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Auditorium Building - Ganz Hall

430 S. Michigan Avenue, 7th floor
Chicago, IL  60605

Housed within the landmark Auditorium Building on Roosevelt University’s Chicago Campus, Rudolph Ganz Memorial Hall is a little-known, yet highly revered space. It is one of the city’s ultimate examples of artistic and architectural collaboration—featuring the work of French painter Albert Fleury, designer Louis Millet and his collaborator George Healy, and architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, with assistance from their then-apprentice Frank Lloyd Wright.

When the Auditorium Hotel was constructed in the 1890s, one important detail was forgotten: a banquet hall. The only large space available for such a room in the largest mixed-use high-rise building was above the Auditorium Theatre. So Sullivan and Adler innovated ways to suspend the banquet hall over the opera house roof on the seventh floor of the building. Then they filled it with the best of their collective work and refined ornamentation: carved wood panels and capitals, elaborate plaster work, gold-leaf stenciled arches punctuated with stunningly recreated cast-iron electric chandeliers and gilded lighting fixtures, unique hand-painted murals, and stained glass windows.

In 2003, Ganz Hall received the Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence, and in 2005 was honored with the American Institute of Architects Chicago Design Excellence Award.

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Features

  • Elevated stage
  • Two concert grand pianos
  • Gold-leaf stenciled arches
  • Intricate steel chandeliers
  • Unique hand-painted murals
  • Beautiful stained glass windows
  • Separate reception area
  • ADA accessibility 
  • Located in the heart of the city at Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway
  • Three blocks from Millennium Park
  • Close to several hotels and parking facilities 

Capacity and Dimensions

  • Auditorium: Fixed seating for 185, Maximum Seating for 215 guests
  • Reception hall: 1,140 s.f.
  • Stage: 745 s.f.
  • See page 3 of the brochure for the specific floor plan

Notes

  • Not-for-profit organizations may receive a 10% discount - please contact us to inquire about pricing and availability.
  • This space is a special use area and rented on a limited basis only. Special usage restrictions and rules apply.
  • There is a four hour rental maximum.

Contact Us

If you are a student seeking recital, concert or audition space, or a faculty/staff member scheduling a meeting, contact:

Melissa Morrison
Scheduling and Facilities Coordinator for Chicago College of Performing Arts
Phone 312-341-3794
Email Communication mmorrison05@roosevelt.edu

For all other inquiries (i.e. weddings, parties, fundraisers, or other large events), contact:

Gretchen McGinn
Phone
  312-735-2902
Email Communication  gmcginn@venuelogicchicago.com 

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Venue Logic reserves the right for Roosevelt University to refuse rental of space to any organization at the sole discretion of the University. Events that do not serve to enhance the mission of Roosevelt University, or do not properly represent the standards of decorum of an academic institution, will not be accepted. Roosevelt University facilities generally are not available for political meetings or events, religious or sectarian meetings, corporate marketing events, or any gambling related events or activities.