Sky Garden Embassy Suites In Chicago, IL | Unique Venues
Sky Garden at Embassy Suites Magnificent Mile

Sky Garden at Embassy Suites Magnificent Mile

Event Types Welcomed

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

Unique Venue Feature

Fresh herbs in food and beverage menus. Free made-to-order breakfast and complimentary Evening Reception drinks and snacks.


Located in Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile hotel’s open-air atrium, the award-winning Sky Garden is 750-square foot of green space ideal for hosting events ranging from semi-private receptions and lunches to private mixology parties. This sustainable setting can comfortably accommodate up to 80 people.

Sky Garden is open 365 days a year and features an extensive variety of over 1,000 pots of plants that decorate the atrium and rotate on a seasonal basis. Currently, the Sky Garden features herbs such as mint, oregano, basil, sage, and rosemary. Not only are the herbs’ prominent location along the perimeter of the venue visually striking, but they also provide a fragrant bouquet of different herbal scents that are sure to "cultivate the senses" of attendees visiting the space.

The fresh herbs grown in the Sky Garden are masterfully incorporated into the hotels food and beverage selections, whether it be herb-infused cocktails at the complimentary Evening Reception, vibrant herbs in the omelets at the free cooked-to-order breakfast, or the herb-inspired menu at 511 North Lounge. Herb-centric items are also offered in the hotel's banquet menus and can be redesigned in any way, allowing the Chicago hotel to connect with attendees in a "direct-to-fork" manner.

The Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile hotel is also in the heart of Chicago’s bustling downtown area, placing it in proximity to many of the wonderful attractions that Chicago has to offer. Guests are only a short walk away from top attractions such as Michigan Avenue shopping, Navy Pier, the Chicago Contemporary Art Museum, and much more.

Find Us Online

Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 500 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 325
  • Largest Theatre Style: 500
  • Largest Seated Reception: 500
  • Largest Standing Reception: 600
Chicago River Ballroom
The elegant Chicago River Ballroom has 6,240 sq.ft of space that can easily accomodate around 500 people. Located on the ML floor of the hotel, this room can be divisable into seven different breakouts, making it perfect for corporate meetings and socal events. The spacious prefunction space surrounds the ballroom, serving as the ideal space for receptions or exhibit space. Private restrooms are also located on the ML level. 
  • 6240 Sq. Ft.
  • 400 Banquet Style
  • 325 Classroom Style
  • 500 Theatre Style
Des Plaines River
Also located on the ML level, this 648 sq.ft room is optimal for smaller meetings and breakouts. All of our breakout rooms are very conviently located on the same floor as the Chicago River Ballroom. 
  • 648 Sq. Ft.
  • 40 Banquet Style
  • 30 Classroom Style
  • 70 Theatre Style
Illinois River
Whether for a reception for 75 or classroom seating for 30, the versatile Illinois River room is a great option for breakouts or smaller meetings.
  • 646 Sq. Ft.
  • 40 Banquet Style
  • 30 Classroom Style
  • 70 Theatre Style
Mississippi River I & II
The Mississippi River can be split into two rooms, making it excellent space for smaller meetings. 
  • 640 Sq. Ft.
  • 40 Banquet Style
  • 30 Classroom Style
  • 70 Theatre Style
Rock River I & II
The Rock River can be split into two rooms, making it another option for a breakout. 
  • 826 Sq. Ft.
  • 55 Banquet Style
  • 40 Classroom Style
  • 75 Theatre Style
Ohio River I & II
The Ohio River all can also be split into two rooms.
  • 918 Sq. Ft.
  • 60 Banquet Style
  • 45 Classroom Style
  • 90 Theatre Style
The Wabash River room is a classic boardroom fit for 14 people. 
  • 670 Sq. Ft.
  • 14 Conference Style
River North
Filled with natural light from floor to ceiling windows, the River North room is 826 sq.ft of meeting space that can accommodate up to 60 people. 
  • 826 Sq. Ft.
  • 60 Banquet Style
  • 45 Classroom Style
  • 90 Theatre Style
  • 20 Conference Style
  • 36 Hollow Square Space Style

Food & Beverage Options

511 North Lounge
Here at 511 North, we prefer a direct-to-fork approach rather than farm-to-table. With dishes inspired from our herb-centric Sky Garden, we feature an array of items to satisfy your cravings. Be sure to also try one of our cocktails made from our specialty HERRADURA® tequila.
    Bellwether Meeting House and Eatery
    Conveniently located by the entrance of the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile and adjacent to the AMC River East Movie theater, this eclectic dining option offers guests a variety of steak, seafood, and other favorites in a modern and hip environment. Open late, the Bellwether Meeting House and Eatery has a full service bar, massive wine room, vodka display, and several large TV screens for catching the latest game.

      Catering options


      • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 455
      Two-Room Suites
      All 455 rooms are spacious two-room suites with a living room, pull-out sofabed, refridgerator, and microwave. Rooms are either king or double beds. Call for inquires regarding our scenic Lake View and City View suites. 

      Daily made-to-order breakfast and Evening Reception drinks and snacks are included in the room rate.  
      • 455 Rooms

      Featured Amenities

      • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
      • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
      • Business Center
      • Eco-Friendly
      • Fitness Center Fitness Center
      • Handicap Accessible
      • In-House Catering
      • Linens
      • Near Public Transit
      • Overnight Rooms
      • Paid Parking
      • Running Trails
      • Taxi
      • Theater Seating
      • Trolley

      Venue Location + Transportation


      511 N. Columbus Drive,
      Chicago, Illinois 60611


      • BusBus
      • LyftLyft
      • MetroMetro
      • SubwaySubway
      • TaxiTaxi
      • TrainTrain
      • TrolleyTrolley
      • UberUber

      Nearby Airport

      • O'Hare International Airport - 35 minutes

      Nearby International Airport

      • O'Hare International Airport - 35 minutes


      • Onsite Parking: Yes

      Nearby Cities

      Chicago – Located in
      O’Hare – 15 miles
      Milwaukee – 91 miles
      Indianapolis – 183 miles

      Things to Know


      • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
      • Cultural Catering Available: Yes


      On-site A/V available. High speed WIFI

      • Guest Wi-Fi: Fee
      • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
      • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
      • Equipment Available On-Site:
        • Projector Screen

      Venue Policies

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


      Danielle is like family to us by now. The venue is probably one of the most important vendors you will work with, and I knew the Embassy Suites is the place for us since I met Danielle for the first time (was already in love then). All along she was fair, transparent and so so helpful. Our package was very reasonable which enabled us to do a downtown wedding without compromising on the number of guests. A lot of our guests were from out of town, so many stayed at the hotel and they had a great time exploring the city from there, as well as seeing each other for breakfast and for the complimentary happy hour. Day of the wedding everything worked well, Danielle was calm, attentive and on top of everything, just like she always is... Thank you for everything, we had the best time ever!
      Ronit A - The Knot
      My husband and I got married here on 5/26/18 and it was absolutely perfect. Danielle was extremely helpful throughout the entire process and she is extremely organized. She made everything perfect and accomated our needs in every way. We saw a lot of Chicago venues and one of the things that stood out to us most was the presentation upon our arrival of the tour and how involved Danielle was from the moment we met her. It was also nice because Embassy Suites was much more willing to work with us and our budget compared to the othee venues we toured. Another plus is that the food is delicious. You always worry that venue food won’t be that good, but the meals were here exceptional and we got SO many compliments. We even got to customize our dinner menu and give suggestions. The entire process up to our wedding day was flawless and we couldn’t be more happier 
      Michelle M - The Knot
      Laura was great to work with and quick to answer my questions. She was accommodating for all the nuances of my planned meeting and eased any concerns I had with the unknown! Would definitely work with the property again. I really liked the text communication - it made me feel welcomed and appreciated, but also gave me a chance to work out details related to my event in a timely manner that email sometimes did not allow!
      Erin Sayer - Central Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
      Toni was fantastic to work with--very attentive, did a great job answering all my questions and offered great suggestions. The banquets/catering staff was also fantastic to work with! They were so helpful and went above and beyond to make our event fantastic. I so appreciated their friendly demeanor and always felt like they went out of their way to look for ways to be helpful. Finally, David from AV was always there and helped to make sure that things ran smoothly. Top-notch customer service from everyone. Please be sure to pass along my sincere thanks to all of them.
      Lisa Kovac - Selective Mutism Association
      Working with such wonderful professionals (Kevin McNally and Zinete Cungic) allowed the planning process, for my groups stay, to come to fruition without a hitch. I thank you both for the great hospitality and look forward to working with you again in the future.
      Kim Goss - Humana Inc.


      On-site AV
      Call for inquiries