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The Top 7 Corporate Spaces in Chicago for Business

Written by on 3rd April 2020
Category: Business Travel

Business in Chicago is synonymous with the city’s lustrous skyline of skyrises, and as we’ve recently established, business is most certainly booming in the Windy City. Consequently, the number of impressive world-class corporate spaces in Chicago is growing alongside the number of corporate housing options available. We have studied the city’s sizeable selection of venues to shortlist the 7 best corporate spaces in Chicago. Broaden your knowledge of corporate event spaces in Chicago for future business travel consideration, or to utilise during your next stay in one of our recommended furnished apartments the city has to offer.

1. Navy Pier

Navy Pier is ideal for business in Chicago
Though primarily a tourist hotspot, Navy Pier also offers some of the city’s leading corporate venues

Affording magnificent views of both the vast blue waters of Lake Michigan and equally iconic city skyscrapers, Navy Pier is a premier corporate event space in Chicago with unparalleled surroundings. With meeting rooms and exhibit halls for smaller events, Navy Pier also boasts the glamorous Aon Grand Ballroom and personable Lakeview Terrace for larger functions. Whether for a conference, social gathering or impressive celebration, Navy Pier is ideal for any event pertaining to business in Chicago during your stay.

2. The Metropolitan Club

Metropolitan club Willis Tower Chicago
The Metropolitan Club sits atop the impressive Willis Tower (centre)

For those who wish to conduct business in Chicago within only the most prestigious of settings, The Metropolitan Club is unquestionably a prime choice of venue. Situated near the very top of the Willis Tower, The Metropolitan offers guests both exquisite interiors and jaw-dropping views of the city below and beyond. Providing the first-rate service within a range of event spaces, including impressive meeting rooms, panoramic dining areas and club spaces for social gatherings, The Metropolitan is renowned as a highly sought-after corporate event space in Chicago and extends a sense of exclusivity to its clients.

3. Klairmont Collections

Classic cars perfect backdrop for business in Chicago
For motoring enthusiasts or related businesses, Klairmont Collections is a tailor-made corporate venue space

Not all corporate spaces in Chicago adhere to the same format; Klairmont Collections is a case in point.  With two floors covering 100,000 square feet filled with over 300 classic cars on display, hosting a business meeting, meal or celebratory evening in this unique venue is bound to be memorable. Although not a venue that may typically come to mind when organising where to host an event for business in Chicago, Klairmont does provide a fascinating backdrop with a plethora of vehicles to browse with colleagues and business associates – ideal for stimulating conversations and establishing enduring business relationships.

4. Salvage One

cocktails at Salvage One
Salvage One offers multiple corporate spaces, including a cocktail party area

Another of the more unusual, and one of the best corporate spaces in Chicago, Salvage One is a chic antique warehouse space covering 60,000 square feet. With a rustic yet luxurious backdrop of unusual antiquities and characterful furniture, Salvage One offers an array of event spaces to conduct business in Chicago. With an outdoor space and courtyard, indoor space (perfect for large meal functions or cocktail ceremonies), and 2,400 square foot meeting space, it’s unsurprising that this trendy corporate venue has been utilised by global giants such as Google and National Geographic to name but a few.

5. Rookery Building

the Rookery lobby
The Rookery Building’s lobby is one of the most architecturally impressive corporate spaces in Chicago

The historic Rookery Building was opened in 1888 and has since become as well recognised and central to the city landscape as the Chicago River.  Its incredible sky-lit lobby added to the main structure in 1905 and featuring incredibly detailed masonry, makes an impressive backdrop for any corporate event. A cocktail reception can be held in the lobby with a capacity of up to 400, whereas a smaller seated dinner can also be held for up to 200 guests, as can many other functions – making this one of the most flexible corporate spaces in Chicago.

6. Chicago Cultural Centre

Chicago cultural centre

Formerly a Public Library, today the Chicago Cultural Centre is a free municipal cultural venue where events and performances are held year-round. The building’s beauty, central location and vast, impressive interiors also make it a perfect venue for holding a special corporate event while conducting business in Chicago. Featuring two stunning glass domes and a variety of spaces – from large central halls with elaborate décor, to minimal upper rooms with fantastic views of the city – events both small and large can be arranged with the building’s facilitators to cater to your exact needs.

7. Firehouse Chicago

firehouse chicago outside
With understated yet beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces, Firehouse Chicago is the perfect venue for an intimate corporate event

This vintage venue is another re-purposed space – with no prizes for guessing its previous incarnation. Firehouse Chicago is favoured for its rustic interiors and picturesque scenery by wedding planners and businesses alike. With outside areas ideal for mingling and enjoying a cold drink, and vaulted inside spaces offering room for meetings, presentations or parties, the venue lends itself to those in need of a unique setting to celebrate the conclusion, or beginning, of their business in Chicago.  We guarantee that you won’t leave without getting plenty of selfies on the fireman’s pole!

Equipped with your list of the best corporate spaces in Chicago, why not browse our selection of furnished apartments in Chicago to begin your corporate journey to the city? If your appetite for knowledge is not yet sated, read our selection of fascinating Chicago facts you probably don’t know.