One of the ways the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events funds its free public events is by renting some of its unique venues for private events. Offering a wide variety of rooms and spaces suitable for events ranging from grand galas to simple meetings, the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park are beautiful and gracious locations for private events.
The Chicago Cultural Center, located at Michigan Avenue and Washington Street, has large, dazzling rooms –- including Preston Bradley Hall, home of the world’s largest Tiffany glass dome –- appropriate for formal occasions such as weddings, cocktail receptions, seated dinners, and events for 800 people, and smaller rooms for meetings and conferences. The landmark building has been used for film shoots, vendor fairs, performances and ceremonies.
Whether it’s highlighting the season with summer activities or hosting solemn occasions such as the Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony, this is where the city and its people come together. Ethnic festivals are featured year round with music and dance performances, food specialties and cultural traditions.
Acclaimed around the world for its architecture, sculpture and landscape design, Millennium Park offers one-of-a-kind locations for private events such as weddings, corporate events, performances and meetings. The stage and the choral rehearsal room of Pritzker Pavilion may be rented, as well as Chase Promenade, Wrigley Square, and a rooftop terrace with stunning views of the city and the park. The different spaces can accommodate groups ranging from 150 to 7000 people.