Break convention with a special event

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Break out of those conference rooms and discover a different kind of meeting space in Chicago. Our museums rank among the best in the world. And with over 40 museums to choose from, you’ll have plenty of unique settings to consider. 


Be dazzled by artifacts covering four billion years of life on Earth at The Field Museum. Have your event in Stanley Field Hall and be greeted by gleaming white marble interiors, sky lit vaulted ceilings, and stately columns. Plus, you will get to mingle with SUE, the largest, most complete, best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton  yet discovered. Or head back in time in the Founder's Room and enjoy priceless artifacts, a floor-to-ceiling decorative fireplace, a large crystal chandelier, and more. 

With private gallery viewings and guided tours, you can't go wrong at The Art Institute of Chicago. You'll get to peruse sculptures, paintings, and photographs spanning from ancient to modern. Plus, The Art Institute’s matchless spaces like the two-story glass-and-steel atrium of Griffin Court or the Trading Room make any meeting or meal memorable.

Enjoy captivating views, lively history, and stylish settings at the Adler Planetarium. Choose their premier  Sky Pavilion and get access to a versatile 60,000-square-foot space comprised of four exhibition galleries. Also, in the upper level of the Pavilion, you'll  be swept away by the magnificent view of the city's skyline. 

Head under the sea at the Shedd Aquarium where 8,000 marine creatures dwell. Have a Caribbean reef as your centerpiece or host a cocktail reception overlooking the Pacific Northwest coast and Lake Michigan where guests can stroll down to the water’s edge for a closer look at dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions and sea otters. 

Of course, the Museum of Science and Industry offers another unique alternative. Have lunch in a locomotive, dinner next to a World War II sub, or cocktails under a 727 airplane wing. Then examine a miniature fairy-tale castle and walk through a human heart. Learn what causes lightning, tornadoes, and more at Science Storms and discover what makes your who you are at YOU! The Experience. 

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Explore the great animal kingdom at the Lincoln Park Zoo and Café Brauer. Host a reception in the Café under Tiffany-inspired glass chandeliers, turn-of-the-century mosaics, and stained glass windows. Dine among lions and tigers at The Kovler Lion House. Enjoy panoramic views of the lions, tigers, snowy owls, eagles, seals, and Lake Michigan at the Café at Wild Things. 

Stand on the stage where rock legends and distinguished artists have entertained. Our many concert halls, including The Chicago Theater and the Chicago Symphony Center, host spectacular events in environments that inspire.

Don't forget about the famed Union Station. Complete with air conditioning, the Great Hall's 18 soaring Corinthian columns, marble floor, and elegant five-story atrium ceiling provide a magnificent setting for an event.

Sit under the world's largest Tiffany dome in the Chicago Cultural Center. Once the main Chicago Public Library, the 113-year-old building is adorned with Carrara marble and can accommodate tradition lecture-style meetings or fabulous dinners.

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If you really want to take your event to the next level, take your attendees to the water. Choose from sailing vessels or larger cruise ships and get a truly spectacular view of Chicago's magnificent architecture. Chicago's First Lady Cruises, Anita Dee Yacht Charters, Mystic Blue Cruises, and Shoreline Sightseeing Cruises are some of our many great boat tour companies that are here to provide you with the ultimate event experience.

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An event at one of Chicago’s sports stadiums is always a winner.

At historic Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, planners can buy out a 90-minute park tour and suites for guests. Or check out luxury suites at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox, that come complete with catering service and/or group tickets for attendees.

Come football season, the Chicago Bears play at the landmark Soldier Field, where both indoor and outdoor facilities offer awesome lakefront and city views.

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Anita Dee Yacht Charters
200 N. Breakwater Access
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 379-3191
Shoreline Sightseeing Company
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 222-9328
Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-7827
Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 684-1414
Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 939-2438
The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-9410
Lincoln Park Zoo
Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-2000
Wrigley Field
1060 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 404-4200
Soldier Field
1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 235-7066
The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 462-6300
Chicago's First Lady Cruises
112 E. Wacker Dr. on Chicago's Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601
(847) 358-1330