From James Beard Award-winning restaurants and charming neighborhood spots to renowned cocktail lounges, we have all of your private dining needs covered for groups of all sizes. Let the party begin! › LARGE GROUPS The Gold Coast’s Thompson Hotel is home to Nico Osteria, an Italian-based restaurant that features a variety of private dining spaces that can accommodate groups ranging from 20 to 100 people for seated dinners, and up to 150 for cocktail receptions. When it comes to its private dining program, River North’s ZED451, a modern churrascaria, offers a bounty of choices ranging from seated events for 500 to receptions for 20-800 for brunch, lunch and dinner in both private and semi-private spaces. The West Loop’s Carnivale is well known for its festive decor and creative Latin American cuisine. It can also accommodate private and semi-private parties for up to 200 people seated, and 300 for receptions. With its up-close river views and contemporary American cuisine from two top chefs, River North’s River Roast sits on the Chicago River and offers a one-two punch of outstanding Chicago dining. Its six private dining spaces can accommodate up to 450 for receptions and 330 for seated meals. Classic Gold Coast restaurant Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse has six private dining rooms that can accommodate 10 to 300 guests for a seated affair, or up to 500 for a reception. Customizable menus are available. Celebrated for its well-curated wine list, sophisticated decor and modern Italian cuisine from Chef Tony Mantuano, the Gold Coast’s Spiaggia features private dining space for groups up to 300. If you’re looking for an interactive twist, Spiaggia offers unique classes and cooking demos. From its global wine list to its house-produced wines, the West Loop’s City Winery features unique private dining options, including a full buyout for up to 250 people or The Private Barrel Room, which can accommodate up to 32 guests for a seated dinner. Chicago’s South Loop is home to 19 East, an event space venue managed by Food For Thought catering. Housed in a former power plant, this 10,000-square-foot venue features a variety of spaces that can accommodate up to 500 guests. Set inside a historic building, River North’s Celeste offers a variety of private dining options, including the enclosed garden-inspired rooftop accommodating up to 280 guests. › SMALL GROUPS The accolades keep coming for Topolobampo, Rick Bayless’ second restaurant, including the 2017 James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant. Private parties of 8-25 enjoy five-course tasting menus in The Library Room surrounded by cookbooks from Bayless’ personal collection. Next, the cutting-edge West Loop restaurant, changes its menu and focus every three months, keeping it interesting for diners and small private groups. Private space, The Room, accommodates up to 10 guests for a 12- to 18-course fine dining experience. Lincoln Park restaurant Boka features a chic private dining space that can accommodate up to 32 guests, and offers an eclectic interior design— including a whimsical living green wall—and progressive contemporary American cuisine from Chef Lee Wolen. Located in a quaint Gold Coast carriage house, Chef Art Smith’s Blue Door Kitchen & Garden features a private dining room on its second floor that can accommodate private parties of up to 44 seated or 55 standing, with Southern-inspired dishes ranging from fried chicken to hummingbird cake. Semi-private parties of up to 40 people can take advantage of sophisticated cocktail lounge The Aviary, the brainchild of Chef Grant Achatz, which features unique cocktails paired with creative small bites. Chef Bill Kim specializes in modern Korean cuisine at his West Loop restaurant bellyQ. In its industrial-chic private room, up to 40 guests can dine on dishes ranging from lamb buns to sake-roasted chicken. The leader of many of Chicago’s dining trends—small plates, approachable wine list and Mediterranean flavors—Avec now has a private second-floor event space for breakfast, lunch and dinner, accommodating 40 seated and 60 for receptions. There’s charm galore at Elske, a modern American West Loop restaurant from husband-and-wife chefs David and Anna Posey, and that applies to the second-floor private dining room, which holds 24 guests seated and 70 for receptions. Dining at the West Loop’s three Michelin-starred Grace, known for the progressive cuisine of Chef Curtis Duffy, is an exceptional experience. Choose from the main dining room or the elegant private room, which accommodates 6-12 guests for custom multi-course meals. At the West Loop’s Duck Duck Goat, Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard delves into her passion for Chinese food. Seating up to 18 guests, the Jade Room offers a similarly fun vibe as the rest of the restaurant for its Chinese tasting menus. DINE-AROUND CHICAGO Dine-arounds are the perfect way for your attendees to network while enjoying a true taste of Chicago. Here are some great options for groups dining close to McCormick Place. The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant: Historic charm paired with steaks and international favorites, with private rooms and patio space for small and large gatherings of 20 to 225 people. Armand’s Victory Tap: A classic, old-school Italian restaurant, with private dining spaces on the second floor, can accommodate up to 150 seated guests. Lobo Rey: Creative south-of-the-border cuisine with a private dining room seating up to 14 maximum. Chicago Oyster House: Oysters, seafood and fish galore with semi- and private dining spaces for up to 70 guests. Reggies: This eclectic live music restaurant and venue has three private spaces, including a rooftop deck that can accommodate 100. Kroll’s South Loop: This classic neighborhood bar and grill can accommodate up to 150 guests in its semi-private room. Kurah Mediterranean: Specializing in Mediterranean cuisine, this South Loop spot can accommodate up to 30 people in its two private dining rooms. MingHin Cuisine: Chinese cuisine is offered at this Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient with private dining for parties from 6-200. Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta: A local favorite for deep-dish and thin-crust pizza, its new South Loop location is within walking distance of McCormick Place, and features private dining facilities for up to 50 guests.
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