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Best Corporate Event Destinations at Navy Pier

Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront treasure, is the premier destination in the Midwest for private events and meeting spaces. With two exhibit halls, 36 meeting rooms and the historic Aon Grand Ballroom and Lakeview Terrace, lakefront and skyline views are abundant here.

These dramatic and diverse event venues are ideal for trade and consumer shows, conferences, business meetings and other special occasions. Check out some fast facts below about these great spaces!

The Ain Grand Ballroom decorated for an event

Aon Grand Ballroom

  • Part of the Pier’s original 1916 construction
  • 18,000 square foot space with sweeping 80-foot domed ceiling and panoramic views of the lakefront
  • Embodies timeless architecture and beauty of Chicago
  • Can hold up to 1,100 for dinner with additional seating for 300 in the balcony above
The Navy Pier festival hall set up for an event with tables

Festival Hall

  • Main exhibition space covers more than 170,000 square feet
  • Space can be used as one large room or divided into different spaces
  • For trade shows and conferences, there are 36 convenient meeting rooms adjacent to the hall
Guests gather around auction tables for a corporate event in Lakeview Terrace

Lakeview Terrace

  • Urban loft space featuring exposed brick and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline
  • One-of-a-kind setting for receptions and small exhibitions
  • 15,000 square feet and accommodates groups up to 1,000
  • Suitable for individual events or pre-function space for events in the Aon Grand Ballroom
One of the large meeting rooms at Navy Pier set with chairs

Meeting Rooms

  • 36 meeting rooms ideal for meetings and breakout sessions that range in size from 750 to 8,200 square feet
  • Each room features 12-foot ceilings, permanent sound systems, WiFi and more
  • Adjacent to Festival Hall for convenient breakout sessions

Navy Pier’s rich offerings of on-site dining establishments and sit-down restaurants are another great spot for private corporate events. From Offshore, the world’s largest rooftop, to Riva Crabhouse, offering fresh seafood, steaks and pasta, view a full list of restaurants here.

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About Navy Pier

Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million guests have come to enjoy the Pier's 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences. In 2022, Navy Pier continues to evolve into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.

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