Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Family Reunions
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions


At the Chicago Botanic Garden, your event springs to life amidst a backdrop of pure beauty and serenity with indoor and outdoor spaces available. Imagine an enchanting celebration surrounded by natural beauty. With elevated event services and sites nestled amid blossoming gardens, peaceful lakes, and native woodlands, the Chicago Botanic Garden is perfect for every season. This premiere cultural destination is the perfect venue for your corporate meeting. If you’re planning an intimate vow exchange or a sophisticated reception under the stars, your story starts here.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 1500 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 200 Guests
  • Largest Theatre Style: 275 Guests
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 200
  • Largest Seated Reception: 270
  • Largest Standing Reception: 349
  • Maximum Casual Dining Seating: 269
McGinley Pavilion
This dramatic canopied terrace is a breathtaking setting for a summer party, dance, meeting, or reception. Located at the water's edge across from the Garden's Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon, McGinley Pavilion is available for rentals from May through October (heaters and clear side walls are available). McGinley Pavilion's Waterfront Patio has spectacular views of Evening Island.
  • 270 Banquet Style
English Walled Garden
For old-fashioned romance, nothing rivals the secluded charm of the Helen and Richard Thomas English Walled Garden. A variety of English gardening styles are demonstrated in this lovely space, ideal for a cocktail party before dinner in McGinley Pavilion. The English Walled Garden is also an exquisite site for a wedding ceremony. An indoor back-up space is always reserved when this space is requested. Available May through October, evenings only. Reception 350 | Seated 270 | Ceremony 125 | Classroom 96
  • 250 Banquet Style
  • 175 Theatre Style
Rose Terrace
Perfect for a cocktail party, the Rose Terrace also is ideal for an intimate dinner or wedding ceremony. Enjoy cocktails here before dinner in McGinley Pavilion. A back-up space is always reserved when this space is requested. Available May through October, evenings only. This intimate outdoor courtyard—fragrant with roses in season—overlooks the Krasberg Rose Garden. Reception 250 | Ceremony 175
  • 250 Banquet Style
  • 275 Theatre Style
Buehler Enabling Garden
Hanging baskets and vertical beds bursting with vibrant color, raised beds brimming with plants, and lovely fountains make the Buehler Enabling Garden a uniquely beautiful choice for a gathering. This site overlooks the Gardens of the Great Basin and Evening Island—perfect for a cocktail party and a lovely location for a dinner party. An indoor back-up space is always reserved when this space is requested. Available May through October, evenings only. Reception 250 | Ceremony 50 | Seated 110
  • 110 Banquet Style
  • 50 Theatre Style
Rose Garden
The Krasberg Rose Garden displays the best rose varieties for use in the Upper Midwest. With more than 5,000 rosebushes to delight your senses, the Rose Garden is the perfect venue to host a wedding, gala, and more! This prime garden space requires the addition of a tent for private functions. Reception 250 | Ceremony 300
  • 300 Theatre Style
Searle Courtyard
A Japanese aesthetic infuses this grassy courtyard displaying the Garden's renowned Bonsai Collection. This open-air setting offers the option of patio seating under a sheltered roof to make it the perfect spot for dinner, cocktails, and all occasions. Available May through October, evenings only. Reception 250 | Seated 150 | Ceremony 100
  • 150 Banquet Style
  • 100 Theatre Style
The Esplanade showcases dramatic elm allées, a pavilion lined with sheared cone topiaries, and a row of waterspouts emerging from pools of water. Conceived by one of the greatest landscape architects of the twentieth century, Dan Kiley, and designed by colleague Peter Morrow Meyer, the Esplanade is one of the Chicago Botanic Garden's most public spaces, bringing visitors down to the water in a most inviting way. This space encompasses the Waterfront Terrace and O'Neil Plaza. Reception 1500 | Seated 500
  • 500 Banquet Style
Pullman and Linnaeus Rooms
The ideal location for meetings or intimate seated dinners for up to 70 people, these rooms are adjacent to the Krehbiel Gallery and have beautiful views of the Garden's Esplanade and North Lake. The Linnaeus and Pullman Rooms house the Garden's permanent botanical art collection, offer audiovisual capabilities, and are available throughout the year. Reception 70 | Seated 70 | Theater 75 | Classroom 30
  • 70 Banquet Style
  • 30 Classroom Style
  • 75 Theatre Style
Nichols Hall
Designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, this grand indoor space features a dramatic two-story skylight and Canadian hemlock walls and ceiling. A distinctive, grand indoor space ideal for gala events. Reception 400 | Seated 300 | Theater 350 | Classroom 275
  • 300 Banquet Style
  • 275 Classroom Style
  • 350 Theatre Style
Burnstein Hall
Burnstein Hall is an airy room with garden views and access to Runnells Courtyard, which features the Garden's renowned Bonsai Collection; it provides a lovely backdrop for dances, dinners, or meetings of up to 220 guests. Available year-round. Reception 220 | Seated 210 | Theater 150 | Classroom 75
  • 210 Banquet Style
  • 75 Classroom Style
  • 150 Theatre Style
Krehbiel Gallery
With its Kasota stone reflecting pool, the Krehbiel Gallery provides a serene setting for guests during cocktails or at a seated dinner. This indoor site serves as the Garden's premier art exhibition display space and provides a beautiful alternative to outdoor garden areas. The Krehbiel Gallery can be reserved for either a small dinner party or a cocktail reception as an enjoyable prelude to dinner in Nichols Hall or McGinley Pavilion. Evenings only, September through May. Reception 275 | Seated 75 | Theater 200
  • 75 Banquet Style
  • 200 Theatre Style
Alsdolf Auditorium
This modern theater with comfortable fixed seating for 200 is perfect for lectures, meetings, or media presentations and can be rented in all seasons. (Twenty-five additional seats can be added.) It features audiovisual equipment, a podium with remote capabilities, and a stage computer connection. Food and beverages are not permitted. Available year-round.
  • 200 Theatre Style
Boyer Room
This newly decorated space, conveniently located in the Visitor Center, can serve as a party or meeting room. Adjacent to the Garden View Café, its windowed wall accesses the Café deck, with views of the Garden. Available year-round. Reception 80 | Seated 60 | Theater 50 | Classroom 18
  • 80 Banquet Style
  • 18 Classroom Style
  • 50 Theatre Style
Lakeside Room
Our newest event room, conveniently located in the Visitor Center, can host your next party or meeting. The Lakeside Event Room overlooks our Lakeside Deck, offering a beautiful view of the Smith Fountain. Available year-round. Seated 40 | Theater 40 | Classroom 20
  • 40 Banquet Style
  • 20 Classroom Style
  • 40 Theatre Style
Plant Science Center
The award-winning Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center features science laboratories, meeting rooms, and two notable garden areas: the Woman's Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society Rainwater Glen and the Green Roof Garden. Seated 50 | Theater 60 | Classroom 30
  • 50 Banquet Style
  • 30 Classroom Style
  • 60 Theatre Style
Green Roof Conference Center
  • 30 Classroom Style
  • 60 Theatre Style
  • 12 Conference Style
Grainger Gallery Atrium
  • 100 Banquet Style
  • 250 Classroom Style
  • 100 Theatre Style

Featured Amenities

  • A/V Equipment
  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Complementary Parking
  • Event Tent
  • Flexible Floor Plan
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Hosted Bar
  • In-House Catering
  • Outdoor Space
  • Scenic Views
  • Theater Seating
  • Waterfront
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


1000 Lake Cook Rd,
Glencoe, Illinois 60022


  • LyftLyft
  • TaxiTaxi
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • O'Hare - 30 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • O'Hare-Midway Airport - 30 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes
  • Car Charging Stations: No

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: No
  • Can Bring in Own Food: no
  • Cultural Catering Available: No
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes
  • Do you offer tables, chairs, and linens?: No


Full audio visual services, wireless internet, and staging available.

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • LCD Projectors
    • Projector Screen
    • Microphones
    • Sound System

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • Eco Friendly: No
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No