by Jennifer Olvera - 3381 Reviews - 45 List
Planning a party can be tough: Certain events demand an intimate pad where you can hang out with your closest pals; on other occasions, nothing but the glammest and glossiest big blowout will do. It turns out, Chicago is chock-full of celebration-worthy venues of both stripes. Whether you seek killer bevs and blissful bites in a private room or want to throw a party at a scene to be seen, these Chicago haunts are worth toasting to. (Photo: Zed 451)
Updated: September 08, 2010
Private events for 14 or more guests ooze cool at this New Asian go-to, where sharing everything from whacked-out sushi to pristine sashimi is de rigueur--though a la carte and buffet-style bashes are available options, too. Plan ahead, and DJs will hit the decks at your ambient, ultra-cool soiree.
Boasting numerous private spaces, starting with accommodations for 15, this spot for spice-seekers delivers flavors from Cuba and Puerto Rico, Argentina, Peru and Mexico. A shock of color is at every turn, while lively music gets the party started. Consider booking one of its three salons; adjacent to the main dining room, they're a perfect place to linger over mojitos, empanadas and the like.
Comfortably seating 16 guests for dinner, the intimate Chef's Table at this longstanding haus is positioned off of the main dining room. Of course, the historic German restaurant also can accommodate sit-downs for 200. Whatever your needs, the schnitzel, sauerbraten and strudel aim to please.
Offering a private dining room for 20 (and up to 60) guests for a seated event, this caliente charmer dishes up a festive, family-style experience, starting with stunning ceviche and ice-breaking martini tipples. Then again, the craft cocktails from mixologist extraordinaire Adam Seger are second to none.
Book the walnut and sliding-glass-door-adorned Clark Street room at this modern, churrascaria-esque meatery for mid-size groups. Meanwhile, gatherings of eight can commingle at its fireside perch; 100 scene-seekers should secure the killer rooftop lounge; and up to 300 revelers may settle in to the main dining room.
Catering to as few as 25 in its half-pool lounge and accommodating up to 500 guests in the dining room, this Nate Berkus-designed River North hot spot is outfitted with multiple pool tables, more than a dozen big screens and a DJ booth to keep the crowd engaged. Then there are the eats, which range from a juicy, signature Kobe burger to truffle fries.