Private Events

Private Events

The elegance and drama of Chicago's Gilded Age will thrill your guests at the Driehaus Museum, an exquisite late 19th century mansion located just steps from the Magnificent Mile.  It is an ideal venue for a cocktail reception, celebratory dinner, professional networking event, or intimate wedding.

With a marble-clad entrance hall, magnificently carved wooden interiors, and beautiful high ceilings, the mansion known as the “Marble Palace” exemplifies the very essence of Gilded Age luxury.

Twilight Tour

This after-hours tour offers an exclusive, intimate way for groups to experience the Museum while enjoying a festive atmosphere. 



$85/person includes guided tour and beverages*
+$30/person for cheese plate and charcuterie assortment at the end of your tour

*Beverages include white wine, sparkling wine, beer, sparkling water, and still water

Minimum: 20 Guests
Maximum: 50 Guests

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The Billiards Room

For Breakfasts, Luncheons, and Daytime Meetings

Rental Fees*
Monday - Thursday | $1,000
Friday – Sunday | $2,000
*catering and related expenses not included. Please inquire about our preferred list of vendors.

Lecture Style: 50 Guests
Tables: 30 Guests

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An Evening at the Marble Palace

The following is available as a special benefit for Corporate Partners and Premier Members at the Driehaus Circle level and above.

Each event has exclusive access to the entire Museum, including the magnificent main hall, the first-floor period rooms, second-floor exhibition galleries, and the historic Ballroom located on the third floor.  Guides are on-hand to answer questions about the mansion, the collections, and the current exhibition to interested guests. 

Rental Fees*
Monday - Thursday | $3,500
Friday – Sunday | $5,000

(Events must start between 6 – 7 p.m. and must conclude by 10 p.m.)
*catering and related expenses not included. Please inquire about our preferred list of vendors.

Evening Cocktail Reception: 125 guests maximum; entire museum
Seated Dinner: 56 guests maximum; Historic Ballroom
Evening Seated Theatre-Style Presentation: 60 guests maximum in the Historic Ballroom.
Evening Wedding Ceremony: 40 guests maximum in Main Hall; 50 guests maximum in Historic Ballroom

An Evening at the Marble Palace includes:

  • 3 hours of event time; not including set up and tear down
  • Complimentary event planning by Museum’s event coordinator
  • Brown Chivari chairs, tables, projector, screen, and podium
  • Expert Museum Guides available to interact with your guests informally or through short guided experiences
  • Museum Store available for guests during event with special discount.

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Get started with your private event at the Driehaus Museum.  Please contact our exclusive event planner, at 312-874-5912 or email

By choosing us as your special event venue, you are supporting the Driehaus Museum’s exhibitions, programming, and the ongoing care of the historic Nickerson Mansion.