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Top Picks for Chicago Area Venues

Top Picks for Meetings and Events in the Chicago Area

We love the city of Chicago as an event location. It is an exciting, international city, but its friendly Midwestern attitude makes it welcoming for events of all kinds. The stunning shoreline of Lake Michigan, downtown’s Magnificent Mile, Chicago is a diverse city offering great music, food, shopping, theatre, and much more for your guests. Chicago is also an easy city to travel to and navigate around. Here are our Top Picks for Event Venues in the Chicago area.

The University of Illinois Chicago is well-known for being the perfect fit for a variety of corporate or social events for groups up to 1,000. Your guests will marvel at the stunning views of the Chicago Skyline during their time there. Additionally, UIC’s staff has a reputation for stellar customer service and professional experience. They are dedicated to helping their clients select the right space, assist with logistical planning, offer catering consulting and create the event of a lifetime. UIC can accommodate an intimate meeting, large scale conference, summer meeting, or dinner. 

The Student Life Center at East-West University features magnificent views of downtown Chicago from its seventeen floors. Conveniently located in Chicago’s dynamic South Loop neighborhood, it’s within walking distance of many of the city’s best local attractions, including several beaches on Lake Michigan. The SLC offers multiple conference rooms within its open, state-of-the-art building for up to 200 in its 18 spaces. It is perfect for small and midsized conference group meetings in the Chicago area that require a venue with a variety of facilities, advanced technology, catering options, and amenities. 

Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau prides itself on being a true one-stop-shop for event planners. Their team will help you plan your event every step of the way and can also offer a wide variety of complimentary event services including pre-event brochure distribution, event listings and supplies, itinerary planning, and marketing assistance. Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau can also help make your event an unforgettable experience for your attendees by adding fun and unique activities to your itinerary like bingo, wine tastings, escape rooms, team building, line dancing, sip and paint sessions, caricature artists, casino games and much more. The Chicago Southland can also help plan community service projects that can be incorporated in your events. Chicago Southland is a convenient and spectacular location for social events, banquets, and weddings for up to 6,000. 

Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, has two beautiful, historical campuses to host your overnight conference, day meeting, or special event. Loyola's Water Tower Campus is conveniently located in downtown Chicago and the Lake Shore Campus is just 7 miles north of downtown. Loyola can accommodate up to 700 in their 100 plus spaces, and 1,500 overnight. Your group will especially appreciate Loyola’s environmentally conscious philosophy. There are more green roofs than any other campus in the Midwest, 8 LEED certified buildings, green housing options, a sustainable catering menu, and a green cafe for hosting sustainable events. 

The Student Life Center at East-West University
Chicago, IL
Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL
University of Illinois Chicago
Chicago, IL
Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau
Lansing, IL
Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago, IL
Sky Garden at Embassy Suites Magnificent Mile
Chicago, IL
Wild Blossom Meadery Winery & Brewery
Chicago, IL
Association Forum Conference Center
Chicago, IL
Summit Chicago
Chicago, IL