in town for guests: a peek at one of the most talked-about renovations of the last ten years.

The Art Institute of Chicago

Capacity: #

Location: 111 South Michigan Avenue

Great For: Weddings, Receptions

If Ferris Bueller risked his diploma on a space, it must be worth an evening of your guests’ time. The Art Institute of Chicago features two distinct wings: a classic and formal collection of spaces in the Michigan Avenue Building, and a more modern collection of rooms in the aptly named Modern Wing. Each space features attention to design and detail you’d expect from an institution devoted to creativity, plus all the advantages of an in-house team dedicated to events.

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Colvin House

Capacity: 150

Location: 5940 N Sheridan Road

Great For: Receptions, Formal Dinners

A mansion on Chicago’s Northside lakefront, Colvin House is a real home with real style. Another George Maher property, the opulent building was completed in 1909 before it underwent a high-dollar renovation in the roaring twenties. Stone pillars, plaster molding, and gorgeous ceilings surround, while period glassware and china are available to rent as well. A fitting home for a formal dinner.

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Ignite Glass Studios

Capacity: 220

Location: 401 North Armour Street

Great For: Meetings, Team Retreats

Throw a party at a working glass studio! Ignite Glass Studios has the infrastructure you’d expect from professional event space, but the heart and soul you’d wish for from a team of artisans. Colorful, contemporary, and celebratory Ignite features capacity for up to 220 guests and claims to possess the city’s only garden and rooftop. 

The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier

Capacity: 500

Location: 700 East Grand Ave.

Great For: Corporate Events, Weddings

A botanical garden housed in a six-story glass atrium, the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier is anything but a blank canvas. Rather than taking the minimalist approach, consider immersing your guests in green and colorful plant life. The space’s 50-foot arched ceiling leaves plenty of room for its 80 palm trees (and your 500 lucky guests).

Stan Mansion

Capacity: 450 Standing / 300 Seated

Location: 2408 North Kedzie Blvd.

Great For: Formal Dinners, Weddings

Stan Mansion was once a Masonic Temple, which shows in its grandiose stonework and iconic architecture. An affordable wedding destination, wedding rental includes a bridal suite complete with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. In summer months, the front garden greets guests with rich colors.

Chicago Illuminating Company

Capacity: 300

Location: 2110 S WABASH AVENUE

Great For: Weddings

Equal parts indoor and outdoor space, Chicago Illuminating Company features an outdoor patio comprised of warmly colored brick and covered in a clean white-and-clear tent. Primely located on Wabash Avenue, Chicago Illuminating Company provides just enough design for a foundation, and just enough flexibility to house the Pinterest-gathered ideas of the most creative of brides.

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The Drake

Capacity: 600

Location: 140 EAST WALTON PLACE

Great For: Meetings

For decades, one Chicago hotel stood above all the rest. One hotel where celebrities stayed, where tourists snapped photos, and where the well-healed hosted parties. Today, the Drake has retained all of its histories while elevating it with contemporary touches required by modern events. Corporate meetings and conference breakout sessions can find rooms fit for any size, while weddings make perfect use out of the grand ballroom. The best part? The only address your guests will need is comprised of just two words: The Drake.

Chicago Sports Museum

Capacity: 1200

Location: 835 N Michigan Ave

Great For: Casual Parties

Sports fans know the 800-block of Michigan Avenue quite well. This is where Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch meets the Chicago Sports Museum–and where sports fans meet to party. The Chicago Sports Museum is ready to accommodate mingling crowds of fans up to 1200-strong, complete with access to exhibits, or seated crowds of up to 300.

Pazzo’s at 311

Capacity: 400

Location: 311 South Wacker Drive

Great For: Rehearsal Dinners, Private Parties

Need a simple spot for a private dinner? Pazzo’s at 311 is a full-service restaurant that offers its space without rental fee for those interested in packing the house with diners for a private event. Meals can be served individually, family-style, or on a buffet. A simple, delicious, and reasonably priced destination for large private dinners.