Planning an event? Here’s what you need to know. 

The Patio

Surrounded by shipping containers, the patio at Recess is perfect for hot summer nights or cozying up around a fire pit in chillier months. In the center of the patio, a raised platform acts as a center-stage. The second floor shipping containers are available as a quasi-private option with a stunning view of the city and overlooking the rest of the patio.

Patio Capacity – 578 Standing
Container Capacity – Up to 30 guests
Raised Center Platform Capacity – Up to 100 (standing only)
Sq. Ft. – 14,000


Awash in natural light, the dining room is anchored by a 40-foot wooden bar that feels like it’s been there forever—or at least as long as the Daleys were in office. Roll-top glass-paneled garage doors open directly onto the patio. Two raised platforms, the north and the south, are available for semi-private functions, sit-down dinners, or casual cocktail gatherings. 

Capacity – 259 Seated | 400 Standing
Sq. Ft. – 3,700

City Hall

Our dedicated private event space, City Hall, boasts 5,400-square-feet with a separate grand entrance on Kinzie Street. With soaring 40-foot-high ceilings, 37-foot stone bar and industrial-elegant architectural detailing, it is a striking venue for large-scale events, meetings and receptions. City Hall also includes a fully equipped wedding suite/green room along with additional bathrooms on its Mezzanine Level.

Capacity – 300 Seated | 987 Standing
Sq. Ft. – 5,400