The International Museum of Surgical Science, minutes away from downtown Chicago, offers an elegant setting—with lovely views of Lake Michigan—for lectures, meetings, receptions, and dinners for as many as 200 guests. Architectural highlights include Italian marble floors and fireplaces, 14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, and a gilded metal grand staircase. Events are centered in the second-floor Hall of Immortals and Hall of Murals, while guests have the opportunity to stroll through the exhibits on the other floors at their leisure.

Chicago’s landmark Tribune Tower is now available to groups for special events. With stunning panoramic views from its observation deck (which will hold 200 guests for a private event), the Tower’s McCormick Conference Center accommodates up to 50 people, while Campbell Hall seats 100 banquet-style, and 200 theater-style. (847) 982-2608

Chicago’s Logan Square Kitchen is an intimate space that can host up to 77 people for dinners. Its exposed brick and wood-clad walls lend a warm backdrop to events. Three years in the making, the Logan Square Kitchen occupies a 97-year-old building that was formerly vacant and in foreclosure. In May 2010, LSK received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.