Galas & Fundraisers

Celebrate in historical style.

Circular tables covered with red table cloths and pink and red floral arrangements are set up in Stanley Field Hall. The taxidermied African elephants are visible beyond the tables.

Champion your cause in our iconic setting

Host your organization’s next event at the Field Museum. 

We offer a variety of spaces with space for as few as 100 and up to more than 1,000 guests. Whether you’re throwing an intimate benefit cocktail party or an annual gala that will be the toast of Chicago’s nonprofit community, your event at the Field will be one your guests will remember for years to come.

Throw a fete complete with dinner, dancing, and dramatic lighting in our grand Stanley Field Hall, or take advantage of Chicago’s stunning summers with drinks on our terraces overlooking the skyline and Lake Michigan. We can help you plan an event that reflects who you are—and encourages attendees to support your organization.

Choosing the Field for your event supports our exhibitions, programs, and mission of fueling a journey of discovery across time to enable solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture.

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Make your event 100% yours

Our staff has years of experience planning breathtaking events, including galas and fundraisers. We’re here to support you from your first site visit to the moment your the guests leave.

We’ve carefully built a team of approved vendors who are knowledgeable about our space. We’ll help you choose partners to customize your event in a way that reflects your organization’s brand and values.

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The Field Museum provides all alcoholic beverages used in conjunction with any event held at the Museum. We offer a variety of beverage packages and a wine list, both with eco-friendly options.

Your approved caterer will provide bar service, including setup, mixers, sodas, ice, glassware, and service staff. Consumption bars and donated liquor are not allowed. 

Any organization seeking to use the Field Museum for a fundraising event most qualify as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) or other sections of the Internal Revenue Code. A copy of the Internal Revenue determination letter must be provided to the Field Museum prior to executing the contract.

Our approved vendors will help turn your event vision into a reality—dinosaurs included.

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Strike the right tone by inviting guests to share in years of history in our Founders’ Room.

Frequently asked questions

Any organization seeking to use the Field Museum’s facilities for an event involving any fundraising activities must qualify as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) or other sections of the Internal Revenue Code. A copy of the Internal Revenue determination letter must be provided to the Field Museum prior to executing the contract. The following are prohibited on the Museum’s premises: gambling, including casino games, raffles, and bingo.

Donated food or beverages are prohibited without prior approval of and coordination through the Account Manager. If approved, a beverage management fee will apply.

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.

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 premiere Chicago businesses to support you in creating unforgettable events. Choose from our approved vendors for catering, floral, decor, lighting, media, and parking. Vendors featured here are knowledgeable about the Field Museum space, receive special training on our policies and procedures, and are fully licensed by the city and state.

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