Chicago is one of those special cities where the majority of the population just love to party. Weddings, birthdays, bachelors, bachelorettes, bar/bat mitzvahs, work retreats, high school reunions, you name it! With a large population of event-throwing party animals comes a hefty amount of suitable event venues that host said parties. We’ve narrowed it down to our 5 favorite event spaces in Chicago.
Piece – Wicker Park
With a rotating list of daily drink specials, live band karaoke every Saturday at 11p, and arguably some of the best New Haven-style pizza outside of Connecticut, there’s literally nothing not to love about this place. Being located at one of the busiest intersections in Chicago, you’re going to want to plan your event prior to showing up!
The Grid – River North
At this garden-level lounge, you won’t need to worry about finding a seat; It’s a MASSIVE floor with spacious, pin-tucked booths situated around unique chrome fireplaces. Split some duck-fat popcorn and wings sprinkled with freeze-dried Buffalo powder, all over a round of Thai-style mojitos with coconut-ginger syrup and cilantro.
The Bedford – Wicker Park
This place is a must-see! This 8000sqft bank-turned-restaurant rocks a bank vault lounge, an intimate dining space, and a lively bar — it’s basically set up for private parties by design. Check out the lounge for casual socializing, the bar for the Hemingway, and the dining room for pork belly sausage on a honey-pecan waffle.
WhirlyBall – Bucktown
WhirlyBall is always a win/win for pretty much any type of event. They have bowling lanes, lasertag, WhirlyBall courts, 32 craft beers on tap, an unexpectedly delicious food menu, massive private party and conference rooms, and an overall great environment. Plus, their two-story Bucktown location is less than two years young so if you thought you knew WhirlyBall before, you’re in for a treat with their new digs.
bellyQ – West Loop
This industrially chic Korean barbecue joint is ideal for dinner parties — there’s plenty of space, and the grub is top-notch. The booth seats feature individual grills that encourage an interactive dining experience, so impress your friends with your grillin’ skills with the Korean short ribs and banana leaf-wrapped salmon.