Top Chicago Spots for Private Dining and Events

Here at Chrome City, we take our dining and cocktail experience pretty seriously. From after work drinks, to team dinners, we’re sharing some of the hottest private dining & event restaurants that Chicago has to offer. With all of the holidays coming up, food is a great way to gather all of your closest friends, coworkers, and family. These one-of-a-kind spots are perfect for your upcoming Friendsgiving dinners, corporate Christmas parties, or New Years bash. If you’re in the mood for a classic French meal or more of a Mediterranean theme, an evening on the Chicago River or inside at the Waldorf Astoria, below are a number of dining experiences for everyone to enjoy.


Beatnik On The River | 180 N. Upper Wacker Dr.

Photo credit courtesy of Bonhomme Hospitality


As a seasonal outpost of the popular West Town restaurant, Beatnik On The River (Bonhomme Hospitality) transports the original restaurant’s Andalusian-inspired courtyard to a 80-seat patio overlooking the South Branch of the Chicago River. Open during the week for lunch and happy hour, Beatnik On The River offers guests in the Loop many of the same mezze, brunch and large format dishes as the original location.


Café Bonhomme | 180 N. Upper Wacker Dr.

Photo credit to Francis Son


Café Bonhomme celebrates the rich cultural history of the ‘café society’ era, inspired by late-19th century through the mid-20th century in Europe and America. Part café, part restaurant, and part bar, Café Bonhomme combines the elegance of an old world café with the casual nature of a neighborhood eatery. Inside the 4,000 square foot space (200-capacity, 100 seats), centerpieces of the layout and design include a 50-foot Carrara marble bar, locally-manufactured brass chandeliers and custom collage wall coverings by renowned artist Erik DeBat depicting scenes from 1930s Europe.


Bordel | 1721 W. Division St.

 Photo credit courtesy of Bonhomme Hospitality


Bordel is a hidden, craft cocktail bar inspired by Paris' Belle Époque and Chicago's Prohibition Era, distinguished by its eclectic interiors and a weekly theater of varieties, featuring a rotating cast of jazz musicians, burlesque performers, magicians, cabaret dancers, and more. Black Bull offers craft cocktails, a Spanish-heavy wine list, and an award-winning food kitchen.


Celeste Rooftop Garden | 111 W. Hubbard St.

Photo credit Carey Primeau


Once merely an outdoor rooftop, the space has been enclosed and re-imagined as an English Garden, appointed with floral-patterned Victorian furniture and lush tropical plants. The space is easily transformed into a private event room by switching the lounge furniture out for long tables and black chiavari chairs. With a full-service bar and easy access to the second floor kitchen, the space works for both cocktail parties and seated dinners. The newly enclosed space also allows for year-round booking availability and ensures that private events will never be affected by weather.


Margeaux Brasserie | 11 E. Walton St.

 Photo credit courtesy of Margeaux Brasserie


When looking for an escape from the grit of the city, step inside Margeaux Brasserie’s ode to Paris, where the restaurant’s sophisticated, yet inviting ambiance overlooks the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast.Margeaux Brasserie’s private dining room is located adjacent to the restaurant and overlooks the Waldorf Astoria’s magical cobblestone courtyard on Walton Street. It serves as a premier space for holiday parties and seasonal bookings. From a glass of wine at the bar to a group happy hour in the lounge, boozy brunch or elegant dinner, Margeaux Brasserie is the go-to spot for all occasions brought to you by James Beard-winning Chef Michael Mina. Featuring locally-sourced ingredients, Margeaux Brasserie’s menu excites guests through beautiful presentation, bold flavors, and unexpected takes on French favorites.




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