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COCKTAIL SPOTS NEAR McCORMICK PLACE

GET YOUR GROUP TOGETHER AT THESE CONVENIENT BARS, BREWERIES AND RESTAURANTS.

Whether you’re planning an after-meeting cocktail hour or a post-convention networking event, these bars and restaurants near McCormick Place convention center are ideal for group socializing. 

THE CHICAGO FIREHOUSE RESTAURANT

©The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

Close to McCormick Place, this elegant restaurant is located in a stately turn-of-the-century Romanesque Revival building that once housed the Chicago Fire Department’s Engine Company 104. Today, it’s an upscale eatery with hardwood floors, crown molding, chandeliers and abundant natural light. The menu boasts classic and specialty cocktails, as well as an extensive wine list, to pair with gourmet food options such as steak and seafood. Take your pick from private dining rooms, as well as a solarium, veranda and patio for group gatherings.

BADERBRÄU TAP & KITCHEN

Baderbräu Brewing Company Chicago

Plan a casual event at this craft brewery, located just five minutes from the convention center. Attendees can sample their way through a lineup of freshly brewed beer, such as the Chicago Pilsener or the High Noon hefeweizen. The 4,000-square-foot taproom and kitchen offers full buyout for large groups, as well as a private event room for up to 50 people. Catering for up to 100 people is available, with pre-set menu packages of gastropub fare such as mac ‘n’ cheese waffles, lager pretzel bites, mini bratwursts and more.

MOTOR ROW BREWING

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Walking distance from McCormick Place, this craft brewery can host private events for 10 people up to more than 100 in its historic, multi-story building that offers three private event spaces. Add a brew tour experience to your event so attendees can get a behind-the-scenes look at the process of making these boundary-defying beers, from the After Hours Black IPL to the Dry Humor Blonde Belgian Honey Wheat. Catering can be ordered from outside companies.

REGGIES CHICAGO

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Pair beer, cocktails and wine with live music at this legendary music venue that’s made for private events. The semi-private balcony space can hold up to 80 people, and group ticketing options are available. Pre-select a food package for your large group, and choose from casual, no-fuss food such as buffalo wings, chicken strips and pulled pork sandwiches. Make the evening even easier by opting for a drink package, as well.

KROLL’S SOUTH LOOP

Kroll's South Loop ©Anthony Tahlier

Conveniently located just a few blocks from McCormick Place, this neighborhood bar and grill features an extensive beer list, American cuisine (think burgers, steaks and meatloaf), and fun games such as shuffleboard and Goldentee to get attendees interacting. Make a reservation for your next group gathering.

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