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Entertaining at the Museum
Located just steps away from the Magnificent Mile, the Driehaus Museum provides a distinct and intimate setting for corporate entertaining and private events. Breathtaking yet intimate, this space is an immersive experience into the Gilded Age for your cocktail reception or seated dinner.
Few other venues in the United States can offer such an opulent setting for your event, as Samuel M. Nickerson spared no expense in the creation of his Marble Palace. With its marble-clad entrance hall; magnificently carved wooden interiors; and beautiful rooms, replete with iridescent mosaics and stained glass windows, the mansion exemplifies the very essence of Gilded Age luxury.
The mansion can accommodate a maximum of 125 standing guests for a cocktail reception. For dinner, a maximum of 100 seated guests may be accommodated.
Parking and Directions
Directions to the Museum, as well as specific parking and public transportation information, can be found on our visitor information page.
The Driehaus Museum is wheelchair accessible. Access to the building is via 50 E. Erie Street. For additional information or specific inquiries, please call 312 482 8933, ext. 22.
The Driehaus Museum Event Planning Office
Mansions and Millionaires: The McCormickville Walking Tour
First and third Saturdays, May 3 through November 15
Step back in time to enjoy a special walking tour of Chicago's River North district, led by historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach. Read more
Nickerson Lecture: Achievements of the Low Art Tile Company
Thursday, September 18
The Low Art tile Company produced some of the finest ceramic tiles ever produced in the United States. Between 1878 and 1904 Low tiles were displayed in more than eighteen distributors showrooms around the United States, Canada and Britain. The talk will provide a window into the artistic world of late 19th century America. Read more
Nickerson Lecture: Gardens for a Beautiful America
Thursday, October 30
Gilded Age industrialism brought a new prosperity, but at the price of once pristine forests, rivers, and blue skies, devastated by continental railroad building and factory pollution. This lecture will explore the work of wealthy women and landscape architects to green America. Read more