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
Museum Café: 2,285 McKinlock Court: 11,641
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.
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