The Patio

Surrounded by shipping containers, the patio at Recess is the perfect hangout spot for those hot summer nights or cozying up around a fire pit for those chillier months. Two large containers open up and convert into bars to serve up refreshing libations. In the middle of the patio, a square raised platform can act as a center-stage or simply a semi-private option to watch the crowd from above. Second floor containers are also available as a quasi-private option with reservations.

Patio Capacity – 578 Standing
Raised Center Platform – Up to 150 guests
Container Capacity – Up to 30 guests
Sq. Ft. – 14,000


Roll-top glass-paneled garage doors open directly onto the patio. Awash in natural light, the dining room is anchored by a 40-foot wooden bar that feels like it’s been there forever—or at least as long as the Daleys were in office. Leather chairs, bar stools and tufted couches add to the casual ambiance. Two raised platforms, the north and the south, are available for semi-private functions, sit-down dinners, or casual cocktail gatherings. 


Capacity – 259 Seated | 400 Standing
Sq. Ft. – 3,700

City Hall

The adjunct private event space, named City Hall, boasts 5,400-square-feet of flexible event space, with a separate grand entrance on Kinzie Street. The column-free hall, with its soaring 40-foot-high ceilings, 37-foot stone bar and industrial-elegant architectural detailing, is a striking venue for large-scale events, meetings and receptions. City Hall also includes a fully equipped wedding suite/green room along with additional bathrooms on its Mezzanine Level.

Capacity – 300 Seated | 987 Standing
Sq. Ft. – 5,400