Chicago boasts one of the most diversified economies in the United States — so it’s no surprise that the City of Big Shoulders is also the city of big corporate events. With such an abundance of Chicago corporate event venues, it’s important to know what to prioritize.
We reached out to four top Chicago corporate planners to learn their favorite corporate venues in Chicago. From iconic hotels to hidden gems, these venues offer the perfect setting to facilitate meetings, celebrate with co-workers, and connect with consumers. Keep reading to discover 38 premier Chicago Corporate venues with convenient locations, high-tech amenities, and photo-worthy backdrops.
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*In no particular order…
For a grand space with impressive views and engaging activities…
Cafe Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo boasts a dramatic Prairie School-style design and sits adjacent to the picturesque Nature Boardwalk.
Cafe Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo can accommodate up to 250 seated guests and 400 standing guests.
For a historic venue with traditional elegance…
Overlooking picturesque Lincoln Park, Chicago History Museum combines Georgian-style architecture with breathtaking views.
Chicago History Museum can accommodate up to 300 seated guests and 800 standing guests.
For the best lakeside views in the city…
Noelle McInerney of Ladidadi Events & Incentives shares, “Theater on the Lake is second to none when it comes to truly being lakeside. With a full buyout, the indoor/outdoor flow also provides clients with the ability to have food and beverage (as well as breaks) outside — complete with incredible views.”
Theater on the Lake can accommodate up to 450 seated guests and 1,500 standing guests.
For Parisian-inspired elegance at every turn…
Conveniently located in Chicago’s Gold Coast, Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel is renowned for their hospitality and luxurious backdrops.
Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel can accommodate 160 seated guests to 230 standing guests.
For a boutique luxury hotel with premier amenities…
Thompson Chicago boasts state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and sleek interior designs for the perfect corporate setting.
Thompson Chicago can accommodate up to 170 seated guests and 220 standing guests.
For a luxe experience at a trusted hotel…
Located on the Magnificent Mile, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago offers a grand setting that’s just steps away from your favorite attractions.
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago can accommodate up to 450 seated guests to 700 standing guests.
For an elegant setting with classic architectural details…
In addition to the stylish reading rooms and historic exhibition galleries, The Newberry Library wows with its Romanesque entryway and 20-foot ceilings.
The Newberry Library can accommodate up to 205 seated guests to 250 standing guests.
For a food-forward hotel…
Park Hyatt Chicago features award-winning cuisine in a luxury Michigan Avenue setting.
Park Hyatt Chicago can accommodate up to 150 seated guests and 200 standing guests.
For an iconic Chicago steakhouse…
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Chicago combines delectable dining with stunning views and an elegant event space.
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Chicago can accommodate up to 200 seated guests and 500 standing guests.
For a hotel space that has it all…
McInerney of Ladidadi Events & Incentives shares, “The meeting space at the Viceroy is at the top of our list for boutique properties because the ballroom has its own balcony. The flow between general session and breakouts on the same floor also provide an intimate experience and privacy for meetings. Lastly, the location is ideal for walkability to restaurants and shopping in the Gold Coast.”
Viceroy Chicago can accommodate up to 150 seated guests and 200 standing guests.
New East Side
For a sophisticated space perched above the city…
The Lighthouse at 303 E. Wacker features a mid-century modern design with breathtaking lakefront views.
The Lighthouse at 303 E. Wacker can accommodate up to 90 seated guests and 250 standing guests.
For a multi-use, eclectic event space…
The School House is a mid-century school with unique décor elements and a reimagined design.
The School House can accommodate up to 300 seated guests and 750 standing guests.
For Chicago’s premier entertainment venue…
McInerney of Ladidadi Events & Incentives shares, “House of Blues is quintessential Chicago and definitely unexpected when it comes to a meeting space. However, the built in A/V is second to none, and they are SHOW READY for any entertainment you could dream of. The beautiful architecture also helps save costs when it comes to décor, because the space is stunning on its own.”
House of Blues Chicago can accommodate up to 500 seated guests and 1,800 standing guests.
For gorgeous views of the Chicago River…
River Roast Social House boasts a stunning riverside venue space as well as its own private events team for a seamless planning process.
River Roast Social House can accommodate up to 330 seated guests and 450 standing guests.
For an eclectic event space in the heart of River North…
21c Museum Hotel Chicago is a unique, multi-venue event space with art exhibitions and contemporary furnishings.
21c Museum Hotel Chicago can accommodate up to 150 seated guests and 200 standing guests.
For a centrally-located hotel with dramatic skyline views…
Located near Salesforce Tower Chicago and the McCormick Convention Center, voco Chicago Downtown is the perfect setting for a weekend-long conference or employee event.
voco Chicago Downtown can accommodate up to 400 seated guests and 800 standing guests.
For a luxurious hotel with impeccable service…
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago offers luxe meeting rooms with private entrances and flexible floor plans.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago can accommodate 250 seated guests and 300 standing guests.
For a family-owned and operated event space…
Galleria Marchetti- La Pergola offers personalized service and in-house catering for a seamless corporate event in a beautiful setting.
Galleria Marchetti- La Pergola can accommodate up to 150 seated guests and 200 standing guests.
For a stunning weatherproof venue…
Galleria Marchetti- The Pavilion features a beautiful tented event space with 50-foot removable glass walls and an adjacent terrace with a 72-foot-long fire pit.
Galleria Marchetti- The Pavilion can accommodate up to 400 seated guests and 900 standing guests.
For a private club with personalized service…
The Metropolitan offers prime amenities such as member work stations, video conferencing, on-site event support, and, of course, dramatic city views.
The Metropolitan can accommodate up to 240 seated guests and 400 standing guests.
For a sophisticated setting with plenty of natural light…
The Library at 190 South LaSalle pairs high-end amenities with grand backdrops for the ultimate corporate setting.
The Library at 190 South LaSalle can accommodate up to 180 seated guests and 300 standing guests.
For the best onsite activities…
Game Room at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel offers onsite pool tables, bocce, shuffleboard tables, and foosball for fun team-building activities.
Game Room at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel can accommodate up to 150 seated guests and 250 standing guests.
For a private viewing gallery…
With galleries, auditoriums, and magnificent gardens, The Art Institute of Chicago provides a stunning backdrop with access to some of the most beautiful artwork in the world.
The Art Institute of Chicago can accommodate up to 950 seated guests and 1,000 standing guests.
For the best city views…
Rachel Axelrod, Founder of Axelrod Consulting, shares, “Convene’s new property in the Willis tower is AMAZING! On the tech side, it is super modern and state of the art, but, at the same time, it has a cozy, warm feel. Also, the space overlooks the coolest high-end food court in all of Chicago. The best part is that its largest ballroom has floor-to-ceiling windows, something you almost never see in a huge conference space.
Convene Chicago can accommodate up to 600 seated guests.
For a bright and airy space…
Nicole Fauls, Owner and Lead Planner of Urban Allure Events, tells us how Room 1520 is “perfect for daytime meetings or evening events for groups of 150 or less — with in-house sound, wireless mics, a VIP suite with privacy lock, conference table, private restroom, and a projector for all of your meeting presentation needs.”
Room 1520 can accommodate up to 150 seated guests and 200 standing guests.
For an elegant space with wow-worthy photo ops…
The Builders BLDG offers a stunning Beaux-Arts style backdrop as well as customized menus from their family of properties.
The Builders BLDG can accommodate up to 200 seated guests and 800 standing guests.
For an urban-chic event space with a warm ambiance and plenty of light…
With 7,500 square feet of space, Loft Lucia offers a private outdoor terrace as well as an industrial-chic indoor event space with oversized windows and two marble slab bars.
Loft Lucia can accommodate up to 120 seated guests and 150 standing guests.
For a grand space with a 1920s aesthetic…
McInerney of Ladidadi Events & Incentives shares, “For clients looking for turn-key AV, the Old Post Office is a great option. The venue has multiple space options for groups of different sizes; we recommend this venue for groups open to being around other groups and transitioning between spaces.”
The Old Post Office can accommodate up to 800 seated guests and 5,000 standing guests.
For a column-free, industrial-chic space…
Fauls of Urban Allure Events tells us that City Hall is “an amazing space that can hold larger groups with flexibility to add on additional space or host additional events at Recess next door.” She also appreciates the in-house AV and sound system, valet parking options, and “an on-site scissor lift to make décor installs as easy as possible for your vendor teams.”
City Hall can accommodate up to 300 seated and over 980 standing guests.
For a luxurious space with top-notch service…
Katherine Brown, Owner and Lead Planner at Clover Events & Productions, shares, “We love the historical beauty of this space. There are so many options for groups, both large and small.”
Hilton Chicago can accommodate up to 2,000 seated guests and 3,000 standing guests.
For a corporate dinner beneath the largest dinosaur skeleton ever discovered…
Brown of Clover Events & Productions asks, “Who doesn’t want to dine with the dinosaurs? We love the versatility of this historic venue and the opportunity for use of their outdoor space. Their preferred vendors are truly the best-of-the-best in Chicago, so you are sure to be in capable hands.”
Field Museum can accommodate up to 1,200 seated guests and 7,500 standing guests.
For an epic setting at one of Chicago’s most beloved landmarks…
Soldier Field offers colleagues and employees the unique opportunity to celebrate right on the field with the option for stadium tours or once-in-a-lifetime activities like a field goal kick.
Soldier Field can accommodate up to 10,000 seated guests and 63,500 standing guests.
For Art Deco glamour high above the city…
This Art Deco-designed ballroom, located atop the former Piccadilly Hotel & Theater, wows with dramatic skyline and lakefront views.
The Penthouse Hyde Park can accommodate up to 170 seated guests and 200 standing guests.
For a trendy event space in a historical building…
Bridgeport Art Center wows with dramatic ceilings, sweeping views, and an expansive floor plan.
Bridgeport Art Center can accommodate up to 650 seated guests and 1,200 standing guests.
East Garfield Park
For a customizable industrial event space…
Fauls of Urban Allure Events appreciates the “private lounge and second floor loft with a private ensuite bathroom.” Wildman BT also features “floor-to-ceiling retractable drapes to create various layouts based on your needs. With break-out sessions, cocktail hour, after hours networking….get your guests moving around the space!”
WildmanBT can accommodate up to 400 seated guests and 500 standing guests.
For a versatile event space with limitless capabilities…
Brown of Clover Events & Productions shares, “This space is impeccably designed and highly customizable, making it the perfect fit for any corporate group. We especially love the permanent registration desk, the existing décor options, and the fabulous green room. Working with Kehoe Designs and BlackOak Technical Productions, who are both onsite, make the planning process seamless and streamlined.”
The Geraghty can accommodate up to 1,000 seated guests and 1,500 standing guests.
For a modern twist to a 1920s aesthetic…
28 Mile Distilling offers a loft-style hangout with exposed bricks, gas lamps, and soaring ceilings — not to mention, talented in-house mixologists.
28 Mile Distilling can accommodate up to 220 seated guests and 360 standing guests.
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