photo courtesy of & venue: The Langham, Chicago
The Best of | Chicago | Weddings

12 Chicago Loop Restaurants & Event Spaces for Your Urban Rehearsal Dinner

The Loop, named after the iconic “El” tracks that circle downtown Chicago, is the heart of the city’s bustling metropolis. In addition to housing the central business district, it boasts some of the city’s most acclaimed attractions. Even during the coldest months, tourists and locals brave the elements to visit places such as Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Chicago Cultural Center. With a vibrant theatre district boasting iconic marquees, big-name shopping, and world-renowned hotels, Chicago’s Loop features some of the most resplendent architecture in the city — not to mention the most mesmerizing views.

An important event — like your rehearsal dinner — deserves a spectacular setting. We’ve searched high low and to bring you these 12 Chicago Loop restaurants and event spaces for an unforgettable rehearsal dinner. Whether you opt for skyscraper views or a romantic river cruise, the heart of the city is the perfect place to ring in the start of your wedding celebration.

Intimate Rehearsal Dinner for Up to 25 Guests

1. Acanto

Family Table at Acanto Restaurant.
photo courtesy of Acanto

For delectable Italian cuisine in an elegant, yet inviting atmosphere…

Chicago, IL

  • The intimate Family Table at Acanto highlights the elegant restaurant’s Italian philosophy: “La famiglia e tutu,” which means “family is everything”
  • Reviewers love the glamorous lighting, large floor-to-ceiling windows with dynamic city views, and sumptuous Italian cuisine 
  • Located in a historically-landmarked building, Acanto takes its namesake from the Acanthus terra-cotta ornamentation  
  • Two total event spaces are available, in addition to a full-restaurant buyout with dinner accommodations for up to 75 guests

 

Acanto

Chicago, Illinois

2. Cindy’s Rooftop

Cindy's Rooftop in the Loop Chicago
photo courtesy of Cindy’s Rooftop

For a chic dining experience with magnificent views of Chicago’s pristine lakeshore…

Chicago, IL

  • Cindy’s Rooftop, knows as the “jewel in the crown of the The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel,” features an uber-chic restaurant and open-air terrace overlooking Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, and other iconic Chicago sites
  • With their seasonal fare and refreshing cocktails, the rooftop is Chicago’s version of a beach house with a view
  • Also accommodates up to 40 guests for a cocktail celebration

Cindy’s Rooftop

Chicago, Illinois

Moderate-Sized Rehearsal Dinner for 25 – 50 Guests

3. The Metropolitan

The Ohio/Erie Room at The Metropolitan.
photo courtesy of The Metropolitan

For an upscale dining experience high above the clouds…

Chicago, IL

  • The Ohio/Erie Room at The Metropolitan sits on the 66th floor of Willis Tower and boasts awe-inspiring views of Chicago’s North Side
  • Reviewers love the magnificent views and elevated atmosphere that sets the space above the rest (quite literally)
  • The Metropolitan features sleek décor, modern amenities, and exceptional dining and libations — making it an ideal spot for any social event
  • Seven total event spaces are available, including the ballroom-like Oak Room with accommodations for up to 240 dinner guests

The Metropolitan

Chicago, Illinois

4. Prime & Provisions

Outdoor Terrace at Prime & Provisions.
photo courtesy of Prime & Provisions

For a 1920s-style supper club with a hip, modern vibe…

Chicago, IL

  • The Outdoor Terrace at Prime & Provisions overlooks the Chicago River and is perfect for outdoor celebrations even in the autumn months with its built-in heating
  • Reviewers love the sleek, upscale vibe, along with the delectable steakhouse cuisine and generous portion sizes
  • Plush lounge seating and a full-service satellite bar also make the outdoor terrace a perfect spot for a pre-dinner cocktail hour
  • Five event spaces are available at Prime & Provisions, including the North Private Dining Room which features breathtaking views and modern, celestial lighting

Prime & Provisions

Chicago, Illinois

5. Hilton Chicago

The Conrad Suite at Hilton Chicago.
photo courtesy of Hilton Chicago

For a two-story deluxe suite with breathtaking views and luxurious amenities…

Chicago, IL

  • Known as the “Midwest White House,” the Conrad Suite at Hilton Chicago spans two floors and features a grand piano, dual-sided fireplace, billiard table, and terraces that overlook Grant Park and Lake Michigan
  • Reviewers love the “above and beyond” service as well as the sumptuous furnishings and sophisticated ambiance
  • Sleeping quarters are available on the lower level of the Conrad Suite — so younger children can comfortably nap while adults celebrate late into the evening
  • Twelve event spaces are available at Hilton Chicago, including 720 South Bar which features soaring ceilings and a cozy fireplace

Hilton Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

6. The Palmer House Hilton

The Cresthill Room at The Palmer House Hilton
photo courtesy of The Palmer House Hilton

For historical elegance set in one of Chicago’s oldest and most luxurious hotels…

Chicago, IL

  • The Cresthill Room at The Palmer House Hilton boasts sumptuous dark-wood paneling, elegant ceiling details, and romantic lighting
  • Reviewers love the historical glamour and opulent architecture that makes every moment a stylish photo op
  • The Palmer House Hilton offers premier catering, audio-visual capabilities, and destination services for a flawlessly planned celebration
  • Eight event spaces are available, including the Crystal Room that features glittering chandeliers and luxe drapery

The Palmer House Hilton

Chicago, Illinois

7. The Langham, Chicago

The Melbourne Room at The Langham, Chicago.
photo courtesy of The Langham, Chicago

For dramatic city views and stunning architectural details…

Chicago, IL

  • The Melbourne Room at The Langham, Chicago features floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views of the city skyline and Chicago River 
  • Reviewers love the flawless white-glove service, incredible cuisine, and elegant atmosphere 
  • Expert planners are on-hand to assist with every aspect of your event, while state-of-the-art technology is available for all your entertainment needs 
  • Six event spaces are available at The Langham, Chicago, including the grand Devonshire Ballroom which features soaring ceilings and extraordinary views

The Langham, Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

8. W Chicago – City Center

The Midland Social Club at W Chicago - City Center.
photo courtesy of W Chicago – City Center

For a funky atmosphere and eclectic design…

Chicago, IL

  • The Midland Social Club at W Chicago – City Center boasts street-art wall sketchings and an elegant (yet creative vibe) that evokes the Beaux-Arts style of this historic building
  • Guests love the talented culinary team and a menu that reflects Chicago’s vibrant culinary scene and cultural flavors
  • Wow-worthy design details include an illuminated bar top, vibrant neon lighting, colorful seating, and a larger-than-life map of the EL lines
  • Five event spaces are available, including the majestic Living Room which features soaring ceilings, a wrap-around bar, and dramatic archways

W Chicago – City Center

Chicago, Illinois

Vibrant Rehearsal Dinner for 50 – 75 Guests

9. The Roanoke

The Madison Room at The Roanoke.
photo courtesy of The Roanoke

For an upscale restaurant that artfully blends the modern and historic…

Chicago, IL

  • The Madison Room at The Roanoke boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, modern lighting, and a neutral color palette of understated elegance
  • Reviewers love the upscale dining experience and how the architectural details omit the need for additional décor
  • The Roanoke is situated in a historic building with warm lighting and copper accents inspired by the restaurant’s rotisserie and brick oven
  • Three event spaces are available at The Roanoke, including the more intimate (yet equally stylish) Meeting Room

The Roanoke

Chicago, Illinois

10. Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

Chicago's Fair Lady of Chicago's First Lady Cruises.
photo courtesy of Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

For a private yacht and an ever-shifting view of Chicago’s majestic skyline…

Chicago, IL

  • Chicago’s Fair Lady of Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, docked at 112 E Upper Wacker Dr., boasts a luxe interior salon with panoramic windows and a spacious roof deck for unparalleled city views
  • Reviewers love the unique yachting experience with spectacular views of the city and waterways
  • Accommodations include two full-service bars, marble and granite bathrooms, and technology systems
  • Chicago’s First Lady Cruises offers six cruise venues, including Chicago’s Leading Lady which can accommodate up to 90 seated guests

Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

Chicago, Illinois

Dynamic Rehearsal Dinner for More than 75 Guests

11. The Gage

Theodore Ascher Room & Bar at The Gage.
photo courtesy of The Gage

For award-winning libations and delectable cuisine in an elegant and historical setting…

Chicago, IL

  • The Theodore Ascher Room & Bar at The Gage is A/V capable and features exposed brick, floor-to-ceiling frosted-glass doors, and an adjacent private bar 
  • Reviewers love the sleek vibe, renowned menu, and delectable beverage choices
  • The Gage is located in a historically-landmarked building that was constructed in the late 1800s and housed the milliner Gage Brothers & Co. 
  • Three event spaces are available, including a full-restaurant buyout with accommodations for up to 220 seated guests

The Gage

Chicago, Illinois

12. The Lakewood

The Lakewood in the Loop Chicago.
photo courtesy of The Lakewood

For a blank canvas that can easily accommodate any artistic vision…

Chicago, IL

  • The Lakewood, fromm Paramount Events, is a chic loft-like space that gives party hosts the chance to completely customize their event and make it their own
  • Guests can expect amazing food and stellar service from the Paramount Events team, as acclaimed chef Devon Quinn helms the state-of-the-art kitchen
  • Amenities include bar and lounge vignettes, coat check services, a/v support, and much more
  • This elegant space accommodates up to 300 guests for a larger-than-life celebration

The Lakewood

Chicago, Illinois