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Available daily, 8:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
Capacity: 300 reception style, 250 seated dinner, 300 ceremony
This unique and elegant venue offers main-floor and balcony-level seating and is the perfect setting for an evening of dinner, entertainment, and amusement. Set a traditional stage for a stand-up buffet reception or choose from a three- to four-course seated dinner, making use of the authentic officers’ rostrum for important remarks and speeches.
Designed by Chicago architects Louis Sullivan and his partner, Dankmar Adler, the original Chicago Stock Exchange was completed in 1894. When it was demolished in 1972, sections of the Trading Room, including Sullivan’s elaborate stenciled decorations, molded plaster capitals, and art glass, were preserved and used in the 1976–77 reconstruction of the room here at the Art Institute. Today, the Stock Exchange Trading Room lends historic opulence to a wide variety of events, from wedding receptions to corporate gatherings.