Chicago offers a dizzying array of dining choices. Lucky for meeting planners, many of the best also cater to large groups. Whether you’re looking for a casual sports-themed eatery or a classic Chicago steakhouse, you’ll find private dining options that will easily accommodate your big group.


©Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern

The two-story Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern, named for legendary Chicago Cubs sportscaster Jack Brickhouse, is located in the Wrigleyville neighborhood at Gallagher Way  (formerly The Park at Wrigley) entertainment complex. The lively eatery features four bars and two terraces with views of the historic Wrigley Field baseball stadium. Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern offers private and semi-private event spaces (equipped with state-of-the-art A/V, a DJ booth and stage) that can accommodate 20-900 guests. Custom menus (with casual fare like fried chicken sliders and taco salad) and event branding are available.



An upscale churrascaria, ZED451 is a modern Brazilian steakhouse known for its show of sizzling meats sliced tableside by chefs. Voted Best Private Dining Venue in Chicago by Illinois Meetings + Events magazine, ZED451 offers 18,000 square feet of private and semi-private dining space that can accommodate up to 800 guests. The restaurant also features an intimate semi-private lounge and rooftop bar offering dazzling city views. Groups can choose from plated, family-style or tableside service of the restaurant’s acclaimed fire-grilled fare that includes hand-carved rotisserie and seafood, along with seasonal salads and cheeses.



This vibrant Latin-fusion restaurant has been named one of OpenTable’s Top 100 Hot Spots in America. Bold splashes of color, dynamic artwork and festive Latin music are the perfect backdrop for the cuisine that culls the flavors of Central and South America, Cuba, Spain and the Caribbean. Meals can be served plated, family-style or as a buffet. Carnivale has seven private dining rooms, with fun names like the Lambada Lounge and Samba Room, that can accommodate groups of various sizes, ranging from 40-500. Or do a buyout of the entire restaurant and entertain up to 1,000 guests.


River Roast Chicago

This popular River North eatery is known for its dramatic river and city views, as well as its contemporary American cuisine created by two top chefs: James Beard Award winner Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef John Hogan. River Roast sits right on the Chicago River, serving up meat (including whole pig and leg of lamb), fish and veggies that are roasted and carved tableside. Its six private dining spaces can accommodate up to 450 for receptions and 330 for seated meals. Or do a total buyout for 1,200 guests and bring the party outdoors to the panoramic patio.


gibsons steak

This iconic Chicago steakhouse has been a staple in the Gold Coast area since 1989, attracting everyone from celebrities to local politicians. Gibsons is the first and only steakhouse in the country to be awarded its own USDA Prime certification. Naturally, its Prime Angus Beef is the star of the menu, along with fresh fish and colossal lobster tails. Gibsons offers six private dining rooms on its second floor that can accommodate 10-300 guests for a seated affair, or up to 500 for a cocktail reception. Customizable menus are available. 

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