Posted 6 months ago in Loop List by Ammanuel M. Ayalew
New restaurants, bars, hotels and more to consider for your corporate holiday party this season
Finding the perfect corporate holiday party venue can be daunting. You would have to consider capacity, budget and aesthetic. But we're here to help make the process easier. These spaces offer a slice of opulence and sophisticated fun in Chicago Loop, a business district known for its hustle and bustle—just like your employees.
Celebrating the jolliest season in the midst of art at the second largest museum in the nation is sure to excite your team. From unique and elegant venues with balcony seating to a room surrounded by miniature replicas of famous sculptures and monuments, The Art Institute of Chicago has various venues that suit your needs. Make the most of the museum setting and treat your guests to a one-of-a-kind experience by adding a private gallery viewing to your event. For large corporate gatherings requiring theater space, Rubloff Auditorium and Fullerton Hall are available as add-ons to your venue rental.
Please note that these spaces must be booked in conjunction with a catering package and reception space. To schedule a viewing appointment, please call Bon Appétit at the Art Institute of Chicago at (312) 443-3530.
Housed in a state-of-the-art, two-theater complex, The Goodman offers a variety of private spaces for accommodating holiday events, corporate meetings, lectures, pre-show receptions and much more. This internationally-renowned theatre offers various spaces including auditoriums, elegant lounge, dining areas, rehearsal rooms and areas in the newly-opened Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement. Featuring floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking downtown Chicago, The Center is a magnificently-designed complex recently added to the Goodman’s main facility. Depending on the space, the Theatre can accommodate 10 – 850 people.
To make your event more impactful, consider pairing the space with a show from the city’s flagship theatre. Visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Rentals for more information.
This state-of-the-art space brings private events to life against the backdrop of America’s writings history, providing a truly unique experience. With various rooms and seating options, you can accommodate a range of events - from seated dinners in our Nation of Writers Gallery to cocktail receptions in Readers Hall, and more. It can accommodate 60 – 250 guests with numerous in-house amenities and high-quality equipment. Its vendor partners have worked extensively in the spaces and will help you ensure your event experience is unlike any other.
The flexible venue space can be set up theater, classroom, or reception style and can seat up to 175 guests and 300 guests non-seated. With a 360 degree view of Chicago, including panoramic views of the lakefront, Skydeck offers the option for private VIP access to The Ledge—glass floor balconies extending four feet outside Willis Tower; 1,353 feet over Chicago. With nearby parking and flexible caterers, this sky-high venue is sure to elevate your event experience. Literally!
Prime dates available on the 99th floor are December 8, 12 and 14. For more information, visit TheSkydeck.com/Private-Events.
With its vaulted ceiling, private bar, fresh floral arrangements, burnished mirror panels and crystal chandeliers, The Rialto Room at The Dearborn provides a beautiful setting for private parties of 24 seated and 40 for your holiday reception. A/V capabilities make it the perfect setting for business-focused events. Customizable menus from Executive Chef Aaron Cuschieri can accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free needs. Visit The Dearborn’s website for more information.
Boldly living in the heart of Chicago's Loop, theWit stands as a homage to creativity and expression. It offers dramatic city views, floor-to-ceiling windows, a large 3D video mapping wall with state-of-the-art audio equipment, on-site production managers to create special visual effects and award-winning chefs. Rated one of the “Top 3 Rooftop Bars in the World,” ROOF features an open aired patio with a retractable roof, making it accessible year-round for guests of 40-300. When you book your holiday party or other events before November 30, you will receive a $250 Gift Card valid at theWit Hotel, State & Lake Chicago Tavern, ROOF, and Spa@theWit. Check out the Holiday Menu and contact Catering@theWithotel.com to tour our event space.
With an unbeatable location just steps from the Theatre District, sweeping skyline views and over 35,000 square feet of flexible event space, Renaissance Hotel has a grand venue for your corporate holiday party. For a more intimate gathering, take your party to Raised, an urban rooftop bar, and enjoy the industrial, eclectic ambiance overlooking the Chicago River. Its experienced event planners can help execute your vision and transform your event space while providing world-class service and a memorable event for your guests.
- Grand Ballroom - Standing 1,100 | Seated 770
- Cloud Gate Ballroom - Standing 400 | Seated 240
- Looking Glass Ballroom - Standing 275 | Seated 190
- Urban Blue - Standing - Standing 130 | Seated 70
- Raised | An Urban Rooftop Bar - Inside 107 | Outside 103
- Discover - Standing 150 | Seated 100
AceBounce becomes a festive playground in the winter, featuring décor and pop-up art installations from Bamcreates. With a space that can accommodate up to 500 guests, it offers holiday menus and packages from Chef Rich Gresh and a wide selection of craft beers, premium wine, and cocktails. The venue comes with a complimentary entertainment of a Second City-trained Games Guru.
Formento’s offers distinctive, urban spaces perfect for corporate and holiday events that can accommodate 10 - 200 guests, including a loft overlooking Restaurant Row. The private spaces are located on the second floor, with one spacious room fully contained with its own private bar, restrooms and sound system. It also has another small boardroom for more intimate gatherings. Both rooms are complete with LCD TVs and provide a beautiful atmosphere with natural lighting. In addition, it has a semi-private room for standing receptions or seated dinners, with an old-school Italian feel. With custom menus and beverage packages, and fresh, seasonal cuisine from Chef Todd Stein, Formento's provides unparalleled and personalized hospitality.
Make your holiday event unforgettable with the classic beauty and drama of a Golden Age at the National Landmark Auditorium Theatre. Just steps from busy Michigan Avenue, you’ll find a sanctuary of old-world luxury—perfectly designed to accommodate 60 – 1,200 guests. From a full theatre rental to one of our more intimate spaces, the Auditorium offers many options for your special event or annual party. For more information and pricing, visit AuditoriumTheatre.org.
Find exquisite catering menu featuring locally-sourced ingredients in a fun and casual ambiance at Land & Lake for your corporate holiday event. The restaurant offers both private and semi-private dining options for a party size of 12 – 130 people. Winter events that take place between November 2018 and February 2019 receive 20% off food as well as beverage, and $100 gift card for the event organizer. For more information, visit LandLKitchen.com/Private-Dining.
For 120 years, The Berghoff has been a festive Chicago staple. From frequent Santa stops to breathtaking décor, The Berghoff is a true holiday season wonderland. The Century Room, which can accommodate 150-200 guests, awaits with high ceilings, detailed wood paneling and hand-painted murals, while the Chef’s Room offers an intimate experience for 20 people. The historic dining room and new brewery area are also available for semi-private parties. The bar can host 25-60 people, and the lower level café can accommodate 90-140 people.
Host your holiday soiree in The Joffrey’s ballet studio, complete with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, which can be left exposed or covered with drapes. Spaces at Joffrey Tower can accommodate as many as 200 for a reception or 170 for a seated event. For more information, visit Joffrey.org/StudioRental or contact email@example.com.
Located at the bustling intersection of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) offers contemporary spaces for your holiday party. It houses three venues inside its new building with different capacities:
- CAC Gallery: 300 (reception style)
- Joan & Gary Gand Lecture Hall: 140 (lecture style)
- Arcelormittal Design Studio: 36 (classroom style)
To add ambiance, conviviality and delight-for-the-ears to your holiday party, consider Ossia Musical Forum, a group of top-rated performers known for their extraordinary live shows. They specialize in matching up just the right ensemble to your unique event with a range of repertoire from classical to contemporary.