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.

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Hotel Drover, an award-winning Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, focuses on simple pleasures and genuine hospitality. Kick-off your boots and stay awhile with 200 rustic-luxe rooms and suites. When ready, grab a hand-crafted cocktail or cold beer and wander outside to The Backyard at Hotel Drover, an outdoor oasis, with creekside seating, outdoor games, and seasonal live music.

 

In 1927, Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of Downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

Temperatures are starting to dip in Seattle, but if you want to get in one last outdoor gathering before winter, consider The Rooftop at WeWork Cap Hill. Located on the penthouse level on 11th Avenue near Seattle’s storied Pine and Pike Streets, the space offers inviting landscapes and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Capacity: 74.  Bring sweaters and scarves!