This is the third post in our new “Venue Series,” where we share our favorite event venues in cities across the U.S. and explain why we love them.
Nestled on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago’s rich culture, diverse neighborhoods and plentiful green spaces provide ample opportunities to host a one-of-a-kind event. Not familiar with the Windy City? We’ve got you covered! We handpicked our favorite event venues to ensure your next Chicago event will make you (and your guests) fall in love with the city.
PHOTO CREDITS: MORGAN MANUFACTURING
The Neighborhood: Fulton Market
Capacity: 200 – 1,000
Event Type: Gala, awards ceremony, industry conference, company holiday party, corporate dinner, fundraiser
Why We Love It: Morgan Manufacturing is all about the details. Known as “The New Face of Industrial Elegance,” this 32,000-square-foot venue lives up to its claim. Housed in a renovated warehouse, the venue’s open floor plan, exposed brick walls and high ceilings are the perfect canvas to bring your next event to life. It also includes in-house A/V equipment, a DJ booth, large catering kitchens and in-house furniture.
Art Institute of Chicago
PHOTO CREDIT: THE ART INSTITUTE CHICAGO
PHOTO CREDIT: KEHOE DESIGNS FLORAL AND DECOR/RYAN SJOSTROM
The Neighborhood: The Loop
Capacity: 25 – 300
Event Type: Corporate dinner, networking, employee appreciation
Why We Love It: Monet, Chagall, Picasso and Warhol are just a few of the famous artists whose work resides at the Art Institute of Chicago. As one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States, this venue truly has something for everyone. Take your guests on a private gallery tour to kick off the event, followed with scrumptious hors d’oeuvres or dinner prepared by Bon Appétit, the Institute’s catering vendor. It’s perfect for a thought-provoking and sophisticated event that only a museum could provide.
PHOTO CREDIT: KEHOE DESIGNS/BOB AND DAWN DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY AND DESIGN
PHOTO CREDIT: KEHOE DESIGNS
The Neighborhood: Any
Event Type: Gala, industry conference, company holiday party, exhibit
Why We Love It: Although not technically a venue, the wizards at Kehoe Designs can turn nearly any space into the perfect event venue. Whether you have been imagining what your event will look like for years or you haven’t had a minute to think about it, Kehoe can make it a reality with their full-service team. This nationally recognized company does everything from floral design and art creation to technical production and entertainment. So be prepared to sit back and be wowed!
PHOTO CREDITS: WRIGLEY ROOFTOPS
The Neighborhood: Wrigleyville
Capacity: 30 – 80
Event Type: Corporate development, company offsite, networking, employee appreciation
Why We Love It: Nothing says Chicago like Wrigley Field and these eleven Wrigley Rooftops. Dotting the perimeter of “The Friendly Confines,” these venues give your guests a private, unparalleled view of the field and the city that they will never forget. What’s more, the spaces feature an all-inclusive menu, indoor and outdoor lounges, a beer garden, restrooms and plasma screen TVs, guaranteeing your guests will have everything they need at their fingertips.
Fulton Market Kitchen
PHOTO CREDITS: FULTON MARKET KITCHEN
The Neighborhood: West Loop
Capacity: 75 – 240
Event Type: Client entertainment, company holiday party, networking
Why We Love It: Art, food, drinks … need we say more? Fulton Market Kitchen was named one of the 12 best-looking restaurants by Zagat, and we couldn’t agree more. With its rotating art collections, this edgy venue takes on a new look depending on which artist is featured. Perfect for a lively happy hour or celebration.