For your party- and event-planning consideration: Here are the top restaurant rooms that have opened in the past year, plus a few renovated rooms in older spots.
1962 N. Halsted St. | 773-240-3000
Private Crab Cellar seats 30, private Halsted Room seats 40
Decor: Seaside swish. Clubby downstairs room with mounted fish has its own bar; not wheelchair accessible. Upstairs, via elevator, the new, light-filled Halsted Room is woody and casual, with a mix of chairs.
Cuisine: Surf, some turf. Celebrated for its all-you-can-eat Alaskan king crab and burgers set on Lazy Susans. Family-style or plated meals are surf and turf. Sweets: Key lime pie, peppermint ice cream.
Cost: $800-$2,500 minimum.