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Auditorium Building

430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
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Now a National Historic Landmark, the Auditorium Building has been a cornerstone of Chicago’s arts and cultural community since its opening in 1889. A crown jewel of famed architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, with a young Frank Lloyd Wright as draftsman, the Auditorium Building was the first mixed-use building ever built and the tallest in Chicago when it opened. More than 125 years later, its gilded inner spaces still sparkle for events of all kinds. Browse Auditorium Building spaces below.

Auditorium Reading Room

An inviting and classic space with breathtaking city views, the Auditorium Reading Room provides warm welcome for meetings and presentations. The room’s centerpiece is a generously sized rectangular table, handmade in Oregon. Its matching chairs provide seating for 20. Bookcases handmade in Chicago display some of Roosevelt’s treasured literature, and other classic touches of academia include a Replogle world globe, an Art Deco lamp, and beautiful portraits of Montesquieu, Locke, Tocqueville, and Harriet Taylor.

Features

  • Rectangular table with chairs, both handmade in Oregon; seats 20
  • Fully AV-equipped: projectors, screens, speakers, whiteboard, wi-fi and DVD/VHS player

Capacities

  • Meetings and receptions, 20

Interested in renting the Auditorium Reading Room? Fill out our inquiry form

Reading Room
Auditorium Theatre

A National Historic Landmark, the 125-year-old Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University is internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s most elegantly beautiful performance spaces. The crowning achievement of famed architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, the theater is home to The Joffrey Ballet and hosts a variety of events, from Broadway tours to rock concerts. Frank Lloyd Wright, who worked as a draftsman on the project, called the Auditorium, “The greatest room for music and opera in the world—bar none.” Roosevelt is fortunate to house this Chicago treasure.

We partner with the Auditorium Theatre. For space rental inquiries, please contact Beth Kaskel, Auditorium Theatre’s Director of Operations, at 312.341.2362 or bkaskel@roosevelt.edu

Congress Lounge

With its flexible, open floor plan, Congress Lounge is an ideal canvas for an array of events—festive receptions, speaker presentations, and ceremony settings among them. The lounge is located on the second floor overlooking Congress Avenue.

Features

  • Open floorplan
  • Hardwood floor
  • Expanded capacity in combination with Fainman Lounge and nearby classrooms

Capacities

  • Cocktail parties, 50 to 200 guests
  • Seated receptions, 50 to 180 guests

Interested in renting Congress Lounge? Fill out our inquiry form.

Congress Lounge, set for mealtime presentation
Fainman Lounge

A bejeweled perch from which to take in Chicago’s lakefront glory, Fainman Lounge includes an enclosed terrace with mosaic flooring and intricate Art Nouveau architectural details. In the early 1900s, the lounge hosted hotel guests. Today, it’s ideal for an elegant reception with Buckingham Fountain views.

Features

  • Open floorplan with enclosed terrace
  • Expanded capacity in combination with Congress Lounge

Capacities

  • Cocktail parties and other receptions, 50 to 250 guests

Interested in renting Fainman Lounge? Fill out our inquiry form.

Fainman Lounge: open floorplan reception, sweeping city views
Ganz Hall

One of the true gems of Chicago architecture, Rudolph Ganz Memorial Hall is a stunning performance space that sparkles with refined ornamentation. Stained glass windows, gold-leaf stenciled arches, intricate steel chandeliers, and hand-painted murals combine for a breathtaking whole, whether you are performer or audience.

Featuring the work of French painter Albert Fleury, designer Louis Millet and his collaborator George Healy, and architects Louis Sullivan, Dankmar Adler, and Frank Lloyd Wright, the hall is one of our city’s ultimate examples of artistic collaboration. 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.

Features

  • Elevated stage
  • Two concert grand pianos
  • Separate reception area

Capacities

  • Ganz Hall, 195
  • Ganz Hall foyer, 75

Interested in renting Ganz Hall? Fill out our inquiry form

Ganz Hall
Murray-Green Library

With its soaring barrel-vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows, the Murray-Green library is almost as beautiful as its sweeping view of Lake Michigan and Buckingham Fountain. Located on the tenth floor, the library is a sumptuous space perfectly suited for weddings, galas, and other festive gatherings.

Features

  • Classic, Old-World library hardwood padded chairs and library tables seating 10-12 guests
  • Six high-top tables, six cabaret tables
  • 20x20’ dance floor
  • Drapery and screens
  • Up-lighting
  • In-house catering and liquor packages

Capacities

  • Cocktail parties, 50 to 350
  • Seated receptions, 50 to 300

Interested in renting the Murray-Green Library? Fill out our inquiry form

Reception in Auditorium Building Library
Sullivan Room

Lovingly renovated and restored, the Sullivan Room offers easy elegance for meetings and receptions. When the Auditorium Building was a hotel, this second-floor room was originally a ladies’ parlor. In 1999, the Chicago Woman’s Club donated turn-of-the-century artwork, furniture, and rugs to preserve the lounge’s period grace.

Features

  • Open floorplan
  • Offers expanded capacity in combination with nearby Fainman or Congress Lounge

Capacities

  • Seated receptions, 50 (rounds of 10)
  • Cocktail parties, 50 to 60 guests
  • Lectures, 60

Interested in renting the Sullivan Room? Fill out our inquiry form.

The Auditorium Building provides a beautiful backdrop for elegant receptions.
The elegant Angell Reading Room is housed in the Auditorium Building’s Murray-Green Library.
The elegant Angell Reading Room is housed in the Auditorium Building’s Murray-Green Library.
The Auditorium Building’s Congress Lounge, set for reception presentation
The Auditorium Building’s Congress Lounge, set for reception presentation
The elegant Fainman Lounge in the Auditorium Building overlooks Grant Park.
The elegant Fainman Lounge in the Auditorium Building overlooks Grant Park.
The Auditorium Building provides a beautiful backdrop for elegant receptions.
The Auditorium Building provides a beautiful backdrop for elegant receptions.
The Auditorium Building offers inviting spaces for memorable events.
The Auditorium Building offers inviting spaces for memorable events.
Ganz Hall, on the Auditorium Building’s seventh floor, is one of Chicago’s most stunning performance spaces.
Ganz Hall, on the Auditorium Building’s seventh floor, is one of Chicago’s most stunning performance spaces.