The Merchandise Mart

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 470, Chicago, IL
Max Capacity: 1,180 people
Home to some of the world’s most esteemed trade and consumer shows, theMART understands what it takes to create and execute successful events. Now you can hold your gatherings, meetings and special events, large or small, in an impressive collection of adaptable venues inside theMART. Each space comes with an unmatched array of services, versatility and MMPI’s staff expertise. Combine that with the building’s prime location in the heart of downtown Chicago, and you’ll quickly see that it’s an event destination second to none. From the celebrated art deco lobby for large parties, to exquisite showrooms for cocktail hours and expansive showroom floors with all of the necessary electric requirements, to meeting spaces with breathtaking river views, theMART offers unrivaled venues for corporate, civic and charity special events, presentations, meetings or exhibitions.
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Events+Spaces at The Merchandise Mart, An Eventective User from Chicago, IL

The Merchandise Mart is an excellent venue to host a meeting. It is not only beautiful architecturally, but also it's customer service is extremely generous. Located in the heart of Chicago, you are located right on the beautiful Chicago river. Formally the Kennedy Building named after President John F. Kennedy and his wife, The Merchandise Mart is a plaza of accommodation. They offer the opportunity of an extremely successful event with a host of impressive and adaptable venues and unmatched services. Not to mention, The Merchandise Mart has an impressive reputation. My experiences with the Venue would leave me to give the venue a 5 out of 5. A few of the spaces that I am aware of available for event use include the North Lobby, South Lobby, the Merchandise Mart Conference Center, The Club Room, West Atrium, East Atrium, Suit Fifteen Twenty, and 350 West Mart Center Lobby. Which space to use truly depends on the the size of the meeting you plan to hold. The Merchandise Mart constantly host events in the building, so it is fair to book ahead of time rather than last minute and lose out. If you are coming from out of town you are in luck at The Merchandise Mart. They offer great amenities. They offer the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza. It is considered a business-class hotel offering 350 rooms, restaurants and conference facilities. They have great private wi-fi, which is a plus! There are also multiple shops and restaurants. They have a food court offering foods from Chicago style to Asian cuisines that I attended during a break in my meeting with a fellow worker. Would recommend to anyone looking for a special venue.

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  • Max Number of People for an Event: 1180
Serving the Chicago, IL Area
Capacity: 400
 
$34.95-$114.95 /person
With more than 25 years experience, hosting weddings is our specialty at Parkway Banquets! We are pleased to offer our amazing venue for your wedding or special event. Located on the shores of beautiful Long Lake in Ingleside, IL, our beautiful, natural setting gives you and your guests a spectacular view! One entire wall of our beautiful facility is located right on the lakefront of Long Lake, which is part of the Chain of Lakes in Lake County, IL. We’re on the border of McHenry County. We are also right next to the forest preserve, so our location is surrounded by nature, not tall buildings and loud, noisy traffic. We are proud to offer: * Lovely outdoor tented ceremony site - rain or shine! * Large, cozy, and inviting reception area with cathedral ceilings, overlooking Long Lake and right next to the forest preserve. * We can host your wedding ceremony right on site under our outdoor tented area (rain or shine!) We will custom decorate our arch and aisle to match your wedding colors at no extra charge. * Wide menu with a vast array of mouth-watering selections to choose from including our fabulous hors d’oeuvres, sweet table, ice cream bar, & much-requested late night snack! * All wedding packages include either a sit-down dinner or a large buffet FOR THE SAME PRICE. * Big dance floor with special up-lighting all around the room! * Expert advice on the hottest DJs, the coolest photographers, crazy creative florists, & the most outstanding cake bakeries & artisans in the area! * BE SURE TO ASK ABOUT OUR NEWEST FACILITY, 'PARKWAY BANQUETS SALON', WITH CAPACITY FOR 400 GUESTS!
Serving the Chicago, IL Area
 
Welcome to Bowlero—DuPage County’s coolest place to bowl, dine, play, and celebrate. Hit the lanes and have a ball in a setting that’s perfect for date night, family night, birthday parties, and corporate events that rock the cubicle. When it’s time to host your next birthday, kids party, holiday party, or corporate event, look no further than Bowlero Naperville. Our talented party professionals are special event ninjas trained in the art of awesome celebrations. They’ll do all the work while you have all the fun—that way, you can enjoy all the party perks and none of the party buzzkills (like cleanup).
Serving the Chicago, IL Area
Capacity: 120  
$2,000-$3,000 /event
OFFSITE Chicago offers companies a turnkey multi purpose facility designed and wired to inspire creativity, innovation and productivity in a way never before possible. Having contributed to the culture of innovation for numerous Fortune 100 companies in New York City, OFFSITE is eager to provide an invaluable service to like-minded businesses in Chicago – one meeting at a time. The venue boasts chic modern décor, a state-of-the-art A/V system, and an extensive list of amenities to provide the ideal backdrop for your next board meeting, brainstorming session, focus group, product launch or social event.
Serving the Chicago, IL Area
Capacity: 1100  
$25-$125 /person
Alhambra Palace is a one of a kind, dynamic venue that transports all who enter into another world. Sweeping archways, marble accents, mosaic tile, crystal chandeliers and hand carved sculptures frame the multi-level, 24,000 square foot Moorish- like castle. Artifacts from Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco can be seen throughout. Upon entering, guests are welcomed by a bar and lounge with intimate alcove seating. To the east is the restaurant which seats 100 people. The Babylon room is part modern, part historic with its curvaceous metal back chairs and stone carved wall hangings depicting scenes from the 13th century. The Alhambra Room, which seats 500 people, is awe –inspiring, soaring three stories high. A full stage with a state of the art sound and lighting system allows Alhambra to host and offer live entertainment. Seating on the expansive ground level and the two tiered circular balconies provide ample room for meeting and small group gathering as well as large scale conferences. Ample space allows for a dance floor, and tables can be added or removed to accommodate a sit down occasion or standing reception. Guided by a waterfall, stairs lead through the Alhambra Hall to the Marrakech Room, a posh and romantic space for more than 200 people. The high ceiling ballroom can be divided with a luxurious floor to ceiling ruby velvet curtains. Oriental rugs framed with leather cushioned settees Oriental rugs and elaborate wood carved Moroccan chairs offer a spot to relax and enjoy. Two private VIP rooms, which accommodate up to 50 people, are also located on the upper level. These elaborately decorated rooms exemplify opulence, making any guest feel like royalty. A world of intrigue and beauty await you for the most memorable experience.
Serving the Chicago, IL Area
Capacity: 500  
Newly Renovated!!! We are a full service property offering 145 guest rooms to include Junior and Presidential suites. Complimentary WIFI along with Keurig Coffee makers, Microwaves and refrigerators in all rooms. Indoor pool and Local Shuttle service is available. We offer a full service restaurant and bar along with approximately 4000 square feet of banquet space. We host a variety of events from small business meetings to black tie galas for 250 guests. Enjoy homemade favorites prepared in house from scratch!!!
Serving the Chicago, IL Area
Capacity: 800  
$6.50-$80 /person
BRAND NEW HOTEL Welcome to Joliet's newest Full Service Hotel featuring Rock Run Convention center offering 120 rooms and 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Ballroom offering 6,200 sq. ft. Located right off of I-80 and Houbolt Road, minutes from I-55. Onsite Restaurant - Burger Theory tempting your palette with Burgers, Apps and Craft Beers. State of the art fitness center boasting 2,000 sq. ft of spax with a Sauna and Yoga Room. Breakfast is offered from 6:00 am-10:00am, Lunch starts at 11:00. Groups receive one complimentary room per 25 rooms consumed.
Serving the Chicago, IL Area
Capacity: 1200
 
From Intimate to Exclusive, our first-rate banquet & meeting facilities, award winning cuisine and unparalleled service will transform your event to extraordinary! We have 35,000 square feet of banquet and meeting facilities. We offer an exceptional learning environment coupled with comfort and superior services, for events of 25 to 1200 guests. The dramatic 24-foot-height ceilings of the rooms with amber lighting are designed to be acoustically superior and feature soundproof walls, with on-site audiovisual amenities. Whether you are looking to plan a wedding reception, corporate function or birthday party, our expert Event Specialists will work closely with you to ensure that your day is an event to remember.