8 Private Rooms to Book for Your Next Birthday, Shower, Party—Basically Everything
Location, location, location. It’s not only true of real estate but parties, too. That’s why we’ve found eight private event spaces, each one perfectly suited for birthdays, bridal showers, engagement parties...you name it.
Summer House Santa Monica
Summertime is peak wedding season, so where better to set a bridal shower than on this airy patio? Even in winter, the parties continue thanks to a retractable roof and cozy fireplace. The fact that you can eat ahi tuna tostadas from Summer House and pizza from adjoining Stella Barra in one meal? We can’t even.
Accommodates: Up to 50 guests
1954 N. Halsted St.; 773-634-4100 or summerhousesm.com
If you’re going for the speakeasy, Gatsby vibes, head downstairs to the Office, where your squad can recline on worn leather sofas, sip singular cocktails and nosh on oysters. How moody.
Accommodates: Up to 22 guests
955 W. Fulton Market; 312-226-0868 or theaviary.com
The Boarding House
With three unique spaces, this is a go-to for all things celebration. In the Dining Room, you’ll sup on contemporary American fare from James Beard-nominated chef Tanya Baker beneath a light installation made from 4,600 Riesling bottles. And sure, we’re certain you can drink some, too.
Accommodates: Between 40 and 120
720 N. Wells St.; 773-280-0720 or boardinghousechicago.com
Publican Quality Meats
Your favorite sandwich spot becomes a cozy, country-chic event space at night. Upstairs, the Butcher Shop and Cafe seats up to 38; downstairs, the Chef’s Prep Table can fit two dozen. In either spot, you can choose a four-course meal or whole-animal feast and dine on farm-to-table fare like aged duck breast with pretzel dumplings.
Accommodates: Up to 38 guests
825 W. Fulton Market; 312-445-8977 or publicanqualitymeats.com
Swift & Sons
Celebrating a major milestone? Go big with a steak dinner and private bar. Housed in a renovated cold storage facility, the decor reimagines the offices of Chicago’s early 20th-century meatpacking bigwigs—so you’re sure to live it up in style.
Accommodates: Up to 72 guests
1000 W. Fulton Market; 312-733-9420 or swiftandsonschicago.com
Nosh on cauliflower grits at brunch, turkey and sweet potato meatloaf come lunch and amazing pastries no matter the hour.
Accommodates: Up to 40 guests
671 N. St. Clair St.; 312-642-0001 or beatrixchicago.com
This second-floor space conjures a midcentury boardroom with white marble, brass and warm teak. Naturally, you need to host your next business dinner there. A four-course tasting menu will include the chef’s nigiri and sashimi, Wagyu strip steak and dark chocolate sponge cake. That promotion is in the bag.
820 W. Lake St.; 312-733-4818 or momotarochicago.com
Within the ACME Hotel, this spot boasts a private bar, ski-lodge-inspired decor and (yes) a Jacuzzi for up to 18. There’s not a mountain for miles, but who cares?
Accommodates: Up to 18
15 E. Ohio St.; 312-894-0800 or bunnyslopechicago.com