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Special Occasions

Without a doubt, the lavishly restored Genesee Theatre is the perfect venue to have a celebration. Have your party on the remarkable stage for an unforgettable evening or in the elegant Grand Lobby under the beautiful Baccarat crystal chandelier or even in one of our seven lounges. Call us today to start planning your upcoming birthday party, bar or bat mitzvah, quinceanera, reunion, or anniversary celebration as available dates fill up quickly!

The Stage

Treat your guests to a once-in-a-lifetime experience when you host your special event on our spacious 4,600 square foot stage. Guests will be dazzled with a VIP view of the Theatre’s crystal chandeliers and gold toned décor. The Stage package includes professional stage lighting, a colored backdrop, and use of the house sound system. Your guests will enjoy a theatrical evening of dining, dancing and celebration!

The Grand Lobby

Our sumptuous Grand Lobby, adorned with original Italian marble tiles and two winding staircases, is a magnificent location for an intimate dinner or cocktail party of up to 100 guests. The 18-foot tall Baccarat crystal chandelier suspended overhead enhances the beauty of this most unique space.

The Lounges

Seven lounges on four floors offer a variety of seating and setups for up to 120 guests per lounge for a full dinner or cocktail party. Our second floor area includes a catwalk overlooking the elegant Grand Lobby and outdoor access on top of the Theatre’s lighted marquee.

Genesee Theatre special occasion packages include:
  • Day access to venue
  • On-site Special Events Manager
  • Theatre usher staff
  • Round banquet tables
  • Rectangle reception tables
  • Gold cushioned chairs
  • High cocktail tables
  • Cocktail table chairs
  • Solid color floor length table covers
  • Solid color linen napkins
  • Ivory china place settings
  • Catering service
  • Bar service
  • External marquee message
Stage Audio/Visual included amenities:
  • On-site Production Manager to coordinate sound, lighting, and projection
  • Professional Theatre stagehands
  • House sound and lighting system
  • Wireless and wired microphones
  • Projection equipment
  • Freight elevator access
Catering and Bar Packages:

The Genesee Theatre works closely with various top Chicagoland caterers to meet the needs of your event. Reception packages include customized cocktail reception and dinner menus as well as dessert offerings and bar services to accommodate up to 250 guests.

Layout and Setup:

Our Special Events Manager will work with you closely on the individual details of your special event. Genesee staff is responsible for the set up and clean up of the Theatre. You and your vendors are responsible for removing any specialty items such as centerpieces, gifts, floral, etc. after your party. Other arrangements for pick up can be made depending on the Genesee Theatre schedule.


A 30% deposit is due when the contract is signed to guarantee your event date on our calendar.

Extra Services available:
  • Bar glassware
  • Specialty linens
  • Chair covers
  • Coat check