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MODERN VENUES FOR SMALL EVENTS

Finding the perfect-sized venue for smaller events can make any meeting planner feel a little like Goldilocks. Luckily, Chicago is teeming with modern spaces that are “just right” for your gathering.

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Every meeting planner knows that when it comes to venues, one size does not fit all. For smaller events especially, finding a space that's not too big yet not too small can be a serious challenge. Luckily, there's no need to settle for cavernous banquet halls or cramped board rooms for your next Chicago meeting.

Here's a guide to smaller meeting spaces that will wow your attendees with modern design, unbeatable location and state-of-the-art functionality.

EVENT SIZE: 250 & Under

R29

R29
Where: Loop
Capacity:
175 standing
Vibe & Features: When they say "elevated modern," they mean it - R29 is perched on the 29th floor, with sweeping views of the Loop. The atmosphere is loungey, with low-slung sofas, fireplaces and moody lighting that leaves most of the work to the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Greenhouse Loft
Where: Logan Square
Capacity: 250 standing; 200 seated
Vibe & Features: Located in a LEED-certified building in one of Chicago's trendiest 'hoods, Greenhouse Loft lives up to its name in every way. Massive windows overlook a garden where attendees can mingle. The loft-modern décor includes funky upcycled furnishings and built-in drapery that can subdivide the space. And Greenhouse Loft prioritizes sustainability, from on-site recycling to eco-friendly catering partners.

Morgan's On Fulton
Where: West Town
Capacity: 250 standing; 160 seated (rooftop & penthouse)
Vibe & Features: Housing multiple raw-yet-refined spaces (including intimate studios and galleries, with capacity ranging from 50 to 165), the centerpiece is the breathtaking rooftop & penthouse. With picture-perfect city views, interior/exterior bars, private cabanas and a perimeter garden, attendees might think they stumbled into the hottest new nightclub.

Prairie Production
Where: West Town
Capacity: 200 standing; 120 seated
Vibe & Features: Bright, airy, whitewash interiors make a great canvas for events of all kinds, with whimsical touches like paper lanterns that dangle from the soaring ceilings. A huge bank of windows flood the space with natural light and offer glimpses into two outdoor courtyards.

 

EVENT SIZE: 300-500 Guests

Chez
Where: Streeterville
Capacity: 300 standing; 200 seated
Vibe & Features: Located in a former 1930s nightclub just two blocks from Lake Michigan, Chez is urban, cosmopolitan and sophisticated. The 5,000-square-foot main floor has expansive windows and a custom glass staircase that leads to a mezzanine level.

19 East by Food For Thought

19 East
Where:
South Loop
Capacity:
500 standing; 250 seated
Vibe & Features: Operated by leading catering group Food for Thought, 19 East offers the convenience of all-in-one service. There are four separate rooms to accommodate events of various sizes, with aesthetic touches like wood floors, steel beams, mosaic tile and built-in marble bars.

Venue Six10
Where: South Loop
Capacity: Crown Hall: 500 standing; 350 seated. Gallery 10: 400 standing; 250 seated
Vibe & Features: Attendees will get a one-of-a-kind window into Chicago, with panoramic views of downtown and Lake Michigan. The glassy, minimalist interiors give it a contemporary art gallery feel. Crown Hall is the central meeting space, and you can combine multiple rooms for larger events and breakouts.

Moonlight Studios
Where: West Loop
Capacity: 500 standing; 330 seated
Vibe & Features: The epitome of industrial-chic (think glittering chandeliers set against rustic brick walls), the edgy space comes alive beneath dramatic lighting. There are six versatile rooms that can be combined in virtually endless configurations.

 

Event Size: Over 500

Savage Smyth
Where: Near North Side
Capacity: 600 (300 per floor)
Vibe & Features: An artful blend of brick, concrete, steel and reclaimed materials (including wood from an old biker clubhouse), Savage Smyth is a design enthusiast's dream. Spanning two floors, details like walkable skylights and a rooftop deck with stunning skyline views set it apart.

The Lakewood
Where: West Loop
Capacity: 600 standing; 290 seated
Vibe & Features: This loft-like space has a minimalist-chic aesthetic, with stark-white walls and ultramodern light fixtures. It's run by catering heavyweight Paramount Events, giving it the added benefit of an onsite event kitchen and urban greenhouse.

 

Chicago Illuminating Company

Chicago Illuminating Company
Where: South Loop
Capacity: 600 standing; 250 seated
Vibe & Features: Inhabiting a two-story former power plant (hence the name), the sprawling 10,000-square-foot space has original steel beams, tall arched windows and ceilings that soar up to 50 feet tall.

Revel Fulton Market 
Where: West Town
Capacity: 600 standing; 250 seated
Vibe & Features: This converted dry storage building is now a trendy event hub, with a spacious main meeting space and smaller adjoining rooms. Revel is part of an event collective that includes complementary vendors, including Limelight Catering, making it a one-stop shop.


Revel Global Events
1402 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 292-9100
Greenhouse Loft
2545 W. Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(312) 733-5762
Venue SIX10
610 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 322-1725
Chez
247 E. Ontario
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 255-0288
Chicago Illuminating Company
2110 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-9500
19 East
19 E. 21st St.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 846-6610
Moonlight Studios
1446 W. Kinzie St.
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 618-5154
Morgan's on Fulton
950 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 374-3686
R29
227 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 981-6014
The Lakewood
1758 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 366-2293