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Best New Private Dining Rooms 2019

Looking for a spot for a private dinner in a hot new restaurant? Here are the top private rooms that have opened in the past year or have new or renovated rooms for your parties. For the most part, we focus on centrally located downtown restaurants, but we also go a little farther afield for a few spots that stand out for other reasons. Also, check out our directory of hundreds of other private dining rooms and event spaces. 

David W. Markowski

ALTHEA

700 N. Michigan Ave., 7th floor | 312-525-3400
Semiprivate dining area seats 20
Decor: Modern setting with tailored furnishings. Thick velvet curtains separate the main dining area from an airy private space with a rippled glass wall, wall-to-wall carpeting in an updated tumbling block pattern and velvet wall panels. Dimmed lights and candlelight foster a romantic nighttime ambiance.
Cuisine: Vegan. Menu by celebrity chef Matthew Kenney. Snacks include kimchi dumplings and barbacoa tacos. Chickpea frittata, mushroom and vegetable burgers, and plant bowls are a few of the main courses. Top it off with an ice cream flight.
Cost: Minimum $0-$1,000, depending on day and time.


Bonhomme Hospitality Group

BEATNIK ON THE RIVER

200 N. Green St. | 312-761-1777
Private dining room seats 14
Decor: Lively. Highlighted by glowing sconces, a gallery-like collection of artwork pops off the saturated red walls.
Cuisine: Mediterranean. Small plates include falafel, chorizo and marinated beets. Mains include butter-poached halibut and lamb tagine. For dessert, rhubarb pavlova, lemon posset and several ice creams and sorbets.
Cost: $1,500 minimum.


Jenny Grimm

CIRA

200 N. Green St. | 312-761-1777
Private dining room seats 14
Decor: Lively. Highlighted by glowing sconces, a gallery-like collection of artwork pops off the saturated red walls.
Cuisine: Mediterranean. Small plates include falafel, chorizo and marinated beets. Mains include butter-poached halibut and lamb tagine. For dessert, rhubarb pavlova, lemon posset and several ice creams and sorbets.
Cost: $1,500 minimum.


Stoffer Photography

DUTCH & DOC’S

3600 N. Clark St. | 773-360-0207
Semiprivate Clubhouse seats 12, private Marquee seats 20
Decor: Ballpark chic. Shiplap walls, white oak boardroom table, velvet maroon chairs. A wall of openable windows faces Wrigley Field.
Cuisine: American comfort. Start with garlic knots in a pomodoro sauce. Continue with pork ribs and carrot slaw or the pressed Wrigley brick chicken, crisp potatoes and salsa verde. Finish with Oreo cheesecake topped with caramel and chocolate whipped cream.
Cost: $800-$2,500 minimum, $100-$200 room fee.


ETTA

1840 W. North Ave. | 312-757-4444
Semiprivate Nook seats 26
Decor: Sophisticated boho. Painted metal chairs, gray leather banquette. The mirrored space reflects the working kitchen.
Cuisine: Rustic, wood-fired. Three- or four-course meals begin with fire-baked focaccia and ricotta honey truffle, or a hamachi crudo in a citron-chile vinaigrette. Another course: wild mushroom pizza or oxtail ravioli. Mains include fire-roasted whole branzino or grilled dry-aged rib-eye. End with a chocolate sabayon tart.
Cost: $1,650 minimum.


St. Jane Hotel

FREE REIN

224 N. Michigan Ave. | 312-334-6700
Private Wood Grain room seats 12
Decor: Dark-colored walls adorned with local brewery barrels and a warmly lit farmhouse table make for an intimate dining experience.
Cuisine: French. Appetizers include burrata with vine-ripened tomatoes and duck confit spring rolls. For entrees, options include chicken a la plancha with asparagus, flat iron steak and ricotta gnocchi. End things with banana and hazelnut crunch pineapple upside-down cake.
Cost: $500 food and beverage minimum.


Megan Sontag

FUNKENHAUSEN

1709 W. Chicago Ave. | 312-929-4727
Semiprivate Bier Hall table seats 16, semiprivate chef’s table seats 10
Decor: Contemporary beer hall. Airy and modern with white walls accented with wood beams, cuckoo clocks and vintage travel posters.
Cuisine: German-Southern fusion. The regular menu is available in addition to a preset family-style meal and a chef’s tasting menu. Kick things off with asparagus with fried smelt, oysters, or a house salad. Mains include skate wing schnitzel and smoked spareribs. For dessert, choose from Black Forest cake, pound cake and almond tart.
Cost: Typical preset menu starts at $55 per person excluding beverages, tax, gratuity and booking fees.


Sandy Noto

GALIT

2429 N. Lincoln Ave. | 773-360-8755
Private room seats 24.
Decor: Unfussy. Concrete floor, chocolate brown wall, honey-colored wood chairs, patterned banquette.
Cuisine: Middle Eastern in the hands of a James Beard rising chef award winner. Family-style small-plate meals might start with brisket-topped hummus or falafel with funky mango and Persian pickled turnips. Continue with wood-roasted Brussels sprouts and cippolini onions, fried fish Tunisian-style, and lamb kebab with harissa and labneh.
Cost: $1,800-$3,000 minimum.


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HALF SOUR

755 S. Clark St. | 312-224-1772 Private Speakeasy seats 20, private Bar 2 seats 60
Decor: Art deco. The bar has a barrel-vaulted ceiling, original Brunswick bar and concrete floor hand-painted by artist Zuleyka Benitez, who also did the floors and stained wood walls in the Speakeasy, a nautically themed space with round mirrors representing portholes.
Cuisine: Customizable Jewish deli-style menu. Starters include cheese curds and pumpkin seed hummus. Mains include salmon, vegan burger and pork chop. Desserts are custom-made based on client request and might include macaroons, brownie bites and ice cream sandwiches.
Cost: $500 minimum for Bar 2, $200 minimum for the Speakeasy.


Marcin Cymmer

HAMPTON SOCIAL

164 E. Grand Ave. | 312-414-1861 Private dining room seats 32, upstairs dining room seats 90
Decor: Crisp and coastal. Rope chandeliers hang from a lush plant-covered ceiling in the bright, spacious private dining room, which features long wood-plank tables and casual chairs.
Cuisine: American. Bar bites like Brussels sprouts, Parmesan fries and chicken wings are among the appetizers. Large plates include Shelter Island salmon, scallop risotto and lemon roasted chicken. A full bar serves beer, wine, specialty cocktails and mocktails.
Cost: $1,000-$1,500 minimum.


Neil Burger

MARGEAUX BRASSERIE

11 E. Walton St. | 312-646-1315
Private Saint German Room seats 40
Decor: Old World with a twist. Chandeliers are a cluster of gas-lamp globes, wool carpet has an art deco pattern. Black lacquer boardroom table, burgundy leather mock-wing chairs.
Cuisine: French. Start with escargots or seared Hudson Valley fois gras. Mains could be roast half chicken or braised beef short ribs. Sides: house macaroniand cheese or duck-fat french fries. End with creme brulee or Valrhona chocolate grand macaroon.
Cost: $2,500-$3,500 minimum.


Francis Son

MORDECAI

3632 N. Clark St. | 773-269-5310
Private Hush Money space seats 20
Decor: Handsome. Windowed space spills onto a terrace overlooking Wrigley Field. Oak floors, pinstripe blue walls, contemporary flannel-tufted leather chairs, photographs that celebrate Wrigley history.
Cuisine: American grill cocktail bar. Three-course meal might begin with beef tartare or bigeye tuna poke-style. Follow with a wedge salad, fish and chips or steak frites. Dessert is Cracker Jack beignets or Hoosier Mama chocolate chess pie.
Cost: $500 minimum.


Mark Ballogg

NITTI’S SPEAKEASY AT HARRY CARAY’S

33 W. Kinzie St. | 312-828-0966
Private dining area seats 12
Decor: 1920s-inspired furnishings. A bookcase separates the restaurant from the dimly lit speakeasy. Walls are covered in damask wallpaper with hints of gold; rich blue velvet curtains cover the windows, and crystal lamps provide moody lighting.
Cuisine: New American and Italian. Hors d’oeuvres include jumbo lump crabcakes, toasted ravioli and seared beef tenderloin. New York strip steak, crusted chicken breast and lemon sole are a few of the main dishes. The cocktail menu features Prohibition-inspired cocktails. To finish, cheesecake with bourbon caramel sauce.
Cost: $33-$130 per person.


Marisa Klug/Moratoya

OCEAN PRIME CHICAGO

87 E. Wacker Drive | 312-428-4344
Private Tribune Room seats 14, private Wrigley rooms seat 24 to 72
Decor: Darkly sophisticated. Hugging the Chicago River, the intimate Tribune Room has a boardroom-style table, chocolate-brown leather chairs and copper-hued walls.
Cuisine: Surf and turf. Meals may begin with calamari and crabcake and follow with Caesar salad or lobster bisque. Continue with filet mignon and haricot verts or sea scallops and risotto. Sweets are carrot cake and peanut butter torte.
Cost: $1,400-$8,000 minimum.


Christina Slaton/Lettuce Entertain You

OYSTER BAH

1962 N. Halsted St. | 773-240-3000
Private Crab Cellar seats 30, private Halsted Room seats 40
Decor: Seaside swish. Clubby downstairs room with mounted fish has its own bar; not wheelchair accessible. Upstairs, via elevator, the new, light-filled Halsted Room is woody and casual, with a mix of chairs.
Cuisine: Surf, some turf. Celebrated for its all-you-can-eat Alaskan king crab and burgers set on Lazy Susans. Family-style or plated meals are surf and turf. Sweets: Key lime pie, peppermint ice cream.
Cost: $800-$2,500 minimum.


Palm Restaurant Group

THE PALM RESTAURANT

323 E. Wacker Drive | 312-616-8141
Private River View room seats 21, Pier View room seats 28, Lakeshore room seats 65, Patio seats 50. Combined seating available.
Decor: Upscale. Reopened in 2018 in the Swissotel, the Palm features classic private dining rooms with river and pier views, dark-stained wood wainscoting, wall-to-wall carpeting and white tablecloths.
Cuisine: Steakhouse. A la carte ordering for up to 20. Appetizers include hand-cut steak tartare, lobster bisque and baked clams. Meats include steak and seafood, along with nearly a dozen sides. Key lime pie and deconstructed strawberry shortcake are two of many desserts. Customizable three- and four-course prix-fixe dinners available.
Cost: $72-$120 per person.


The Smith

THE SMITH

400 N. Clark St. | 312-312-5100
The ground-floor space with a private bar and the private lower-level space each seat 35-40
Decor: Bistro. In the ground-floor space, a long tufted brown leather banquette wraps the corner. White subway-tiled walls, wood paneling and a black and white checkerboard floor reinforce the old-school aesthetic. In the basement room, the details are different, but the vibe is the same.
Cuisine: American. Table hors d’oeuvres include potato chips with blue cheese fondue and crispy fried calamari. Mains include staples such as tagliatelle Bolognese and a classic New York strip. Desserts options include strawberries and cream, toffee pudding and birthday cake.
Cost: Food and beverage minimum starts at $500.


Warren Jagger

TAO CHICAGO

632 N. Dearborn St. | 224-888-0388
Semiprivate Sky Box seats 22
Decor: Asian jewel. A red-lacquer table sits under a gilded ceiling, lit by candles and red lotus-shaped light fixtures.
Cuisine: Pan-Asian. Five-course menu served family-style. Start with satay of Chilean sea bass or lobster wontons. Mains include Tokyo-style filet mignon, Peking duck and sweet and sour pork. Sides: pad thai and spicy eggplant. Dessert sampler: yuzu creme brulee, bread pudding doughnuts and giant fortune cookie.
Cost: $2,000-$2,500 minimum.


Megan Leigh Photography

TAUREAUX TAVERN

155 W. Van Buren St. | 312-624-8778
Private mezzanine seats 40, private outdoor pergola seats 75
Decor: Art deco elegance. Overlooking the main dining room on the mezzanine level, the private dining area sports neutral color palette with copper-framed mirrors and glowing sconces.
Cuisine: French-inspired. Buffet or seated menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner could include appetizers like escargot and baked goat cheese. Mains include burgers, steak and Maine lobster roll. For dessert: chocolate mousse cake, creme brulee and other treats.
Cost: Starts at $1,000.


Bull Huber

TERRACE 16

401 N. Wabash Ave. | 312-588-8600
Private River room seats 36
Decor: This newly redone room is modly masculine. Herringbone floor, leather chairs, starburst chandelier and a stunning view of iconic Chicago buildings from the 16th floor of Trump Tower on the Chicago River.
Cuisine: American. Three- or four-course meals may begin with Caesar salad or mushroom risotto, continue with seared scallops and grits or filet of prime rib with roasted cauliflower. Finish with caramel pots de creme or chocolate praline tart.
Cost: $1,500-$6,500 minimum.


Jason Palermo

VICTORY ITALIAN

434 W. Ontario St. | 312-929-2850
Semiprivate dining area seats 75
Decor: Upscale 1920s-era tavern. Framed images of yesteryear, including old Chicago storefronts, lean into the old-school ambiance in this loft-like 2,500-square-foot lower-level space with a glass-tiled bar and dining tables with white tablecloths.
Cuisine: Italian. Custom menu available. Starters include pizza, baked clams, and sausage and peppers. The main course might include nearly a dozen pasta dishes as well as chicken, veal or eggplant Parmesan and other meats. Sweets include homemade cannoli, tiramisu and a fresh fruit platter.
Cost: $500-$2,500 minimum.


Emilia Czader

LA VISTA AT FRONTERA GRILL

445 N. Clark St. | 312-334-3662
Private second-floor space seats 30
Decor: Indoor-outdoor vibe in a lofty space that overlooks Clark Street. It’s strung with lights, anchored by street carts. Furnishings are spare but warm. Mexican art and a banquette with pillows provide color.
Cuisine: Mexican street food. Appetizers include sopes and shrimp skewers. Guacamole and ceviche are made in front of you. Taco carts provide carne asada and chicken tinga poblana. For dessert: churros and chocolate-pecan pie.
Cost: $2,500-$4,000 minimum.


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VU ROOFTOP

133 E. Cermak Road | 312-528-0191
Private boardroom and karaoke room each seat 16; the private club bar seats 30 and opens to the terrace. Semiprivate spaces also available and can be combined.
Decor: Moody modern vibe with concrete flooring and dark walls punctuated by green leather chairs.
Cuisine: American. Menu includes roasted Brussels sprouts, buttermilk fried chicken, panko fried oysters and wood-fired flatbread. For dessert: puff pastry doughnuts with sweet bacon glaze and guava mousse.
Cost: $75-$100 per person.


Neil Burger

WALTON STREET KITCHEN + BAR

916 N. State St. | 773-570-3525
Private Lounge seats 18, private Walton Room seats 30
Decor: Casual elegance. The Walton Room has a coffered ceiling and honey-colored leather chairs. The Lounge is book-lined with reclaimed floors, vintage rugs and a fireplace.
Cuisine: American bistro. Three- or four-course meals start with grilled flatbread or arugula salad. Popular mains are salmon Vesuvio, steak frites and herb-rubbed roasted chicken. Desserts: butterscotch creme brulee and lemon meringue pie.
Cost: $1,000-$3,000 minimum.


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YUGEN CHICAGO

652 W. Randolph St. | 312-265-1008
Private dining room seats 12
Decor: Modern. A sleek teardrop chandelier illuminates an intimate dining room with pastel tones and a faux-painted accent wall embedded with reflective glass.
Cuisine: Japanese. Seasonal menu. Start with seaweed salad or miso soup. Entrees include Norwegian fjord trout, crab rice and dry-aged lamb. Japanese cheesecake and milk and cookies are just two dessert options.
Cost: $4,000 minimum.


Neil Burger

Z BAR

108 E. Superior St. at Peninsula hotel | 312-573-6888
Private space seats 25 (15 indoors, 10 outdoors), semiprivate Lounge 2 seats 59 (34 indoors, 25 outdoors)
Decor: Contemporary elegance in an intimate setting. A glowing ceiling cove softly illuminates a private dining room centered around a tall fireplace. The space opens to a patio overlooking the city.
Cuisine: Globally inspired. Might start with Ants on a Log (celery with creme fraiche and caviar) or daikon frites. Other shareable courses include tuna tartare, savory buns and mini Wagyu beef sliders. Desserts include chocolate brioche dough, mango sorbet and lamington cakes.
Cost: Starts at $3,500.

BARRIO

65 W. Kinzie St., Chicago | 312-940-9900 | barriochicago.com |[email protected] | Powered By DineAmic Group
Barrio’s largest private dining room, Bodega, is a unique event space suited for both casual and formal events. Tucked away for privacy, with a secret entrance, the private space accommodates up to 100 guests seated and 130 guests reception-style. Other private dining options include the Casita, perfect for up to 12 guests, as well as the full-venue buyout for up to 250 guests.
Decor: Bodega is complete with stunning chandeliers, modern furniture, a built-in bar and full AV control. For more intimate event needs, Bodega can be split into two separate rooms, each seating up to 40 guests.
Cuisine: Barrio offers a creative take on traditional Mexican fare with American influences. The kitchen is helmed by “Top Chef” alum Katsuji Tanabe, who has created catering options for both seated as well as reception events.
Cost: Packaged options with minimums based on seasonality, $500 – $8,000.

BLUE DOOR FARM STAND

2010 N Halsted St., Chicago | 312-265-0259 | bluedoorfarmstand.com
The Upstairs Atrium & Blue Sage area available for 10 – 150 guests.
Decor: Warm and welcoming space, marrying the sophistication of Chicago with farmhouse chic.
Cuisine: Fresh and seasonal fare from local Midwest farmers carefully crafted daily from scratch.
Cost: $250 – $2,500 minimum.

BLUE DOOR KITCHEN & GARDEN

52 W Elm St., Chicago | 312-573-4000 | bluedoorkitchenchicago.com
The Cottage Room seats 10 – 55 guests.
Decor: Charming and elegant space inspired by the cottages and grand manors of the French Countryside.
Cuisine: Home of Art Smith’s southern cuisine, seasonally and locally sourced. Family style and individually plated courses featuring a variety of southern favorites including Art’s signature hummingbird cake.
Cost: $500 – $3,000 minimum.

BIGGS MANSION

1150 N Dearborn St., Chicago | 312-809-2444 | biggschicago.com
The Pool Room, The Poker Room and other lounge areas available for private events for 10-250 guests
Decor: Housed in an iconic and historic landmark, adorned with original hand carvings, marble fireplaces, and luxury leather sofas and chairs.
Cuisine: N/A; Biggs Mansion is a premium cigar bar. Food & Beverage Catering available from other Top Nosh Hospitality venues.
Cost: $75-day pass for visitors; minimums vary by day, time and number of guests.

CHICAGO Q

1160 N Dearborn St., Chicago | 312-642-1160 | chicagoqrestaurant.com
With three distinct dining spaces, Chicago q can accommodate anywhere from 10-150 guests.
Decor: A comfortable atmosphere with a touch of southern charm, featuring rich, dark, and reclaimed woods.
Cuisine: Mastering the art of elevated BBQ, Chef and Pitmaster Art Smith uses the highest quality meats seasoned with house-made rubs. Pair dishes with our world-class selection of bourbons and fine wines.
Cost: $250 – $2,500 minimum.

FOGO DE CHÃO BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE

661 N. LaSalle St., Chicago | 312-932-9330 | 5460 Park Place, Rosemont | 847-678-7200 | 1824 Abriter Court, Naperville | 630-955-0022. | fogo.com/group-dining
Perfect for space-heavy groups to full buyouts. 4 private/semi-private dining areas for 15-500+ guests.
Decor: Recently renovated with expanded Bar Fogo and a contemporary, warm and timeless feel.
Cuisine: Southern Brazilian Steakhouse featuring a variety of fire-roasted meats carved tableside, seasonal Market Table & Feijoada Bar with fresh salads, charcuterie, Brazilian delicacies and more. Award-winning wine list and cocktails from Bar Fogo.

LA STORIA

1154 N Dearborn St., Chicago | 312-915-5950 lastoriachicago.com
Private Dining Rooms available for 10-50 guests. Dining Room and Patio available for buyout.
Decor: Cozy and comfortable. Nestled in a 19th century brownstone with restored woodwork and fixtures, adorned with red leather chairs, and murals by world-reknowned artist Edward Sorel.
Cuisine: Embracing the spirit of Italy with a Mediterranean influence through thoughtful, seasonal food, and house-made cocktails.
Cost: $750 – $5,000 minimum.

PRIME & PROVISIONS

222 N. LaSalle St., Chicago | 312-726-7777 | primeandprovisions.com |[email protected] | Powered By DineAmic Group
Prime & Provisions offers a variety of both private and semi-private dining spaces. Two private dining rooms (North Private Dining + South Private Dining) boast beautiful city views, built-in bars, and full AV control. The rooms can accommodate groups of 15-130 seated or 200 reception. Semi-private options include a covered outdoor terrace for both seated and reception events; full restaurant buyouts are welcomed as well.
Decor: The private dining rooms strike a balance between approachable comfort and innovative design. Taking inspiration from the supper clubs of the 1920’s, the rooms are warm and inviting with plush seating and upscale lighting.
Cuisine: Prime & Provisions celebrates the simplicity of true steakhouse fare with an upscale twist. The restaurant offers 100% natural black Angus beef, plus not-to-miss dishes such as Fried Chicken, Thick-Cut Bacon, Porterhouse for 2+, and S’mores. The restaurant was rated #1 on USA Today’s 2019 Best Steakhouse List.
Cost: Packaged options with minimums based on seasonality, $1,000-$9,000.

SIENA TAVERN

51 W Kinzie St., Chicago | 312-595-1322 | sienatavern.com |[email protected] | Powered By DineAmic Group
Siena Tavern offers a variety of both private and semi-private dining space including The Cellar (up to 16 guests), Elevated Dining (up to 25 guests), Lounge (up to 50 guests), The Oval Bar (up to 150 guests), as well as a full-venue buyout (up to 450 guests).
Decor: The décor surrounding Siena Tavern reflects a hybrid of a rustic Italian market, a fine dining restaurant and a modern, industrial tavern, bridging old world comfort and hospitality with a contemporary menu and design.
Cuisine: Siena Tavern is known for its from scratch menu featuring Italian cuisine from “Top Chef” Fabio Viviani. Signature items include Truffle Gnocchi, Coccoli, and Wagyu Beef Meatball. There are options for both seated and reception style events.
Cost: Packaged options with minimums based on seasonality, $750-$6,000

TORTOISE SUPPER CLUB

350 N. State St., Chicago | 312-755-1700 | tortoisesupperclub.com
Tortoise Supper Club is a family-owned metropolitan supper club known for its historic Chicago ambiance and gracious hospitality.
Decor: The Red Room, reminiscent of glamorous 1960s Hollywood, seats 22-60 guests for dinner and accommodates up to 75 guests for a cocktail reception. More intimate space can be found in the cozy, wood-paneled Boardroom, seating 6-22 guests. Rich with historic Chicago art, the Clubhouse comfortably holds up to 135 guests.
Cuisine: Tortoise Supper Club’s scratch kitchen features high-quality steaks, chops, and fresh seafood.
Cost: $1,000 and up.
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