Top Mem­o­rable Meet­ing Venues

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WIL­LIS TOWER

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

NAVY PIER

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.

room space

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

CUL­TURAL CEN­TER

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.

peo­ple.

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

SHEDD AQUAR­IUM

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

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