Events and Parties

Bring the play back to your parties. 

From toddlers to CEOs, we could all use more play in our lives. 

No one knows play like Chicago Children’s Museum. That’s why events in our space provide a playful twist to cocktail receptions, team building events, corporate outings, and more. 

Plan an event with us and you’ll experience: 

  • A flexible space that highlights your whimsical side—regardless of age or life stage 

  • An outside-the-box event space—plus the event venue amenities you need 

  • Extensive menu options from Blue Plate Catering, our exclusive catering partner 

  • The convenience and stunning background of downtown Chicago and Navy Pier 

We offer 3 ways to plan your next event:


Play Like a Kid

Our space is tailor made for kids—even the grown-up ones—including:  

  • Birthday parties

    • Birthday parties include all-day museum admission for your guests, use of our party room, and optional add-on programming in our Art Studio.

    • Pricing starts at $750. 

  • Milestone celebrations 

    • Hosting a unique bar or bat mitzvah or quinceañera is easy in a space that’s filled with nonstop fun. Tweens and teens have a great time here too. 

    • Pricing starts at $750. 

  • School fundraisers and events 

    • Bring your community together and put the fun back in fundraising. Arrange a meet-up for a small group or take over the museum after-hours for an event that makes kids as happy as grown-ups.

    • Pricing varies.  


Play Like a Grownup

Tap into your inner child with a grown-up event in our playful space. Featuring food by Blue Plate Catering, our exclusive catering partner, your guests can share drinks and apps in our playful and whimsical spaces.  

Events geared for adults include: 

  • Evening cocktail parties and receptions 

  • Corporate events 

  • Holiday parties

  • Benefit events 

  • Milestone celebrations for the young at heart  

Pricing starts at $3000. 


Play for Business

  • Company retreats and meetings 

    • Work hard in your board meeting, presentation, or retreat—then play hard in a space designed for fun. 

    • Our Program Center is fully outfitted with an extra-large flat screen TV/monitor, microphone, webcam, speakers, conference phone, wi-fi, and more. 

    • Pricing starts at $750. 

  • Team building and training 

    • Foster teamwork and inspire new ideas in our Art Studio or Tinkering Lab. Bring your own ideas or choose one of our team-building activities for your team.

    • Pricing varies. 

  •  Corporate family events

    • The grownups can mingle while their kids play (though the grownups usually play too). Host your employees and their families for late afternoon or evening events. The museum will close for your group and facilitated programs are available add-on options.

    • Pricing starts at $7500.

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Download our events booklet or call (312) 464-7683 for more information.

To learn more about our fundraising events and annual Gala, visit our current events page.