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7 New Chicago Private Dining Spaces

Check out Chicago’s newest private dining spots, found everywhere from critically acclaimed restaurants to the first-ever rooftop in the South Loop.

Surprise your guests with dinner in one of Chicago’s brand new private dining rooms. Whether you’re looking for a festive space with a fun taco cart or an elegant dining experience in one of Chicago’s hottest restaurants, you’ll find it here.

The Dalcy

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises recently opened Aba in a historic building in the burgeoning Fulton Market area, featuring a sprawling terrace with downtown skyline views and fire pits for cool evenings. Chef CJ Jacobson’s menu was inspired by the Mediterranean, and features a variety of hummus and kebabs. Located on the third floor, The Dalcy is Aba’s 6,000-sq.-ft. private event hall that’s perfect for large group dining (for up to 600) or cocktail receptions, with access to the lovely landscaped rooftop patio.

La Vista

Authentic tacos, Mexican street snacks and seafood specialties from celebrity chef Rick Bayless are the stars of the show at La Vista, the new private dining space located upstairs from his James Beard Award-winning restaurant, Frontera Grill. Situated in River North, the festive La Vista accommodates up to 32 seated guests, or 50 reception-style. Liven up a cocktail party with a live-action taco cart, guacamole bar or a ceviche cart. A well-stocked tequila and mezcal bar turns out cocktails like the Blue Agave Margarita.

Pacific Standard Time
Chicago’s latest dining darling is Pacific Standard Time, helmed by acclaimed chef/co-owner Erling Wu-Bower. The River North restaurant boasts two wood-burning hearths, and focuses on California-style fare ranging from tempura-fried rockfish to wood-roasted lamb chops. Pacific Standard Time features a chef’s counter and a spacious, airy private dining room that accommodates up to 58 guests for a seated meal or 100 for a standing reception.

Mordecai

Located in the middle of the Wrigleyville action, Mordecai is a lively bi-level restaurant and bar nestled in Hotel Zachary at Gallagher Way. Popular with baseball fans and foodies alike, Mordecai is named for three-fingered Chicago Cubs pitcher Mordecai Brown, who famously played with the team in the early 1900s. Arrange a private event in the street-level restaurant, which can seat 50 for dinner and offers refined American fare like smoked pork chops and mussels. Or book Hush Money, the upstairs bar with an amazing Wrigley Field view, which pours limited-edition vintage spirits and can accommodate 20 guests seated or 50 standing.

Bellemore

Artistic American describes both the cuisine and décor (think antique brass and sleek leather booths) at the chic Bellemore. The West Loop restaurant’s elegant 30-seat private dining room, The Parlor, includes a view into the bustling kitchen where chef/partner Jimmy Papadopoulos whips up his bold and beautiful dishes (including wild striped bass and grilled lamb belly). The upscale Robb Report ranked Bellemore #1 on its list of America’s 10 Best New Restaurants, noting the restaurant’s “creative and endlessly delicious take on New American cuisine,” including its Insta-worthy oyster custard pie topped with caviar.

Tied House

Tied House is a hip restaurant connected to Schubas Tavern, a legendary Lakeview music venue located in a historic Schlitz Brewing Company building that dates back to 1903. James Beard Award-winning chef Debbie Gold serves up Midwestern comfort food with a modern twist, such as braised short ribs and duck breast with wild rice. Plan a private event in The Dining Room, seating 42; The Loft, accommodating 100 for dinner or 200 for a cocktail party, complete with a private bar; or The Patio, a three-season space that features a fireplace and can seat 44 for dinner.

VU Rooftop

Located 22 stories above McCormick Place is VU Rooftop, the South Loop’s first year-round rooftop restaurant and bar. The swanky penthouse space features two terraces with fire pits, three bars and epic city views. Groups can mingle in several private event spaces, including the Karaoke Room, Club Lounge and Solarium. Arrange a private dinner in the Boardroom with plates designed for sharing (such as poached scallops and chorizo-and-shrimp toast). 

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