Private Events

The elegance and drama of Chicago’s Gilded Age will thrill your guests at the Driehaus Museum, an exquisite late 19th-century mansion located just steps from the Magnificent Mile.  It is an ideal venue for a cocktail reception, celebratory dinner, or intimate wedding.

With a marble-clad entrance hall, magnificently carved wooden interiors, and beautiful high ceilings, the mansion known as the “Marble Palace” exemplifies the very essence of Gilded Age luxury.

Each event has exclusive access to the entire Museum, including the magnificent main hall, the first-floor period rooms, second-floor exhibition galleries, and the historic Ballroom located on the third floor.  Guides are on-hand to answer questions about the mansion, the collections, and the current exhibition to interested guests. 

Twilight Tour
This after-hours tour offers an exclusive, intimate way for small groups of 20-50 to experience the Museum while enjoying a cocktail party atmosphere. 

5:30-7:00pm
$85/person
+$30/person for passed hors d’oeuvres
(Beverages include white wine, sparkling wine, beer, sparkling water, and still water)

Private Event and Meeting Rentals
(A special benefit reserved for Corporate Partners and Donors at the Nickerson Circle level and up)

Rental Fees*
Thursday – Saturday | $5,000
Sunday – Wednesday | $4,000

All private events include:
• 3 hours of event time; not including set up and tear down
• Complimentary event planning by museum’s event coordinator
• Brown Chivari chairs, tables, projector, screen, and podium
• Expert Museum Guides available to interact with your guests informally or through short guided experiences
• Museum Store available for guests during event with special discount.

Capacities
Evening Cocktail Reception: 125 guests maximum; entire museum
Seated Dinner: 55 guests maximum; Historic Ballroom
Evening Seated Theatre-Style Presentation: 60 guests maximum in the Historic Ballroom.
Evening Wedding Ceremony: 40 guests maximum in Main Hall; 50 guests maximum in Historic Ballroom

Meetings and Luncheons*
Hold a daytime meeting or Luncheon in our walnut paneled Billiards Room: Maximum of 50 guests.

Lecture style (50 people) | $1,000
Luncheon seating (30 people) | $2,000

*Catering and related expenses not included. Please inquire about our preferred list of vendors and donor programs eligible for rental privileges.

Get started with your private event at the Driehaus Museum.  Please contact our exclusive event planner, Marissa at 312-874-5912 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

By choosing us as your special event venue, you are supporting the Driehaus Museum’s exhibitions, programming, and the ongoing care of the historic Nickerson Mansion.


Photo credits: All photographs by Michael Monar

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