Graduation Party

If you’re looking for Chicago’s best graduation ideas, locations, places and fun things to do, see below for our recommendations from Chicago’s Planner Preferred.

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
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The Cauldron Chicago

1612 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

  • Neighborhood: Wicker Park
  • Description: The Cauldron is the perfect Wizard's hideout for planners seeking to make their events truly Magical. It goes beyond just being a venue; it's a place where imagination comes to life. Here, we get that planning an event is an art, and we've got the magical touch to turn your ideas into reality. The Cauldron is so versatile – whether you're dreaming of a mystical-themed bash or a classy cocktail affair, we've got you covered. The space is like a blank Spellbook waiting for you to cast your creativity. We're all about making planning seamless and events enchanting. Trust us to add that extra sprinkle of magic to your gatherings. Let's make moments that are as extraordinary as they are unforgettable at The Cauldron!
  • Capacity: 300
Lucky Strike Social at Wrigleyville birthday party

Lucky Strike Social at Wrigleyville Group Outings, Meetings & Events Space

1027 W. Addison St. Ste. A201
Chicago, Il 60613

  • Neighborhood: Wrigleyville
  • Description: With a one-of-a-kind array of entertainment options, Lucky Strike Social at Wrigleyville offers a variety of event space to enjoy including two private suites. For larger gatherings, venue buyout options that accommodate up to 750 guests are available. Whether it be a company team building event, upcoming birthday party for any age, a social outing, or a spirited Chicago Cubs post-party, event packages are custom tailored to provide the perfect setting for a unique and unforgettable experience.
  • Capacity: 750 Guests
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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
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Chicago Sports Museum

835 N. Michigan Avenue Level 7
Chicago, IL 60611

  • Neighborhood: Michigan Avenue, Downtown Chicago
  • 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
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.
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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
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Topgolf Schaumburg Corporate Group Party & Event Space Rentals

2050 Progress Pkwy
Schaumburg, Illinois 60196

  • Neighborhood: Schaumburg
  • Description: Welcome to Topgolf – the premier entertainment destination in Schaumburg. And by entertainment destination, we’re talking about a place where you can come for birthday parties, bachelor or bachelorette parties, corporate events, date nights, or just a night out with friends, and everyone will have a great time. No matter the occasion or who you share it with, we believe that every great time starts with play, is fueled by food and drinks, moved by music and all made possible through community.
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: South Loop, Downtown Chicago
  • 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.
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
Fado Irish Pub Chicago

Fado Irish Pub Private Event Space in the heart of River North Chicago

100 W Grand Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60654

  • Neighborhood: River North
  • Description: Our event space is truly bringing you a little piece of Ireland right to the heart of Chicago. Our pub was constructed in Ireland and features multiple rooms and levels to accommodate your next private or semi-private event. We’ve become a neighborhood favorite for hosting corporate events, wedding rehearsal dinners, birthday celebrations, reunions, happy hours, office holiday parties and much more.
  • Capacity: 400 Reception Style
Hinoki Sushiko Private Event Space for 200 guests reception style We love hosting Corporate Events

Hinoki Sushiko Event Space

1465 W Willow street
Chicago, Illinois 60642

  • Description: Hinoki Sushiko features two floors emitting several experiences and atmospheres. Through the entrance you and your guests will uncover our first floor Izakaya ( Japanese themed bar) with 60 seats and full bar Under a huge, 5,000 pc wooden tree structure. Coming along to our second floor, Our omakase room is combined with a 2nd floor patio for a 200 person reception style event. A tree extending its branches continuously through the entire dining room. Twice Featured in the Michelin Guide Chicago selection, Chef/owner Gustavo Barahona and Beverage Director/GM Zak Sherman Boast a Dual concept Japanese restaurant, serving hand-crafted cocktails, sakes, beers and a world class selection of Whiskeys. Whether its our Izakaya or Omakase, Hinoki Sushiko aims to bring guests the highest quality in celebration and honor of Japanese cuisine.
  • Capacity: 260
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“The Mobile Game Show Experience” by The Mobile Adventure Company.

555 Your Location
Chicago, Ilinois 60004

  • Description: Mobile Adventure Company features immersive entertainment to turn your party into an epic adventure. Every party we work with is unique and different. We can customize our adventures for any group size, time limit, or event theme.
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 private dinner space at Swift & Sons Tavern to a holiday party at Mordecai.
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Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap for Group Outings and Private Events

41 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611

  • Neighborhood: River North, Gold Coast
  • Description: Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap is Chicago’s favorite hangout for great burgers, terrific salads, home-cooked specialties, decadent desserts and an awesome selection of beer and cocktails — all enjoyed in a comfortable and welcoming neighborhood spot. Whether you’re hosting an intimate get together for family and friends, or a corporate reception, our experienced event planner will customize a menu that is sure to satisfy the cravings of 15 to 400 guests. The crew at Jake’s will make your event a huge success by providing first-class service in a laid back setting, & enough fun to keep the good times flowing and the party goers going!
  • Capacity: 250
Kumas Corner Chicago burger

Kuma’s Catering for ALL of your event needs! Social gatherings, corporate events & weddings!

852 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, Il. 60607

  • Neighborhood: West Loop
  • Description: Kuma’s Catering for ALL of your event needs! Social gatherings, corporate events & weddings!
  • Capacity: 145
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Casino Party Planners Virtual Poker and Casino Parties

14737 Drexel Ave
Dolton, Illinois 60419

  • Description: Casino Party Planners doesn't just claim to be the premier casino event planning company in Illinois...our equipment, our staff, and our above and beyond commitment to servicing our clients speaks for itself! With over 30 years of event planning experience, our highly professional team specializes in bringing the thrill and excitement of Las Vegas directly to your Private Home Party, Charitable Fundraiser, or Corporate Event.
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Lucky Strike Chicago Events Space & Corporate Team Building

322 E. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60611

  • Neighborhood: River East, Downtown Chicago
  • Description: Lucky Strike Chicago is a 36,000 sq ft upscale bowling and billiards lounge, restaurant, bar, and wine lounge located on the second floor in the AMC movie complex in River East. With 18 state-of-the-art lanes and our many big screens located throughout the venue, Lucky Strike Chicago is a great place to have a group outing, special event, corporate party or team building event.
  • Capacity: 1000
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Cafe Bionda is a short walk from McCormick Place with Island Bar and Event Space for up to 200 Guests

1924 South State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616

  • Neighborhood: South Loop
  • Description: Just a short walk from McCormick Place, Cafe Bionda is the perfect venue for your next event! The space features a charming patio, a welcoming island bar, a large dining room with beautiful sliding doors made of glass from the original mercantile exchange, stunning artwork from Italian culture and the arts, and a speakeasy lounge. The space can accommodate up to 200 guests for a cocktail reception and 100 guests for a seated event. 

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