Site Visit | The Field Museum

By Connect Staff, February 6, 2014

At The Field Museum in Chicago, 4.6 billion years of history are housed under one roof. The venue is part of a lakefront museum campus that includes John G. Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium. Attendees can marvel at the old—fossils and artifacts from civilizations past—and take home the knowledge of something new.

Stanley Field Hall is the museum’s largest event space. It accommodates up to 1,500 for a seated dinner and 7,500 for receptions. Attendees enter the hall to find themselves standing on 300-million-year-old fossilized limestone floors. The space is accented with white marble, large columns and vaulted ceilings, where natural light floods in through skylights. The focal point of the space is the skeleton of a 67-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex. Exhibitions throughout the hall can be left open for attendees to view during events.

The more intimate Rice Hall accommodates 140 guests for a seated dinner and up to 300 for cocktails. The gallery space houses a collection of dioramas in the Hall of Asian Mammals, where drinks are served. Attendees can dine in front of a panoramic mural of the Serengeti plains.

The Founders’ Room seats 100 for dinner or holds 125 for receptions. The elegant space features priceless artifacts, a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a large crystal chandelier, and south- and east-facing views.

The museum’s outdoor terrace space has views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. It accommodates 250 for dinners or up to 1,000 for receptions. Other spaces include the Hall of Dinosaurs and a 3-D theater.

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