About Events with Newberry Library
With its grand staircase, intricate architectural details, spacious halls, and flexible rental spaces, The Newberry Library offers a distinctive gathering place for special occasions. Just steps from the Magnificent Mile and Chicago’s historic Water Tower Campus, and across the street from the city’s oldest public park, Washington Square Park, The Newberry Library is a venue equally suited for grand events, corporate entertaining, dramatic cocktail receptions, elegant weddings, and multimedia presentations.The library' spaces are highly versatile, giving you multiple options for your event needs. Rooms may be combined for greater capacity and for varying program components, as we offer several different types and sizes of spaces.Included Amenities:Designated event space; Banquet chairs; Dinner rounds; Banquet & cocktail tables; Perimeter décor; Limited use of Newberry Parking lot during closed hourly events; Discount arrangement at nearby parking garage; Building security & facilities representative; Events staff member present for duration of event; For all exclusive building use rentals, coat check w/ 1 attendant offered Oct 15 – May 15.*Please see Newberry Pricing Guides for additional information on pricing, inclusions, and add-on’s
This spacious hall features a herring-bone hardwood floor, vintage chandeliers, and custom-built mahogany walls. With expansive windows that overlook Washington Square Park to the south, and city lights to the east, Ruggles Hall is a versatile and elegant setting for a singular experience.
• Standing Capacity: 250
• Sitting Capacity: 208
Recently restored to highlight its original grandeur, the lobby features large chandeliers, mosaic floors, up-lit columns, and a dramatic marble staircase, creating a sumptuous setting for cocktail receptions, dinner parties, and wedding ceremonies
• Standing Capacity: 208
• Sitting Capacity: 125
Our newly designed boardroom is well-equipped with state-of-the-art technological supports for modern board and business meetings. This adaptable space serves as an excellent learning environment for organizations and academic groups and is especially suitable for networking and social events.
• Standing Capacity: 90
• Sitting Capacity: 35
Featuring a restored marble floor, recessed lighting, and large windows looking out onto our historic neighborhood, Rettinger Hall is the perfect and sophisticated space for intimate groups and gatherings
• Standing Capacity: 106
• Sitting Capacity: 89