YOU'LL LOVE OUR HISTORIC COACH HOUSE! Restored coach house attached to 1887 stone mansion is conveniently located just two blocks away from McCormick Place convention center in South Loop neighborhood. Anchoring a hidden enclave known as Chicago's Prairie Avenue Historic District, the mansion stands at the corner of a street boasting several historic homes and is immediately adjacent to the Chicago Women's Park and Gardens, a beautiful green space with heirloom plantings, public sculpture, and a central fountain. The coach house, a space measuring 1778 square feet, originally served as the stables and carriage barn for a wealthy Gilded Age family. Now it is a large, open room filled with historic details and character including glazed brick, concrete floors, and reproduction industrial lighting. Coach house accommodates 100-125 people, has its own entrance and dedicated single-person restroom on the main level. Additional restrooms are reached via an oak staircase formerly used by male servants who once lived and worked in the mansion. AMENITIES INCLUDED WITH YOUR BOOKING - Mansion Tour: Every rental of our historic coach house includes a 15-minute guided tour of the mansion's first floor, fully furnished with antique items owned by the original residents. Allow your attendees to explore our beautiful Arts and Crafts Style interior. - Use of available 6' banquet and 48" round tables, chairs, and podium - LCD projector, screen, and AV cart - Bose 180 sound system and microphones - Facility Manager on duty - Drop-offs the day before your event/pick-ups the day after - WiFi internet connection for 1-2 devices (signal and band width cannot accommodate all attendees at once) PARKING A 30-car parking lot, three blocks away from the mansion, is included at no additional charge with bookings scheduled for weekdays after 5:00pm, anytime on Saturday, and Sunday after 2:00pm. It's located on the east side of Wabash Avenue, one-half block south of 18th Street. There are two entrances to the lot, which is located immediately adjacent to, and is owned by, Ada S. McKinley Community Services. There is no address on the lot itself, but you can use 1863 S. Wabash Avenue is you are trying to locate the parking lot using GPS. Please let me know if you require use of the lot during your meeting and I will make arrangements with the owners. Additional paid parking needed for larger groups (not included) can be found at The Lex, a garage located at 2138 S. Indiana Avenue or on the streets nearby the mansion. GETTING HERE Our coach house is easily accessible by foot, cab, or public transit. Take the #3 and #4 buses to the southwest corner of 18th Street and walk two blocks east, or get off at the Cermak Green Line Station and walk east up Cermak to Indiana Avenue then two blocks north to 18th Street. The coach house is located half a block east of Indiana Avenue on the south side of 18th Street. Look for the big green stable door.
We require you to take the space for a minimum of three (3) hours. The number of hours rented must include enough time for set-up and clean-up of the event on the day of the rental - which is at least two (2) hours of additional time beyond the actual event hours. Rental of the coach house is available seven days a week from 8:00am to 11:00pm. Everyone must be off the premises by the end of your rental window, including all vendors. Regular hourly rate excludes holidays - New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day - but if desired date is a holiday, we can accommodate for an additional flat fee of $500. NOT ALLOWED - Because the mansion is now a museum, and we are bound by certain legalities having to do with our non-profit status, we do not rent our spaces for political-related activities. - The maximum capacity of the space has been based on its square footage, layout, and location. If the room capacity is exceeded, we reserve the right to deny admission to guests. - Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the facility or on the grounds and anyone discovered doing so will be asked to leave the premises. A designated smoking area with a receptacle is located outside the coach house entrance on 18th Street. - Weapons (e.g., handguns, knives, etc.) are not permitted anywhere in the facility or grounds. FOOD & DRINK Food and beverages are allowed in the coach house. You may use a drop off service from a restaurant or provide your own food. All events with on-site catering and/or alcohol are required to use our exclusive caterer, D'Absolute Catering & Events (www.dabsolute.com). which will provide all your food (appetizers to full-plated meals), staffing (chefs and waiters), and equipment (tables, chairs, glassware, dishes, flatware, and linens). Desserts may be obtained through other vendors.