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MSI is a premier destination in Chicago for unique and engaging Special Events. Incorporating our amazing exhibits into your event will make your evening extraordinary! Dine beside a World War II German submarine, plunge into a working coal mine, stand inside a 40-foot tornado. Step into the future..
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With a venue capacity of 12,000 people and 8 unique spaces, including entire museum rental, the Museum of Science and Industry will delight your guests and inspire a world of possibilities for your event. Just steps from Lake Michigan and 9 minutes from downtown Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry continues to indulge the imagination with a myriad of vibrant and interactive exhibits. It is the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere, home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on experiences. Since opening its doors in 1933, more than 175 million guests from around the world have been welcomed.
-Entire Museum, 12,000 guests: The ultimate event venue: the entire Museum and its exhibits are yours to explore.
-Rotunda + Balcony, 1,200 to 3,000 guests: Surround yourself with spectacle at the heart of the Museum, with amazing views anywhere you turn.
-Entry Hall, 600 guests: Perfect for a cocktail hour or a dessert reception, with the classic Pioneer Zephyr train as your backdrop.
-U-505 Submarine, 200 to 700 guests: Have an unforgettable event in the dramatic presence of a World War II German submarine.
-Henry Crown Space Center,150 to 325 guests: Between Apollo 8 and a Lunar Module trainer, you'll find it an out-of-this-world setting for your event.
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-Columbian Room, 80 to 130 guests: Host your roundtable discussion, presentation luncheon or lecture in our new space with A/V and WiFi.
-West Pavilion and Auditoriums, 120 to 850 guests: A multifunctional, two-level space with options for classroom seating, breakout sessions and food service.
-Outdoor Porticos and Lagoon, up to 1,500 guests: Historic surroundings that once welcomed the gondolas of the 1893 Columbian Exposition.