Location: 2430 North Cannon Dr., Chicago, IL 60614
One of only two venues located in the Park, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has sweeping views of Chicago's skyline and the North Pond. The Museum boasts two outdoor spaces, along with access to all of the displays and exhibits. Foremost among these is the magical Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, where guests will enter a sealed private room with one thousand butterflies nesting, fluttering and alighting on trees, tropical plants, and even the guests themselves! Peggy Notebaert is the only museum in Chicago that opens all of its exhibits for events as part of the venue rental.
The Nature Museum event spaces are flexible and adaptable, giving you multiple options for your event, with a combination of small intimate settings and large spacious rooms.
Friedmann Family Terrace: Possessing breathtaking views of Lincoln Park, North Pond and the Museum’s Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, the Terrace provides a striking setting for your event. This unique outdoor space can also be tented.
Capacity: cocktail reception (no tent)-600, cocktail reception (w/ tent)-400, seated (no tent)-200, seated (w/ tent)-300.
The South Gallery: Floor-to-ceiling windows offer an unparalleled view of the natural elegance of Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan. Available for Daytime as well as eveni9ng events.
Capacity: cocktails-350, seated (w/ dance floor)-200, seated (no dance floor)-250, Buffet-150, Theater style-250
Paula and Howard Trienens Atrium and Courtyard: A stunning three-story, glass-enclosed lobby overlooks our naturally landscaped ravine plaza just steps from North Pond. The Atrium/Lobby can accommodate up to 300 guests. The Courtyard/Ravine can accommodate up to 185 guests,
Capacity: Atrium/Lobby: Cocktails-300, seated-150, buffet, 100
Courtyard/Ravine: Cocktails (no tent)-150, cocktails (tent)-100, seated (no tent)-70, seated (tent)-50, theater style-185
Entire Museum Rental: Enjoy strolling cocktails and dining throughout the Museum.
Capacity: 1,200 for cocktails, 800 for seated dinner
Kenmare Catering and Events can bring your event dreams to reality. Our culinary designs will overwhelm your senses, and our event staff will exceed all of your expectations. Creativity, enthusiasm, passion and enjoyment define our vision of how to plan the perfect event.
Access to the following areas from 6pm-Midnight: Lobby and Ravine, South Gallery and Terrace. Access to the following during the first hour of the event: Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, all other permanent exhibits