Chicago has taken the maxim “make no small plans" from visionary architect Daniel Burnham to somewhat extreme lengths. From record-shattering skyscrapers to celebrated cuisine, the style of Chicago is decidedly big. Then it also makes sense that Chicagoans prefer to throw big parties. And the city of big shoulders is very accommodating when it comes to hosting big parties in style.
Chicago party planners who are looking for venues to throw private parties are faced with an abundance of choices. And what’s almost equally important is that there are choices to throw truly memorable private parties. One such example is the rooftop of the recently renovated Chicago Athletic Association, with its sweeping views of Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park.
For a change of pace from rooftops and the unpredictable weather that tends to hit Chicago, head down to the sprawling games lounge in AceBounce. The private space, aka The Parlor, is a luxuriously appointed event space for any kind of event from birthdays to conferences. And the main attraction in this subterranean private party space just south of the Chicago River is its three championship ping pong tables and their hand-turned wood legs.
And when it comes to a feel of privacy and seclusion in a party setting, it doesn’t get more private than a sunset cruise on Lake Michigan. One thing to note when going with the boat option: make sure to bring enough supplies before setting sail! Running out of food or drink in the middle of a boat ride can really sink the party vibe.
So in the style of Chicago, when throwing a private party it makes more sense to go big and there are plenty of ways to do it.