Where to Throw a Party

Organize by the numbers, whether it's a bachelorette party for 10 or a birthday party for 50. Get ideas for your next office party, engagement bash or anniversary gala in Chicago.

Updated: October 22, 2004

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Red Light

820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Nacional 27

325 W. Huron, Chicago, IL 60610

10 People or Less

Bin 36

339 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610

Love cheese? Bring your posse to this River North wine hang's new cheese bar, where a long communal table and 50 kinds of the stinky stuff await.

Cafe Iberico

739 N La Salle Dr, Chicago, IL 60610

Chicago's most authentic tapas restaurant, this raucous River North space is hugely popular with groups of all sizes.

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613

Stylish and sexy, this Lakeview martini lounge is perfect for a girls night out, and boasts a semi-private back room to boot.


1531 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610

This sushi favorite's tatami room seats up to eight adults and features a shoji screen door for privacy, private music system, and television set ($30 room charge for three hours).

China Grill Chicago

230 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

Shimmering silver curtains separate table 10 from the rest of the dining room--perfect for a romantic dinner or cozy gathering (seats two to eight).

10 to 25

Four Farthings Tavern And Grill

2060 N Cleveland Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

On a budget? This convivial Lincoln Park tavern's semi-private party room accommodates up to 40, and it's available free of charge.


702 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

This sexy Fulton Market space has multiple private-dining areas that can accommodate intimate groups and large-scale parties.

Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

1401 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

This classy South Loop destination features private rooms, including a candlelit, baroque-style wine cellar that accommodates up to 16.

Baton Show Lounge

436 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610

River North's bachelorette-party institution features bawdy cabaret shows performed by fabulously costumed drag queens.

Tizi Melloul Restaurant

531 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610

Decked out with pillows and Moroccan tapestries, this River North restaurant's Crescent Room makes the perfect party spot for 15-25 people.

25 to 50

Hopleaf Bar

5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Gather your beer-aficionado buddies in the upstairs room of this handsome Andersonville tavern, which offers a whopping 200 craft beers.

Speakeasy Supper Club

1401 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

A BYOB policy and frequent live entertainment make this one of the most popular party venues on the far north side.


1312 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Parties of 20 to 40 can hang in this South Loop Italian joint's intimate "Speakeasy," which features high ceilings, mahogany-accented walls, and exposed brick.

50 or More

Southport Lanes & Billiards

3325 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

You and 75 of your closest friends can take over the four-lane bowling room at this Lakeview hangout and chow on a full menu of tasty bar fare.

Sheffield's Wine & Beer

3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

This laid-back Lakeview bar will rent private rooms for up to 200, and offers a full catering menu to keep them sated.

Meritage Cafe & Wine Bar

2118 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

This stylish Bucktown spot's all-weather alfresco cafe makes an intimate setting for wedding receptions and other special occasions.

Joe's Sports Bar

940 W Weed St, Chicago, IL 60622

From the Alumni Room and Chapter Room to the 8,500-square-foot Clubhouse, this Weed Street mega sports bar can accommodate parties of just about any size.


1543 N Kingsbury St #103, Chicago, IL 60642

Impress the gang by scoring the VIP suite at this flashy club; it boasts two bars, its own sound system, and a full glass wall so everyone outside can see what they're missing.

Fogo de Chao

661 N la Salle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654

Corporate carnivores of up to 75 can chow down in the private dining room of this classy, all-you-can-eat Brazilian restaurant.

Blue Water Grill

520 N Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60610

This River North restaurant's private dining room (with its own bar) accommodates private parties up to 90 people.