Newberry Library 60 West Walton Street • Chicago • Illinois 60610

Newberry Library

60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610

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Why You'll Love This Place

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  • This famous library's fully restored 1893 lobby is a showstopper. Original architectural details, like a dramatic marble staircase, distinctive chandeliers, and mosaic floor, are enhanced by modern recessed lighting.
  • With views of Washington Square Park and the lights of the Hancock building twinkling just beyond, the mahogany-paneled Ruggles Hall is a warm and inviting space for larger gatherings. For more intimate celebrations, the modern Rettinger Hall and Baskes Boardroom showcase beautiful marble floors and large windows that overlook the neighborhood.
  • In addition to its turn-of-the-century elegance and 600 years’ worth of rare books, maps, and music, the Newberry offers convenient amenities too, like complimentary parking for after-hours events in the on-site lot and a discount arrangement for overflow parking at a nearby garage.

Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $6,000–8,500/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of year
    • Event duration
    • Holidays

  • Includes:

    • Up to 2 rooms for use as a wedding suite(s)
    • Use of lobby with one unique event space
    • Limited parking on-site and discounted lot parking arrangement at nearby parking garage
    • Staff member present for duration 3 hours prior to event window for setup, and 1 hour after event window for breakdown
    • Coat check & attendant offered Oct 15–May 15.
Ceremony Fee
  • $500/event


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 200 208
Cocktails, etc. Standing 300 0
Reception Seated 208 0

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Small Wedding
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


$ • $$


Preferred list



Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Available Friday & Saturday, 6pm–midnight. Sunday rental times are flexible. Please call for available dates.

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Ballroom
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Non-Profit
  • Unique

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Panoramic


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