Venue Rentals

Imagine your event at a Chicago venue with one-of-a-kind views, inside and out. 

Tables and chairs set up outside the north entrance of the Field Museum on a sunny day.

Choose a special event venue with a little history

Whether you’re throwing a micro wedding or planning a corporate private event, choose the Field Museum for an unforgettable experience at a historic venue. 

From outdoor terraces and spacious Stanley Field Hall, to intimate atrium and theater spaces, we have a place to suit groups of any size and occasions of every type.

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North Terrace photo by Kehoe Designs.

Choose from a variety of event spaces

As home to the world’s largest dinosaur, we have plenty of space to host your event. With nearly half a million square feet in the museum, we have indoor locations to fit your event and comfort level. We also have several terraces and garden spaces. These outdoor spaces offer beautiful settings three seasons out of the year—views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan included!

Please note that the Field Museum follows city and state guidelines for allowable gathering sizes.

Support the Field Museum and the planet

All Field Museum events support our work and mission. We care deeply about our impact on the planet—our building is LEED Gold certified—and are eager to work alongside our event hosts to pursue their conservation goals, too.

The Field Museum and our vendors offer many ways for event organizers to dial up their own sustainability efforts through eco-friendly bar packages, locally sourced food purveyors, floral arrangements using native plants, and more. 

Choose your desired impact—even a zero waste event—and we and our vendors will help you make it happen.

Customize your event

Our dedicated staff will work closely with you to create the event of your dreams, from choosing the right space and partnering with the best vendors to putting the finishing touches on your event decor and making sure everything goes off without a hitch. 

Start planning today—view our approved vendors, beverage packages, and more below. Please account for more time for the delivery of wine, beverages, and other goods due to shipment slow downs and continued labor shortages. 

Approved vendors      
Beverage packages       
Wine list

Or, explore a turnkey option for a memorable event made easy. 

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Frequently asked questions

Yes, the Field Museum works with a variety of approved and preferred vendors to provide event services from catering to dramatic event lighting. We’ve partnered with premier Chicago businesses to support you in creating unforgettable events. Choose from our approved vendors for catering, floral, decor, lighting, media, and parking. Vendors featured are knowledgeable about the Field Museum space, receive special training on our policies and procedures, and are fully licensed by the city and state.

Rental fees are quoted upon request and are an integral part of supporting the operation of the Field Museum. Fees include operational expenses (security, housekeeping, engineering, and support staff), as well as basic setup and breakdown hours. 

  • Film shoots: Fees are quoted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Day before load-in: Based on availability. Fees are available upon request.

To confirm your event, a deposit of 50% of the estimated event total is required along with a signed contract. Deposits are non-refundable.

Parking is arranged through Soldier Field and Standard Parking. The lots operated by Soldier Field are located on the museum campus and are easily accessed by your guests from Museum Campus Drive. You may arrange for an attendant for a nominal fee, which will allow your guests to pay cash to self-park. If you wish to purchase the parking spaces in advance or provide a valet service, you may do so.

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