After a record number of submissions, what follows are 31 spots that are the most intriguing venues we’ve encountered. To qualify, a space must have opened or been rehabbed in the past 15 months. One prominent trend? Refashioning vintage buildings.

Stratford on the Park

Address: Lincoln Park/2300 N. Lincoln Park West
Capacity: 160 seated, 200 standing
Square footage: 3,000
Cost: Cocktail receptions range from $40 to $80 per person, formal dinners from $80 to $150 per person.
Special features: AV equipment, views of Lincoln Park, outdoor patio, food and drinks from Lettuce Entertain You, fees inclusive of tables, linens and serviceware.