Outdoor Event Space

Event spaces and event venues with outdoor space for large groups, parties and receptions

Uihlein Plaza

Chicago History Museum

1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Description: A uniquely Chicago venue, that offers indoor and outdoor spaces which accommodate a variety of types of events, floor plans and guest counts. From intimate dinners of 30 to outrageous receptions for 1000, our spaces include reception, dinner, conference, and breakout rooms, as well as a fully renovated theater and 15,000 square foot outdoor plaza. Company picnic? Daytime conference? Formal soiree? Gala Dinner? The Chicago History Museum is an ideal location!
  • Capacity: Entire Museum: 800; Entire Museum + Plaza: 1500
Home base view from Murphys Rooftop

Murphy’s Rooftop Overlooking Wrigley Field – Group Outings Available

3655 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60613

  • Neighborhood: Lakeview
  • Description: Book Murphy's rooftop for up to 80 guests and enjoy a Cubs game in style from atop Murphy’s Bleachers. Take part in a Wrigley Field tradition that goes back to the first Opening Day in 1914 by watching baseball from a rooftop overlooking Sheffield Ave.
  • Capacity: Murphy's Rooftop 80 ppl — Occupancy 100
Gallagher Way Park Wrigley

Gallagher Way Outdoor Picnics & Private Events next to Wrigley Field

3635 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois 60613

  • Neighborhood: Wrigleyville
  • Description: Gallagher Way is an open-air plaza located next to iconic Wrigley Field that offers event organizers the flexibility to customize their event based on needs. The outdoor rental space offers up to 30,000 square feet while the lawn offers 8,000 square feet of green space that can be customized for weddings, corporate events, festivals and more.
chicago river event space

River Roast Private Events on the Chicago River

315 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654

  • Neighborhood: River Front
  • Description: River Roast Private Events, located on the Chicago River, offers an impressive setting for your next party or meeting. Helmed by James Beard award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef Cedric Harden, River Roast is a lively social house and gathering place. Experienced event planning and service teams aim to accommodate and anticipate your needs for a flawless event. Whether you are planning a grand gala for 300 people, or an exclusive affair for eight, the delectable customized menus and exceptional views with impress. River Roast has six spaces to choose from, each featuring sophisticated decor that pays tribute to the historical landmark building the restaurant is housed in- the options for corporate and social events are endless.
  • Capacity: 1500
La Pergola

Galleria Marchetti sets the tone for flawless events

825 West Erie Street
Chicago, Illinois 60622

  • Description: With in-house catering and five distinct areas that can be combined into two separate event spaces or one big event space for very large groups, Galleria Marchetti offers endless flexibility to customize your next event. With an unwavering commitment to authenticity and personalized service, we instill peace of mind in our clients.
  • Capacity: 1200 Cocktail Style
Gallagher Way Park Wrigley

Gallagher Way unique event spaces in Chicago, next to Wrigley Field

3635 N Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613

  • Neighborhood: Lakeview, Wrigleyville
  • Description: Whether you’re looking for a venue to host a wedding, holiday party or corporate meeting, you’ll be hard pressed to find more unique event spaces in Chicago than those at Gallagher Way. With nine distinct venues, you can choose from restaurant and outdoor, modern and industrial, corporate and party. No matter which you pick, our venues surrounding Wrigley Field all come with a view that can’t be beat. That’s just one reason Crain’s Chicago Business named us among the best event spaces in Chicago. With so many Chicago venues and unique event spaces, we can accommodate groups of various sizes. Move from our outdoor ice skating rink at Gallagher Way to a cozy after party in The Bar at Hotel Zachary, or from corporate meetings at the American Airlines Conference Center to private dinner space at Dutch and Doc’s to a holiday party at Mordecai.
3609 Wrigley Rooftops

Wrigley Rooftops Corporate Group Outings

3609 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

  • Neighborhood: Lakeview
  • Description: If you are seeking reserved space for small or medium-sized groups, the Wrigley Rooftops also have several private suites and viewing decks available. Host your pregame meeting at one of our Wrigley Rooftop venues and then enjoy the Cubs game! Entertain clients or pitch new business, our indoor suites can accommodate your needs to make high impact presentations. Select locations offer a variety of customizable seating arrangements and state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment for your next company meeting.
  • Capacity: 200
jake melnicks gold coast parties

Jake Melnick’s Private Event Space, Sauce Making Class and Friendly Competition with Drinks and Wings

41 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

  • Neighborhood: River North, Gold Coast
  • Description: Try Jake's new interactive group activity this year. ENJOY A SAUCE MAKING CLASS AND FRIENDLY COMPETITION WITH DRINKS AND WINGS. From BBQ ribs and brisket to fresh chopped salads, we’re sure to please every pallet. Jake’s crew will do whatever it takes to make your event a huge success, so all you need to do is sit back and relax! Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap is a Chicago restaurant with group private event space located in River North, Chicago, Il. 220 seated, 400 reception style.
  • Capacity: 220 seated, 400 reception style.
Rooftop Event Space

Lake Shore Sport & Fitness Indoor & Outdoor Meeting & Event Spaces

211 N. Stetson ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60601

  • Neighborhood: River East, Downtown Chicago
  • Capacity: 500
Zhou B Art Center 11th Year Anniversary Third Friday Celebration Photo Mike White

The Zhou B Art Center

1029 W 35th St.
Chicago, Il. 60609

  • Neighborhood: South Loop
  • Description: The Zhou B Art Center provides a one of a kind setting guaranteed to make any special event unforgettable. Your guests will be surrounded by stunning artwork from the renowned Zhou Brothers showcased in 28,000 square feet of bright modern space. Founded in 2004 by the internationally acclaimed Zhou Brothers, the Center is ideally situated in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. Since its inception the mission of The Zhou B Art Center is to promote and facilitate a cultural dialogue by organizing contemporary art exhibitions and programs of international scope.
  • Capacity: 1000
hard rock cafe chicago river north

Hard Rock Cafe Private Events & Escape Room

63 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60654

  • Neighborhood: River North
  • Description: Hard Rock Cafe Chicago offers a rockin' memorable private dining and event experience in Chicago's trendy River North neighborhood for up 650 guests. PLAN YOUR NEXT CORPORATE OUTING WITH THE ESCAPE GAME AND HARD ROCK CAFE. You’ve probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it’s your turn to do so with up to 30 of your guests! We offer an escape from ordinary life that allows you to live the stories you love. You and your team are locked in a room and have one hour to complete a mission and escape. Escaping will require teamwork, quick thinking,determination and a sense of urgency!
  • Capacity: 650 guests
Kane County Cougars Stadium

Kane County Cougars Stadium Group & Private Events

34W002 Cherry Lane
Geneva, Illinois 60134

  • Description: The Kane County Cougars are a Minor League Baseball team located in west-suburban Geneva. We are the Class-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the only Major League Baseball affiliated team in the area. From early April through Labor Day, the Cougars play 70 games at beautiful Northwestern Medicine Field. The stadium holds nearly 11,000 fans, with private and semi-private catering areas available for groups from 20 to 11,000. On game days, you can expect fun-filled baseball games, as well as many crazy antics between innings to keep everyone entertained. Special character appearances are scattered throughout the summer, and we have over 25 post-game fireworks shows each season! A KidZone area with inflatable rides and games keeps the younger fans happy, and the best food and beverages you can find at a ballpark will keep everyone content. On many Saturdays, your ticket to the game includes a free pre-game concert at our on-site Music Garden, adding to the already great value we provide.
  • Capacity: 20 -11,000 guests
Ravinia Festival events spaces

Ravinia Festival Private Dining & Group Events

418 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035

  • Neighborhood: Highland Park
  • Description: Since 1904, Ravinia has been Chicago's "sound of summer", a place where you can meet up with your friends, have a wonderful time and hear some of the greatest music in the world. We've got stars on the stage and stars in the sky and it's all within your reach. But there's more to Ravinia than merely the world's greatest music. Levy Restaurants offers an array of dining options at the park, from our signature restaurants in the dining pavilion, to catered events on the lawn or a private reception before the show in the PNC Bank Private Dining room and our tents. Cherish the music and let your taste buds dance!
  • Capacity: more than 18,000
Tasty Barbecue and Catering Options

HT Picnics & Teambuilding

1423 N. Broadway St.
Joliet, IL 60435

  • Description: HT Picnics can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. Attractions include: 2 Go-Kart tracks plus a Jr. Raceway, 2 award-winning Miniature Golf Courses, Amusement Rides and Batting Cages. Indoor attractions include: Laser Tag, more rides Karaoke and hundreds of sports, video and redemption games. The picnic grounds include three groves with a beer garden, volleyball, bean bag toss plus traditional picnic games like Bingo, water balloon toss, relays and more. And the best part: they'll do the work, while you take the compliments!
  • Capacity: Up to 2000 guests.
Corporate Dinner inside Cheney Mansion

Cheney Mansion Oak Park Exclusive Private Events & Meetings

220 N. Euclid Ave
Oak Park, Illinois 60302

  • Neighborhood: Oak Park
  • Description: A distinctive and natural setting in close proximity to downtown Chicago and surrounding suburbs.  Owned and operated by the Park District of Oak Park, Cheney Mansion is a retreat away from the usual meeting environment with beautifully maintained grounds and a variety of meeting spaces in the 12,000 square foot home.  We welcome small training sessions, staff retreats or holiday and corporate celebrations.  Flexible floor plans and set ups are available depending on the event.  Amenities include a variety of table sizes and types, chairs, audio equipment, screen, mobile white board and WIFI throughout.  Experienced and professional staff on hand to insure your event meets all expectations.
Siegels Cottonwood Farm Corporate Group Team Building options

Siegels Cottonwood Farm

17250 S Weber Rd
Lockport, Illinois 60441

  • Description: For more than 100 years, and four generations, Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm in Lockport, IL has been the place where memories are created. Not just by the Siegel family, but also by families and individuals across the region. We are proud and pleased to offer The BARN at COTTONWOOD, as the newest in a long list of amenities that Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm has to offer. It’s been 25 years since a true Amish Barn was built in Will County. Our barn was built by hand, without power tools or modern conveniences by Pennsylvania Amish artisans. It’s been our vision to build a place as special as the events that will be held here, and we can’t wait to be a part of what you’re planning. Perfect for Corporate Events, Retreats, Outings and Teambuilding. Also weddings are extremely popular here. Check us out by clicking on our details link.
  • Capacity: 5,000
rooftop views of Chicago skyline

Lacuna Event Space Near McCormick Place

2150 S Canalport
Chicago, Il 60608

  • Neighborhood: South Loop
  • Description: Ideally situated in Chicagoʼs Pilsen neighborhood, Lacuna offers a truly unique setting for your next event. Built in 1897 as what once was the worldʼs largest macaroni factory, the 5 story, 250,000 sq. ft. space maintains much of the original charm as the building has been carefully restored using a variety of the original materials. Lacuna is also home to many talented Chicago artists and their one of a kind creations can be found throughout building and used as decor for private events. In the Summer months, the rooftop provides stunning views of the cityʼs skyline and is perfect for an outdoor ceremony or cocktail reception.
  • Capacity: 700
Shedd Aquarium Reception Space

Shedd Aquarium Event Spaces

1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago
  • Description: Shedd Aquarium is the “must-sea” destination in Chicago, with 32,000 animals from the rivers, lakes, oceans and wetlands of the world. From the vantage point of the expansive Abbott Oceanarium, guests can enjoy leaping dolphins or chirping beluga whales against a sweeping view of Lake Michigan. Your event can also have access to two outdoor two lakeside terraces featuring Chicago’s famed skyline for a backdrop.
  • Capacity: Shedd Aquarium has had events for intimate groups of as few as 35 guests to formal dinners for 1,200. With our unique footprint, we make sure your guests have access to see all the aquarium and what we have to offer.
Mordecai Group and Private Events

Mordecai includes a private lounge and terrace facing Wrigley Field

3632 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613

  • Neighborhood: Lakeview, Wrigleyville
  • Description: This fabulous two-story venue includes a private lounge and terrace facing Wrigley Field — providing the right atmosphere for your private events. From birthday parties to corporate outings, cocktail classes, whiskey tastings, and pairing dinners, Mordecai’s events team can assist in planning your next private party, tailored to your needs. The various spaces can accommodate 70 seated or 150 standing.
  • Capacity: 150 Reception Style
indoor at Maggie Daley Park Party Room

Maggie Daley Park Indoor & Outdoor Event Spaces

337 E Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601

  • Neighborhood: River East, Downtown Chicago
  • Description: Located between Lake Michigan and Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park is Chicago’s newest Playground, and an excellent location to host your next meeting or event. With ample lawn space, picnic groves, indoor field-house facility, and a two acre garden, there are locations for events of 10-1,000 people. There are also seasonal activities such as ice skating, rock climbing and mini golf that could be included for Birthday Parties, Team Building, Employee or Client Entertainment, Meetings, Family Reunions and Holiday Events.
  • Capacity: 1,000 Guests
Ignite Event Space

Ignite Glass Studios Group Activities & Event Space

401 N Armour St
Chicago, Illinois 60642

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago, West Loop
  • Description: The unique and versatile event spaces at Ignite Glass Studios are the perfect setting for private events of all kinds, personal or professional; intimate or elaborate. Three separate areas – the Event Space, Urban Garden, and Rooftop Deck – combine to offer over almost 9,000 square feet of space. The only Event Venue in Chicago offering a garden and a rooftop.
  • Capacity: 220 Seated with DJ and Dance Floor. 300 Cocktail Style
Auditoriums ABC on the 10th floor  theatre setting

Shirley Ryan AbilityLabs Meeting & Event Spaces

355 East Erie
Chicago, Illiniois 60611

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago, Michigan Avenue
  • Description: 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.
  • Capacity: 10,000 sq ft
stanley field

Host an Event with a Scenic with Skyline View at The Field Museum

Department of Special Events 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

  • Description: We can accommodate special events with fewer than 50 guests in our intimate galleries to large events with more than 15,000 guests in a variety of event areas. Host your next corporate meeting at The Field Museum. Whether a board meeting for 10 or a product launch for 700, we have the perfect setting.
  • Capacity: 8,000
Picnics In Chicago

Picnics In Chicago

2367 West Logan Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60647

  • Description: Picnics In Chicago (PIC) provides fantastic interactive, all-inclusive outdoor or indoor picnic packages at the best venues throughout the Chicagoland area. PIC also delivers you with a highly engaging and entertaining environment for employees and families of all ages.
  • Capacity: We have many picnic venues to choose from throughout Chicagoland & Chicago Suburbs
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Free Spirit Yacht Cruises

Burnham Harbor
Chicago, IL 60605

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago
  • Description: Have Fun this Summer! Book your yacht party for your special event in Chicago! We offer two of Chicago's finest yachts available for Corporate Entertaining, Employee Appreciation, Weddings, Showers, Graduations, Birthdays, Afternoon Lunches.
  • Capacity: up to 120 guests
Topgolf Rooftop Terrace Naperville

Topgolf Naperville Meeting & Event Space

3211 Odyssey Court
Naperville, Illinois 60563

  • Description: Topgolf Naperville is our flagship location in the Chicago area and opened Sept. 4, 2015. It is a three-level, 65,000-square-foot venue with 102 hitting bays, a full-service restaurant and bars, a rooftop terrace, a gaming lounge and more. Topgolf Naperville is an event venue perfect for meetings, fundraisers, trade shows, conferences, private dining, client entertainment and team-building events/corporate activities.
  • Capacity: Events & private space for 12 – 1200
Harry Carays Private Dining Chicago Navy Pier

Harry Caray’s Waterfront Event Space on Navy Pier offers magnificent skyline views

700 EAST GRAND AVENUE
Chicago, Il 60611

  • Neighborhood: River East, Downtown Chicago
  • Description: Harry Caray’s is uniquely able to offer exciting and memorable party experiences! Toast to another great year among beautiful views of Chicago’s magnificent skyline from our waterfront location on Navy Pier. Several areas within the restaurant can be sectioned off for private events, including the space adjacent to the patio—providing guests with an unforgettable night with a spectacular view of Lake Michigan.
  • Capacity: 440
Company Picnic Chicago

UIC Picnic Grove

800 W. Maxwell St.
Chicago, IL 60607

  • Description: University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Picnic Grove partners with Picnics In Chicago (PIC) to organize corporate picnics and summer outings on its scenic campus.
  • Capacity: Up to 10,000 people
American Airlines Conference Center Terrace Reception Space looking at Wrigley Field  over looking Gallagher Way Park

American Airlines Conference Center

1101 W Waveland Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60613

  • Neighborhood: Wrigleyville
  • Description: At nearly 10,000 square feet, the American Airlines Conference Center offers three unique and flexible rooms to host guests of various sizes in conference-style, classroom-style or event-style, with the showpiece Home Plate Room that includes a second-floor terrace overlooking Gallagher Way and historic Wrigley Field with Chicago’s skyline in the background. The available meeting rooms can be configured into any arrangement that suits your needs, including a peek at Cubs memorabilia or an outdoor terrace facing Wrigley Field.
Brickhouse Wrigleyville terrace

Budweiser Brickhouse offers stunning views of historic Wrigley Field and the Chicago skyline

3647 N. Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60613

  • Neighborhood: Lakeview, Wrigleyville
  • Description: An elevated sports-dining experience with four expansive bars, two outdoor terraces and stunning views of historic Wrigley Field, makes the Budweiser Brickhouse the place to host your next event. The tavern pays homage to legendary Cubs announcer Jack Brickhouse and offers refined sports-bar fare and new twists on tavern-style dining. A wide array of packages, custom A/V options, a DJ booth and plenty of indoor and outdoor event spaces offers the flexibility to make any type of party one to remember.
  • Capacity: 900 guests
Hotel Zachary  Wrigley Marquee

Hotel Zachary Private Dinners, Meetings & Receptions at Wrigley

3630 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois 60613

  • Neighborhood: Wrigleyville
  • Description: Located in the heart of the city’s Lakeview neighborhood and adjacent to historic Wrigley Field, Hotel Zachary is a 173-room distinctive boutique hotel that brings history and style together to deliver an authentic Chicago experience. Hotel Zachary is the perfect meeting and event location in the heart of Chicago’s iconic Wrigleyville neighborhood. The Alma room is a nontraditional event space ideal for corporate meetings, presentation-style sessions, board meetings, industry conferences and social events of all types. The pool table and adjacent Library lounge space allow for pre-function mingling and networking and can also be used for buffet style food service. Our clean, simple modern design is infused with subtle but authentic nods to Wrigley Field architecture, baseball history, our city and its neighborhoods.
Chicago First Lady Charters

Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

112 E Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, Il 60601

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago
  • Description: A private cocktail or dinner party aboard your own private yacht is sure to dazzle your clients, friends and colleagues. Choose a daytime or evening cruise and select one of our celebrated caterers to design a custom menu perfect for your private event. Guides available for private architecture tours, if desired. River and/or lake cruises available.
  • Capacity: 250

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