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Entertaining at the Driehaus Museum

Make history with your next special event!  Whether planning a private affair, a corporate gathering or a celebratory occasion, the Driehaus Museum provides an elegant and dramatic setting that guests will remember long after your special event concludes.

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 unique space immerses guests in one of the few remaining palatial mansions erected during America’s Gilded Age. The perfect setting for your cocktail reception or seated dinner.

Few other venues in the United States offer such an opulent setting for your event. With its marble-clad entrance hall, magnificently carved wooden interiors, and beautiful rooms - replete with iridescent mosaics and stained glass windows - the mansion known as the “Marble Palace” exemplifies the very essence of Gilded Age luxury.

Today, the Museum’s interiors also showcase a superb collection of late 19th-century and early 20th-century fine and decorative arts, including major works by artists and designers such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, as well as special exhibitions drawn from the Driehaus Private Collection or from other prestigious museums across the United States. 

For additional information, please contact the Special Events Office at 312-482-8922, ext. 22 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

All events at the Driehaus Museum are catered by the Museum’s exclusive event partner Parties & Special Events by Lettuce Entertain You.

Types of Events

The Driehaus Museum can accommodate a maximum of 125 standing guests for a cocktail reception which includes use of all three floors and access to the galleries and up to a maximum of 50 seated guests for dinner in the Historic Ballroom. We can accommodate up to a maximum of 100 seated guests with the additional use of selected galleries adjacent the Ballroom. Please see our Museum Capacity Guidelines for more information.

The Driehaus Museum is also a stunning location for smaller, more intimate weddings. We can host ceremonies, receptions, and/or seated dinners for up to 50 guests. The Museum also partners with larger venues nearby including the Ivy Room in the historic Tree Studios for weddings with more than 50 guests.

Membership with Special Event Privileges

Entertaining at the Driehaus Museum is a privilege we extend exclusively to our Premier Level Donors (Fisher Associate, Nickerson Circle or Driehaus Society levels) and Corporate Members (Marble, Alabaster and Onyx levels).

The Driehaus Museum Event Planning Office

312-482-8933, ext. 22
Event Inquiry Form

Featured Program

Hats Off: Mother's Day Tea
Sunday, May 14

Join us for our annual Mother's Day Tea, hats optional, but encouraged! Relax in the Gilded Age luxury of our historic Ballroom while enjoying live music and an appearance from Chicago Millinery Collective. Read more

Featured Program

Jazz Cabaret - Dizzy at 100
Friday, May 19

Presented in partnership with WDCB, 90.9 FM. Don't miss the chance to hear some of the nation's foremost trumpeters reflect on the life and influence of a legendary virtuoso. Read more