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Facility Rental FAQs


Contact the Private Events Department for facility rental fees at 773-755-5155, or use our online form and a representative will send you a sales kit immediately so you can begin planning your event today! We encourage you to make inquiries early, as spaces are filled well in advance.

What are the available rental times and hours?

Monday through Sunday - Starting at 6pm

Rental fees change seasonally. Corporate and Social Luncheon/Meeting spaces are available during Museum operating hours. Please contact the Private Events Department at 773-755-5155 for more information.

Where can my guests park?

The Museum offers several parking options, including the Diversey Harbor Lot. Your guests may park at the Lincoln Park Zoo either on their own, or you may pre-pay for parking spaces. Contact the Zoo to purchase parking passes in advance. You may also choose to hire a valet service, trolley or bus.

May I bring in my own caterer?

You will work closely with Calihan Catering, our exclusive catering vendor and partner.

Can I bring in my own alcohol?

The caterer must provide and serve all alcohol.

Are there any vendor restrictions? For example, am I permitted to bring my own vendors?

Please feel free to select your baker, florist, entertainment, and decor. We do ask that you advise us of your selected vendors so we may be sure they carry appropriate insurance.

Does the Museum have liability insurance?

The Museum has liability insurance and clients do not need to purchase an additional policy. Vendors must provide certificates of insurance that meet our specifications. We reserve the right to change our requirements for any event. Certain events will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if additional insurance is necessary.

Do you have a bridal room?


How many weddings does the Museum host a year?

We host approximately 45-50 weddings each year.

Will someone from the Museum be on-site the day of my event?

A Private Events staff member will be on-site for any private event held at the Museum. They will make sure the Museum is ready for your event and will be available to assist with any Museum logistics or needs.

Does the Museum offer any unique gifts for my guests?

Our Nature Museum Gift Shop features exquisite souvenirs that complement our exhibits and programs. Gifts are perfect for event mementos, corporate incentives, and wedding and shower favors. The Private Events Department can arrange a shop visit and merchandise selection before your event.

Still have questions? Please click the button below to use our online contact us form.

Private Events Inquiry Form
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