The Newberry Library Building

60 W Walton St Chicago, IL
Max Capacity: 1055 people
The Newberry is so much more than a famous library! With its architectural details, spacious halls and grand pianos, this historic 1893 venue is also great place to host a wedding or private celebration. The fully restored Lobby is a showstopper. Featuring a romanesque entryway, Art Nouveau chandelier, 20-foot ceiling and broad marble staircase (great for photos and a grand entrance) it lends itself beautifully to cocktail receptions, dinner parties or wedding ceremonies. With views of Washington Square Park and the lights of the Hancock building twinkling just beyond, Ruggles Hall hosts larger groups in a warm and inviting space. And if you're planning a more intimate gathering, the oak-paneled Towner Fellows' Lounge is an excellent choice with a cozy library feel. Although the Newberry was founded to share hundreds of years' worth of rare books, maps, music and much more, you don't need to be a book or music lover to appreciate the building's turn-of-the-century elegance. Complimentary parking in the on-site lot is available for after-hours events, with a discount arrangement for overflow parking at a nearby garage.
Recommendations

A Peaceful Night of Elegance, An Eventective User from New York, NY

My sister and her husband were married last fall at the Newberry in Chicago. As a research library, it has elegant architecture that is perfect for a wedding venue. My sister chose to have her reception in Ruggles Hall, which was recently renovated into a beautiful space. My father is a piano player and she had always wanted him to play at her reception. This hall had a Steinway at the corner of the room, which accommodated this dream perfectly. In the center of the room is space that is surrounded by four pillars. This space makes a perfect place for a dance floor. Above this section are beautiful chandelier-like lights that come down to dimly light the floor. We placed chairs and tables all around this area and it was an excellent setup. Her party had about 200 guests and the hall fit these comfortably, although I believe if the party was larger, she may have selected a larger hall. All of the staff at the Newberry was extremely helpful during the planning of the event. We hired our own catering company that my sister had wanted and the Newberry staff was very accommodating. I believe my sister paid between $600 and $700 per hour for the room, which she found to be very reasonable compared to other venues. It was a quaint venue that allowed for a very elegant reception. She was delighted with her reception being at the Newberry and I would highly recommend it to others.


Compact Beauty, An Eventective User from Des Plaines, IL

The Newberry Library offered a small to medium sized room for a 150 guest reception, but was a beautiful space! The cocktail hour was in close quarters, but really forced guest to mingle. The main ballroom itself was very quaint. Guests were not too far apart, but close enough to allow conversations between tables. The dance floor was easily accessible, as was the bar which was a favorite for many guests! The one negative was the bathrooms- which were downstairs and hard to get to for some older guests. Overall the venue is a hidden gem in the city of Chicago!

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  • Max Number of People for an Event: 1055
Woodridge, IL  
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.
Lake Forest, IL  
Capacity: 150
Built in 1908 by the famed architect, Howard Van Doren Shaw, Glen Rowan House features elegant spaces for any occasion. The main floor of the house can accommodate as few as 10 for an intimate dinner and up to 120 for a cocktail reception. The second floor features a conference room for six people and three overnight rooms, each with a private bath. The extensive grounds are ideal for picnics or tented events up to 250 people. Packages available that include the entire house or one floor.
Ingleside, IL  
Capacity: 300
$34.95-$114.95 per person
With more than 20 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 isle 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!
Saint Charles, IL  
Capacity: 900
The Arcada Theatre is a historic theater located in the charming downtown of St. Charles, Illinois. This venue offers a unique experience for any event. The theatre’s historic architecture ambience has an intimate setting that will set your event apart from your basic banquet hall. We are known as the #1 music venue in the midwest with legendary stars that have graced the stage. Also offering Club Arcada, one of the most exclusive entertainment experiences in the Midwest, re-living the glory days of The Roaring Twenties in Chicago! It is located on the third floor of the historic Arcada Theatre, an iconic music hall celebrating its 90th anniversary. Please contact us for more information!
Joliet, IL  
Capacity: 800
$6.50-$80 per 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.
Lincolnshire, IL  
Capacity: 300
$350-$8,400 per event
You'll find the perfect space for any event at NOAH'S. Our versatile, contemporary design and unique ceiling grid technology offers unprecedented freedom for setting the perfect scene. Whether your style is romantic or modern, organic or dramatic, NOAH'S makes setting the ideal ambiance a breeze. Because we want every element to express your individuality, we are an open-vendor venue and allow you to bring in talent that fits your wedding vision. You call the shots when it comes to the layout, food, décor and other elements of your special day. And our staff will be there every step of the way to make sure your day runs perfectly.
Aurora, IL  
Capacity: 340
Experience the heart of Downtown Aurora at your next event. With seven unique spaces available, Paramount Events can accommodate any occasion, big or small. Weddings, baby and bridal showers, corporate parties, family reunions, meetings, expositions – no matter the event, we’ve got the space for you. With the beautiful Fox River and stunning cityscape as your backdrop, your event is sure to impress. And the fun doesn’t have to stop there. You and your guests can enjoy everything Downtown Aurora has to offer including a casino next door, hotel nearby and restaurants in walking distance – with convenient access to the Metra and I-88. Whether it’s your wedding on the stunning, historic Paramount Theatre stage or cocktail hour in The Atrium before attending a show in the intimate Copley Theatre, leave it to the experts. We produce shows for a living. Let’s make your event our next production.
Chicago, IL  
Capacity: 1200
Our historic property combines the best of Chicago’s storied past with the modern amenities of the present. As a result, we offer unique reception and banquet spaces perfectly suited to create an unforgettable day for you and your guests. We offer 23 unique event spaces that can be transformed for your needs. Our location adjacent to Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain, and short walking distance to Millennium Park and Lake Michigan provide a stunning setting for photos and extra activities for the wedding party. Let our experienced and efficient wedding professionals walk you through the details customizing your ideal wedding menu, establishing a seating chart, reserving room blocks for attendees, coordinating with outside vendors for lighting, audio, floral and decoration needs.
Chicago, IL  
Capacity: 1100
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.