These dazzling venues will leave guests with lasting impressions of the city. › OUTDOOR VENUES The new and improved Chicago Riverwalk offers intimate river views beneath Chicago’s famous movable bridges. The fluid space and multiple dining options include French bistro fare at Cyrano’s Café, while City Winery creates a relaxed, casual wine garden vibe. Centrally located along Michigan Avenue, Millennium Park can accommodate up to 7,000 people between several event venues, including the sleek Jay Pritzker Pavilion, which regularly hosts concerts thanks to its great acoustics. The seasonal rooftop terrace at Navy Pier offers the best views of summertime fireworks Wednesday and Saturday evenings. The terrace accommodates 1,000 guests for a cocktail party or 350 for a seated dinner. › SKYSCRAPERS 360 CHICAGO on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center offers four flexible spaces for groups of up to 550 guests. Learn about the city’s landmarks from every angle through interactive touch screens in the observation deck. Panoramic lake and city views greet you at Skydeck Chicago on the 99th floor of Willis Tower. Daredevils have private access to the glass Ledge that extends four feet beyond the tower. › MUSEUMS At Chicago museums, a multitude of event spaces can host receptions of all sizes, with an added bonus of private exhibit viewings. Monet and Dali will make appearances at the Art Institute of Chicago before dinner in the sleek and dramatic Modern Wing. The Kovler Atrium and Kern Terrace Garden are popular indoor and outdoor spaces at the recently renovated Museum of Contemporary Art, seating 300 indoors, 500 in a garden tent, and a reception capacity of 900. All three world-class attractions at Chicago’s Museum Campus offer incredible skyline views and a refreshing breeze off Lake Michigan. Dine beside a Caribbean reef or dance next to dolphins and whales at the Shedd Aquarium. Surprise guests with a seasonal interactive stingray touch experience, too. Time travel and traverse the globe at The Field Museum, where guests can take selfies with rare gems and prehistoric dinosaurs. Majestic vaulted ceilings and marble columns make Stanley Field Hall a powerful venue choice. See the night sky through the Doane Observatory’s research-quality telescope before zooming through other galaxies in one of two domed theaters at Adler Planetarium. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the Solarium offer incredible views year-round. Rent the entire Museum of Science and Industry for massive parties of up to 12,000 guests. The intimate Smart Home is MSI’s newest private event space, seating 40 for dinner or 100 for an indoor cocktail party. In Lincoln Park, sip cocktails next to a historic ‘L’ car at the Chicago History Museum, the city’s oldest cultural institution. › SPORTS VENUES Chicago is steeped in sports tradition, and entertaining guests with a VIP experience during a game is sure to be an energetic and thrilling occasion. On the South Side, Guaranteed Rate Field can seat 342, or 600 standing, between the party deck and home plate club during a White Sox game. Both the NHL Blackhawks and NBA Bulls play at the United Center, and the centerpiece at the United Center Atrium is undoubtedly the dunking bronze Michael Jordan statue. The flexible space can host private banquets, meetings, cocktail parties and even small concerts, with room for more than 2,000 standing guests or 600 seated. For an interactive athletic theme, the Chicago Sports Museum has several options, catered by Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch, including a venue buyout for 600 seated or 1,200 for a standing reception. › PRIVATE EVENT SPACES The Geraghty serves as a cavernous blank canvas for any event, with 22-foot ceilings and a wide-open 25,000-square-foot space. High-tech amenities like overhead LED wall-to-wall lighting help bring your vision to life. Salvage One provides a unique urban warehouse reception and dance floor filled with vintage furniture and eclectic decor against an exposed brick backdrop. A VIP suite and ivy-walled courtyard offer additional, more intimate spaces. The rooftop deck at Savage Smyth has sweeping skyline views and window-lined brick. Concrete and steel interiors bring in ample natural light. Walkable skylights add ambiance, and the venue can host 600 guests across two floors. The original freight elevator at Bridgeport Art Center has a tiered chandelier, embodying the venue’s urban elegance. The Skyline Loft here is the city’s largest loft space, and the sculpture garden gallery is another artsy option. › HOTEL ROOFTOPS One of the most sophisticated rooftops in town is Noyane at Conrad Chicago overlooking Michigan Avenue, with room for 115 seated or a reception of 202 guests. Impressive sushi and sashimi platters and yakitori skewers pair perfectly with sake cocktails. The newly renovated rooftop at the dana hotel and spa, renamed Apogee Lounge, is receiving rave reviews for its wildly creative craft cocktails. Up to 300 guests can be accommodated on the 26th-floor venue, which has sweeping views of River North. LH at the LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton is the only tri-level rooftop in the city, perched above the Chicago River directly across from the Wrigley Building. Give a toast in the cupola and pair bubbles with a seafood tower or duck fat truffle fries. There’s an unmistakable dance club vibe at ROOF on theWit, which frequently hosts fashion shows and lively themed parties. The sultry space accommodates up to 300 people under the glowing lights and retractable roof. Begin with standing cocktails on the terrace with Millennium Park views at Cindy’s atop The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, before moving to a seated dinner in the intimate Library private dining room. Bigger is better at Chicago’s largest rooftop terrace, Streeterville Social at Loews Chicago Hotel. Two separate bars, an event terrace and lawn games like corn hole and life-size Jenga make this a sprawling seasonal venue in the heart of the city. The retractable roof of Boleo at The Kimpton Gray Hotel allows groups from 12-250 to enjoy craft cocktails, live salsa music and South American street food year-round. ONE-OF-A-KIND CHICAGO GIFTS ©GARRETT POPCORN SHOPS Send guests off with a special memento from the Windy City. The salty-sweet combo of cheese-and-caramel popcorn from Garrett Popcorn Shops or “Nuts on Clark” is an addictive Chicago classic. Old-fashioned candy bars and whimsical sweets bring back childhood memories at Candyality, while more sophisticated palates will appreciate the globally inspired dark chocolate from Vosges Haut-Chocolat. For a more permanent souvenir, tote bags, stationery and soft tees can be custom-printed at Transit Tees. Or choose from a number of fun Chicago-inspired designs. Offer an iconic experience with a Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise or walking tour pass for your guests’ next trip back to the Windy City. ©CANDYALITY
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