Already a Restaurant Row haven for vegans and vegetarians, Bad Hunter also happens to house the ultimate urban greenhouse venue to boot.

Located just above the vegetable-forward eatery, The Herbarium at Bad Hunter creates a seamless transition from its bright, airy counterpart downstairs. “There are a ton of beautiful private dining rooms in the West Loop, but space can be limited or dark, often in the basement or back of the restaurant,” says Kat Krzynowek, Heisler Hospitality event coordinator. “The Herbarium spans the length of the second floor, boasting high ceilings, large windows and skylights for an abundance of natural light, a stunning glass backbar, plush velvet seating and plenty of lush greenery.”

From cocktail competitions to weddings or holiday bazaars, with nearly 1,800 square feet of event space The Herbarium can accommodate up to 100 guests for private dining events and up to 150 for corporate and social events and receptions of all kinds. A convenient separate entrance and luxe floor-to-ceiling curtains can help divide the space and create an intimate setting for semiprivate events.

And with one of the West Loop’s most popular restaurants just downstairs, planners can take full advantage of The Herbarium’s dedicated full-service kitchen and bar. “Our Bad Hunter team handles everything food- and beverage-related, allowing us to completely customize and tailor menus, cocktails and wine pairings to your event. And booking is convenient because we offer everything in-house: staffing, furniture, glass- ware, A/V equipment, etc.” says Krzynowek.

Smaller groups of eight or less are an ideal fit for Bad Hunter’s sun-drenched, open-air main dining room and can enjoy seasonal, sustainable and primarily plant-based crowd favorites like butter dumplings or the Bad Hunter Burger from stone-top tables or the eatery’s living garden island.

INGREDIENTS:
—3 oz. dry sparkling rosé
—1.5 oz. Ramazzotti Aperitivo Rosato
—.5 oz. Batavia Arrack (or Blanc Rhum Agricole)
—1 oz. tonic water

DIRECTIONS:
Combine ingredients in a wine glass, add ice and enjoy!

 

The atmosphere at relaxed Avondale neighborhood eatery Pisolino may remind you of a charming, laid-back European bistro—and for good reason.

Chef and co-owner James De Marte spent over a decade cooking his way through Italy to craft and hone the skills on full display at the cozy restaurant today. “The restaurant is truly his dream-turned-reality and a showcase of his love for Italian cuisine,” says co-owner Rachel De Marte.

 

The Dalcy offers a historical, elegant venue for any type of meeting or event.