5 Chicago Riverwalk Private Party Venues

Chicago River Walk

Warm-weather days and evenings are precious in Chicago, and there’s no better place in the city to enjoy them than the Chicago Riverwalk, with its picturesque waterside dining and cocktail spots. Plan your next private party at one of these five Chicago Riverwalk private party venues and treat your guests to amazing city views and a real slice of Chicago summertime paradise.

City Winery Chicago Riverwalk: Plan a reception for up to 200 guests in the breezy wine garden of City Winery Chicago Riverwalk, you’ll have semi-private use of the outdoor City Winery Riverwalk space.

Island Party Hut Tiki Bar and Grill: Put your guests in a tropical mood, host an event for groups large or small on one of the two tented decks or along the riverside. Guests can listen to live island music (Thurs.-Sun.) as they munch on dishes like slow-smoked pulled pork sided with refreshing fruity cocktails.

O’Brien’s Riverwalk Cafe: Cheery yellow-umbrella-topped tables will greet your guests at O’Brien’s Riverwalk Café, one of the first restaurants to join the Chicago Riverwalk. O’Brien’s can accommodate parties from 10-200 at its semi-private alfresco café space, with the option of an interior room that can hold up to 25 guests.

Chicago Cut Steakhouse: Chicago Cut is a serious steakhouse, featuring its own butcher and dry-aging room, not to mention a dazzling view of the Chicago Riverwalk from inside the restaurant or on its outdoor patio. Your guests will be treated to old school steakhouse sophistication in the private dining room that can accommodate up to 100 people.

320 Riverbar: Your party can soak up the beautiful Chicago River view as they enjoy cocktails and bites at 320 RiverBar at The Westin Chicago River North. Rent the entire outdoor patio (for up to 150 guests) that overlooks the Chicago Riverwalk and features a unique graffiti wall created by renowned graffiti artists.

Los Cabos Today, Safer Than Ever!

Rock formations in Cabo

Los Cabos implemented a five-point action plan to enhance security in the resort city. As part of the plan, Mexico’s elite force of the Marines took command of the state and municipal police in Los Cabos in November 2017 and are leading a cohesive security program. The first phase of a new Marine base that will serve as a mission control center was completed in April, 2018. Los Cabos has also activated 200 new police personnel, who were trained and evaluated at a police academy in Mexico City. At the same time, the Mexican Navy and The Los Cabos Hotel Association have created an anonymous Citizen Crime Report to encourage information sharing with authorities. Sr. Rodrigo Esponda, Managing Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board, also described their new surveillance system effort that involved installation of more than 200 cameras, which the Marines use for monitoring crime.  As a result of all of these efforts and more, there has been a 90 percent drop in crime to date in 2018.

Top 10 cities for meetings and events according to Cvent

Ariel view of Cancun

Cvent has released its annual lists of the top cities for meetings and events worldwide. Three new regions were highlighted this year: Caribbean and Latin America (CALA), Canada and Europe. European cities were previously included with cities in the Middle East and Africa. The lists were compiled based on sourcing activity through the Cvent Supplier Network. In 2017, more than 40 million room nights worldwide and $14.7 billion of business were sourced through the Cvent Supplier Network, helping to support more than 715,000 events around the globe.

The top 10 cities in each region for 2018 are:

United States

  1. Orlando, Florida
    2. Las Vegas, Nevada
    3. Chicago, Illinois
    4. San Diego, California
    5. Atlanta, Georgia
    6. Dallas, Texas
    7. Nashville, Tennessee
    8. New York, New York
    9. Washington, D.C.
    10. San Francisco, California

Caribbean and Latin America

  1. Cancun, Mexico
    2. Nassau, Bahamas
    3. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
    4. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
    5. San Juan, Puerto Rico
    6. San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
    7. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
    8. Guanacaste, Costa Rica
    9. Riviera Maya, Mexico
    10. Los Cabos, Mexico

In remembrance of Dr. Kenneth L Stein MD:  (May 6th, 1954 – July 18th, 2018 )

Dr Stein

The MIE family unfortunately lost one its founding partners, Dr. Ken Stein to a battle with cancer.  Dr. Stein MD was a board-certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and member of many prestigious medical associations as well as being part of the MIE family. Dr. Stein’s partnership with MIE went well beyond his love for Mexico and his profession.  He was a huge supporter of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  and truly believed in and enjoyed helping other human beings. With his talented Plastic surgeon skills, Ken has worked with MIE in conducting needed surgeries on many Men, Women and Children that local Mexican doctors could not assist due to deformities or disease.  Ken’s medical talents and amazing human nature, contagious smile and love for life is what we celebrate as we remember a gifted doctor, partner and a great friend.