The Top Private Dining Spaces in Chicago
The Windy City is known for its architecture, arts, and thriving urban culture. When it comes to getting a proper taste of the city, however, these restaurants and pubs can't be matched. Learn a bit more about the top eateries in the area that offer private dining spaces you can book for your next event.
This Lower-West Side venue is next to Dusek's Board and Beer and in the space that used to house Mr. Dusek's horses! Choose from an exciting array of seasonal dishes from the Dusek's finest recipes. A casual atmosphere (featuring exposed brick, ceiling pipes, and whimsical equine details) ensures everyone can be themselves and truly let loose and have fun. The restaurant is available for three-hour bookings and offers space for up to 45 seated or 75 standing guests, as well as plenty of parking. Learn more here.
Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
Looking for something unique on the South Side of Chi-Town? The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant has a variety of spaces for you to choose from, including the Mayor's Room, which is equipped for business meetings of up to 18, and the Palmer Parlor, which has rich hardwood floors and walls. Enjoy the Parlor's large windows, which provide a view of Michigan Avenue. It used to be the Fire Chief's Room back at the turn of the century! The Kimball Parlor has a similar vibe and features a fireplace and room for up to 75 guests. For a breath of fresh air, consider the Veranda, a 2nd-floor delight unique to the South Loop area. In addition to these spacious rooms and amenities, you'll get a tasty selection of meals and drinks to impress your guests! Learn more here.
This River North restaurant shares the flavors of Mexico and offers vibrant private dining spaces to enjoy with the ones you love. Choose from three private rooms, each with its own personality. La Vista gives you delicious street food menus, plus a tequila and mezcal bar for your smaller group. The Library, adorned with thousands of cookbooks, comes with a private chef and many unique and inspired courses. Finally, the Morales Room is a 40-person room filled with the artwork of Rodolfo Morales and full of the beauty and brightness expressed in the pieces. Book the entire venue for 100 seated or 200 standing guests. Learn more here.
The Publican Private Dining
With accommodations for up to 175 guests, this West Loop fave is a top destination for wedding receptions and birthday events. Its approach to food is honorable, focusing on the finest ingredients from sustainable sources. Most notable, however, is its high-quality meat and seafood – its trademark offering. With a state-of-the-art design, created by Thomas Schlesser, it's a study in architecture and space made even more attractive with its rustic, communal walnut tables reminiscent of 16th Century European banquet halls. Enjoy full audio-visual support, wireless internet, and accessible accommodations, plus a luxurious patio in the warmer months! Learn more here.
C.C. Ferns / The California Clipper
Those looking for a cozy private location for a smaller event can take inspiration from the C.C. Ferns and California Clipper venue. An idyllic coffeehouse in Humboldt Park, the house serves only the best coffee and tea drinks, including boozy versions of the steamy recipes we love the most. The bar has room for up to 140 standing guests and does more than just brew coffee. Get your fill of cocktails, wine, and the most delicious craft beer brews. Perfect for private parties with close family and friends, it's an excellent space for late-night or after dinner celebrations. Learn more here.
Chicago Food Truck Hub
With one of the more inventive approaches to private dining, Chicago Food Truck Hub works to bring bold food options to you – wherever you are! As a full-service planning team with access to equipment and food trucks, they will handle everything from securing the trucks to pulling permits to setting up the table and linens. If you've wanted to explore all that food trucks have to offer, but don't know where to start, they can give you the ultimate culinary experience. A trendy option for weddings, let this food truck logistics service create your dream dining event. Learn more here.
Ruth's Chris Chicago
This may be a chain restaurant, but the River North location offers plenty of opportunities for a customized private dining experience! In addition to the famous Ruth's Chris dining menus, featuring fresh steaks and seafood, there are a few event space options to reserve. Choose the O'Brien Room, a 2nd-floor conference room with A/V and dining space for up to 25 guests, or the Hubbard Room, a larger room overlooking the Hubbard intersection with accommodations for up to 70 standing guests. You might also reserve the 1965 Room, which encompasses the entire second floor and has a beautiful atmosphere to dine and mingle with a full window wall and TV screens. All three options come with the support of the on-site events manager. Learn more here.
These Chicago eateries offer a brilliant mix of cuisines, décor, and access to conference centers, hotels, and shopping meccas. Consider booking one for your next wedding reception, birthday dinner, or corporate meeting. When it comes to entertaining, Chicago knows how to do things right!