Looking to throw a big bash? We sifted through dozens of event spaces that have opened or have been significantly renovated in the past 15 months to come up with a list of the top spots in the Chicago area, including one on a boat and one in a former industrial space on the Fox River. Want more ideas? Try our archive of the city’s best party venues, our list of the best private dining rooms or our guide to hotel meeting places.

The Dalcy

Address: 302 N. Green St.
Website: thedalcy.com
Capacity: 300 seated, 500 reception-style
Square footage: 6,000 inside, 4,000 rooftop
Cost: $75 to $175 per person.
Special features: Designer linens, custom cocktails and menu cards, bridal suite, wireless handheld microphones, LCD projectors, drop-down screens and sound system.
Best for: Big company events, inside or out.