Private Events

Private Events

The elegance and drama of Chicago’s Gilded Age will thrill your guests at the Driehaus Museum, an exquisite late 19th-century mansion located just steps from the Magnificent Mile.  It is an ideal venue for a cocktail reception, celebratory dinner, or intimate wedding.

With a marble-clad entrance hall, magnificently carved wooden interiors, and beautiful high ceilings, the mansion known as the “Marble Palace” exemplifies the very essence of Gilded Age luxury.

Private Event Rentals

Rental Fees*

Thursday – Saturday | $5,000
Sunday – Wednesday | $4,000

All private events include:

  • 3 hours of event time; not including set up and tear down 
  • Complimentary event planning by museum’s event coordinator 
  • Use of brown Chivari chairs, tables, projector, screen, and podium
  • Expert Museum Guides available to interact with your guests informally or through short guided experiences
  • Museum Store available for guests during event with special discount.

Each evening event has exclusive access to the entire Museum, including the magnificent main hall, the first-floor period rooms, second-floor exhibition galleries, and the historic Ballroom located on the third floor.  Guides are on-hand to answer questions about the mansion, the collections, and the current exhibition to interested guests. 

*Catering and related expenses not included. Please inquire about our preferred list of vendors and donor programs eligible for rental privileges.

Private event rentals are a special benefit reserved for Corporate Partners and Donors at the Nickerson Circle level and up. Contact us for more information.

Daytime Meetings and Luncheons

Hold a daytime meeting or Luncheon in our walnut paneled Billiards Room: Maximum of 50 guests.

Rental Fees*

Lecture style (50 people) | $1,000
Luncheon seating (30 people) | $2,000

*Catering and related expenses not included. Please inquire about our preferred list of vendors and donor programs eligible for rental privileges.

Private event rentals are a special benefit reserved for Corporate Partners and Donors at the Nickerson Circle level and up. Contact us for more information.

Twilight Tour

This after-hours tour offers an exclusive, intimate way for small groups of 20-50 to experience the Museum while enjoying a cocktail party atmosphere.  

5:30-7:00pm
$85/person
+$30/person for passed hors d’oeuvres
(Beverages include white wine, sparkling wine, beer, sparkling water, and still water)

Capacities

Evening Cocktail Reception: 125 guests maximum; entire museum
Seated Dinner: 55 guests maximum; Historic Ballroom
Evening Seated Theatre-Style Presentation: 60 guests maximum in the Historic Ballroom.
Evening Wedding Ceremony: 40 guests maximum in Main Hall; 50 guests maximum in Historic Ballroom

Contact Us

Get started with your private event at the Driehaus Museum.  Please contact Alex Revzan at 312-482-8933 ext. 45 or email events@driehausmuseum.com

By choosing us as your special event venue, you are supporting the Driehaus Museum’s exhibitions, programming, and the ongoing care of the historic Nickerson Mansion.