The Newberry Library

$5500 - $8500 for Venue Hire
Up to 208
Exclusive Use
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The Newberry Library is a historical and world-renowned research library that offers beautiful spaces for events and weddings.
Pricing & Costs

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Off-Peak & Peak Season Pricing varies. Event Window: 6 hours running from 6pm-12midnight on Fridays and Saturdays; Sundays offer flexibility. ***No administrative fees or taxes will be applied to the stated pricing*** Rental Rate Includes: Banquet chairs - Dinner, banquet & cocktail tables - Up to 2 rooms for use as a wedding suite(s) - Perimeter decor - Limited use of Newberry Parking lot - Discount arrangement at nearby parking garage - Building security & facilities representative - Events staff member present for duration
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Choice of preferred caterers
Furniture included
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Conference Centre
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time
Late Night Extension

Ceremony & Reception

Dancefloor Available
Sound System Available
Church Within Walking Distance

Food and Drink


Disabled Access
Bridal Changing Facilities
On-Site Parking
Exclusive Use
City View
Full Description
Opened in 1893, the Newberry is home to rare books, manuscripts, maps, music and ephemera from all over the world. The library features multiple indoor event spaces with various capacities. The main ballroom, Ruggles Hall, can accommodate up to 208 guests in a warm and cozy library atmosphere created by its mahogany paneled walls and broad windows overlooking Washington Square Park. The fully restored Lobby is a showstopper. Featuring a Romanesque entryway, distinctive chandeliers, 20-foot ceiling and broad marble staircase (great for photos and a grand entrance) it lends itself beautifully to cocktail receptions, dinner parties or wedding ceremonies. Holding your event at the Newberry will support our mission of inspiring research, teaching, and learning in the humanities.


No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Elena & Jeff
Wedding: December 2019
September 2020
Thank you, thank you
Chayla, Martina and Sophia, Thank you for all you did to create the most beautiful day of our lives! Elena and Jeff's wedding was remarkable. It was an absolute pleasure working with you. There was never a doubt in our minds that the lobby and dining room would be spectacular. Within 2.5 hours you turned the library into a magical place and created memories that my family will forever treasure. The stairs looked so exquisite. The books on the place card table were such a lovely touch. Everything about the night was perfect. Thank you all again for everything you do.
Kate & Mike
Wedding: November 2019
September 2020
Thank you
Hi Chayla & Martina! I wanted to thank you for all you did and and also your staff to make Friday night so special for Mike and Kate. I think it was a magical night for them. Our crowd was large and The Newberry Library was such a gracious space for all of us. Thank You!
Location & Contact Details


60 W Walton St, Chicago, Cook County, 60610, Illinois

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