The Art Institute of Chicago is the perfect location to celebrate those special events in your life that you’ll cherish forever.
With a myriad of special event spaces ranging from traditional to modern, the museum offers endless options for your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, wedding ceremony, or reception.
Classic spaces, such as the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room, add instant vintage glamour to your celebration, while the Modern Wing’s sleek, elegant design acts as a blank canvas awaiting the creation of your masterpiece event. A private viewing of the permanent collection or special exhibitions can be added to create a truly extraordinary experience.
Bon Appétit, the exclusive on-site event caterer for the Art Institute of Chicago, will exceed your expectations with seamless, sophisticated service and culinary excellence, preparing enticing menus with a variety of flexible options.
The Modern Wing was named Brides Chicago 2011 magazine editor’s choice for reception sites in the museums/art galleries category.
Social Event Menus
Bon Appétit has an array of menus available for all types of social events, with special packages available just for weddings. Our planners work with you to create the perfect menu for your budget. Fresh, seasonal ingredients make each dish a unique work of art. Menu items can be combined in a variety of ways to make your event one of a kind.
Please contact us for a complete list of offerings and pricing.
14 hours 34 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—Otis Kaye incorporated currency into a series of works as a commentary on the close relationship between art and commerce. Heart of the Matter shows a torn-up representation of Rembrandt’s Aristotle with a Bust of Homer with a stack of cash hanging from its center. The painting was purchased at the time for a record-breaking price. Kaye sought to critique the commercialism at the “heart” of the art world while paying tribute the great artists who make it possible.
See our new acquisition—Otis Kaye's Heart of the Matter—on view in Gallery 262.
19 hours 15 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—To Build a Modern Campus: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the Illinois Institute of Technology, 1939–1948
Former Bauhaus director Ludwig Mies van der Rohe began designing the IIT campus mere months after arriving in Chicago. To Build a Modern Campus examines both the project’s exemplary expression of modern technology and the social struggle of those displaced by its construction.
2 days 21 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago "We still live in a country where only tragedy teaches us the names of invisible men."
Chicago Reader visits Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem, on view through August 28.