frequently asked questions

what is the gallery 1028’s capacity?

our seated dinner capacity with a dance floor is 250 guests and our cocktail reception capacity is 250 guests. 

can I host a ticketed event here?

no, but you can host it at gallery 1500, our sleek, airy, and modern sister venue!

can I bring in my own food / alcohol?

no need, you get to work with calihan catering. they’re an award winning caterer based in chicago for over 30 years that produces galas as large as the james beard foundation awards to as small as a private, intimate dinners in client’s homes. calihan catering will will design a custom menu based on your event needs, vision, and tastes. their wedding packages start at about $165.00 per person and include the menu, a full premium bar with wine service during dinner, staffing, equipment, and linen.

is that a loading dock?

sure is. because of our rich history as a part of Goose Island our entrance is located on a loading dock. there is also an accessible ramp available in the rear of our building that we can direct people to should they need it. 

but where do people park?

there is ample free parking outside the gallery and on the surrounding block, so it’s super easy. valet is always an option, just let us know if you're interested.

how late can the party go?

2:00 am! the typical rental includes a six hour event, plus three hours for set up time and one hour of break down time. events can start and end whenever you would like, as long as you end by 2:00am. If the on-site operations manager is here more than those ten hours, you will be charged an additional $50.00 an hour. 

can I hang stuff up?

yes, a qualified, licensed and insured lighting or décor vendor is welcome to suspend décor items (chandeliers, etc.) from the ceiling and attach things to the walls. but you, or your mom or dad, or your best friend, cannot. it’s a liability issue. Let us know if you need a recommendation for vendors.

what vendors can I work with?

we allow all other vendors (other than catering – which is exclusive to calihan catering) in the space. we have a wonderful preferred vendor list that we can send to you! 

what about the floors?

our floors are vintage! about 50% of guests decide to lay a dance floor. you can totally dance right on our floor, but we do suggest bringing some flip-flops for the ladies if you go that route! 

can I have my ceremony here?

of course! there are plenty of options as to how to lay it out depending on your guest count. we have had intimate ceremonies of 25 and can comfortably accommodate up to 250 people. and, we do not charge a fee for it.