Location, location, location. It’s not only true of real estate but parties, too. That’s why we’ve found eight private event spaces, each one perfectly suited for birthdays, bridal showers, engagement parties…you name it.

summer house santa monica chicago event spaces


Summertime is peak wedding season, so where better to set a bridal shower than on this airy patio? Even in winter, the parties continue thanks to a retractable roof and cozy fireplace. The fact that you can eat ahi tuna tostadas from Summer House and pizza from adjoining Stella Barra in one meal? We can’t even.

Accommodates: Up to 50 guests

1954 N. Halsted St.; 773-634-4100 or summerhousesm.com

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Nosh on cauliflower grits at brunch, turkey and sweet potato meatloaf come lunch and amazing pastries no matter the hour.

Accommodates: Up to 40 guests

671 N. St. Clair St.; 312-642-0001 or beatrixchicago.com