As September quickly approaches and the idea of cooler weather enters our minds, cellar and wine room celebrations become more appealing. Here are four of our top Chicago spots to plan a bash for you wine-loving friends.
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)
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 dinner parties, the chic space can accommodate many of your closest friends. Capacity: 20 (seated dinner)
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 party 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)
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 on-staff 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)