Maxim's opened in 1963 and quickly became one of the city's premier hot spots. The establishment had striking décor and was an exact replica of the eponymous Parisian restaurant. Liza Minnelli, Rod Steiger, Woody Allen and Audrey Hepburn were just a few of fine dining establishment's famous guests.
Maxim's was located in the historic Astor Towers, a boutique hotel that catered to celebrity clients. The location soon developed into Chicago's most exclusive hang out with names like Sammy Davis, Jr., Bette Davis, Natalie Wood, and The Beatles frequenting the space.
The Astor Towers were repurposed into condominiums in the 1970s and Maxim's closed its doors less than ten years later. In 2000, the space was bequeathed to the City of Chicago and has since become a performance and private event rental space.
Step into an ambiance of timelesfs elegance and luxury. Maxims, located in Chicago's Gold Coast, is a faithful replica of the original restaurant in Paris. Every detail is in place, from the art nouveau scrollwork to the plush red banquettes to the inlaid brass and stained glass. Whether you're attending a public performance or holding a private reception, Maxim's sets the stage for an unforgettable evening.
Maxim's accommodates up to 136 guests for a formal sit-down dinner or up to 200 for receptions and parties. Rental includes tables and chairs and the use of two pianos. Download the PDF to view rental fees.
Discounted parking is available ½ block away, at 1258 N. State Parkway, with validation from Maxim's.
There are numerous excellent caterers of all budget levels that have successfully worked with Maxim's. Download a list of caterers here. A private caterer may be brought in subject to an approval process. For details, contact Maxim's management.
Maxim's is pleased to work with some of the finest photographers in the city, and we'd be happy to make recommendations. Of course your own photographer is welcome.
PRIVATE EVENT OPTIONS
The Chicago Cultural Center, located in the Loop, has a number of rooms available for private rental that can accommodate larger gatherings, including two grand ballrooms with magnificent art glass domes. For information visit ChicagoCulturalCenter.org