You’ve been tasked with booking a fabulous place for your holiday party and you want to make a great impression. These gorgeous Chicago venues won’t let you down.

  1. Avec at 615 W. Randolph Street is a former wine bar that grew into a full service restaurant, but wine still takes the spotlight. Its second floor private event space feels warm and rustic to match the Mediterranean dishes on the menu. It can service a party of 40 to 60 guests, and has pizza, fish, lamb and cheese plates on the regular menu.
  2. For a party of steak-lovers, head to Smith & Wollensky at 318 N. State Street. You can’t beat their rib-eyes and NY strips which are dry-aged in-house. Situated on top of the Chicago River, the upstairs and downstairs dining rooms have beautiful views and the service is unrivalled. Even when the sparkling tables fill up, the staff will do whatever it takes to make you happy.
  3. Relax to a west coast rhythm at Pacific Standard Time at 141 W. Erie Street. Their pizzas and pastas feature fresh vegetables and it wouldn’t be a west coast venue without delicious seafood entrees. PST accommodates vegetarians, vegans and the gluten-free. Their bright, airy space evokes the openness of California farms.
  4. City Mouse in the Ace Hotel at 311 N. Morgan Street stands out for being a neighborhood restaurant that features good Midwestern dishes. It’s kid-friendly and open every day of the year. Their menu features seafood, beast and fowl, in entree, pasta or salad form. The Thanksgiving menu includes a chocolate pecan tart, and it can only get better for December.

If you’re having a hundred guests or more, The Lakewood at 1758 W. Lake Street will take care of you. Paramount Events runs The Lakewood, so your event will be catered by the best. Peruse sample seasonal menus to choose the perfect courses which will include fresh ingredients that they grow in their own greenhouse.