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McKinlock Court


We’re excited to return to hosting events at the Art Institute of Chicago. Please fill out our inquiry form to learn more about rental opportunities.

Tables with gold chairs and white table clothes are set outside in a marble court

Available Friday–Wednesday, 6:00–11:30 p.m., May–September (weather permitting)
Capacity: 175 seated dinner, 300 reception style, 200 ceremony 

Serenity in the city—the remarkable McKinlock Court is 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. Plan your special event around the centerpiece fountain, a replica of Carl Milles’s Fountain of the Tritons in Copenhagen.

The adjacent Museum Café can be combined with McKinlock Court to host stand-up buffet receptions or three- to four-course seated dinners.


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