Indoor Spaces

Indoor spaces offer year-round locations for your meeting or special event. For additional images of the spaces, visit our gallery.

McGinley Pavilion

This dramatic canopied terrace is a breathtaking setting for a summer party, dance, meeting, or reception.

Located at the water's edge across from the Garden's Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon, McGinley Pavilion is available for rentals from May through October (heaters and clear side walls are available).

McGinley Pavilion's Waterfront Patio has spectacular views of Evening Island.

CAPACITY
Sit-down dinner with dance floor 230
Sit-down dinner 270
Cocktail reception 350
Wedding ceremony 125
Theater 148
Classroom 96

PHOTO: McGinley PavilionPHOTO: McGinley Pavilion

Pullman and Linnaeus Rooms

The ideal location for meetings or intimate seated dinners for up to 70 people, these rooms are adjacent to the Krehbiel Gallery and have beautiful views of the Garden's Esplanade and North Lake.

The Linnaeus and Pullman Rooms house the Garden's permanent botanical art collection, offer audiovisual capabilities, and are available throughout the year.

CAPACITY
Sit-down dinner or meeting with round tables 70
Cocktail reception 70
Theater 75
Classroom 30

PHOTO: Fairchild and Linnaeus RoomsPHOTO: Fairchild and Linnaeus Rooms

Nichols Hall

Designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, this grand indoor space features a dramatic two-story skylight and Canadian hemlock walls and ceiling.

A distinctive, grand indoor space ideal for gala events, Nichols Hall accommodates up to 350 guests.

CAPACITY
Sit-down dinner with dance floor 275
Sit-down dinner 300
Cocktail reception 400
Wedding ceremony 275
Theater 350
Classroom 275

PHOTO: Nicholas HallPHOTO: Nicholas Hall

Burnstein Hall

Burnstein Hall is an airy room with garden views and access to Runnells Courtyard, which features the Garden's renowned Bonsai Collection; it provides a lovely backdrop for dances, dinners, or meetings of up to 220 guests. Available year-round.

CAPACITY
Sit-down dinner with round tables 210
Sit-down dinner with dance floor 150
Cocktail reception 220
Theater 150
Classroom 76

PHOTO: Burnstein HallPHOTO: Burnstein Hall

Krehbiel Gallery

With its Kasota stone reflecting pool, the Krehbiel Gallery provides a serene setting for guests during cocktails or at a seated dinner.

This indoor site serves as the Garden's premier art exhibition display space and provides a beautiful alternative to outdoor garden areas. The Krehbiel Gallery can be reserved for either a small dinner party or a cocktail reception as an enjoyable prelude to dinner in Nichols Hall or McGinley Pavilion. Evenings only, September through May.

CAPACITY
Sit-down dinner 75
Cocktail reception 275
Wedding ceremony 200

PHOTO: PHOTO: Krehbiel GalleryPHOTO: Krehbiel Gallery

Alsdorf Auditorium

This modern theater with comfortable fixed seating for 200 is perfect for lectures, meetings, or media presentations and can be rented in all seasons. (Twenty-five additional seats can be added.) It features audiovisual equipment, a podium with remote capabilities, and a stage computer connection. Food and beverages are not permitted. Available year-round.

CAPACITY
Theater 200

PHOTO: Alsdorf AuditoriumPHOTO: Alsdorf Auditorium

Boyer Room

This newly decorated space, conveniently located in the Visitor Center, can serve as a party or meeting room. Adjacent to the Garden View Café, its windowed wall accesses the Café deck, with views of the Garden. Available year-round.

CAPACITY
Sit-down dinner with round tables 60
Cocktail reception 80
Theater 50
Classroom 18

PHOTO: Boyer RoomPHOTO: Boyer Room

Lakeside Room

Our newest event room, conveniently located in the Visitor Center, can host your next party or meeting. The Lakeside Event Room overlooks our Lakeside Deck, offering a beautiful view of the Smith Fountain. Available year-round.

CAPACITY
Classroom 20
Theater 40
Banquet with round tables 40
Meeting with round tables 40

PHOTO: Lakeside RoomPHOTO: Lakeside Room

Plant Science Center

The award-winning Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center features science laboratories, meeting rooms, and two notable garden areas: the Woman's Board of the Chicago Horticultural Society Rainwater Glen and the Green Roof Garden.

Plant Science Center Seminar Room CAPACITY
Meeting with round tables 50
Theater 60
Classroom 30

PHOTO: Plant Science Center Seminar Room

Green Roof Conference Room CAPACITY
Board-room 12
Theater 60
Classroom 30

PHOTO: Green Roof Conference Room

Grainger Gallery Atrium CAPACITY
Sit-down with rounds 100
Theater 100
Classroom 250

PHOTO: Grainger Gallery Atrium