Stanley Field Hall & Balcony

Choose a unique setting for your unforgettable event.

Age groups


Up to 1,500 seated (1,400 with stage) 

Up to 4,500 for receptions

Gleaming white marble, vaulted ceilings, and gracious columns set the stage for a spectacular event. 

Stanley Field Hall is a premier Chicago event space, with iconic features everywhere your guests look: African elephants prepared by famed taxidermist Carl Akeley, flying pterosaurs, fossil-filled marble floors, and our (literally) biggest attraction, Máximo the Titanosaur.

This expansive hall can accommodate a wide range of events—wedding, galas, and more. Customize your event by making use of the second floor balcony or, weather permitting, outdoor terraces and other adjoining spaces. You can also  encourage guests' curiosity with exclusive access to our ongoing or temporary exhibitions.

Our dedicated event staff will guide you through the planning process for a perfect event, from catering and furnishings to A/V and spectacular lighting to set the mood.

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Space Details

  • Square Footage: Main floor is approximately 21,000 square feet
  • Ceiling Height: 76 feet
  • AV Capabilities: Work with our approved vendors on custom A/V and lighting
  • Exhibitions: Many permanent exhibitions included with this event space, ask about adding ticketed exhibitions