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New private dining rooms in Chicago restaurants – Crain’s Chicago Business

Planning to hold a company meeting, party or dinner? Here are 21 rooms in downtown restaurants that could be exactly what you’re looking for.

Gathering together these days may look a bit different, but having a private space in which to do it may be a good solution. Whether you need an intimate space to celebrate a just-closed deal or seek a larger room for a grand affair, we’ve spotlighted 21 private rooms in restaurants—mostly newcomers to Chicago’s dining scene, but also some notable spots we haven’t featured in the past. We focused on centrally located places in the Loop, South Loop, River North, Gold Coast and Fulton-Randolph district. Note that food and beverage minimums don’t include tax or tip. Prices and menu items should be considered representative and are subject to change. For more ideas, check out our master directory of private dining spaces, and event spaces, but be sure to check with the venues for the most updated information.

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Adalina

912 N. State St. | 312-820-9000 | AdalinaChicago.com

Three private rooms seat up to 22, 30, 40 and 50, depending on the space.

Decor: Classic and almost Victorian in nature with plush velvets, marble bars, cocktail tables and a custom Italian chandelier comprising 150,000 crystals fit for a sophisticated affair.

Cuisine: Italian. Chef Soo Ahn, who helmed the now-closed Michelin-starred Band of Bohemia, brings twists on classic Italian fare like sharable cacio e pepe arancini and gnocco fritto with 24-month-aged prosciutto; mussels au gratin with ‘nduja; handmade pasta like lumache with Maine lobster and king crab; filet tagliata drizzled with eight-year-aged balsamic—and wine selected from a 3,000-bottle, floor-to-ceiling cellar.

Cost: $1,000 to $5,000 minimum, depending on the space and time of the event.

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Alla Vita

564 W. Randolph St. | 312-667-0104 | AllaVitaChicago.com

Private room seats up to 24.

Decor: Set at the back of the restaurant next to the open kitchen with large windows peeking into the main dining room, the intimate space boasts a dramatic wall comprising dozens of Italian leather belts set above a deep-blue banquette with rustic wood tables and plush yellow and blue chairs.

Cuisine: Italian. A family-style Italian menu by Michelin-starred chef Lee Wolen with selections chosen from antipasti like fritto misto, salads like a kale Caesar, homemade pasta like pillowy cacio e pepe ricotta dumplings and wood-fired pizzas and whole sea bream or roasted New York strip.

Cost: $1,500 to $3,000 minimum, depending on menu selections with beverage pairings.

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Apolonia

2201 S. Michigan Ave. | 312-363-2431 | ApoloniaChicago.com

Private room seats up to 20.

Decor: Mediterranean meets Europe. Casual, modern and minimalist, the cozy room with textured cream walls and long wooden tables with low-slung padded wooden chairs is set off the restaurant through a sliding dark wood door.

Cuisine: Chef Stephen Gillanders offers two family-style menus showcasing seasonal ingredients highlighting Mediterranean and European flavors. Menu examples include spicy bucatini pomodoro; grilled branzino with marinated olives and dill; and large-format salmon and pork shoulder.

Cost: $100 room reservation fee and $2,000 minimum on weekdays; $2,300 Friday and Saturday.

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Avec River North

141 W. Erie St. | 312-736-1778 | AvecRestaurant.com

Private room holds 58 seats and 100 for standing receptions. Open-air rooftop Bar Avec is also available for up to 100 guests.

Decor: Light and airy with a Mediterranean feel, the open and bright space features tufted cobalt blue banquettes and lots of live greenery set along blond-wood tables and large windows looking into the main restaurant and out to River North.

Cuisine: Mediterranean. A rotating seasonal menu from chef Perry Hendrix features Mediterranean-inspired, family-style plates with farm-sourced Midwestern ingredients. Expect Avec favorites like chorizo-stuffed medjool dates, salt-cod brandade and slow-roasted pork shoulder alongside handmade pastas, sea scallop crudo and wood-fired meats and seafood.

Cost: Custom packages available, contact [email protected] for more information.

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Avli on the Park

180 N. Field Blvd. | 312-600-9997 | Avli.us

Several spaces on the first floor and rooftop can accommodate 48 to 120 seated.

Decor: With high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, an airy seaside feeling pervades Avli, offering the essence of the Greek Islands.

Cuisine: Greek. Whether you choose a reception or a seated affair, expect modern twists on Greek fare, including souvlaki, herbed Greek meatballs, lollipop lamb chops, filo shrimp, Greek salad and roasted eggplant. Beverage packages available, including an array of Greek wines.

Cost: No venue or rental fee. Minimum spend varies.

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180 N. Upper Wacker Drive | 312-526-3345 | BeatnikOnTheRiver.com

Private room seats up to 16 with a cocktail reception up to 20.

Decor: You can book out the riverfront terrace or inside front bar and journey to Morocco or southern Spain, but expand your adventure with the Jewelry Store, an actual 1913 Nashville shop reassembled in the middle of the restaurant bedazzled with dramatic wood-inlay mirrors and shimmering chandeliers.

Cuisine: Mediterranean inspired. Michelin-starred chef Marcos Campos plays with Mediterranean favorites and takes diners on a culinary adventure with dishes like pistachio tzatziki with cucumber and aleppo pepper; green gazpacho and Atlantic crab; feta-stuffed medjool dates; scallops with jamon Iberico; and Lebanese-style roasted lamb.

Cost: $675 minimum.

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Chikatana

850 W. Fulton Market | 312-374-1620 | ChikatanaChicago.com

Four unique spaces from 10 people seated comfortably on couches in La Esquina to a full buyout for up to 100 people.

Decor: Step off Fulton Market straight into beachside Tulum with plants, light woods, oversized burlap pendant lights and other natural materials that offer an escape within the city.

Cuisine: Mexican. Think elevated nuevo Mexican with dark carnitas tacos, octopus ceviche, squash blossom quesadillas, ensalada de nopales, carne asada and, of course, churros with spiced chocolate sauce.

Cost: $1,000 to $20,000 food and beverage minimum plus space rental fee based on area.

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The Dawson

730 W. Grand Ave. | 312-243-8955 | The-Dawson.com

Three areas on the second floor, including the Foundry and Devil’s Den, seat from 32 to 120 or up to 150 for cocktail receptions.

Decor: A stunning grand staircase leads to the private and private second-floor spaces with custom tile, handcrafted woodwork and plenty of natural light. Choose the Foundry with its adjacent terrace, the more intimate Devil’s Den with chevron navy denim walls, plush leather couches and fireplace, or both.

Cuisine: Contemporary. Passed apps like mini lobster rolls and short-rib taquitos to chilled seafood stations to coursed seated dinners with herb ricotta tortellini and Ora king salmon with lemon dill beurre blanc.

Cost: The Dawson has food and beverage minimums that vary based upon guest count, time, day, demand and the space.

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Etta River North

700 N. Clark St. | 312-766-4444 | EttaRestaurant.com

Private room seats up to 30.

Decor: A relaxed, welcoming cafe setting with vintage images, patterned wallpaper and a window looking out on the street level.

Cuisine: Rustic, wood fired. Everything at Etta—from the crispy-crust pizzas to rich focaccia to the family-style grilled meats, seafood and vegetables—revolves around the open-hearth, wood-fired grill from two-time Michelin-starred chef Danny Grant (who is also responsible for Maple & Ash), all done in an approachable, rustic style.

Cost: $2,400 minimum for three hours; $4,000 for entire evening.

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Ever

1340 W. Fulton St. | 312-766-9577 | Ever-Restaurant.com/private-events

Private dining room seats 10 to 12; partial dining room seats up to 20.

Cuisine: Contemporary. Evolving multicourse tasting menu from three-Michelin-starred chef Curtis Duffy, focused around seasonal vegetables and fresh seafood (think king crab and caviar) and quality meats (think wagyu) paired with wine from a global list.

Decor: After walking through the lively dining room with curved textured walls meant to evoke the canyons of Moab, Utah, guests enter a cream-colored, minimalist room with ambient lighting and an elegant chandelier over an oval-shaped table where every spot allows for conversation.

Cost: $2,820 minimum for private room; $7,520 minimum for partial dining room.

The Exchange

224 S. Michigan Ave. | 312-265-0591 | ThexchangeChicago.com

Private room seats 20. Larger spaces seat up to 250.

Decor: Set off the stunning atrium in the classic Daniel Burnham Railway Exchange via floor-to-ceiling paned glass windows, the small private room features shimmery drapes, earth-tone beehive tiles and tables set below a wood-panel ceiling.

Cuisine: Vegetable-centric steakhouse. James Beard-nominated chef Brian Huston prepares locally sourced vegetables, pastas and proteins, organic and biodynamic wines, and house cocktails.

Cost: $1,000 minimum.

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Jaleo

500 N. Clark St. | 312-820-7771 Jaleo.com/private-events

A variety of rooms and spaces can seat from 14 to 210, with receptions accommodating 30 to 230.

Decor: The bright and whimsical, restaurant, with lush fabrics, murals featuring Madrid cityscapes, colorful furniture and tiles, feels like a celebration of life.

Cuisine: Spanish tapas. Globally celebrated chef and humanitarian Jose Andres’ first opening in Chicago features his signature tapas like jamon Iberico, tortilla de patatas, pan con tomate, gambas al ajillo and, of course, paella.

Cost: Depending on the space and day of the week, minimums range from $400 to $35,000 for a full buyout.

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Lirica

900 E. Grand Ave. | 872-710-5750 | LiricaRestaurant.com

Private room seats 36 and up to 60 with overflow to the open-kitchen-facing chef’s table.

Decor: Set in the Sable Hotel at Navy Pier, the private room offers sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.

Cuisine: Latin- and Spanish-inspired. Expect Latin-inspired fare from the Iberian Peninsula and Mexico, like shaved serrano ham and beef empanadas, roasted poblano quesadilla and Spanish fried chicken with morrita chili salsa.

Cost: $1,500 minimum.

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Lure Fishbar

616 N. Rush St. | 312-660-6180 | LureFishbar.com/location/chicago

Private room seats up to 30.

Decor: Two private rooms sit adjacent to each other, open through tall, sliding glass doors, each with warm woods and soft linen drapes. One room features a wet bar with a pass-through window, while the other has a gloss white tambour fireplace.

Cuisine: Seafood. Get a family-style or fully plated meal with a variety of seafood and sushi like oysters on the half shell, steamed red snapper, king crab, tuna tacos, miso-glazed salmon and American items like Lure’s bash burger with bacon and onion jam.

Cost: $1,500 minimum.

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Oriole

661 W. Walnut St. | 312-877-5339 | OrioleChicago.com

Private room seats 20.

Decor: A modern, spacious classically designed room with exposed brick, a fireplace, Oriental rug, large north-facing windows and original 16-by-10-foot artwork from Richmond, Va., artist Seth Bauserman.

Cuisine: Contemporary. Two-Michelin-starred chef Noah Sandoval prepares four- and eight-course tasting menus featuring high-quality ingredients. Or opt for Oriole’s full menu.

Cost: $3,000 minimum Tuesday through Thursday; $4,500 Friday and Saturday.

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Rose Mary

932 W. Fulton Market | 872-260-3921 | RosemaryChicago.com

Private room seats up to 44 for full room or 16 for half.

Decor: A private room off the main dining room features whitewashed brick, honey-colored oak millwork and pale stone surfaces with pops of color from azure tiles and red clay.

Cuisine: Italian meets Croatian. “Top Chef” winner and former Spiaggia executive chef Joe Flamm pays homage to his heritage with a nod to “Adriatic drinking food” with housemade pastas and risottos, wood-fired meats, seafood and vegetables—and a well-curated, Mediterranean-focused wine list.

Cost: $4,000 minimum for half size; $8,000 minimum for full private room.

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Sunda

110 W. Illinois St. | 312-644-0500 | SundaNewAsian.com/Chicago

From two private rooms to other semiprivate areas, the space can accommodate 14 to 100.

Decor: The lofted party room offers exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, cedar plank ceilings and traditional Asian decor.

Cuisine: New Asian. Choose from multiple dishes—pan-Asian favorites like steamed buns, pot stickers, spicy chicken wings and sushi nigiri and rolls—served over four courses.

Cost: $1,500 minimum.

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Trivoli Tavern

114 N. Green St. | 312-366-2646 | TrivoliTavern.com

Semiprivate room can accommodate up to 40.

Decor: Imagine an old-time supper club decorated with tufted leather booths, red-and-white checkered tablecloths, exposed brick and vintage lamps and art.

Cuisine: Coal-fired tavern fare. From shrimp cocktail and a classic wedge salad to spaghetti Bolognese, fish and chips and chicken pot pie to whole branzino, big steaks, chops and prime rib—and, of course, classic cocktails.

Cost: Food and beverage minimums vary, depending on the day and time of the event.

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Tzuco

720 N. State St. | 312-374-8995 | Tzuco.com

Private space holds up to 16.

Decor: Until chef Carlos Gaytán opens his Tales of Carlos Gaytán restaurant-within-a-restaurant, book this intimate space with a private kitchen surrounded by wood and Mexican art and artifacts.

Cuisine: Upscale Mexican. Menus are inspired by seasonal produce and the availability of either hyperlocal or imported ingredients for dishes like venison tartar with huitlacoche, escamoles and epazote with blue corn tortillas, and sea scallops, prawns, sea urchin clarified ceviche.

Cost: Prices start at $200 per person, exclusive of beverage, tax and gratuity.

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Venteux Brasserie, Cafe & Oyster Bar

224 N. Michigan Ave. | 312-777-9003 | VenteuxChicago.com

Two private dining rooms seat up to 8 and 15, respectively.

Decor: Both red-hued rooms, set behind the main dining room’s bar, are accessed through industrial sliding doors and feature French-inspired art on gallery walls, saucer-shaped milk glass chandeliers set above either a crimson velvet banquette or wood-topped central table with bistro chairs.

Cuisine: Modern French. Chef Donald Young, Chicago’s youngest Michelin-star recipient, uses local and seasonal ingredients to create a modern twist on classic French fare: escargot and oysters; brie en croute and French onion soup; ratatouille pasta, steak frites and whole roasted duck.

Cost: Minimum spend ranging from $400-$1,500 for three hours.

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Verve Wine + Provisions

Verve Wine + Provisions

2349 N. Lincoln Ave. | 773-904-8536 | Chi.VerveWine.com

Private room can accommodate six to 10.

Decor: An intimate glass-door-enclosed wine cellar with floor-to-ceiling shelves stacked with globally sourced bottles or a slightly larger private room with a long wood table, shock-red painted ceiling, painted wood-slat walls and a glass-enclosed entryway looking out into the dining room.

Cuisine: Wine-driven contemporary. A la carte or tasting menu by chef Ryan Epp with starters like oysters with sancho peppercorn mignonette, jamón Iberico, bavette with alium jus and hasselback potatoes, and eggplant Parmesan.

Cost: Offerings start with a three-course tasting menu per $65 per person. Larger tasting menus and food supplements on request.

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