Interested in hosting an event in the heart of Chicago? Use this list to explore the best of what Chicago's downtown area has to offer in terms of meeting locations. From on-site dining options to hotel perks and amenities, these hotels will help make your next meeting event great. 

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago 401 N. Wabash Ave.

Situated along the Chicago River at the juncture of the Loop and North Michigan Avenue, Trump International Hotel & Tower offers the best in five-star service. Standard guest rooms start at a roomy 600 square feet and showcase panoramic views of the Chicago skyline, Lake Michigan, and the Chicago River.

Meeting Space: 26,000 square feet of function space include the Grand Ballroom, Skyline Room, Grand Salon, five additional Salons, an Executive Boardroom, and the newly added Bridgeview and Riverside Rooms—all featuring video-conferencing capabilities and private entrance access for outside guests. View seating capacities.

On-site Dining: Trump Hotel Chicago’s culinary team is on-site to plan a customizable catering menu for your event or guests can dine at the Michelin two-star-rated Sixteen restaurant. The Terrace (seasonal) is the rooftop outdoor dining option perfect for after-meeting cocktails and summer fare or guests can mingle before the next event at Rebar lounge.

Contact: 312-588-8000

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago 221 N. Columbus Dr.

The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel is focused on customer service with its design, style and staff, while the building's architecture grabs the attention of visitors with its undulating, wavy floors.

Meeting Space: With more than 28,000 square feet of meeting and event space consisting of 13 configurable meeting rooms, the 12,000 square foot Atlantic Ballroom offers the best views of Lake Michigan.

On-site Dining: Attendees can experience a sensational Italian meal at Filini, the on-site restaurant and bar while in-house catering options can be arranged for your meeting.

Contact: 312-565-5258

Park Hyatt Chicago 800 N. Michigan Ave.

Located in Water Tower Square in the midst of the bustling Magnificent Mile, the Park Hyatt offers personalized service and amenities (butler service, private art gallery, complimentary house car) that make for a memorable stay.

Meeting Space: Seven different meeting spaces make more than 5,000 square feet of event space options with the Grand Foyer (max. capacity 300) connects all meeting areas and is decorated with elegant fixtures and original artwork.

On-site Dining: Meeting guests can experience an incredible meal at the one Michelin star and highly acclaimed NoMi Kitchen featuring an open restaurant floor plan serving contemporary cuisine. Also direct guests to the 7th floor NoMi Lounge and in summer, to the NoMi Garden. If the attendees can't break away then have NoMi cater for the event.

Contact: 312-335-1234

Chicago's Essex Inn 800 S. Michigan Ave.

The Essex Inn offers a convenient location overlooking Grant Park, with colorful decorations, views of the lake and shoreline, rooftop gardens and year-round rooftop pool.

Meeting Space: Five distinctive meeting rooms, with over 4,000 square feet of space, make an ideal setting for executive board meetings, seminars and training sessions. The floor to ceiling windows offer plenty of natural lighting and the Media Room is an alternative conferencing environment that provides a technologically advanced area to connect outside meeting attendees.

On-site Dining: Brasserie by LM offers tasty, traditional French cuisine, charcuterie plates, all-day menu items and French and domestic wines by the glass. Catering menus are available for each event.

Contact: 312-939-2800

The Drake Hotel 140 E. Walton Pl.

The luxurious history and elegant feel of The Drake Hotel has been inspiring guests since 1920. Located on the Magnificent Mile, the historic hotel offers guests an atmosphere complimented with service and amenities to ensure their stay meets expectations.

Meeting Space: The Drake Hotel has 20 meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 600 people with 8 meeting rooms featuring beautiful views of Lake Michigan or the cityscape—making up more than 33,500 square feet of event space. Wireless internet, AV and conferencing facilities are all available.

On-site Dining: Four distinctive restaurants add an additional flare of personality to the hotel. Meeting attendees can start the day with breakfast at Drake Bros or enjoy a meeting break with elegant teatime at Palm Court. Fresh seafood dinners and retro-chic vibe of Cape Cod await attendees after a day of planning, and the speakeasy atmosphere of Coq d'Or, has been open every night since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.

Contact: 312-787-2200

Hyatt Regency Chicago 151 E. Wacker Dr.

Hyatt Regency Chicago has dedicated $168 million to enhancing all aspects of the hotel and guest experience including new restaurant concepts and menus.

Meeting Space:  The Hyatt Regency Chicago offers experienced staff and planners, innovative technology, creative catering and a meeting concierge per event. Their large meeting space (more than 228,000 square feet) offers a variety of meeting and event space options equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

On-site Dining: Catering options show the creativity and willingness to provide a menu that will fit the event perfectly. Discover their vast array of on-site catering menus. Guest may also dine in the four on-site restaurants including Stetson's Modern Steak and Sushi, American Craft Kitchen and Bar that is friendly to the laptop wielding bunch, Big Bar (yes—everything is large), and DaddyO's Pub and Game room for post-meeting debriefing.

Contact: 312-565-1234

Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers 301 E. North Water St.

The Sheraton is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chicago and within walking distance to many of the city's attractions like Navy Pier and the Magnificent Mile.

Meeting Space:  120,000 square feet of meeting space can accommodate up to 4,600 people. Meeting space is dispersed amongst 4 floors with 34 breakout rooms and the Sheraton has the largest hotel ballroom (40,000 square feet).

On-site Dining: Five distinctive restaurants and lounges offer different cuisine and atmosphere for guests dining at the Sheraton. Shula's Steak House is perfect for an incredible meal while hosting business guests. The Chicago Burger Company is perfect for a casual lunch while Chi Bar is the place to grab a drink and mingle over small plates and cocktails. View the full list of dining options.

Contact: 312-464-1000

The James 55 E. Ontario St.

The James fuses modern American comfort, service and style with state of the art technology. Location is ideal—just steps from the Magnificent Mile and minutes from River North.

Meeting Space:  Ten meeting rooms make up 7,000 square feet of meeting space complete with natural lighting, modern designs, state-of-the art technology and free Wi-Fi can accommodate groups of 220 people.

On-site Dining: The James offers numerous food and beverage options catered by the on-site restaurant David Burke's Primehouse. Guests will also enjoy dining at the restaurant known for their delicious cuts of Kobe beef, crab cakes and award-winning 55-day aged rib eye.  Guests can continue the meeting with progressive cocktails at the Jimmy Chicago.

Contact: 312-337-1000

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