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40 Venue Ideas for a 40th Birthday Celebration

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AVA at Public Hotel

Located on the 17th “Penthouse” floor of Public Hotel, Ava features plenty of natural light, as most of the room offers stellar views. White linen drapery and window sheers, as well as blackout shades, can be provided if needed. The room features a neutral and soothing décor of dove grey, crisp white and taupe tiling throughout. Even better? It features a private powder room, conservatory and an outdoor terrace with teak-lined flooring.  If you love outdoor spaces (like us!), the terrace features views to the North, East (with lake views) and South (to the city). Capacity: 40-60 (cocktail reception), 40 (seated indoors), 32 (seated on the terrace)

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Burke's Dining Room at David Burke's Primehouse

A sophisticated setting within the acclaimed David Burke’s steakhouse, Burke’s Dining Room seats up to 20 guests and features a striking, temperature-controlled wall of wine, contemporary furnishings and artwork. Its menu is ever changing and revolves around seasonal ingredients, with a Primehouse chef personally presiding over the preparation of each event. A fabulous option for 40th birthday parties, the chic space can accommodate your closest friends. Capacity: 20 (seated dinner)

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The Cellar at The Boarding House

Ideal for sophisticated private events, The Cellar at The Boarding House includes an intimate cocktail bar, lounge seating and banquettes that run the perimeter of the space. Carved arches mimic the curves of wine barrels, while a glassed-in, amber-lit wine cellar serves as both storage and a warm design element. This is a great spot to get cozy with your closest friends. Capacity: 65 (seated dinner), 100 (cocktail reception)

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The Library at The James Hotel

One of The James most popular events spaces, The Library truly features all the comforts of home. The residentially styled venue was designed to evoke a luxury apartment and includes a living room, dining room, wet bar and billiard room with library in the back. A unique destination for a 40th birthday bash, the Library is an easy and smart spot. Capacity: 50 total, 10 (private dining space in The Library)

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Little Goat

Located on the second floor of the Little Goat diner, the Little Goat Kitchen and Terrace, which can accommodate up to 40 for a seated event and up to 75 for a cocktail reception, includes access to a gorgeous outdoor terrace with beautiful views of the city, and a charming indoor dining area with a state of the art chef’s kitchen, designed by Snaidero. The space is reminiscent of a Chicago city apartment with soft tones and large windows that allow natural light to fill the space and is fully equipped with antique flatware, pastel ceramic dishware and rustic wood tables and chairs!  It is a cool city spot, perfect for a 40th birthday brunch or summer evening dinner. Capacity: 40 (seated), 75 (cocktail reception)

NoMI Cellar

With an artful display of NoMi’s exclusive wine collection, this semi-private dining space provides an elegantly unique ambiance for your guests. With a seated capacity of 12 and standing space for 20, this is a great and unexpected birthday spot. It’s one of the Park Hyatt’s many hidden gems—and we promise your guests will be wowed. Capacity: 12 (seated), 20 (cocktail reception)

Presidio

A sleek front lounge is the first thing you’ll see at Presidio, where a small cluster of couches and chairs sits immediately on the left. A long bar with furry stools is just beyond, opposite an elevated lounge area with modern silver backless couches. The more secluded rear dining room is filled with red velvety banquettes, a communal table and a window into the kitchen. The long space is lined with exposed brick, auburn wood trim and framed photos of owner Patrick Cullen’s native San Francisco Bay Area. Capacity: 99 (buyout), 39 (lounge areas), 44 (dining room)

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Rebar at Trump International Hotel & Tower

Rebar is a sophisticated bar and lounge that offers terrific views of Chicago from its location at the Trump International Hotel & Tower. Located on the mezzanine level of the chic hotel, Rebar takes a progressive approach to both its food and beverage programs—think crispy flatbreads and crab cake sliders to uber creative cocktails—that goes for its private events as well. The stylish space, which is defined with a multitiered ceiling, curved walls and commanding pillars, can accommodate both semi-private and private events up to 150 guests. Capacity: 150 (cocktail reception)

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Salero

With its floor-to-ceiling windows and rustic-chic vibe, the second-story private party room at the West Loop’s Salero is a charming space that can easily be transformed to suit a variety of needs—from a formal white-tablecloth multicourse dinner for 15-50 to a lively cocktail party with passed pintxos for 20-80. Guests can enjoy cocktails at the bar, which is decorated with candles, organic wood pieces, and colorful imported canned and bottled goods. Up the olé factor and opt for flamenco dancers and a Spanish guitarist. Capacity: 50 (seated dinner), 80 (cocktail reception)

Wine Room at Fig & Olive

Located on the main floor, the Wine Room is a completely private room with sliding glass doors that separate the space from the main bar and dining rooms. Perfect for birthday parties, bridal showers and luncheons, the Wine Room can accommodate up to 40 people seated and about 50 for a reception. Illuminated bottles of olive oils line the walls, along with dried herbs in shadowboxes, which accent the clean, white décor. Capacity: 40 (seated), 50 (cocktail reception)

Underground Goat

Enter through the Girl & the Goat main dining room and be taken down into the belly of the goat, where you will be able to dine in Girl & the Goat’s tucked-away wine cellar, the Underground Goat. Enjoy a rustic atmosphere with exposed brick and wood beams as well as tea lights placed throughout the room. Ideal for celebratory dinners, the Underground Goat can accommodate up to 26 diners, and your guests will be able to enjoy a menu personally created by Top Chef winner and Executive Chef, Stephanie Izard. Capacity: 26 (seated dinner)

The Whale Room at GT Fish & Oyster

The Whale Room in the basement of GT Fish & Oyster is the perfect entertaining destination. Whether you’re hosting a cocktail party or dinner, the chic space is a perfect canvas for an innovative event in a refined, intimate setting. Award-winning cuisine, unique decor and seamless service move any event from ordinary to extraordinary. The space seats up to 24 at a single “King’s” table and up to 30 in a “U” shaped configuration for cocktails and seated service. Capacity: 30 (seated dinner and cocktails)

The Boarding House

The Boarding House’s impressive, comfortable dining room has design elements including soaring ceilings, exposed beams, inlaid hardwood floors and tables, a wine station, large bay windows overlooking Chicago’s iconic River North neighborhood, plush banquettes and more. A custom ceiling installation made from nearly 4,000 wine bottles brings an exciting design element to the room while creating a sense of intimacy. Capacity: 70-120 (seated), 140 (standing)

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Cindy's at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

The private dining room at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel’s Cindy’s restaurant, affectionately named “The Library,” honors the Chicago Public Library Foundation, the non-profit beneficiary of a portion of private dining sales. The Library space is ideal for parties up to 25 seated or 40 cocktail-reception style. Cindy’s provides for a flexible dining area and also has an incredible outdoor rooftop, with a balcony and fire pit accessibility. Capacity: 25 (seated), 40 (cocktail reception)

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DL Loft

Inspired by a charming Parisian apartment, this bright, airy and uber-chic space is the perfect place to throw a 40th birthday bash. With a bar area, plus a space for a DJ, and huge glass windows overlooking Lakeview, your guests have never seen a location like this. It’s cool, comfortable and unlike anywhere else in Chicago. That’s why we love it so much. Capacity: 30 (seated), 50 (cocktail reception)

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ENO

ENO, the stylish and fun wine tasting room at InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, is a great place to throw a bash—especially if you love wine. The Master Sommelier offers flights of wine, chocolate and cheese from around the world—and your guests can drink and dine for hours. ENO can offer a buyout for 40-85 guests, or you can stanchion off an area that will accommodate up to 30 guests. Capacity: 85 (buyout), 30 (cocktails in separate area)

Le Colonial

The Lounge, Terrace or entire second floor of the famous Gold Coast French Vietnamese restaurant is available for your 40th birthday. The second floor lounge is a semi-private event space, with rattan sofas, oriental rugs, vintage Vietnamese photos in black and white print, palm plants with striking green leaves, and antique furnishings. Jazz music and votive candles set the stage for your event. Capacity: 14-125 (depending on area of the second floor)

The Library at Public Hotel

If you’re looking for a fun Gold Coast spot to host your party, Public Hotel’s charming Library space could be right up your alley. The Library features original wood moldings that have been restored to interpret a traditional English Gentleman’s Club, with exposed, reclaimed wood beams and Douglas Fir wood columns. We also love The Library’s enormous fireplace, imported Christian Liaigre standing lamps and Alice in Wonderland Chesterfield sofa. Reminiscent of the 1950’s American and European coffee houses, The Library features coffee by day, and turns into a sexy lounge with cocktails, wine and beer offerings at night. Capacity: 140 (cocktail reception)

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LuxBar

The ultimate evolution of the neighborhood bar in the heart of the Gold Coast, LuxBar’s private second floor party space is a fun spot for a 40th birthday bash. The party room offers amazing views of Rush Street and boasts huge glass windows overlooking the Gold Coast, a fireplace, dark wood tables and your own private bar. Oh, did we mention the outdoor balcony that lets your guests overlook the booming Viagra Triangle in the warmer months? This is one of our favorite spots.

Piccolo Sogno

With warm weather on the horizon, Piccolo Sogno is an ideal destination for any summertime soirée, thanks to its lush, gorgeous and spacious outdoor patio. A go-to venue during alfresco dining season in Chicago, the garden escape is a fitting backdrop for enjoyment of the restaurant’s signature homemade pastas, pizzas, and other Italian specialties, as well as red, white and sparkling refreshers for any warm-weather 40th birthday party.

Private Dining by Sepia

Private Dining by Sepia, a distinctive venue located next door to the restaurant, presents an extension and evolution of Sepia’s own celebrated vintage-meets-modern aesthetic. The venue serves as the ideal backdrop to the inventive seasonal American regional cuisine created by award-winning Chef Andrew Zimmerman. Capacity: 60 (seated), 100 (cocktail reception)

Quartino

Embrace the essence of an authentic Italian urban ristorante, pizzeria and wine bar in quintessential Gibson’s Restaurant Group style in the heart of River North. Complementing the regional Italian cuisine is an extensive wine list with offerings by the liter, mezzo or quartino. You can rent out the upstairs bar space, which is a great space to hang out with friends and family. Capacity: 10-120 (luncheons, cocktail receptions, antipasti parties and seated dinners)

Sunda

From the day it opened, River North’s Sunda has continuously attracted a who’s who of visiting celebs and sports stars. With wonderful modern Asian cuisine and an interior created by world-renowned designer Tony Chi, we can totally see why. Its loft-style party room is also a draw and can accommodate reception-style events, parties and group dining from 20 to 135 guests. An assortment of seasonal cocktails, premium sakes and Asian beers and wine are available. The food ranges from sushi and flavorful salads to pork and beef entrées. Go whole hog—literally!—and opt for a roasted whole pig or other signature culinary station featuring bao buns, a raw bar, a noodles station, seafood towers and traditional tea towers, just to name a few. Capacity: 135 (cocktail reception)

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Three Dots and a Dash

Three Dots and a Dash, a cocktail focused tiki lounge in River North, is a fun option for any 40th birthday celebration—if you want to drink and have fun, that is. Once you find the slightly secret entrance off an alley, you’ll encounter a colorful and kitshy interior. The menu features a craft approach to both classic and modern tiki cocktails with fresh juices and syrups made in house daily and a selection of over 150 distinctive rums. If you’re curious, the name Three Dots and a Dash is Morse Code for “V” standing for Victory. This code was used at the end of World War II when the soldiers were heading home. To commemorate the victory, Don the Beachcomber created a drink called “Three Dots and a Dash” consisting of rum, honey, allspice and bitters.

Untitled Supper Club

Available for semi-private group bookings or private dining groups, this cool River North spot is a great place for a 40th birthday party. There are so many spots in Untitled that will work for your bash. The Lounge, the Library, the Parlor—every space offers a different advantage, depending on what type of party you want to throw. Capacity: 175 (largest cocktail reception space, Back Stage)

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Chez

Chez is a contemporary loft event space that can be easily transformed for any event. Situated two blocks from the Magnificent Mile, the 5,000-square-foot main floor consists of 17-foot ceilings, polished concrete floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and brilliant white brick walls—and connects to the mezzanine level via a dramatic custom glass staircase. The experienced team at Chez works with each client to make sure that every detail is fulfilled to create the perfect event. Capacity: 200 (seated dinner), 180 (seated dinner with dance floor), 300 (cocktail reception)

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Fremont

With eight event spaces spread over two floors, plus a retractable roof, River North’s Fremont is one of the hottest new party spots in town. Fremont can offer an eclectic food-centric bash or a more elevated nightlife experience. With two levels to accommodate up to 600 guests, plus 3 large bars and an impressive stage for bands and DJs, Fremont will exude an energy level that is both exhilarating and inviting. Capacity: 600 (total buyout), many smaller spaces

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I|O Godfrey

Enjoy a chef-crafted cocktail with hundreds of your closest friends under the retractable roof or warm up in winter months next to the two-level fire pit. I|O Godfrey, a Chicago rooftop lounge, is a favorite spot of River North’s pretty people—making it a good time any time of year and the perfect spot for a 40th birthday bash with a killer city view. Capacity: 700 (total buyout), many smaller spaces available

Izkaya Lounge at Momotaro

For a big bash, Momotaro’s Izakaya Lounge is a fun, kitschy spot that has hosted numerous 40th birthday bashes. It can accommodate parties of up to 150 in the Izakaya for a night of cocktail and sushi. Capacity: 150 (cocktail reception)

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J. Parker at Hotel Lincoln

Sitting proudly above the Hotel Lincoln, the J. Parker offers one of the most spectacular views in all of Chicago. As you sip on one of J. Parker’s signature cocktails, enjoy the unobstructed water views along the large patio, which has areas for both drinking (with couches, bar stools and more) and dining (with both hi-top and low tables). With space for 140 seated outside (and many more cocktail-style) or room for 55 inside, The J. Parker is a perfect space for a 40th birthday bash any time of the year. Capacity: 50 (seated inside), 140 (seated outside), 150+ (cocktail reception outside)

Mercat a la Planxa

South Loop Spanish restaurant Mercat a la Planxa is the ultimate venue to celebrate ringing in 40 years with friends. Iron Chef Jose Garces’ inventive tapas and small plates are perfect for sharing over delicious cocktails and sangria. The large, loft-like space features brightly colored and lively décor with huge windows overlooking Chicago’s scenic Grant Park. Capacity: 66 (seated), 130 (cocktail reception)

Moonlight Studios

Situated in Chicago’s hot West Loop neighborhood, Moonlight Studios offers highly unique and versatile spaces for parties. The facility, a repurposed factory, consists of more than 15,000 square feet of industrial chic space, including the 6,000-square-foot open studio and 4,000 square feet of gallery space. All the spaces are interconnected and can be configured with endless possibilities. Capacity: 330 (seated), 550 (cocktail reception)

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Montgomery Club

Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, The Montgomery Club is a luxurious private event venue that offers a sophisticated option for events of all sizes. We adore the outdoor patio for a summertime celebration or the Superior Room for a cocktail celebration. Need some help planning the 40th birthday bash? The knowledgeable and creative staff works individually with clients to create one-of-a-kind affairs, from intimate dinner parties to large-scale cocktail events up to 1,500 people. Featuring open floor plans and high ceilings, guests have access to turn-key amenities such as flatware, table settings, linens, chairs and state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment to tailor the space to their every need. Capacity: 300 (sit down, Superior Room), 750 (cocktail reception, Superior Room)

River Roast

River Roast’s gorgeous patio along the Chicago River (and newly renovated Riverwalk) makes for a memorable event. As an added bonus, the Wendella Water Taxi has a docking station on the patio and can transport guests to and from the party in a truly unique way! Capacity: 1,200 (total buyout), smaller spaces available

Rockit Bar & Grill

While the upstairs of Rockit Bar & Grill has always been a favorite for Thursday night bashes, the recent renovations make the River North spot even more sought after. With a large central bar, expanded DJ area, spacious booths and so much more, this is a great spot to throw any party—fundraiser, birthday party or cocktail bash. You can’t go wrong with Rockit. Capacity: 150-300 (cocktail reception)

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ROOF at The Wit

ROOF, the rooftop lounge at theWit, has earned international acclaim for its expressive design, sweeping skyline views, terrific entertainment, and unique hand-crafted cocktails and cuisine. Located on the 27th floor of the Wit, ROOF has indoor and outdoor spaces, a retractable, glass enclosure and the “Hangover,” a platform that juts out  over the side of the building, delivering breathtaking views. Capacity: 400 (cocktail reception)

Signature Room

Offering one of the best views in the city, if not the world, the 95th-floor Signature Room boasts contemporary art-deco styled private dining rooms with breathtaking views of the city spanning as far as Indiana, You can rent the entire floor for a reception with up to 500 guests. Imagine a bash above the city. Pretty amazing. Capacity: 500 (cocktail reception)

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Studio Paris

Since opening its doors, Studio Paris has redefined this open-space atmosphere for private events in Chicago. Blending the allure of an exclusive cocktail lounge with the vibrant energy of a premier nightclub, it’s one of Chicago’s most sought-out hotspots and event spaces. Also adding the the unique touch is the room’s glass roof, making Studio Paris unlike any other venue in Chicago. Capacity: 350 (cocktail reception)

Sub 51

Located under Hub 51, the intimate Sub 51 lounge offers a high energy, late-night atmosphere. With a spot for a DJ, this is great place to have a wild, club-like 40th birthday celebration. The 13-table lounge features low tables, plush banquette seating, attentive table side service, and premium beverage options. This club is an ideal destination for a memorable, high-style party.

Venue One

Venue One is modern, stylish venue providing everything you need to host a killer party. It can seat up to 500 guests for dinner and offers a separate cocktail area as well. It even offers lounge furniture, dining tables, crystal Chiavari chairs, premium linens, classic china, glassware and flatware. Foodies will love the eclectic menu collections that offer a variety of cuisine that can be tailored to your theme and palate. Bonus: The full attention of the professionally trained waitstaff will ensure that your evening is beautifully orchestrated and without complication. Capacity: 500 (dinner), 500+ (cocktail reception)

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