Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10pm; Fri 11:30am-11pm; 4:30-11pm; Sun 3:30pm-10pm
This Bucktown spot is known for it’s classic Italian food and vibe of laid-back cool. Part old-time lounge, part non-kitschy 1940’s supper club, you can throw your parties in one of three places within the club, with capacity holding parties as large as 250 in the main dining room or more intimate gatherings of 30-55 in their private room. Club Lucky has a huge menu of food options from appetizers to dessert, or they’ll accommodate special requests and custom menus so your party is just right.
Hours: Mon-Tues 4pm-1am; Weds-Fri 4pm-2am; Sat 11am-3am; Sun 11am-1am
Fizz is always throwing an event of some sort – whether celebrating Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day or the Kentucky Derby, this bar wears a permanent party hat. If you want to throw your own happening, rent out the Party loft and make your own menu from any of their kitchen’s offerings. Pick a drink package, decorate to your heart’s content and get ready to have a blast. For outdoor gatherings, you can set up a soiree in their beer garden that’s heated for year-round accessibility. It’s also one of the few beer gardens in the city where you can enjoy a drink while having a smoke.
Hours: Sun-Thu 11–12am; Fri 11–2am; Sat 11–3am
Part bar, part event space, part adventure arena, Whirlyball has just about every party-related base covered. You can drink, play games, dance and have more laid-back gatherings (corporate retreats do happen here) for groups (really) large and small. While you can throw anything from a Bar Mitzvah to a big kids birthday at Whirlyball, you’ll have the most fun taking advantage of the venue’s prime activity and namesake – a bumper-car-based competition in which you hurl whiffle balls around your opponents. Think of it as the ultimate indulgence of otherwise taboo actions: drinking, driving and road rage.
Hours: Tues 7pm-2am; Weds-Fri 4pm-2am; Sat 7pm-3pm; Sun-Mon Open for events only
This former speakeasy and modern-day live music venue will let you take over their space for a private party, and is optimal for throwing an event with a heavy A/V component. Besides access to the bar (and the excellent, friendly bartenders to sling your beers), the Hideout can set your shindig up with concert-quality sound and video. Whatever reason you have to pull together up to 150 of your favorite people, there’s a full DJ rig, two pull-down movie screens and all the sound equipment you need to throw a dance party, literary reading, fundraiser or random, celebratory get-down.