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Auditorium Building - Fainman/Congress Lounge

430 S. Michigan Avenue, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL  60605

The Fainman Lounge at Roosevelt University is located on the 2nd floor overlooking Michigan Avenue. The lounge was named after the Fainman family, who were dynamic members of the Chicago business community or many years, and early supporters of Roosevelt.

The Auditorium building, in which Fainman Lounge is located, is a National Historic Landmark. It is the achievement of famed architects Dankmar Adler, Louis Sullivan and young Frank Lloyd Wright as a draftsman. On October 5, 1887, President Grover Cleveland laid the cornerstone for the Auditorium Building. The 1888 Republican National Convention was held at the partially finished building, where Benjamin Harrison was nominated as a presidential candidate. It officially opened in 1889 and was immediately acclaimed as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.

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 Congress Lounge


  • Gorgeous late 19th/20th century European Art Nouveau architectural detailing
  • Enclosed terrace overlooks Michigan Avenue and Grant Park
  • Terrace floor is adorned with beauiful mosaic tile.
  • Restored copper detailing on staircase
  • ADA accessibility
  • Located in the heart of the city at Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway
  • Facing beautiful Lake Michigan and Buckingham Fountain
  • Three blocks from Millennium Park
  • Close to several hotels and parking facilities 

Capacity & Dimensions

  • Dimensions:
    • Fainman Lounge: 3,200 s.f.
    • Terrace: 1,000 s.f.
    • Congress Lounge (adjacent):  1,800 s.f.
    • See page 3 of the brochure for the specific floor plan
  • Cocktail Receptions for up to 400 guests
  • Sit-down events for up to 200 guests


* Not-for-profit organizations may receive a 10% discount.
- There is a six hour rental maximum.

Contact Us

For meetings and events (i.e. parties, fundraisers, or other large events), contact:

Jodi Daily
Director of Conference Services
Phone  312-341-3543
Email Communication

For wedding inquiries contact:

Gretchen McGinn
Email Communication