Top Memorable Meeting Venues
Illinois, and a world famous architectural icon, Willis Tower stands at 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall (with antenna 1,729 feet). Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the 99th space for special events.
233 S. Wacker Dr. tel 312.875.9447; visit theskydeck.com
Historic Navy Pier is a spectacular venue for events of all types and sizes. With two exhibit halls, 36 meeting rooms, the Grand Ballroom and Rooftop, Navy Pier types of events. Centrally located on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront, Navy Pier at 3,300 feet long offers the best views of the Chicago skyline.
domed ceilings and Lake Michigan, the Skyline and the
Avenue and the Chicago Loop 600 East Grand Avenue, tel 312.595-7437; visit navypier.com
TRIBUNE TOWER, 25th Floor
Home to the Chicago Tribune newspaper and WGN Radio, the iconic neoGothic skyscraper built in 1925 is an frequently in movies and in news reports when establishing a scene from the Windy City. Located on Michigan from the Michigan Avenue Bridge which crosses the Chicago River (famously dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day). It recently unveiled its new event space on the 25th receptions or catered dinners seven days per week, The Tower party room features: and Lake Michigan. 435 North Michigan Avenue, tel 312.222.3467; visit tribuneeventsgroup.com
The Chicago Cultural Center, located at Michigan Avenue and Washington Street in the heart of downtown, is a popular visitor attraction. Known for its large, dazzling rooms –- including Preston Bradley Hall, home of the world’s largest Tiffany glass dome –- it’s appropriate for formal occasions, cocktail receptions, seated dinners and meetings and conferences. The landmark building has performances and ceremonies.
conferences. 78 E. Washington St.; tel 312.744.2080; visit cityofchicago.org
MUSEUMS ADLER PLANETARIUM
With breathtaking skyline views, the planetarium, is a one-of-a-kind venue for memorable private events. Whether it’s a seated dinner for 50 or a reception for 1,200, guests will be dazzled by everything the Adler has to offer. to ceiling windows. The Terraces are included with the rental of Cafe Galileo’s. 3,700 square feet; Capacity 325 seated to 1200 standing reception. Futuristic architecture and colorful lighting create a unrivaled setting for cocktails or an intimate dinner. 2,822 square feet; Capacity seated dinner 80; Cocktail reception 150 (300 in conjunction with the Rainbow Lobby). ceiling stretching 36 feet high, offers guests a 360-degree experience for a seated dinner, cocktail reception, dance program or a presentation. 4,070 square feet; Capacity seated dinner 220; Cocktail reception 490; Theater seating 199. rainbows created by afternoon sunlight through its prism doors, is a regal entrance for any party. Use the area for cocktails or as a grand entrance. 1,400 square feet; Capacity: Cocktail reception 150 (300 in conjunction with the Clark Family Welcome Gallery). Chicago’s skyline from the North Terrace and Sundial Plaza. Terraces provide a scenic spot for cocktails or just observing the city’s world famous skyline. Square footage; North Terraces 899 sq. ft; Sundial Plaza 3,600 square feet: Capacity Cocktail reception 500. Theater; newly renovated theater is the perfect setting for a lecture or presentation. Capacity: 247 – Theater Seating 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, tel 312.922.7827; visit adlerplanetarium.org
ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
With a pair of life-sized lion statues, seemingly guarding the front entrance, the Museum boasts some of the best Impressionist, American and Modern Art galleries in the world. Its one million square feet contain 11 fascinating and creative venues to host meetings and events for a variety of occasions. reception or theatre style program, your guests will be treated to an enriching experience when a private gallery viewing is added to your event.
terrace, hall, and more.
111 South Michigan Avenue tel 312.443.3530; visit artic.edu
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY
Having a multitude of whimsical spaces ranging from a reception in the art deco Rotunda with its large expanses and soaring ceilings to dining in the shadows of U-505, a German submarine captured during World War II, MSI offers exceptional spaces for memorable events. MSI is the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere. It’s home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on experiences designed Built in time for the 1933 World’s Fair, it has been visited by more than 175 million guests from around the world. With over eight different and unique spaces, from an Omnimax Theater for presentations to outdoor porticoes and lagoons, it can be used for intimate groups as small as 20 up to gigantic affairs that take up the entire museum with as many as 12,000 guests. Just in case the more than 400,000-squarefeet of exhibit space isn’t enough, The North and South Porticos with their lush landscaping can be tented for up to 1,500 people. The South Portico is adjacent to the waterway created for the 1893 Columbian Exposition, Jackson Park Lagoon. Both spaces are available with the rental of the Main Level. Space rental includes the following:
access parking for evening events 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive tel 773.753-2583; visit msichicago.org
Containing more than 32,500 live exhibits representing 1,500 species, from tropical sharks to penguins, the aquarium’s underwater exhibits set off remarkable meeting spaces that can host events of up to 1,200 people. of a 90,000-gallon Caribbean Reef and the rotunda’s atmospheric classical architecture create a dazzling setting for a formal event. Guests dine in the heart of the aquarium, next to signature octagonal dome. A feedingdive presentation is available for any evening event. 230 dinner capacity company of enchanting animals in one or more of the aquarium’s four elegantly vaulted, themed galleries. 650 dinner, 1,200 reception capacity. theater comfortably accommodates guests for a meeting, lecture, awards program or multimedia presentation. 246 guest capacity. from the Bill and Stephanie Sick Family Lakefront Terrace. In the summer over Navy Pier. This is a great location for entertaining clients and employee appreciation events. 300 reception, 150 dinner capacity. Northwest coast — and Lake Michigan. Guests can stroll down to the water’s edge for a closer look at dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions and sea otters. 800 reception capacity. 1200 South Lake Shore Drive tel 312-692-3275; visit sheddaquarium.org