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New Orleans theme bar in Wrigley
Lake View, Chicago, IL
Our 4,000 square foot venue offers the perfect setting to host small-mid-size parties and events. Located in Wrigley, Lakeview area in Chicago with New Orleans fun and cozy vibe. The string lights, Mardi Gras decoration, and hanging beads express the theme of celebrating. In addition...
A Darling Studio | Natural Light Lifestyle Studio
West Town, Chicago, IL
A darling studio is a lifestyle natural light studio in Wicker Park Chicago. This is the perfect space for photo sessions, co-working & creating, workshops and small gatherings. The space is here for you to feel inspired and taken care of as you have your...
Elevate Your Experience: Discover Our Rooftop Terrace
Near North Side, Chicago, IL
...This Space is Great For: Company Offsite, Board Meeting, Team Building, Networking, Happy Hour, Panel Discussion, Fireside Chat, Presentation, Holiday Party, Training Sessions, Corporate Retreats, Charity Events, Conferences Layout Options: • Lounge Furniture: 140 guests • Flex Options: i.e., classroom and theatre mix • Theatre: Up to...
No parties | Expansive private condo | AV included
Near North Side, Chicago, IL
The space is a full-floor condo in a 7 story building in River North. The elevator opens directly into an expansive space with hardwood floors that is a blank canvas for your creative project, team meeting, or workshop. There are also smaller carpeted rooms that...
Beautiful BYOB Event Space | Elegant | Stylish | Contemporary
Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL
Our stylish and vibrant venue space is perfect for your next event! We offer a clean and naturally lit venue that is appropriate for both large gatherings of up to 80 guests, as well as more intimate events. Within our 1100 sq. ft space we...
Vintage Loft with Natural Light and Gear
East Pilsen, Chicago, IL
...number of different setups and backdrops. There are large industrial windows that offer soft natural light throughout the day and warm golden hour. One of our walls is covered in vinyl records and is the perfect location for a music shoot or vintage look. We...
Bright Natural Light Gallery + Event Space in the Heart of Chicago
Lower West Side, Chicago, IL
FOOD & BEVERAGE POLICY + SPACE DETAILS: • Guests are allowed to bring their own alcohol, Alcohol may be served by a licensed vendor • Outside food is allowed • Catering or prep area • Only food preparation is allowed on site • Speakers, Television...
Logan Square, Chicago, IL
...product demo, product release, product showcase, career expo, mixer, networking, wine tasting, celebration, cocktail party, reception, gathering, engagement party, graduation party, happy hour, holiday party, proposal, private party, dinner, meet and greets, dance class, craft class, photo shoot, photo shoots, TV or movie shoot /shoots...
The Boudoir Room - Private Luxury Suite for Photo, Film, and Beauty
Lower West Side, Chicago, IL
Welcome to The Boudoir Room - a creative flex space for photos, film and events where privacy is a plus. Enter the studio through a private hallway with antique double doors into a studio designed as a Luxury Master Suite with the intimacy of a...

Frequently Asked Questions

Discover the best places for happy hour in downtown Chicago

Unlike most of the nation, happy hour is a recent phenomenon in the city of Chicago. Drink specials were not allowed until 2015 and after the pandemic happy hour has spread to tempt people back into indoor spaces. But one of the best ways to enjoy drinks with your favorite people is to rent a happy hour space instead.
You have the option of choosing themed spaces like experiential theaters with artistic installations and pop culture themes. Or you can choose one of dozens of rooftop bars in Chicago, where guests can view the iconic skyline of the city while enjoying drinks and company. Rented happy hour spaces mean you aren't limited to the drinks, times, or schedule of a particular venue. Karaoke night can be every happy hour if you wish!
Every neighborhood has a spot to grab a drink and relax with friends. Chicago is also full of repurposed warehouses, lofts, and rooftop bars for those looking to host their own happy hour.

How to host a happy hour in Chicago

Hosting a successful Chicago happy hour starts with choosing the right venue. It should be spacious enough for the number of guests you have in mind and come with entertainment to keep the vibe active and exciting. Quiz nights, karaoke, darts, live music, and foosball are perennial favorites for good reason.
Many rooftop bars in Chicago are themed for extra fun. Decor and drink options that invoke Elvis, Barbie, Spongebob, and other pop culture icons provide an even more immersive experience for guests.
Don't forget the snacks, either. Chicago is world-famous for its deep dish pizza, which pairs amazingly with good beer. Pretzels, chips, wings, and nuts complete the salty snack profile, with extras that fit your theme or the tastes of your friends. Snacks ensure the non-drinkers also have something to nibble while socializing.

Group happy hour locations in Chicago

For corporate happy hour venues in Chicago think relaxed yet still professional. The near North Side is full of appropriate venues that offer cocktails and serve dinner. Office parties help strengthen relationships between employees and enhance corporate culture.
Start with North Milwaukee Avenue and West Division Street in Wicker Park. You have the choice of maritime, library, and classic-themed happy hour venues like The Revel Room and Queen Mary. River North is home to upscale sports bars and cocktail bars by the canal. And if you don't want to head downtown the Windy City hosts hundreds of bars scattered across its 200+ neighborhoods. Hosting a happy hour in Chicago has never been easier.

Reviews for happy hour venues

Noemie F.
ve been absolutely blown away by both the space and the staff. We hosted a 60 people happy hour, and this was the best space to do this — loads of character, impeccable set up and the owner Vic, and the staff made it a breeze. Would recommend it for any...
Matthew T.
Classy Entertainment Lounge in Mission Bay
just because we'd never used the equipment before. The outside area was a massive added bonus, we got to enjoy the courtyard for happy hour...
Syl C.
Enchanting Rainforest Event Space In The City
Our group had a great time having our happy hour here. Thanks Danny for accommodating us
Crislin C.
Unique Bucktown/Logan Square Event Space
up, and set aside 3 hours for the party. Set up took a bit longer than an hour, but clean up was pretty quick. My event was awesome, my guests were happy, and the artwork was a very chic touch. Amber helped make it a seamless experience by being there...
Hugh A.
Intimate Wrigleyville Loft Bar
worked well for us. The bar opened to the public at the end of our workday which made for a nice transition into our happy hour...
Sabrina D.
Artfully Designed Print Studio with Vintage Industrial Appeal
Great space, friendly staff & a great activity for a group! We were able to have a fun private happy hour in a casual but trendy atmosphere AND create custom prints for the team to make. The team was super easy to book with and very helpful. I would recommend to...
Danelle G.
Art-filled & customizable space in the heart of West Town
very responsive and helpful. We came 1.5 hours before the event (extra charge $150) to set up. She gave us some great ideas for how to set up the space. We were able to set up tables & chairs easily. We were happy she had a ladder so that we could...
Chassidy R.
The Retro Play House 70's ( 6 unique Sets ) Speaker Wall, Money Room, All natural lighting. Production Studio with Lighting Equipment. East Downtown
but I was always looking at this spot for a photo shoot but I got what I needed in those two hours of shooting and I’m so b>happy with everything and how it all will come out. Thanks to the host for having this location instant booking because God...