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Best New Chicago Venues of 2016

The Lakewood Photo by Hallie Duesenberg Photography

Conrad Chicago

Impressive panoramic views, 10,000 sq. ft. of event space, and state-of-the-art technology steps away from the Magnificent Mile are just some of the unique features of the new Conrad Chicago. Whether you’re planning a meeting or social soiree, the Conrad is outfitted with the latest technologies and planning tools to help bring your event to the next level. With panoramic city views from every vantage point, the Conrad Chicago will bring inspiration to your next event.


Capacity: Roosevelt – 80; Parks – 100; Churchill – 200; Lincoln – 233; King – 120

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The catering professionals at Paramount Events have created a culinary oasis in Chicago’s West Lake District. Eden is a chef-driven restaurant offering a fresh twist on Mediterranean and American food. With an onsite urban garden, Eden grows much of their own ingredients to ensure that your meal is clean and fresh. Gather and celebrate your special occasions in one of their sophisticated private dining spaces.


Capacity: Sage – 10; Celadon – 36

The Kimpton Gray Hotel

Settled in the New York Life Insurance Building originally built in 1894, The Kimpton Gray effortlessly combines historic sophistication and modern luxury. With over 15,000 sq. ft. of event space across three floors, soaring ceilings and picturesque views of downtown Chicago, there’s a perfect space to accommodate any and every chic soiree. Transport your event from the city to a South American inspired oasis at Boleo, Kimpton Gray’s unique 15th-floor rooftop lounge.


Capacity: Adler Ballroom – 280; Rookery Ballroom – 160; Field Room – 160; Boleo Lounge – 250

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The Lakewood

Photo by Hallie Duesenberg Photography

Chicago’s hottest new event space from the Paramount Events team! This one of a kind venue offers a stunning backdrop to any event. It’s perfect for corporate events, weddings, trade shows, conferences and more. Here, guests can expect amazing food and stellar service as acclaimed chef Devon Quinn helms the state of the art event kitchen.


Capacity: 600

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Life Creative

Event Creative introduces a new venue concept that expands the definition of creativity with Life Creative. The intent of this space is to reshape creativity, “from an elusive moment just for the gifted, to a permanent state of mind to be achieved by all.” With 70,000 sq. ft. of customizable space, Life Creative is the ideal setting for innovative corporate events, fundraisers, and conferences.


Capacity: Main floor – 299

LondonHouse Chicago

Photo by Nicholas James Photography

Occupying space at the “corner of where Chicago began”, or the London Guarantee & Accident building on East Wacker Dr. and N. Michigan Avenue, LondonHouse Chicago offers a timeless take on luxury. Featuring over 25,000 sq. ft. of event space, ten flexible meeting spaces and four private dining spaces, LondonHouse can perfectly accommodate festivities of just about any size. Here you can experience the only tri-level rooftop bar overlooking the Magnificent Mile and Chicago River, the Juliette Grand Ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and breathtaking views, and the sophisticated dining experience at the Étoile and Étoile Terrace.


Capacity: Rooftop – 200; Juliette Ballroom – 350/270; Étoile – 130/80

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Morgan’s on Fulton

Photo by Will Hughes

This industrial-chic event space was designed to harbor endless creative possibilities. Morgan’s on Fulton includes four unique spaces to suite your one-of-a-kind event: the Art Gallery, Industrial Loft, Penthouse/Rooftop Terrace, and Studio Lounge. Whether you are planning a modern cocktail party, a trendy art show, or corporate event, Morgan’s has the space, service and technology to make your event unforgettable.


Capacity: Rooftop – 250, Suite C – 165, Gallery – 95, The Studio – 135

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Savage Smyth

For your next corporate event, leadership summit, community gathering or any gathering of creative minds, check out Savage Smyth. Influenced by a passion and a fiery spirit for creation, Savage Smyth is a space designed to cultivate and provoke collaboration, creativity and innovation. This customizable industrial space spans 16,000 sq. ft. over two floors, and also boasts an expansive rooftop deck featuring inspiring views of the city skyline.


Capacity: 600 (300 per floor)

Smyth + The Loyalist

This restaurant and bar combination offers a casual and warm atmosphere and two different dining experiences to fit most any occasion. From the farmlands of Smyth County, Virginia, Smyth offers an unique eight or twelve course dining experience designed to excite and surprise the senses. The Loyalist is the place to gather with friends and enjoy artfully crafted dishes and drinks. Both spaces have private rooms for hosting intimate dinner parties, as well as full buy-out options for larger celebrations.


Capacity: Smyth – 14; Loyalist -28

Venue One North Shore

Photo by Marcin Cymmer

From the event experts of Event Creative comes Venue One North Shore, the only all-inclusive event and meeting venue of its kind in the Chicago suburbs. The former Bulls’ training facility, the famed Berto Center, has been transformed into 85,000 sq. ft. of customizable space ideal for weddings, galas, conferences, and celebrations of any scale. Some other unique features are a 7,000 sq. ft. outdoor garden, exclusive wine room, top tier audiovisual systems, and an on-site culinary staff.


Capacity: 850