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Chicago’s Best Raw Venues & Event Spaces

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Looking for the ideal spot to bring your party vision to life? Read on to learn about our picks for the best raw venues and event spaces in Chicago. From the walls to the bar to the decor, these spaces give you a chance to show off your personality.

Loft on Lake

Loft on Lake raw event space

Loft on Lake is the quintessential Chicago loft space. With exposed brick and industrial-style ceilings, this refined destination can be transformed to the exact look and style you are dreaming of. The space is unobstructed by pillars or posts, and comes complete with finished wood trim, chandeliers, perimeter lighting and spotlights with all lighting on dimmers. The Loft is ground level, has double wide rear doors and can accommodate vehicles in the space. The most outstanding feature? A 65-foot-long skylight.

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City View Loft

With 13-foot timber ceilings, picturesque skyline views and an open-concept floorplan, City View Loft will provide you with a unique opportunity to transform an industrial timber loft into your personalized venue space. Sunlight fills the space during the day for a warm and welcoming ceremony, and the twinkle of the city’s lights at night is the perfect urban backdrop for dinner and dancing. 

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Artifact Events offers a versatile raw space for special events, weddings and fundraisers. With high ceilings, beautiful natural light, exposed beams and hardwood floors, the indoor areas are a wonderful location to host your group of 50-1,000 guests. The outdoor area is a secluded courtyard for you to enjoy as part of your ceremony or cocktailing space.

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Chez Raw Event Space

Chez is a contemporary loft event space in Chicago that can be easily transformed for any event. Situated two blocks from the Magnificent Mile, the 5,000-square-foot main floor consists of 17-foot ceilings, polished concrete floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and brilliant white brick walls—and connects to the mezzanine level via a dramatic custom glass staircase. The experienced team at Chez works with each client to make sure that every detail is fulfilled to create the perfect event.

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GALLERY 1028 Event Space
Gallery 1028

Gallery 1028 offers an edgy and modern feel as a Chicago event space that is always transformable. Loft-like, with vaulted ceilings, exposed brick and skylights, as well as wood beams and floors, this venue occupies a 4,000-square-foot main room with an additional 2,000 square feet of cocktail space. With room for up to 250 guests, the clean and raw environment provides professional and amateur party hosts with unlimited creative design options.

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ROOM 1520

ROOM 1520 Event Space
Gallery 1520

Located in the heart of the artistic West Loop neighborhood, Room 1520 is a spacious, pristine white loft space complete with high ceilings, portrait windows, exposed brick, Italian crystal chandeliers, white vintage bar with custom marble top, private street entrances, large bridal suite and many amenities such as wireless LED uplighting and lounge and dining furniture.

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Situated in Chicago’s hot West Loop neighborhood, Moonlight Studios offers highly unique and versatile spaces for special events. The facility, a repurposed factory, consists of more than 15,000 square feet of industrial chic space, including the 6,000-square-foot open studio and 4,000 square feet of gallery space. All the spaces are interconnected and can be configured with endless possibilities. Modern neutral finishes and reclaimed accents that hint to the building’s past provide a visually interesting yet neutral backdrop for events.

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OVATION Event Space

With more than 5,500 square feet of main event space and 2,000 square feet of staging space (prep kitchen, green room, private washroom, etc.), this industrial loft-like space can seat 200 for a sit-down dinner or 250 for a cocktail reception. The best part about Ovation? The set rental fee includes everything: access to the on-site piano, votive candles throughout the space and a photo booth for your guests. Oh, and a DJ from their sister company, Style Matters, is also included with the venue rental. We love this raw space.

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Revel Fulton Market, the creative production home for The Revel Group, is 30,000 square feet of flexible warehouse space that beckons galas, weddings, corporate events and more with its transformable industrial look and feel. A large room can host the main event, while several adjoining spaces transform into areas for cocktails or bridal dressing areas. This converted dry-storage building with industrial details and modern amenities finds its home in one of the hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods, the West Loop.

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Housed in a completely renovated, pre-Chicago Fire building, Morgan Manufacturing offers over 32,000 square feet of world-class event space with Chicago swagger, designed around a concept of modularity and industrial elegance. The design of each space in the building is based on a certain construction type, including concrete, steel and timber. Reclaimed and refurbished materials were used wherever possible for flooring, decor and wall finishings. In the Distillery Production space, the light floods the open room and reflects upon the stained concrete floors and overhanging lamps. The Distillery Plant space features soaring ceiling heights, exposed concrete, glass and steel to create the industrial elegance for which Morgan is known. For an absolutely memorable event, the 8,000-square-foot Roof Deck boasts sweeping views of the Chicago skyline. It’s the perfect backdrop for social, corporate or charitable events, as well as weddings and engagements.

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THE GERAGHTY Raw Event Space
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With 25,000 square feet of customizable event space, room for 1,000 guests and soaring 23-foot ceilings, The Geraghty is the ideal space for the ultimate celebration. It’s truly a sophisticated, diverse space intent on redefining the standard in contemporary designer venues. This blank canvas allows your wildest dreams to become a reality—anything can be customized to create breathtaking weddings, jaw-dropping private concerts, spectacular galas and experiential activations guests will talk about for years. Conveniently located near major highways and downtown hotels, with onsite parking, available valet and bus turnaround, The Geraghty is anything you want or need it to be.

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The Ivy Room at Tree Studios is one of Chicago’s most popular event spaces—and it’s not surprising at all, considering the spacious floor plan, gorgeous outdoor space and sleek (yet charming) interiors. Annexed to the city’s famous Medinah Temple, the Ivy Room boasts a stunning ballroom with hardwood floors, a high ceiling and French doors that bring in the natural light. The space overlooks a private ivy-walled courtyard, a terrific spot for an alfresco ceremony or a cocktail reception.

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VENUE ONE Raw Event Space

Venue One is a modern, stylish Chicago event space providing everything you need to host an elegant ceremony and/or reception. Venue One can seat up to 500 guests for dinner and offers a separate cocktail area, as well. It even offers lounge furniture, dining tables, crystal Chiavari chairs, premium linens, classic china, glassware and flatware. Foodies will love the eclectic menu collections that provide a variety of cuisine and can be tailored to your theme and palate. Bonus: The full attention of the professionally trained waitstaff will ensure that your evening is beautifully orchestrated and without complication. A Venue One event is known for being unique and custom.

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A NEW LEAF Event Space
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This urban chic location offers a contemporary event space that is unlike any in the city. The Wells Street spot—which can host parties for up to 140 people— boasts an outdoor courtyard and a multi-level interior of exposed brick, suspended concrete staircases and modern metalwork throughout. The only decor already in the space are the ambient plants that live in the space—oh, and the sunlight.

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