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Lecture Hall Gallery

The ArcelorMittal CitySpace Gallery

Elizabeth Morse Studio

Santa Fe Building Atrium

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Guidelines

Chicago’s First Lady River Cruise Evening Rentals


CAF offers spaces for private-event rental. All are located on the ground-floor of the Santa Fe Building at 224 South Michigan Avenue at Jackson. This magnificent early-20th-century edifice was designed by Daniel Burnham, a giant in Chicago’s architectural history, and was fully restored in the mid-1980s. Ample, competitively priced parking is available immediately adjacent to the building in the newly renovated South Grant Park underground garage, managed by Laz Parking. The Chicago Architecture Foundation also is easily reached via many public transit options. Facilities are fully accessible.




Lecture Hall Gallery

Accommodates 150 lecture seats and 200 people for receptions. A built-in sound system and large projection screen included. Space also features rotating exhibitions. 

Early Morning – 6-9am Monday-Friday
$1,900 for 2 hours (2hr min), $200 each additional hour

Business Hours – 9am-3:30pm Monday-Friday
$755 for 2 hours (2hr min), $200 each additional hour

Evenings – 3:30-11pm Monday-Friday
$1,900 for 2 hours (2hr min), $200 each additional hour

Weekends
$1,900 for 2 hours (2hr min), $200 each additional hour

NOTE: Catered events for 25 people or more are also required to rent the Elizabeth Morse Learning Studio for food preparation and set-up for $150 per hour.




The ArcelorMittal CitySpace Gallery

A unique interpretive facility designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill that offers a sleek, modernist venue for receptions of up to about 60 people. There is limited seating and presentation space.

Early Morning – 6-9am Monday-Friday
$1,800 for 2 hours (2hr min), $150 each additional hour

Business Hours –9am-3:30pm Monday-Friday
$450 for 2 hours (2hr min), $150 each additional hour

Evenings - 3:30-11pm Monday-Friday
$1,800 for 2 hours (2hr min), $150 each additional hour

Weekends
$1,800 for 2 hours (2hr min), $150 each additional hour

NOTE: Catered events for 25 people or more in this space are required to rent the Elizabeth Morse Learning Studio for food preparation and set-up for $150 per hour.




Elizabeth Morse Learning Studio

Ideal for seminars and meetings for up to 35 people. The studio has built-in counters for catered food, a large-size dry erase/projection board, and centralized data connection for presentations.

Early Morning – 6-9am Monday-Friday
$1,400 for 2 hours (2hr min), $125 each additional hour

Business Hours – 9am-3:30pm Monday-Friday
$605 for 2 hours (2hr min), $125 each additional hour

Evenings – 3:30-11pm Monday-Friday
$1,400 for 2 hours (2hr min), $125 each additional hour

Weekends
$1,400 for 2 hours (2hr min), $125 each additional hour




Santa Fe Building Atrium

This large, historic space is the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s primary exhibition space. Extended due to popular demand is CAF’s critically acclaimed exhibition, Chicago Model City, which features a large scale model of Chicago’s Loop. The atrium can accommodate receptions of up to 250 people.

Early morning – 6-9 am Monday-Friday
$3,000 for 4 hours (4hr min), $375 each additional hour

Business Hours – 9am-3:30pm Monday-Friday
n/a

Evenings – 3:30-11pm Monday-Friday
$3,000 for 4 hours (4hr min), $375 each additional hour

Weekends
$3,000 for 4 hours (4hr min), $375 each additional hour


GENERAL CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION GUIDELINES
 
 

Rental spaces are available 361 days a year. Additional charges applicable for after hours, groups, weekend, and Holiday rentals.

 

Space rental rates are based on a two-hour minimum and exclude the cost of chair and table set-up, janitorial services, any cleaning services, additional staffing charges, miscellaneous charges, and Santa Fe Building occupancy charges.

 

All services and costs not specifically included in the rental agreement are the responsibility of the renter.

 

A certificate of insurance naming the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Santa Fe Building Management Company Hamilton Partners as co-insured from the renter and each outside service provider is required in advance of each rental.

 

Events of a primarily religious or political nature are not permitted and events must conform to building regulations governing security and tenant’s impact.

 

CAF recommends a preferred caterer; however, an outside caterer may be used provided the caterer meets Santa Fe Building and insurance requirements.

 

The renters, clients, contractors, caterers, vendors, employees, agents, organizations, and event sponsors are ultimately responsible for any damage to Chicago Architecture Foundation or the Santa Fe Building by guests, agents, organizations, employees, vendors, caterers, sponsors, clients, renters, or contractors.

 

All décor and signs must be approved and freestanding; nothing may be affixed to walls, floors, furniture, exhibitions or any other Foundation or Santa Fe Building structures without prior approval from the Foundation.

 

Alcohol must be served by one of the caterers. If liquor will be donated for the event, you will be required to provide documentation that validates your organization's non-profit 501(c)3 status and provide a copy of a Special Event Liquor License from the City of Chicago.

SET-UP AND TEAR DOWN
 

Liquor must be contained exclusively in the event venue space; guests may not travel outdoors or through the remainder of the Building with open alcohol.

 

Equipment, linen, and all other items must be removed from the property at the conclusion of the event. Any items remaining are subject to removal at the expense of participating vendors, caterers, contractors, agents, guests, clients, renters, sponsors and organizations. Any charges incurred are due within 10 days upon conclusion of the scheduled event, after which additional fees may be added.

 

Food, ice, grease, garbage, and liquor must be properly disposed of at the conclusion of the event. Any items remaining are subject to removal at the expense of all participating vendors, caterers, guests, contractors, agents, clients, employees, sponsors, and organizations.

  

Any scraping or damage to the walls, floors, furniture, and exhibitions will be billed at the expense of vendors, clients, caterers, contractors, guests, agents, sponsors, employees, or organizations. Any charges incurred are due within 10 days upon conclusion of the scheduled event, after which additional fees may be added.

  

Unauthorized pre-sets and overtime charges will be billed to the renters, vendors, clients, organizations, contractors, employees, agents, sponsors, and guests; Any charges incurred are due within 10 days upon conclusion of the scheduled event, after which additional fees may be added.

 

Events which utilize the Elizabeth Morse Learning Studio for food preparation must cover the entire floor area with removable waterproof material, in addition, any food stations located in any carpeted CAF venue space must also be covered with a removable plastic material, no less than 3 feet, in all directions. An appointed Chicago Architecture Foundation representative will conduct a walkthrough and must provide approval prior to beginning any food preparation.

CATERERS AND VENDORS
 

The names and phone numbers of all vendors, caterers, contractors, guests, sponsors, clients, employees, and agents must be supplied to the Chicago Architecture Foundation no less than 14 days prior to the event.

 

A designated representative, responsible for all vendors, renters, caterers, guests, contractors, clients, employees, sponsors, and organizations, must be present and identified to supervise the event as well as the set-up and tear down. Caterers must provide Chicago Architecture Foundation with the name of the head caterer at least two days prior to the event.

  

Beverage service must end 30 minutes prior to the conclusion of the event.

 

Caterers, vendors, contractors, clients, sponsors, employees, guests, and organizations must check in and out at the beginning and end of the event with a representative from Chicago Architecture Foundation prior to entering or exiting any venue space. Markings on the floor space, walls, and exhibits are considered damage to the space. Vendors, caterers, renters, contractors, guests, agents, clients, employees, sponsors, and organizations are responsible for any damages to the Santa Fe Building and any Chicago Architecture Foundation spaces. Any charges incurred are due within 10 days upon conclusion of the scheduled event, after which additional fees may be added.

 

Any scraping or damage to the walls, floors, furniture, and exhibits will be billed at the expense of vendors, renters, caterers, contractors, employees, clients, agents, sponsors, and organizations utilizing the space. Any charges incurred are due within 10 days upon conclusion of the scheduled event, after which additional fees may be added.

 

Events which utilize the Elizabeth Morse Learning Studio for food preparation must cover the entire floor area with a removable waterproof material, in addition, any food stations located in any carpeted CAF venue space must also be covered with a removable plastic material, no less than 3 feet, in all directions. An appointed Chicago Architecture Foundation representative will conduct a walkthrough and must provide approval prior to beginning any food preparation.


PLEASE NOTE
Prices, venue requirements, guidelines, policies and procedures are subject to change without notice.
Additional guidelines, requirements, prices or policies may apply based on the event.


Included in Rental Fee

- Chairs (150) - 10 5-foot tables
- Chair & table set-up/break down and janitorial services
- Security
- Adjustable HVAC - Coat racks
- Podium with handheld microphone
- Five (5) extension cords, 25’ to 100’

Audio-visual and presentation equipment available for use in Lecture Hall and Gallery with client provided AV technician

- Built-in audio visual screen, approximately 7’ wide x 10’ high
- Single channel public address system
- Projector with laptop connection
- Two (2) power surge protectors - Laser pointer


Client must provide certified/knowledgeable/accredited A/V technician when using this equipment.
For additional audiovisual equipment and/or a technician contact: Audio Visual One Ltd., 847.928.9200 or AVI Midwest 630.477.2300


CAF recommends preferred caterers; however, an outside caterer may be used provided the caterer meets Santa Fe Building and insurance requirements. Downloadable PDF of Santa Fe Building Vendor Insurance Requirements.

Discounts available for non profit organizations, the City of Chicago, schools and universities, CAF Trustees and Auxiliary Board members.

For more information regarding venue rentals, please contact venuerentals(at)architecture.org or 312.922.3432 x224.


Chicago’s First Lady River Cruise Evening Rental
  

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