A renaissance-of-sorts transformed Chicago’s West Loop from a workaday area filled with factories, wholesale markets and warehouses into a hip hotspot for everything from cuisine and cocktails to bakers and brewers. The neighborhood has retained its industrial grittiness but added a cool, modern edge with new loft spaces joining vintage buildings converted into gorgeous gathering spots. The West Loop offers variety for every kind and size of chic celebration.
This stunning space is a beautiful mix of fine details and clean, raw elements. Windows flood in natural light while custom modern fixtures and classic sconces provide lighting that sets the right mood for every celebration. With an open floor plan, white walls, and a combination of painted concrete and hardwood floors, The Lakewood is perfect for weddings, fundraisers, Mitzvah celebrations or corporate events. Guests can also expect amazing food and stellar service from the Paramount Events catering team.
Capacity: 200 (seated) – 300 (standing)
Situated in Chicago’s hot West Loop neighborhood, Moonlight Studios offers highly unique and versatile spaces for parties. With an open floor plan and lofted ceilings, the facility — a repurposed factory — consists of more than 15,000 square feet of industrial chic space, including a 6,000-square-foot open studio and 4,000 square feet of gallery space. All of the modern neutral rooms are interconnected and can be configured for endless possibilities.
Combined Capacity: 330 (seated) – 550 (standing)
With a restored historic facade and transformed interior, this west-loop locale nods to its produce merchant and meatpacking past with sophisticated, artistic flair. Morgan’s on Fulton provides four unique spaces — an uber-cool gallery entryway, a roof deck featuring Chicago’s twinkling skyline, an intimate industrial spot with raw brick and wood floors, and an underground “nightclub” that’s post-party perfect — to create lots of event-planning flexibility.
Gallery Space Capacity: up to 100 (standing)
Studio M Capacity: up to 135 (standing)
Suite C Capacity: 80 (seated) – 165 (standing)
Rooftop Capacity: 160 (standing) – 250 (seated)
Ignite Glass Studios offers a unique venue within an operational glass-blowing studio. The spot has three separate event spaces to choose from that can be used separately or together. The main room is an unobstructed raw space with polished concrete floors and an industrial feel where live demos or lessons can be added to an event. The urban garden offers 2,400 square feet of serene outdoor space while the rooftop deck boasts an amazing cityscape.
Capacity: 220 (seated) – 450 (standing)
In a completely-renovated Fulton Market building that survived the Great Chicago Fire, this space offers 32,000 square feet of industrial elegance. Raw brick walls, a statement-making skylight, and polished concrete floors offer a fitting canvas for your inspired event. Morgan Manufacturing offers three spaces that allow for every type of celebration from blow-out bashes to more intimate affairs as well as in-house AV equipment and a DJ booth that make for easy planning and fun events.
Mezzanine Capacity: 100 (seated) – 200 (standing)
Plant Capacity: 100 (seated) – 300 (standing)
Production Capacity: 550 (seated) – 700 (standing)
With dramatic 20-foot ceilings and a bow-truss roof with a 65-foot long skylight, this open loft space provides industrial charm galore. Architectural details like oak timber beams and exposed brick give the space a warmth not often found in raw spaces. A member of the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance, Loft on Lake utilizes natural and renewable resources and products whenever possible to provide thoughtful experiences and the space is transformable with double-wide rear doors at street level for quick set-up and load out.
Capacity: 150 (seated) – 200 (standing)
This highly versatile modern industrial loft space was once a foundry and its historic details pair with classic design to make for a beautiful event venue. During the week, the space is a collaborative workspace for creatives from artists to musicians and DJ’s who have worked together to create the perfect party space. The spot features a photobooth, custom 8’ wood dining tables, vintage Tolix seating, a steinway grand piano, lounge furniture, prep kitchen and more that contribute to a fun and sophisticated celebration.
Capacity Info (if venue): 200 – 250
Room 1520 is a raw urban space with clean lines and an open floor plan. Customization is key with this 4,000 square-foot spot with a drape space divider and a chic, all-white palette perfect for creating your dream event — whether it be chock full of minimalist charm or over-the-top opulence. This restored historical gear factory offers elegantly-urban high ceilings, polished cement floors and exposed brick. Its outdoor space with amazing views and a bridal suite allow for a customized experience.
Capacity: 150 (seated) – 200 (standing)
These purveyors of vintage home items have designed four gorgeous event spaces and a three-room suite (perfect for bridal use!) within their shop. Salvage One’s courtyard features walls of ivy and a cultivated arch perfect for nuptials while the indoor ceremony space is anchored by large white Greek columns facing vintage wooden church pews. When it’s party time, there’s a reception area sporting wood floors, exposed brick, oodles of vintage furniture and two stages.
Courtyard and Outdoor Ceremony Capacity: 200 (seated) – 250 (standing)
Indoor Cocktail Party and Ceremony Capacity: 175 (seated) – 250 (standing)
Reception Space Capacity: up to 250
Prairie Production [CLOSED]
This family owned-and-operated spot is a working photography studio as well as an event venue. Prairie Production is a serene, fully-customizable, all-white space with a mix of painted brick and glass brick walls along with a floor-to-ceiling wall of windows that floods the space with natural light. This urban venue also boasts two outdoor courtyards in addition to its 4,000 square feet of bright interior space.
Capacity: up to 200
With two bright floors designed for entertaining, Loft Lucia is perfect for events with a ceremony then dinner or cocktails then dancing. The top floor features a window wall that slides completely open, allowing for a true indoor/outdoor experience. The outdoor space is being renovated into a lush urban oasis which will be ready for spring events. Each level contains gorgeous marble bars, exposed brick, hardwood floors and chic light fixtures. Its extensive chef’s kitchen can be used to cook fresh food on-site or even offer live cooking demonstrations.
Main Floor Capacity: up to 156
Outdoor Capacity: up to 73
Top Floor Capacity: up to 37
Great Central Brewing
For an event featuring top-notch craft beer in a finished raw space with polished concrete floors and brick walls, the Tasting Room at Great Central Brewing is the perfect venue. Perch at one of their 14 custom-made communal tables and benches or one of the 25 custom bar stools under towering industrial ceilings to enjoy their collection of 24 beers on tap. The spot boasts a historical yet modern feel for celebrations.
Tasting Room Capacity: 135 (seated) – 185 (standing)
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