Unique Chicago Venues

Unique Chicago event spaces and venues for special & unique corporate events, client events, meetings, parties and weddings.

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Newberry Library Chicago Event Venue

60 W. Walton
Chicago, Illinois 60610

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago, Gold Coast
  • Description: The Newberry Library is a historical and world-renowned research library that offers beautiful spaces for events, from weddings and special celebrations to corporate events, galas and conferences. Opened in 1893, it is home to rare books, manuscripts, maps, music and ephemera from all over the world.  The Newberry Library features multiple indoor event spaces with various capacities.
  • Capacity: 200
Metropolitin Club Chicago Event Space

The Metropolitan

233 S Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago
  • Description: Located in the iconic Willis Tower, The Metropolitan boasts breathtaking views of Chicago from the 66th and 67th floor. Our meeting spaces will give you the opportunity to elevate personal and professional success. Our private dining rooms are perfectly suited to accommodate from two to 800 for your event. Your Private Event Director can handle all details for your event, providing a one-stop shop; special flowers, linens and entertainment are just a few of the services we can coordinate. The private events team at The Metropolitan is ready to assist in making your vision into a perfect event! We have 16 different Private Event Rooms for small events or meetings.
  • Capacity: 400
Prince of Whales Meeting  Reception Space max capacity 150

Prince of Wales at Millennium Knickerbocker

163 East Walton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60611

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago, Michigan Avenue
  • Description: Prince of Wales was one of the original rooms of the hotel. It was an officer’s club at one time, and then a French Restaurant
  • Capacity: 150
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: Downtown Chicago, River East
  • 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
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
Spirit of Chicago

Chicago River & Lakefront Skyline Cruises


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 Chicago River 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.
New Venues in Chicago for Planning a corporate event

Morgan Arts Complex (The Mac) Unique Corporate Events Space & Wedding Venue


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  • Neighborhood: Bridgeport
  • Description: Located in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, the Morgan Arts Complex (MAC) has over 150,000 square feet of collaborative and customizable space. This is the perfect spot to host your next event, whether that is a dinner party, corporate event, or a grand wedding with all of your loved ones. Along with our preferred vendors, the MAC can provide everything you need for that next big event. This includes a variety of catering options, florists, photographers, videographers, and more. The MAC is ready to bring your creative vision to life. Throughout the complex, guests can experience three floors of unique spaces with touches of vintage elegance and modernity. The walls throughout are decorated with artwork created by world-class artists. Whether you are planning a small get-together or a large corporate party, the MAC is ready to welcome you!
  • Capacity: 250 people for sit down/dinner and 500 for cocktail-style parties - Looking at further expansion possibilities too.
Rooftop Event Space

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

211 N. Stetson ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60601

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago, River East
  • Capacity: 500
Nittis Supper Club with da gansters  da molls

Nitti’s Supper Club and Speakeasy with Interactive Roaring 20’s Musical Comedy Show wit da Gangsters & da Flappers

33 West Kinzie
Chicago, Il 60654

  • Neighborhood: River North
  • Description: Step inside Harry Caray's landmark building, once owned by infamous Chicago mobster Frank Nitti, and join us for a dinner and show filled with laughs, gangsters, flappers, audience interaction and toe-tapping musical productions. Psst, you's guys will need a passwoid to get in past "Gloves" at the door.  Shows are selling out because it's da bees knees!  Da boss says you's better not wait too long! 
  • Capacity: 200
chicago river event space

River Roast Group & Private Parties 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
Auditoriums ABC on the 10th floor  theatre setting

Shirley Ryan AbilityLabs Meeting & Event Spaces

355 East Erie
Chicago, Illiniois 60611

  • Neighborhood: Michigan Avenue, Downtown Chicago
  • 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
Second City Chicago Corporate events

The Second City Indoor Private and Semi Private Event Spaces – Outdoor Rooftop Available

1616 N. Wells Street
Chicago, Il 60614

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago, Old Town
  • Description: Chicago's Second City is available for private parties, corporate meetings, and special events of all kinds. We offer a number of theater spaces, food and beverage service, restaurant dining, customized entertainment and workshops – all under one roof, just minutes from the heart of downtown Chicago. With three theaters and shows 7 nights a week, we can accommodate groups of 15-500 people looking for a fun and uniquely Chicago experience. WE ALSO PERFORM TEAMBUILDING VIRTUALLY FOR CORPORATE TEAMS AND EVENTS.
  • Capacity: 500
indoor at Maggie Daley Park Party Room

Maggie Daley Park Indoor & Outdoor Event Spaces

337 E Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago, River East
  • 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
South Loop event space

Buddy Guy’s Legends Group & Private Events

700 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

  • Neighborhood: South Loop
  • Description: Spring & Summer is the perfect time to party at Buddy Guy’s. Great Cajun food to keep you warm, drink packages to keep your spirits up, & live music! Perfect for groups from 20-550. With state of the art audio / video equipment, fantastic mainstage ambiance, a private upstairs party room with full bar & pool tables and the best Blues music in Chicago, Buddy Guy’s Legends has transformed into Chicago’s premier venue for private parties of all sizes! Buddy Guy's is located in Chicago's South Loop.
  • Capacity: 550
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Hangar at Fort Knox Studios Custom Chicago Event Space

4245 N Knox Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60641

  • Description: Fort Knox Studios new 7200 Square foot space is perfect for your TV - MUSIC - FILM project. The Hangar can also be converted to meet any of your EVENT needs this Holiday Season.
  • Capacity: 700 guests
NorthSouth Classroom

Downtown Chicago Meeting & Conference Spaces with a View

10 S. Riverside Plaza
Chicago , Illinois 60606

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago
  • Description: Ideal uses of the space include team off-sites, brainstorming sessions, creative meetings, workshops, board meetings, planning sessions, strategy sessions, corporate training, interviews, focus groups, and more.
  • Capacity: 148
6th Floor  NACE Corporate Holiday Dinner Photographer LaCour Images Description This holiday event hosted by NACE included a seated dinner and a live band and dancing on the 6th floor

LM Studio Michigan Avenue Event Space located near McCormick Place Convention Center

808 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60605

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago, South Loop
  • Description: LM Studio Chicago is a one of a kind event venue located in Chicago. The light filled two-level atelier overlooking historic Michigan Ave and Grant Park features an open floorplan, custom bar and a modern design; the perfect setting for any special event.
Chicago Booth

Chicago’s Gleacher Center Conferences and Events

450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago, River East
  • Description: Designed for learning and the exchange of ideas, and built to meet the demanding requirements of the top-ranked University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Gleacher Center offers an outstanding corporate environment for your next meeting or conference.
  • Capacity: 50,000 square feet/41 individual meeting rooms
Whiskey Library

Chicago Speakeasy Private Event & Meeting Space

River North
Chicago, IL 60654

  • Neighborhood: River North
  • Description: We are available for booking private dining for large parties, corporate functions, business meetings and large semi-private group bookings.
  • Capacity: 600
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: Phantom's Fury 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.
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 hosted events for intimate groups of 20 guests to formal dinners with 1,200 guests. In our immersive aquatic galleries and intimate exhibit spaces, guests have access to experience the aquarium to create a memorable experience.
Park West exterior Red Carpet

Park West, Chicago’s Historic Theater & Event Space

322 W. Armitage
Chicago, Illinois 60614

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park, Downtown Chicago
  • Description: Park West’s versatile 11,000-square-foot facility features 5 tiered levels, a balcony, 7 bars and comfortable movable/removable booth seating. Twenty-five foot ceiling height in the theater with unobstructed views of the stage. Existing concert-quality sound system and theatrical lighting and a stage that can be extended if necessary with in-house decks. We can accommodate up to 900 guests for receptions, and can comfortably seat groups of 100 to 700.
  • Capacity: 900 max - 250 banquet seating with dance floor - 300 banquet seating no dance floor
Grand Entrance

Chicago Sports Museum

835 N. Michigan Avenue Level 7
Chicago, IL 60611

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago, Michigan Avenue
  • Description: The Chicago Sports Museum offers a highly interactive experience for small & large groups, corporate and social, to explore the legends and lore of Chicago sports. Enjoy an inventive culinary selection offering a wide variety of creative menus, including reception stations featuring a spin on American classics to formal multi-coursed dinner menus.
  • Capacity: MUSEUM 300 seated, 700 reception / PRIVATE DINING ROOM 50 seated, 75 reception / VENUE BUYOUT 500+ seated, 1200 reception
McCormick Place Convention Center

Meeting and Event Venues located in the South Loop Near McCormick Place


Chicago, Il. 60609

  • Neighborhood: South Loop
  • Description: Find Chicago's planner preferred meeting and event venues in Chicago's South Loop near McCormick Place Convention Center.
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The Murphy

50 East Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60611

  • Neighborhood: River North
  • Description: Steps from the Magnificent Mile, the historic John B. Murphy Auditorium has become one of the premier event venues of Chicago. Restored to its original splendor in June 2006, the Murphy is truly one of Chicago’s finest architectural jewels.
Towers Meeting

Casino and Speakeasy Meetings & Events Space on the 14th Penthouse Floor of the Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago

163 E Walton Pl
Chicago, illnois 60611

  • Neighborhood: Downtown Chicago, Michigan Avenue
  • Description: When the stock market plummeted and prohibition reigned, Al Capone’s brother Ralph operated a casino and speakeasy on the 14th Penthouse Floor. Since access needed to be controlled, only one of the hotel’s three passenger elevators was able to reach the top, where the illegal rooms were found. Adding some credibility to this story of connections to a shady underworld was a secret door leading to a stairway, which was discovered during a 1980s remodeling. There is an old telephone booth present on this floor as well that was where they would get the call that the police had arrived. This would alert to everyone to escape down the secret staircase, visible today
Harry Carays River North

Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse & Private Speakeasy, Chicago

33 West Kinzie Street
Chicago, IL 60654

  • Neighborhood: River North
  • Description: Harry Caray's in River North offers private event spaces for up to 400 guests in a setting that combines sophistication, charm and sports history with award winning food and exceptional service.
  • Capacity: 400
Gallagher Way Park Wrigley

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

3635 N Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613

  • Neighborhood: Wrigleyville, Lakeview
  • 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.

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