It’s time of year again – yes, holiday planning! Whether you are looking for an upcoming corporate event or hosting a holiday dinner with friends or extended family, we did the homework for you and researched some of our favorites spots to consider so all you have to do is book!
Enjoy The Holidays on the Water
Sable at Navy Pier
Gather this holiday season at Sable, the first and only hotel on Chicago’s Navy Pier in the destination’s 100+ year history. Sable’s Great Lakes Ballroom hosts 3,450 sq. ft. of pillarless event space, plus an additional 893 sq. ft. pre-function area. State-of-the-art functionality, expert staff, and floor-to-ceiling lake and skyline views ensure stunning events that are all calm, no storm.
Lirica, located within Sable, offers another private dining option that can hold up to 36 seats, complete with a modern open kitchen, expansive bar, and terrace featuring sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline foster a warm, convivial atmosphere in a space that feels casual, while elevated.
Those to make a splash can host an upcoming holiday party at Offshore Rooftop, the world’s largest rooftop bar, located atop Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier. Custom brass, whistle-shaped light fixtures and captain’s chairs add character to 8,500 sq. ft. of multi-seasonal indoor space, while unmatched panoramic views of the Chicago skyline make this one of the most Instagrammable venues in the city. Offshore can host 20-200 for a semi-private event, 450 for a partial venue buyout or 750 for a full venue buyout.
City Cruises Chicago
Cruise into the holidays with Chicago’s premier water- and land- based experience, City Cruises Chicago. This holiday season, enjoy stunning views atop one of the luxurious vessels that host parties both big and small. City Cruises offers unique experiences that cater to all types of groups, whether you are looking for a Signature Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan, or an architectural brunch tour on the Chicago River. City Cruises offers all-inclusive packages, chef-prepared menus, full bar options, and entertainment customized to fit upcoming holiday party needs—all with picturesque views from a climate-controlled interior. For more information or to book your upcoming holiday party, please click here.
Put on a Complete Show this Holiday Season
Add a sprinkle of magic to your get-together this holiday season with a private experience at the new Rhapsody Theater, 1328 W Morse Ave. The intimate, stylish cabaret-style venue is home to a stunning 249-seat theater, upstairs lounge and full restaurant and bar space to enjoy. Available for an addition fee with booking, Dr. Ricardo Rosenkranz, known as the incredible “Physician Magician” is available for a private magic show for events of any size. Outside catering is permitted. For inquiries, please visit www.rhapsodytheater.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate colorfully this season at Carnivale, 702 W Fulton Market St. The celebration destination located in the heart of the Fulton Market District is brimming with explosive color, lively decor and mouthwatering Latin-inspired fare. The space is a must for those looking to celebrate any occasion in absolute fashion. With three, 380 sq ft private salons seating 40 each, a 2,664 sq ft main dining room available for buyouts, and Samba, Flamenco, and Tango rooms of varying sizes, Carnivale offers the premier private event experience for all of your holiday needs along with access to Samba dancers, feathered showgirls, aerialist performers and more. Inquire at www.carnivalechicago.com.
Dine and Stay at One of the Hottest Hotels in Chicagoland
The Forester Hotel, 200 N Field Dr., is the premier destination that blooms on the North Shore at the convergence of science and nature, offering guests private holiday experiences rooted amidst the nature-rich scenery of Lake Forest. With a luxurious ballroom, part of eight elegant private experience spaces spanning from 400 to 1,676 sq ft, and a dedicated team of representatives working to bring each and every event request to life, any event held at the Forester will hold beautiful memories for ages to come. Inquire at https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/illinois/the-forester-a-hyatt-place-hotel/chizf/special-events
Canopy by Hilton
Make Chicago’s premier boutique-style hotel, the Canopy by Hilton Chicago Central Loop, 226 W Jackson Blvd., the subject of your holiday festivities this season as the luxe property invites guests to enjoy their holiday affairs in the hotel’s cozy event spaces perfect for any corporate or personal occasion. Guests can enjoy private holiday experiences in the hotel’s vintage yet ultra-modern edifice, an ode to its historic roots built on the foundation of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway system, as well as take advantage of delicious on-site Executive Chef for a custom food and beverage experience. Inquire at https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/chijbpy-canopy-chicago-central-loop/
Elevate Your Dining Experience to Something Spectacular
Take your taste buds on an exquisite journey this holiday season at Kōmo Chicago, a boundless Japanese fine dining destination on West Loop’s Restaurant Row, 738 W Randolph St. Executive Chef Macku provides precision thoughtfully woven into each dish and delivers the utmost attention to the quality of each ingredient. A contemporary design that seamlessly pays homage to Japanese culture, Kōmo takes fine dining to another level amidst an already impressive culinary scene in the city’s most famous dining districts. Kōmo and their second story lounge ESCO are the perfect options for your upcoming holiday functions. Groups from 10 to 300 can be easily accommodated for an unforgettable experience. For more information, please click here.
Gather and entertain this year at Thorn Restaurant & Lounge, located in the Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare. Thorn’s Private Dining Room seats up to 18 people and features optional rose-colored mood lighting. Those looking to host a larger holiday party can opt for a larger boardroom or ballroom that hosts up to 150. All event rooms feature large windows for natural lighting and stimulating artwork for an unforgettable dining experience. The Rose Hotel and Thorn are now offering a Rosey Cheeks & Champagne Clicks Package where if patrons spend $3,000 on food and beverage, will receive a champagne toast for all attendees, complimentary holiday centerpieces, complimentary up lights and gold chargers, waived room rental fees, discounted sleeping room rates and $200 Visa gift cards, along with triple Hilton Honors points for the event planner. For more information or to book a holiday party today, click here.
Fulton Market Kitchen
Amazing art, decadent food, and an eclectic atmosphere are all qualities found within the part art gallery part restaurant Fulton Market Kitchen, 311 N Sangamon St. With creativity coursing through the walls of the high-style space, be it the locally sourced and thoughtfully-placed art featured throughout or the upscale dining experience bringing to life a variety of creative dishes, it is truly a one-of-a-kind destination for all of your private holiday festivities with multiple private spaces in addition to the main dining room including an upstairs gallery space. From corporate Christmas parties to intimate dinners, weddings and everything in between, Fulton Market Kitchen’s dedicated team of experts will incorporate your vision to assure the most memorable of events. Inquire at www.fultonmarketkitchen.com.
Make It a Unique Experience Your Guests Won’t Soon Forget
Sleigh this holiday season and enjoy a fun experience and all around great vibes at Puttshack Oakbrook Center! Puttshack is the world’s first and only upscale, tech-infused mini golf experience that is perfectly complemented with an array of global food and beverage offerings you and your party can share between games. Booking a package is the best way to celebrate the holidays with friends, family and coworkers. A selection of holiday packages are available that pair games of mini golf with holiday-themed menus, along with beverage packages and festive drinks such as a Candy Cane Cosmopolitan Martini, High End Holiday Bubbles and more. Parties can be rescheduled up to 72 hours in advice. For more information, purchase a holiday gift card, or book your upcoming holiday party, please click here.
Horseshoe Hammond Casino
The legendary Horseshoe Hammond Casino is an extraordinary 400,000-square-foot property offering the ultimate gambling experience, even playing host to the largest poker room in the Midwest. Patrons looking for a completely unique experience for their upcoming holiday parties can book a private party at Horseshoe’s upscale dining experience, Jack Binion’s Steakhouse, which overlooks the stunning Lake Michigan with the Chicago skyline as the backdrop to the evening. After dinner, the party can continue downstairs where patron can enjoy access to over 1,847 slot machines, 104 table games, over 1,100 penny machines, 15 poker tables, and can also check out The Venue which hosts some of the hottest live entertainers. For more information, please click here.
Replay Lincoln Park
For a truly unique holiday party this year, make sure to check out the city’s favorite pop-up bar, Replay Lincoln Park, located at 2833 N. Sheffield. Replay Lincoln Park offers over 60+ free vintage arcade games, including pinball, air hockey, skeeball, and more with no cover or tokens needed. Holiday themed pop-up décor, along with themed cocktails and food menu items add to the unique nature of this hotspot in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Private holiday events are available to book, and can be made by clicking here.
Roosevelt Collection Shops
Offering the ultimate creative private event space for your holiday affairs is 150 West, the multifunctional event and pop-up space located at the Roosevelt Collection Shops, 150 W Roosevelt Rd. The gorgeous 8,862 square-foot storefront is spacious and fully equipped with lofted ceilings, elegant track lighting, functional built-in shelving and beautiful finishes immersing guests in a unique and highly customizable atmosphere. Inquire at www.rooseveltcollectionshops.com/