As one of the two original buildings built in Fulton Market, The Dalcy truly helped build the streets of Chicago. With rustic elements from its original architecture and soft, chic décor, The Dalcy is the ideal venue for anyone from history buffs to elegant brides-to-be.

“It feels like a complete space, yet it’s still very much a blank canvas for those who have a specific vision for their upcoming celebration or event,” says Maureen Larson, partner of The Dalcy from Lettuce Entertain You.

The Dalcy boasts 6,000 square feet of event space and a 4,000-square-foot rooftop patio. The space can accommodate up to 550 guests reception-style or 300 guests seated. The room can also be divided into two private, sound-proof spaces for smaller groups.
Every event package at The Dalcy includes all amenities. From tables, chairs and linens to highboys, built-in bars and more, The Dalcy is nearly a one-stop shop for all kinds of events. Also included are A/V and built-in sound systems with five drop-down screens and LCD projectors, making it a great fit for big events or meetings with a media element. Also, The Dalcy shares its kitchen with Aba Restaurant, Larson says, so the menu options and capabilities are endless.

“The Dalcy is the perfect space for any occasion. From corporate holiday parties, annual meetings and award dinners to client events, celebrations or galas, the room is completely transformable to tailor to your needs,” says Larson.

Larson says she often receives feedback from clients expressing gratitude for how easy it is to book an event at The Dalcy. “We have an experienced and talented planning team that goes above and beyond to take the event to the next level,” she says. 

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