• Chicago’s Best Private Dining Spaces Open for Holiday Booking

     
    POSTED October 10, 2019
     

Chicagoans know it won’t be long before there’s a chill in the air and twinkling lights are strung all across downtown. In preparation, Chicago’s very best restaurants are offering versatile private group dining options sure to bring cheer to each guest.

Here are some stunning dining options with holiday offerings for events of all kind.

About Last Knife (168 N. Michigan Ave.)

Located on North Michigan Avenue, About Last Knife (ALK) provides a relaxed take on a modern sophisticated steak lounge. Guest browse a playful menu and enjoy cozy yet industrial décor that gleams with natural light from the bordering patio. The lounge invites groups of up to 40 for cocktail-style and up to 28 for seated dinners with a variety of leather couches, rustic tables and armchairs to move around.

For more information on hosting an event at ALK, contact Jason Lane at jlane@hoteljulianchicago.com.

Acadia (1639 S. Wabash Ave.)

This South Loop gem offers sleek and sophisticated accommodations in a private dining room for up to 20 seated or 35 cocktail-style. Larger groups have the option to incorporate the entire restaurant. An ode to chef Ryan McCaskey’s time spent in Maine, thoughtful coastal flavors combine with flawless technique for a mouthwatering holiday celebration. This two Michelin-starred location brings the New England coast to Chicago with an airy and contemporary design.

For more information regarding private dining, email privatedining@acadiachicago.com.

Aster Hall (900 N. Michigan Ave.)

The Magnificent Mile food hall offers Chicago’s tastiest options with event packages featuring Small Cheval burgers or even Green Street Smoked Meats BBQ. Groups from 10 to 400 are welcome at the expansive food hall. For private events, another option is the chic upstairs Bar & Study which marries spectacular views of Michigan Avenue and the lake with upscale retro interior details such as gilded bronzed metals and pops of blush pink.

To book a private event at Aster Hall, contact Anna Heerwagen at events@asterhallchicago.com or 312.720.2919.

IO Godfrey (127 W. Huron St.)

Rain, shine or even the snow, is no sweat for guests at IIO Godfrey’s rooftop location. With a retractable glass roof, groups have the option to rent out all or a portion of the indoor/outdoor space for up to 300 people. Six different spaces for private dining are available for celebrations of all kind. The Godfrey’s Winter Wonderland is great option for smaller holiday gatherings on

the rooftop’s portico. Firepits, s’mores kits, hot cocktails and heated and transparent igloos each seat up to 10 for this cozy experience.

Those looking to book an igloo or any of The Godfrey’s private event spaces can call 312.374.1830.

Kikkō (630 W. Lake St.)

This subterranean space located below Kumiko is available for complete buyouts this holiday season. Kikkō is an eight-seat counter that provides an intimate setting to experience the omakase-inspired menu from executive chef, Noah Sandoval and chef de cuisine, Mariya Russell. Guests can enjoy featured dishes such as Royale Cavier with cured Hudson Canyon scallop, finger lime and yuzu kosho.

For full buyout inquires, email Kumiko at hospitality@barkumiko.com.

Lawry’s The Prime Rib (100 E. Ontario St.)

Located in the city’s historic 1890’s McCormick Mansion, Lawry’s The Prime Rib is a Chicago classic that’s nostalgic charm is ideal for holiday celebrations. Five elegant private event rooms are suitable for any function with accommodations for groups of 40 to 180. Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, the renowned Old World steakhouse still holds its tasteful ambiance and spectacular tableside service to the highest standard.

To book a private event at Lawry’s, contact Shannon Tauschman at stauschman@lawrysonline.com or 312.787.5000.

Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan Ave.)

Three private dining rooms and three semi-private event spaces can accommodate groups of 10 to 130 at this Spanish-style restaurant. Although Mercat a la Planxa is located in the South Loop, tapas such as Datiles con Almendras and intentional Spanish interior transport guests to the bustling markets of Barcelona.

To book a private event at Mercat a la Planxa, contact Shayla Smith at Shayla.Smith@sagerestaurantgroup.com or 312.542.3454.

Old Town Pour House (1419 N. Wells St.)

The Game Room, located downstairs at Old Town Pour House, offers an intimate space where guests are entertained with large-format classics like giant Connect 4, giant Jenga or a 12-inch shuffleboard table. The Game Room accommodates up to 50 people cocktail-style with an eight-tap private bar and two 50-inch TVs. Old Town Pour House also has semi-private dining available throughout the restaurant for groups of 125 to 300, including a mezzanine area overlooking the beer hall.

SafeHouse Chicago (60 E. Ontario St.)

Private dining meets mind-puzzling escape room challenges for a mysterious holiday team bonding experience. As a special offer, guests who book an escape room for up to 10 people will receive complimentary lunch in one of SafeHouse’s separate dining rooms with a private bar available. Fried C4 Cheese Curds, the MOAB (Mother of all Burgers), Bourne Identity Salad and shareable Mission Impossible fishbowl cocktails are just some of the tasty rewards teams can enjoy after an afternoon of spy-crafting and code-cracking.

The Signature Room (875 N. Michigan Ave.)

Invite guests to a truly magical experience atop one of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers. Groups of 24 to 500 can enjoy panoramic views of city skyline in one of ten private dining room options. Executive chef Cardel Reid’s menu of refined American fare is a nod to the sophisticated and suave atmosphere of the space.

Sunda Chicago (110 W. Illinois St.)

Sunda Chicago’s Filipino Kamayan Feast will have guests talking for weeks with a full range of Southeast Asian dishes like Lechon Kawaii, Crispy Soft Shell Crab and Whole Crispy Snapper. Flexible, semi-private and private event space is available for this interactive and educational family-style dining experience.

To book a private event at Sunda Chicago, contact Jamie Patrick at jamie@sundanewasian.com.

Travelle at The Langham (330 N. Wabash Ave.)

For smaller, more intimate holiday gatherings, The Chef’s Table at Travelle offers diners a front-row view of chef Jeff Vucko’s admirable technique. With seating for eight people, meals are custom-designed according to host preference and seasonal inspiration.

To make a reservation, call Travelle at 312.923.7705.

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