If you have an ever-expanding baby bump or a friend with a babe due any day, get ready to wow everyone. From an art center to a bakery to a rustic-chic office space (really!), we found venues that mom-to-be and her guests will remember forever. Scroll down to see all of our picks — and start the prep!
This fully furnished 2,000-square-foot open studio space in the heart of Ravenswood accommodates up to 150 people. It features two private bathrooms, kitchenette and reasonably priced hourly rates. They’re uber accommodating with catering—use your own or select from their preferred vendors—and they offer decor and event planning services should you need a bit of assistance.
4437 N. Ravenswood, Ravenswood
You'll "ooh" and "aah" when you walk in—promise. Catalyst Ranch is a unique space with a variety of rooms. It’s super-versatile, fun, large but not cavernous, cozy, bright and cheerful. In other words: everything you want in a baby shower spot. Also, it's perfect for people coming from the 'burbs, as it’s right off of the Kennedy.
656 W. Randolph St., West Loop
Beverly Arts Center
We'll let you in on a little southside secret: This is truly a gorgeous building that not enough people know about. On staff are wonderful party planners that pretty much do everything, including budgeting, working with your vendors, decorating and more. Parking is plentiful and there are several rooms within the space that will change the vibe of your event (including an art gallery with rotating exhibits -- fun!). Plus, they have in-house bartenders.
2407 W. 111th St., Beverly
Free Range Office
Yep, a baby shower in an office -- and one you'll always remember for it's flexibility and rustic-chic appeal. You can bring in your own food and drinks, so it's the most reasonably priced of the bunch. They have tables, chairs, a sofa lounge area, outdoor terrace, kitchen and an assistant to help with your bash. This private loft space is a great option for those who want room to roam and a creative vibe.
2141 W. North Ave., Bucktown
High Tea With Gerri
Give your guests the Princess Kate treatment at this Long Grove charmer. It has a beautiful English tea theme. The private rooms are decorated with fresh flowers and there are even hats available for your guests to wear. Can’t get much girlier than this. Pinkies up, ladies!
144 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove
Blue Sky Bakery
This adorable café and bakery has excellent brunch and afternoon tea options, with food served family style (perfect for a cozy gaggle of ladies). You can also feel good about booking as they provide homeless and at-risk youth with jobs.
3720 N. Lincoln Ave., Northcenter
Big, bold and club-y like no other, Oakbrook's go-to has a whopping six private dining rooms. The menu choice is vast, with a wide variety of platters, stations, buffets, and plated meals (think steaks, bacon-wrapped scallops and the like). This is definitely “the spot” if price is no object.
298 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook
If you're looking for bright and cheerful, this ray of sunshine in Bucktown is your spot. Total bonus that you can have an incredibly beautiful — and delicious — cake waiting for you when you arrive. They'll even help with the logistics of catering, decorations, setup and all those little tiny details that go into making an event memorable for mama-to-be.
1944 N. Damen Ave., Bucktown
The Keith House
This southside gem is one of the few remaining original mansions in the beloved Prairie Avenue Historic District that was once home to legendary Chicago families like Pullman, Field and Kimball. It also overlooks the Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens with its intricate pathways, ornate flower beds and fountain, making for a gorgeous setting to get excited for baby. Their event space accommodates up to 75 people and includes table and chairs.
1900 S. Prairie Ave., Near Southside
This loft-style brick building was designed to pay homage to the urban essence of Chicago with exposed wood beams, large windows and a brick focal wall. It's beautiful, fresh simplicity provides the perfect blank canvas for your party. And an upside for a city location, parking is ample and guest access is convenient.
1858 W. Grand Ave., Ukranian Village
The Lytle House
Have a baby shower that oozes cool at this 2,800 square foot space that has free flowing indoor-outdoor spaces separated by a full-glass garage door and featuring high ceilings, exposed brick, factory windows, original industrial features and green space. You can even color customize the interior and landscape lighting — perfect for a gender reveal, perhaps?
5517 N. Broadway, Edgewater
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