private events & group dining

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impress your guests.


Whatever your cause for celebration, you need an extraordinary location. You will find it in The Dawson.

Named a Best of the Best Venue 3 years running by Modern Luxury Weddings Chicago, The Dawson features multiple private and semi-private event spaces for parties of 12 - 400.

The Dawson’s stunning, two-story foyer with its breathtaking grand staircase is the perfect first impression for your guests. And, the custom tile and lighting, hand-crafted woodwork, abundant natural light, and an acclaimed courtyard, make this River West gem a dream location for hosts and photographers alike.




wedding ceremonies | receptions | showers | brunches | rehearsal dinners | bachelor & bachelorette parties

It’s a fantastically designed space and some of the best food and drink in the city. It made for a truly gorgeous and more intimate wedding location.
— Jaclyn S.


happy hours | team events | brand launches

The Dawson has everything you can ask for
— a convivial vibe, clever bites, and great libations
— Michelin Guide


birthdays | anniversaries | brunches | celebrations



  • 2018, 2017, 2016 Modern Luxury Weddings - Best of the Best Venue

  • 2019, 2018 Wine Spectator - Best of Award of Excellence, 1 Glass

  • 2018 Yelp - "People Love Us" Award

  • 2017 Renzell Best of Chicago List

  • 2017 - Certificate of Excellence

  • 2017 - Diner's Choice Award

  • 2016 Michelin Bib Gourmand

  • 2014 Time Out Chicago - Food & Drink Awards (Reader's Choice): Best New Restaurant Cocktail Program