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Events in the Epicenter of Downtown Chicago

Events

Inspire creativity on the Magnificent Mile at The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Michigan Avenue Chicago. Our downtown hotel encompasses 13 event rooms and more than 15,000 square feet of meeting space adaptable for any conference, social event or business meeting. People, passions and plans come alive in our Chicago meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art AV technology and high-speed Wi-Fi. Captivate your future clients on our rooftop terrace, ideal for networking and connecting, with spectacular views of Chicago. We'll help you lead business associates to success with our venues at The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel.

13

Event Rooms

15901 SQ FT

Total Event Space

400

Capacity Largest Space

Start Planning Your Meeting or Event Here

Tell us about your event, then we’ll contact you and plan it together.

Take a Virtual Tour

Our art-infused event venues are sights to behold all on their own, offering plenty of room for inspiration and celebration — not to mention an ample dose of Art Deco glamour. Immerse yourself into our event space with just one click. Walk through our ballrooms, breakout rooms and unique spaces to discover why The Gwen is the perfect canvas for painting your next wedding or meeting.

Event space boardroom setup.

Meetings & Events

Entertain product launches, VIP meetings and training seminars in our contemporary boardrooms

Explore 15,000 square feet of meeting space and 13 private rooms at our downtown Chicago hotel Learn More
Impress your meeting guests with elegant food displays from your personalized catering menus Learn More
Allow panoramic views of Chicago set the tone of a meeting from our outdoor Grand Terrace
Maximize productivity in all meetings with our high-speed Wi-Fi and fully-adaptable AV technology Learn More
Plan a team building excursion with the assistance of our professional event planners
Custom Curated Events

Expert Event Planners

From VIP room gifts to outings in Chicago, allow our expert planners to look after every little detail with an attentive, hands-on approach to create the seamless celebration or event of your dreams — and beyond.

State-of-the-Art Technology

From upgraded Wi-Fi and giant screens to onsite tech staff, we'll keep you connected and communicating at mega speeds. Inquire about specific services and technology bundles.

A Bite of Bliss

Like every detail of your event, your menu should reflect your tastes and leave a lasting impression on your guests. Work with our talented culinary teams to craft a one-of-a-kind experience that perfectly complements your celebration. Design a meaningful menu, choose from an array of packages, and explore The Gwen’s extra special offerings — from Tipsy Tea bridal showers to rehearsal dinners at Kostali.

The Whole Package

Our all-inclusive wedding packages and exclusive offers go above and beyond the basics. From a rehearsal dinner at Kostali to an unforgettable morning-after brunch, The Gwen is the perfect all-in-one destination to host every aspect of your dream Chicago wedding.

Timeless Weddings at The Gwen

A Milestone Event, A Landmark Location

Here, you’ll find pure glamour, history, and style — all with an artistic soul. Plan your wedding at The Gwen in the storied McGraw-Hill building, a golden era icon, ideally situated in the heart of Chicago. From the unconventional to the classic, our newly-reimagined indoor and outdoor venues are made for chic rooftop receptions, intimate elopements, and glittering celebrations.

Ballroom with round tables and chairs set with plates and candles in the center.

Open Air Affairs

Upstairs at The Gwen

Celebrate your love high above the city of Chicago at The Gwen and impress guests with a unique outdoor wedding on our rooftop terrace to create an unforgettable backdrop for your ceremony.

Restaurant terrace with tables underneath string lights in the day time.

Intimate Affairs

The Gwen Lux Suite

Magnificence awaits in our 16th-floor luxury suite. An intimate venue for up to 70 guests, this indoor and outdoor combination venue provides endless inspiration for a standout photoshoot destination, ceremony, or reception with near panoramic Michigan Avenue views as the backdrop.

Hotel terrace with sectional couches overlooking city buildings.
Event space foyer with crystal chandeliers handing from the ceiling.

Weddings & Occasions

Our Gallery venue can host all aspects of your wedding from your cocktail hour to reception

Bask in the panoramic views of downtown Chicago from our rooftop terrace Learn More
Enjoy the natural light from oversized windows featured in our wedding venues
Personalize your wedding reception menus with help from our convenient catering services
Our professional event planners will perfect every detail of your dream wedding
Entertain up to 400 guest in one of two glamorous wedding ballrooms Learn More
Meeting Room Dimensions (LxWxH) Area (sq.ft) Theater Schoolroom Conference U-Shape Reception Banquet
The Gallery Ballroom 77x44x10.4 3388 400 210 64 75 300 260
Gallery One 26x44x10.4 1144 130 72 30 36 100 80
Gallery Two 26x44x10.4 1144 120 72 30 36 100 70
Gallery Three 25x44x10.4 1100 114 72 30 36 100 80
Gallery One & Two 52x44x10.4 2288 252 144 46 51 180 150
Gallery Two & Three 51x44x10.4 2244 252 144 46 51 180 150
Gallery Office 19x21x10.4 399 - - - - - -
6th Floor Pre-Function 43x36x13 1548 - - - - 120 -
Renaissance 26.5x56.5x7.3 1497.25 120 87 46 48 100 100
Impressionist Boardroom 16x30x7.3 480 - - 14 - - -
Neoclassical 26x29x7.3 754 60 45 22 24 50 50
Baroque 20x28x7.3 560 46 33 22 18 40 40
Realism 33.5x19x7.3 636.5 52 33 28 24 40 40
Abstract 48x27x7.3 1296 110 75 40 42 100 100
Art Nouveau 21.5x31x7.1 666.5 52 30 28 24 40 50
Art Deco 22x32x7.1 704 52 33 28 24 40 50
The Grand Salon 116.7x28x8.4 3267.6 290 195 100 105 300 200
The Grand Salon North 59.3x28x8.4 1660.4 139 93 46 48 150 100
The Grand Salon South 57.5x28x8.4 1610 139 93 46 48 150 100
The Lounge 22x32x8.4 704 55 42 22 24 50 40
The Gallery Ballroom
Dimensions (LxWxH)
77x44x10.4
Area (sq.ft)
3388
Theater
400
Schoolroom
210
Conference
64
U-Shape
75
Reception
300
Banquet
260
Gallery One
Dimensions (LxWxH)
26x44x10.4
Area (sq.ft)
1144
Theater
130
Schoolroom
72
Conference
30
U-Shape
36
Reception
100
Banquet
80
Gallery Two
Dimensions (LxWxH)
26x44x10.4
Area (sq.ft)
1144
Theater
120
Schoolroom
72
Conference
30
U-Shape
36
Reception
100
Banquet
70
Gallery Three
Dimensions (LxWxH)
25x44x10.4
Area (sq.ft)
1100
Theater
114
Schoolroom
72
Conference
30
U-Shape
36
Reception
100
Banquet
80
Gallery One & Two
Dimensions (LxWxH)
52x44x10.4
Area (sq.ft)
2288
Theater
252
Schoolroom
144
Conference
46
U-Shape
51
Reception
180
Banquet
150
Gallery Two & Three
Dimensions (LxWxH)
51x44x10.4
Area (sq.ft)
2244
Theater
252
Schoolroom
144
Conference
46
U-Shape
51
Reception
180
Banquet
150
Gallery Office
Dimensions (LxWxH)
19x21x10.4
Area (sq.ft)
399
Theater
-
Schoolroom
-
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
-
Banquet
-
6th Floor Pre-Function
Dimensions (LxWxH)
43x36x13
Area (sq.ft)
1548
Theater
-
Schoolroom
-
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
120
Banquet
-
Renaissance
Dimensions (LxWxH)
26.5x56.5x7.3
Area (sq.ft)
1497.25
Theater
120
Schoolroom
87
Conference
46
U-Shape
48
Reception
100
Banquet
100
Impressionist Boardroom
Dimensions (LxWxH)
16x30x7.3
Area (sq.ft)
480
Theater
-
Schoolroom
-
Conference
14
U-Shape
-
Reception
-
Banquet
-
Neoclassical
Dimensions (LxWxH)
26x29x7.3
Area (sq.ft)
754
Theater
60
Schoolroom
45
Conference
22
U-Shape
24
Reception
50
Banquet
50
Baroque
Dimensions (LxWxH)
20x28x7.3
Area (sq.ft)
560
Theater
46
Schoolroom
33
Conference
22
U-Shape
18
Reception
40
Banquet
40
Realism
Dimensions (LxWxH)
33.5x19x7.3
Area (sq.ft)
636.5
Theater
52
Schoolroom
33
Conference
28
U-Shape
24
Reception
40
Banquet
40
Abstract
Dimensions (LxWxH)
48x27x7.3
Area (sq.ft)
1296
Theater
110
Schoolroom
75
Conference
40
U-Shape
42
Reception
100
Banquet
100
Art Nouveau
Dimensions (LxWxH)
21.5x31x7.1
Area (sq.ft)
666.5
Theater
52
Schoolroom
30
Conference
28
U-Shape
24
Reception
40
Banquet
50
Art Deco
Dimensions (LxWxH)
22x32x7.1
Area (sq.ft)
704
Theater
52
Schoolroom
33
Conference
28
U-Shape
24
Reception
40
Banquet
50
The Grand Salon
Dimensions (LxWxH)
116.7x28x8.4
Area (sq.ft)
3267.6
Theater
290
Schoolroom
195
Conference
100
U-Shape
105
Reception
300
Banquet
200
The Grand Salon North
Dimensions (LxWxH)
59.3x28x8.4
Area (sq.ft)
1660.4
Theater
139
Schoolroom
93
Conference
46
U-Shape
48
Reception
150
Banquet
100
The Grand Salon South
Dimensions (LxWxH)
57.5x28x8.4
Area (sq.ft)
1610
Theater
139
Schoolroom
93
Conference
46
U-Shape
48
Reception
150
Banquet
100
The Lounge
Dimensions (LxWxH)
22x32x8.4
Area (sq.ft)
704
Theater
55
Schoolroom
42
Conference
22
U-Shape
24
Reception
50
Banquet
40
Meeting Room Dimensions (LxWxH) Area (sq.mt) Theater Schoolroom Conference U-Shape Reception Banquet
The Gallery Ballroom 23.5x13.4x3.2 314.8 400 210 64 75 300 260
Gallery One 7.9x13.4x3.2 106.3 130 72 30 36 100 80
Gallery Two 7.9x13.4x3.2 106.3 120 72 30 36 100 70
Gallery Three 7.6x13.4x3.2 102.2 114 72 30 36 100 80
Gallery One & Two 15.8x13.4x3.2 212.6 252 144 46 51 180 150
Gallery Two & Three 15.5x13.4x3.2 208.5 252 144 46 51 180 150
Gallery Office 5.8x6.4x3.2 37.1 - - - - - -
6th Floor Pre-Function 13.1x11x4 143.8 - - - - 120 -
Renaissance 8.1x17.2x2.2 139.1 120 87 46 48 100 100
Impressionist Boardroom 4.9x9.1x2.2 44.6 - - 14 - - -
Neoclassical 7.9x8.8x2.2 70 60 45 22 24 50 50
Baroque 6.1x8.5x2.2 52 46 33 22 18 40 40
Realism 10.2x5.8x2.2 59.1 52 33 28 24 40 40
Abstract 14.6x8.2x2.2 120.4 110 75 40 42 100 100
Art Nouveau 6.6x9.4x2.2 61.9 52 30 28 24 40 50
Art Deco 6.7x9.8x2.2 65.4 52 33 28 24 40 50
The Grand Salon 35.6x8.5x2.6 303.6 290 195 100 105 300 200
The Grand Salon North 18.1x8.5x2.6 154.3 139 93 46 48 150 100
The Grand Salon South 17.5x8.5x2.6 149.6 139 93 46 48 150 100
The Lounge 6.7x9.8x2.6 65.4 55 42 22 24 50 40
The Gallery Ballroom
Dimensions (LxWxH)
23.5x13.4x3.2
Area (sq.mt)
314.8
Theater
400
Schoolroom
210
Conference
64
U-Shape
75
Reception
300
Banquet
260
Gallery One
Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.9x13.4x3.2
Area (sq.mt)
106.3
Theater
130
Schoolroom
72
Conference
30
U-Shape
36
Reception
100
Banquet
80
Gallery Two
Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.9x13.4x3.2
Area (sq.mt)
106.3
Theater
120
Schoolroom
72
Conference
30
U-Shape
36
Reception
100
Banquet
70
Gallery Three
Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.6x13.4x3.2
Area (sq.mt)
102.2
Theater
114
Schoolroom
72
Conference
30
U-Shape
36
Reception
100
Banquet
80
Gallery One & Two
Dimensions (LxWxH)
15.8x13.4x3.2
Area (sq.mt)
212.6
Theater
252
Schoolroom
144
Conference
46
U-Shape
51
Reception
180
Banquet
150
Gallery Two & Three
Dimensions (LxWxH)
15.5x13.4x3.2
Area (sq.mt)
208.5
Theater
252
Schoolroom
144
Conference
46
U-Shape
51
Reception
180
Banquet
150
Gallery Office
Dimensions (LxWxH)
5.8x6.4x3.2
Area (sq.mt)
37.1
Theater
-
Schoolroom
-
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
-
Banquet
-
6th Floor Pre-Function
Dimensions (LxWxH)
13.1x11x4
Area (sq.mt)
143.8
Theater
-
Schoolroom
-
Conference
-
U-Shape
-
Reception
120
Banquet
-
Renaissance
Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.1x17.2x2.2
Area (sq.mt)
139.1
Theater
120
Schoolroom
87
Conference
46
U-Shape
48
Reception
100
Banquet
100
Impressionist Boardroom
Dimensions (LxWxH)
4.9x9.1x2.2
Area (sq.mt)
44.6
Theater
-
Schoolroom
-
Conference
14
U-Shape
-
Reception
-
Banquet
-
Neoclassical
Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.9x8.8x2.2
Area (sq.mt)
70
Theater
60
Schoolroom
45
Conference
22
U-Shape
24
Reception
50
Banquet
50
Baroque
Dimensions (LxWxH)
6.1x8.5x2.2
Area (sq.mt)
52
Theater
46
Schoolroom
33
Conference
22
U-Shape
18
Reception
40
Banquet
40
Realism
Dimensions (LxWxH)
10.2x5.8x2.2
Area (sq.mt)
59.1
Theater
52
Schoolroom
33
Conference
28
U-Shape
24
Reception
40
Banquet
40
Abstract
Dimensions (LxWxH)
14.6x8.2x2.2
Area (sq.mt)
120.4
Theater
110
Schoolroom
75
Conference
40
U-Shape
42
Reception
100
Banquet
100
Art Nouveau
Dimensions (LxWxH)
6.6x9.4x2.2
Area (sq.mt)
61.9
Theater
52
Schoolroom
30
Conference
28
U-Shape
24
Reception
40
Banquet
50
Art Deco
Dimensions (LxWxH)
6.7x9.8x2.2
Area (sq.mt)
65.4
Theater
52
Schoolroom
33
Conference
28
U-Shape
24
Reception
40
Banquet
50
The Grand Salon
Dimensions (LxWxH)
35.6x8.5x2.6
Area (sq.mt)
303.6
Theater
290
Schoolroom
195
Conference
100
U-Shape
105
Reception
300
Banquet
200
The Grand Salon North
Dimensions (LxWxH)
18.1x8.5x2.6
Area (sq.mt)
154.3
Theater
139
Schoolroom
93
Conference
46
U-Shape
48
Reception
150
Banquet
100
The Grand Salon South
Dimensions (LxWxH)
17.5x8.5x2.6
Area (sq.mt)
149.6
Theater
139
Schoolroom
93
Conference
46
U-Shape
48
Reception
150
Banquet
100
The Lounge
Dimensions (LxWxH)
6.7x9.8x2.6
Area (sq.mt)
65.4
Theater
55
Schoolroom
42
Conference
22
U-Shape
24
Reception
50
Banquet
40
Banquet
Generally used for meals and sessions involving small group discussions. A five foot round table seats eight people comfortably. A six foot round table seats 10 people comfortably.
Conference and Hollow Square
Appropriate for interactive discussions and note-taking sessions for fewer than 25 people. Many hotels have elegant "boardrooms" for 10 to 20 people, equipped with full audiovisual capabilities, a writing board, cork board and a flip chart.
E-Shape, U-Shape and T-Shape
Appropriate for groups of fewer than 40 people. These are best for interaction with a leader seated at the head of the setup. Audiovisual is usually best set up at the open end of the seating.
Theater
Appropriate for large sessions and short lectures that do not require extensive note-taking. This is a convenient setup to use before breaking into discussion or role-playing groups because chairs can be moved.
Reception
Stand-up social function where beverages and light foods are served. Foods may be presented on small buffet tables or passed by servers. May precede a meal function.
Schoolroom or Classroom
The most desirable setup for medium to large-size lectures. Requires a relatively large room. Tables provide attendees with space for spreading out materials and taking notes.
Ovals and Rounds
Generally used for meals and sessions involving small group discussions. A five foot round table seats eight people comfortably. A six foot round table seats 10 people comfortably.
Audio-Visual Equipment
  • Wireless Internet
Business Services
  • Copy Service
  • F+B stations include protective sneeze guards
  • Meeting space capacities and configurations follow social distancing guidelines
  • Offers single serve F+B options
  • Third-party partners comply with MI cleanliness standards

The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Michigan Avenue Chicago