When in Chicago, meeting attendees don't have to watch glorious summer months pass them by from a conference room window. They can experience them firsthand in Chicago's fabulous outdoor event spaces. Plan your next event on an urban terrace, an awe-inspiring rooftop or a boat cruising the scenic Chicago River.


Museum Campus  •  1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.  •  Inquiry Form


Two terraces provide unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline from Adler Planetarium—the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. Telescopes on the terrace allow guests to zoom in on the city's world-famous architecture while special solar telescopes give guests a safe glimpse at the sun. During the evenings, the serenely lit city sparkles across Lake Michigan.

  • Capacity
    • North Terrace: 899 sq. ft.
    • Sundial Terrace: 3,600 sq. ft.


Old Town  •  1601 N. Clark St.  •  312-799-2254  •

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Give your guests an event that is distinctly Chicago at the Chicago History Museum, the city's oldest cultural institution. Set among the gardens of Lincoln Park, Uihlein Plaza is both picturesque and elegant. The 15,000-square-foot plaza can be open or tented, and because it is accessible from the museum's 600-capacity Chicago Room, your attendees can move seamlessly from outdoors to indoors.

  • Capacity
    • Reception: 600
    • Banquet: 310
    • Theater: 204 on each side of the room
    • Classroom: 78 on each side of the room


Lincoln Park  •  1816 N. Clark St.  •  312-254-4700  •

Cocktails at J Parker

Hotel Lincoln features a dramatic rooftop bar/lounge/salumeria by Michelin-star chef Paul Virant and BOKA Restaurant Group, perched 12 stories high with sweeping, 360-degree views, ranging from the silver skyscrapers of downtown to the green treetops of Lincoln Park.

  • Capacity
    • Reception: 200


River North  •  12 E. Ohio St.  •  312-645-7760  •

Planning a cocktail reception? The Ivy Room's hidden Courtyard Garden offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of The Magnificent Mile, just two blocks away. The outdoor area allows your guests to sip cocktails amid lush, ivy-adorned walls, while the indoor space embodies a history of artistic elegance.

  • Capacity
    • Reception: 400
    • Banquet: 180
    • Theater: 240
    • Classroom: 140


Museum Campus  •  1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.  •  312-692-3276  •

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If you're planning an outdoor event that takes place May through October, consider hosting it at the Shedd Aquarium's Lakefront Terrace. It combines stunning views of the lakefront and skyline, with a gentle waterfall and wildflower garden. Plus, on Wednesdays (at 9:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (at 10:15 p.m.) through Labor Day, your guests will get to enjoy the sight of fireworks bursting over Navy Pier.

  • Capacity:
    • Reception: 280
    • Banquet: 150


Loop  •  401 N. Wabash Ave.   877-588-8000     

Terrace at Trump

The Terrace at Trump seats 250 guests in its stunning urban paradise and offers unobstructed views high above Chicago on the 16th floor. New this year, the Terrace at Trump features a raw sugar cane press adding unrefined flavors to its refreshing cocktails, accompanying its extensive, delicious menu.

  •  Capacity
    • Reception: 80-200


The Magnificent Mile  •  800 N. Michigan Ave.  •  312-239-4075

NoMi Garden

The secluded seventh-floor rooftop and indoor retreat is a summertime sanctuary for your casual event. A 30-foot natural teak wood bar with a black granite countertop sets the stage for a garden-chic vibe, while fresh local ingredients with herbs grown directly on the venue's rooftop grace each plate. Business meetings booked from 8am to 5pm include complimentary Wi-Fi, breakfast breaks and A/V capabilities.


Loop/Millennium Park  •  130 E. Randolph St.  •  312-552-0070

Tavern at the Park

Opened in June, Tavern at the Park's new rooftop is a sleek 4,000-square-foot space with views of Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue and the Chicago Cultural Center. Thanks to a retractable roof, the glass-walled Tree House is open year-round.

  • Capacity: 200


Streeterville  •  600 E. Grand Ave. (Navy Pier)  •  312-379-3191

Anita Dee

Anita Dee Yacht Charters has been providing cruises for more than 30 years. With that experience comes one-of-a-kind style and design—the Anita Dee I features dark wood trim and navy blue accents, plus an enclosed deck with formal seating for 20 and an observation deck to watch the sunset. The Anita Dee II features a second-floor deck with formal seating for 120, a salon deck with seating up to 60 and even an on-deck helicopter.

  • Capacity
    • Anita Dee I: 127
    • Anita Dee II: 345


Loop  •  Wacker Dr., between Michigan Ave. and Columbus Dr.  •  847-358-1330

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For events ranging from six to 300, Chicago's First Lady features a fine fleet of yachts ready to set sail with your private party. The larger luxury vessels have open-air upper decks so your groups can gather under the sun or stars, while the smaller Lady Grebe preserves the vintage style with intimate exterior desk space on one level.

  • Capacity
    • Chicago's Leading Lady: 300
    • Chicago's First Lady: 225
    • Chicago's Fair Lady: 125
    • Chicago's Little Lady: 100
    • Lady Grebe: 6


Near South Side  •  Burnham Harbor, east of Soldier Field  •  708-361-2220

With two luxuriously comfortable yachts—one for meetings and smaller parties, and one for larger groups—Free Spirit Cruises covers a wide range of needs from April through October. The larger vessel, the Free Spirit, cruises Lake Michigan and features everything from climate-controlled cabins to an on-board television. The smaller vessel, the Gypsy Spirit, cruises the Chicago River in addition to Lake Michigan, and features soft leather sofas, a salon, gallery and deck lounge area.

  • Capacity
    • The Free Spirit: 120
    • The Gypsy Spirit: 50


Streeterville  •  600 E. Grand Ave. (Navy Pier)  •  312-373-7255  •

Shoreline Sightseeing at Navy Pier

Founded in 1939, Shoreline Sightseeing is the city's largest tour boat fleet. What began with one vessel offering tours and private charters has evolved into a fleet of 21 boats, including nine touring vessels and 12 water taxis. For private events, Shoreline has commissioned two beautiful boats: the Celebration (an open-air boat with a climate-controlled lower deck) and the Evening Star (a spacious vessel with a flexible floor plan).

  • Capacity
    • Celebration: 100
    • Evening Star: 200


The Magnificent Mile  •  400 N. Michigan Ave.  •  312-337-1446

Wendella Cruises Chicago boat tour

In addition to their popular lake and river tours, Wendella also has accessible private charters for your special event, whether you'd like to plan anything from a corporate outing to a cocktail reception to a private architecture tour. Each vessel features a flexible floor plan to accommodate any event specifications.

  • Capacity
    • Wendella and Linnea: 275
    • The Ouilmette: 175

Related Listings

Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-7827

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600

Free Spirit Yacht Cruises
Burnham Harbor
Chicago, IL 60605
(708) 361-2220

NoMI Kitchen
800 N. Michigan Ave., 7th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 239-4030

Shoreline Sightseeing Company
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 222-9328

Wendella Sightseeing Boats
400 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-1446

Anita Dee Yacht Charters
200 N. Breakwater Access
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 379-3191

Chicago's First Lady Cruises
112 E. Wacker Dr. on Chicago's Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601
(847) 358-1330

Hotel Lincoln
1816 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 254-4700

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 939-2438

Tavern at the Park
130 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 552-0070