Plan an Event | Newberry

Plan an Event

The Newberry building, as seen from Washington Square Park.

Thank you for considering the Newberry for your upcoming special event. It is with great pleasure that we make our space available for private parties.

With its grand staircase, intricate architectural details, spacious halls, and flexible rental spaces, this historic venue offers a distinctive gathering place for special occasions.

Just steps from the Magnificent Mile and Chicago’s historic Water Tower Campus, and across the street from the city’s oldest public park, Washington Square Park, the Newberry is a venue equally suited for grand events, corporate entertaining, dramatic cocktail receptions, elegant weddings, and multimedia presentations.

Newberry event spaces are highly versatile, giving you multiple options for your event needs. Rooms may be combined for greater capacity and for varying program components, as we offer several different types and sizes of rooms, detailed on our Event Spaces page.

At the Newberry, your priorities are our priorities, and we understand the importance of details. From glittering candlelit windows, to the perfect dinner lighting, our Events and Facilities team work closely with your caterer and vendors to bring everything together for a spectacular event.The Newberry can accommodate many different types of events, and we hope our offerings will meet all of your event needs.


The Newberry is proud to welcome all couples to consider hosting any portion of their wedding celebration here. From rehearsal dinners and ceremonies, to cocktails and formal dinners, you’ll find the Newberry a spectacular backdrop for your event.

Social Events & Celebrations

Anniversary parties, family reunions, recitals, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, memorial services, and many other types of events are possible at the Newberry.

Corporate Events

From Casino Night Fundraisers to Mardi Gras Cocktails and Holiday Parties, the Newberry is a classy backdrop that can be easily dressed to your theme or company colors.


The Newberry, a non-profit institution, is happy to honor other non-profit and academic institutions as well, offering discounted rental rates to qualifying 501c3 organizations wishing to hold conferences, programs, graduations, and celebrations of many kinds in our event spaces.

Events Office Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday; 10am - 4:30pm


(312) 255-3595 or

Gifts from the Newberry Bookstore

The Newberry Bookstore is proud to offer a wide variety of unique souvenirs from your event; from literary gifts, cards, and toys by local artisans to our exceptional notecard, journal, and postcard assortment (and, of course, stellar books). The Newberry Bookstore is also the only library gift shop to house a Button-o-Matic button dispenser, with buttons featuring images of notable Newberry collection items

Looking for a souvenir to commemorate your visit to the Newberry? It would be our pleasure to help you find just the right item, from notebooks bearing the Newberry logo to one-of-a-kind deaccessioned objects from the Newberry holdings.

For more information, call (312) 255-3520 or email