19 East South Loop Chicago Event Space near Convention Center

19 East is a full-service event venue near McCormick Place Convention Center

Owned and operated by the catering and event planning gurus at Food For Thought, 19 East offers seamless services and premier amenities in a flexible, 10,000-square-foot space. Located in Chicago's burgeoning South Loop neighborhood in close proximity to the Cultural Mile & McCormick Place convention center, 19 East is rooted in a rich history. The building dates back to the 19th century and has been fully and thoughtfully renovated to create a sleek, contemporary interior that still retains its historic integrity. Notable features include hardwood floors, built-in marble bars, tile mosaics, and cathedral ceilings.

“Our company hosted an event at 19 East in the Hideaway and I could not have been more satisfied with the service! Anna was amazing at working out the logistics with me, she was extremely helpful and personable. We had a solid menu of tasty treats and drinks and our guests were well taken care of! I highly recommend hosting any event at this venue.- Thanks so much!” - Lizzy C.,Yelp

“19 East is a beautiful loft style venue with great architectural design. It is the perfect space to make entirely your own. We used the venue for both our ceremony and reception. Plus they have a secondary space upstairs that allowed my bridal party and I to have our hair and make-up stylists come to us so we didn't have to worry about stopping a multiple places. Great time had by all!” – Christine S.,The Knot

“We had an Anniversary celebration for a non-profit scholarship fund at 19 East this summer and were delighted with our choice of venue every step of the way. Anna is super responsive and helpful, she made the stress of planning a large event during the middle of a national conference bearable. We were on a tight budget but our event came together beautifully thanks to the lovely space, our volunteer decorators, and the amazing food and beverage from FFT. So glad we found this option convenient to our conference at McCormick.” - Gwendolyn P.,Yelp

  • Total Capacity of Venue

    500 Reception/250 Seated

  • Private or Semi Private Space Available

    Yes, our 2nd level, The Hideaway.

    1. Alumina (front room)
    3. The Bridgestone (middle room)
    4. The Commonwealth (back room)
    5. The Hideaway (upstairs)

  • Unique views

    Yes, our 2nd level overlooks the city skyline and has a unique view of Chicago’s El train that runs parallel to the building’s west wall.


  • Our most Important Target Market is?

    Corporate event and wedding planners.

  • We are most proud of our ability to?

    Make moments for our clients, so all you have to do it live in it, love in it and shine in it.

  • We are famous with customers for our ability to?

    Bring fresh, new ideas to make your experience truly unique.

  • Unlike our competition, we offer customers?

    The ability to relax, have fun and enjoy the experience as we set the perfect scene.

  • We would like our customers to tell their friends that we provide the best?

    Attention to detail and peace of mind from start to finish.

  • Our company enhances customer lives by offering?

    Providing the means behind the moment, so you can focus on the magic your moment.

  • We offer our customers the best?

    Personalized service to bring your vision to life.

  • Recent Clients

    1. Wedding
    2. Non-profit
    3. Corporate
    4. Picnics
    5. Client residences

  • Awards/Achievements

    2014 NACE ISES N.I.C.E. Best Catered Event 2014 NACE ISES N.I.C.E. Best Team Event 2014 NACE ISES N.I.C.E. Best Buffett Presentation, On or Off Premise 2013 Illinois Meetings & Events Best Catering Company, On or Off Site 2012 Illinois Meetings & Events Best Catering Company, On or Off Site

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19 East Near McCormick Place Chicago Convention Center

19 East 21st Street
Chicago, ILLINOIS 60616 

Neighborhood: South Loop Chicago
Capacity: 500 Reception/250 Seated


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