Shirley Ryan AbilityLabs Meeting & Event Spaces

This venue is currently not available due to Covid restrictions.  Please check back with us in 2022


A description of Shirley Ryan Labs meeting and event space. 

In March 2017, our 26 story state-of-the-art “translational” research hospital opened its doors and is changing the way we think about medicine and research. This beautiful and unique venue space includes a conference center with two large, open auditoriums that can facilitate meetings or special events for groups up to 250 just steps away from Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile.

Both auditoriums, located on the 10th and 12th floors, can be divided into 3 separate rooms by sound proof airwalls.   Adjacent garden spaces on our 10th floor are available for breaks and receptions as well.

We offer on-site catering to meet your meeting refreshment needs, or if requested, the opportunity to work with a preferred caterer list.

Additional amenities included in our rental fees :

Complimentary WIFI
Built-in audio/visual equipment including projectors and screens that retract from the ceiling.
Additional AV including: podium, hand-held and lavalier microphones and speakers
AV support tech on-site
Equipment including 72” rounds, 5’ rectangular tables with chairs and high boy tables.
In-building parking: $15/car (no in-and out-privileges)
ADA Compliant throughout the building
Staging and whiteboards for poster sessions

We would be pleased to host your group’s next event, conference or reception!

“Shirley Ryan AbilityLab was a wonderful place to host our inaugural Scientific Session and set the bar for all upcoming events.  We so appreciate the time you took to organize and facilitate our vision.  We thank you!”


“I wanted to thank you all so much for your hard work, time, and support at our course this past weekend. The feedback heard throughout the course was how smooth it ran and the AbilityLab team helped contribute to that!”


“We can’t thank you enough for helping us navigate the many moving pieces and complexities of the day.  Our guests had so many complimentary things to say about the venue and I heard multiple stories throughout the day about how inspired our attendees were to be at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.  Thank you for navigating our group on the many tours, and help us execute a seamless day with fantastic food.

We will find it hard to measure up to the wonderful food, space and hospitality we enjoyed yesterday for the remainder of our conference.”


“Last week’s event was fantastic, in every aspect. I very much enjoyed working with you one-on-one, crafting the event and the ultimate execution could not have been more seamless. It was tremendous to include faculty in our programming, along with immersing guests into the "AbilityLab experience” — tours of the various labs, sampling Armando’s delicious fare, and experiencing the design and aesthetic purposefully crafted for patients. I have received feedback (both internal and external) on the superior quality of this event — in several instances, dubbed our “best yet”. All credit owed to you, your team and AbilityLab, itself. “

  • Total Capacity of Venue

    10,000 sq ft

  • Private or Semi Private Space Available

    Our Gathering Garden on the 10th Floor is semi private during the day and can be sectioned off for a private event in the evenings.

    1. Auditoriums A,B,C 10th Floor (3300sq ft; divided into 1000sq ft sections)
    2. Auditorium D, 10th (550 sq ft)
    3. SkyLobby, 10th Floor (2460sq ft *pending approval)
    4. Auditoriums I,J,K 12th Floor (2016sq ft; divided into 672sq ft sections)
    5. Rooms L,M and N, 12th Floor (312sq ft each)
    6. Room H, 12th Floor (315sq ft)
    7. smaller conference rooms available upon request and based on availability

  • Unique views

    Our 10th Floor Auditorium and SkyLobby feature city views along with Lake Michigan view as well. The Gathering Garden offers an urban architecture with green space, outdoor furniture and lounging benches.

  • Our most Important Target Market is?

    We would like to connect with Associations and Corporate Meeting Planners within the medical arena, however also corporations that have a strong corporate wellness program, hospitals and other education-based organizations.

  • We are most proud of our ability to?

    Showcase our mission in providing the venue to encourage educational learning. By offering a bright (natural light) and open setting, this inspires our meeting guests with opportunities to step outside to our garden for a stroll or network in our SkyLobby.

  • We are famous with customers for our ability to?

    Customize and personalize each and every program. We are able to work with various industries, setups and needs in a very flexible manner.

    We are recognized nationally and internationally for the design of our building as well.

  • Unlike our competition, we offer customers?

    A unique environment to encourage ideation, inspiration and learning. We can also incorporate tours of our facility depending on the program and timing.

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

    The bright and caring environment any person experiences once they step onto our 10th Floor leaves a lasting impression that traditional business conference centers cannot touch. We are centrally located in the Streeterville area close to hospitals, retail and corporations – as well as Chicago’s Lake Michigan and Magnificent Mile!

  • Our company enhances customer lives by offering?

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is the leading rehabilitation destination for adults and children with the most severe, complex conditions — from traumatic brain and spinal cord injury to stroke, amputation and cancer. It is the only hospital where doctors collaborate in the same space with scientists, both working to solve patient problems and develop future cures. All surround patients, pursuing discovery and innovation by applying research real time. This translational approach means that patients have 24/7 access to the brightest minds and latest research, and the best opportunity for recovery.

  • We offer our customers the best?

    We offer the best in preplanning, coordination and execution of their event in an open, high tech and modern environment.

  • Recent Clients

    1. Education
    2. Hospital
    3. Non Profit Organization/Association
    4. Consulting Corporation
    5. Medical Equipment Manufacturer

  • Awards/Achievements

    Over 20 design and innovation awards from the American Institute of Architects, Interior Design, International Interior Design and more.

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Shirley Ryan AbilityLabs Meeting & Event Spaces

355 East Erie
Chicago, ILLINIOIS 60611 

Neighborhood: North Michigan Avenue/Street
Capacity: 10,000 sq ft

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