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Museum of Science and Industry

57th and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60637

12000Largest Group
10Meeting Rooms
2017 Winner: Best High-Tech Venue


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  • Perfect location for a focal point central bar. Perfect location for a focal point central bar.

  • Perfect seated dinner locationPerfect seated dinner location

  • Cocktail reception space with views of the 737 and more!Cocktail reception space with views of the 737 and more!

  • 400,000 square feet of exhibit space400,000 square feet of exhibit space

  • RotundaRotunda

  • Stunning location for a wedding ceremony, reception or picnic. Stunning location for a wedding ceremony, reception or picnic.

  • Unique Rotunda Dining Unique Rotunda Dining

  • Dine beside a submarine in the U505 exhibit Dine beside a submarine in the U505 exhibit

  • Cocktail beside a submarine int he U505 exhibit Cocktail beside a submarine int he U505 exhibit

  • The most stunning entrance in Chicago. The most stunning entrance in Chicago.

  • A unique tenting option with stunning views. A unique tenting option with stunning views.

  • A new state of the art space for daytime meetings and events. A new state of the art space for daytime meetings and events.

  •  The ultimate holiday party location. The ultimate holiday party location.

  • Rotunda with uplit tables Rotunda with uplit tables

  • Decor options are endless at MSI.Decor options are endless at MSI.

  • Smart HomeSmart Home

  • Enjoy a reception around Chicago's greenest home in a stunning garden.Enjoy a reception around Chicago's greenest home in a stunning garden.

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We've got Events Down to a Science!

Just steps from Lake Michigan and minutes from downtown Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), continues to indulge the imagination with a myriad of vibrant and interactive exhibits. MSI, the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on experiences. Since opening our doors in 1933, we’ve welcomed more than 175 million guests from around the world to the Museum of Science and Industry event space.

Our mission; to inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting captivating and compelling experiences that are real and educational.

Discover a world of possibilities…
MSI is a premier destination in Chicago for unique and engaging Special Events. Incorporating our amazing exhibits into your Chicago event will make your evening extraordinary! Dine beside a World War II German submarine, plunge into a working coal mine, stand inside a 40-foot tornado. Step into the future…..

Those experiences and more are waiting for your guests when you plan a Chicago event at the Museum of Science and Industry!
 
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Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Midway / 20
Public Transportation Options:
Taxi
Bus
Lyft
Uber
Metro/Public Transportation Proximity:
Within a Short Drive
Parking Onsite:
Yes
Parking:
Free
Availability:
Evening hours, 364 days per year. Daytime event space is available.
Room Type(s):
Nearby Hotel(s)
Largest Group:
12000
Number of Meeting & Event Rooms:
10
Largest Classroom Style:
200
Largest Theatre Style:
850
Largest Standing Reception:
10000
Largest Seated Reception:
4000
Rooftop Space Available:
No
Technology:
The new daytime meeting space has projectors and screens. The Rotunda has state of the art lighting setups.
Food & Beverage:
Catering provided by Sodexo, the Museum's on-site culinary team.
Must Use In-house Catering:
Yes
Cultural Catering Available:
Yes
Phone:
773-753-2583
Ideally Suited For:
Adult Social Event
Corporate Social Events
Expo/Competitions
Family Reunion
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
Wedding Ceremony/Reception




Catering

  • Sodexo, the Museum's On-Site Culinary Team

Dining

  • Rotunda & Main Floor
    Seating Capacity: 8000
    Mingle amidst an antique locomotive; dance below an authentic British "Spitfire" fighter plane; dine under our spectacular 120-foot coper-domed ceiling!
  • U-505 Submarine
    Seating Capacity: 500
    No where else in Chicago can your guests dine in the shadow of a legendary WWII submarine. The U-505 is a memorable centerpiece for any event.
  • Henry Crown Space Center
    Seating Capacity: 325
    This recently renovated gallery offers an expanded and more interactive exploration of the space program from the early years of the Space Race, to what our future in space is likely to hold. You're invited to "dock" at the International Space Station, "remote control" a Mars Rover, explore an inflatable moon base and discover the upcoming technologies of human space exploration. This gallery also features the Omnimax Theater.
  • South Portico and Lagoon
    Seating Capacity: 650
    Add flair to your event by hosting your guests in a scenic outdoor setting in the historic Jackson Park Lagoon. This park-like scenery is perfect for wedding ceremonies, dining, mingling and toasting!
  • Entry Hall
    Begin your event in this grand space, the ultimate location for registration and pre-event cocktails.
  • Smart Home: Green + Wired
    Celebrating exciting new directions in sustainable living and environmentally-friendly technology, Smart Home gives you a view of the latest innovations in reuseable resources. Available with the rental of Henry Crown Space Center.

Services

ServiceDescription
Event Planning Services We've got the "little things" down to a science; the essence and style of your event will be embodied in everything we do including table settings, lighting, floral arrangements, room decor and entertainment.

Convenient underground parking or Valet Services

Coat Check

Security

Personal Tour Guides and Exhibit Staff

Talk to a Venue Specialist: 1-877-244-6110