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Museum Café and McKinlock Court

Guest Capacity

Museum Café:
  • 240 Reception Style
  • 175 Seated Dinners
McKinlock Court:
  • 300 Reception Style
  • 175 Seated Dinners
  • 775 with Gallery Viewing


Museum Café: Daily, 6:00–11:30 p.m.
McKinlock Court:
Daily, 6:00–11:30 p.m.
May through September (weather permitting)


Museum Café: 32 x 62 feet
McKinlock Court:
82 x 138 feet

Square Footage

Museum Café: 2,285
McKinlock Court:

Ceiling Height

Museum Café: 14 feet

Serenity in the city—the Museum Café and remarkable McKinlock Court are among Chicago's best-kept secrets. Plan your next special event in this exceptional outdoor courtyard, encircled by museum galleries, creating a completely exclusive and intimate experience.

The Museum Café offers a cozy, stand-alone restaurant within the museum and is just right for small, private gatherings with fewer guests. When combined with McKinlock Court, special events can consist of stand-up buffet receptions or three- to four-course seated dinners. Host your special event around the centerpiece fountain, a replica of Carl Milles's Fountain of the Tritons in Copenhagen.

Whether you envision white linen and fine dining or a casual and tranquil alfresco affair, this secret event space will put you right in the art of it.

Download a pdf about the Museum Café.
Download a pdf about McKinlock Court. 

Interested in booking this space? Call (312) 443-3530 for a quote.