If you’re in Chicago on business or own a small company, you may need a meeting room. While there are many options available, in this article we take a look at what we consider to be the best ways to find an affordable, but luxurious, meeting room with all the amenities and appliances you require, when you need it.
Regus has numerous meeting rooms available in Chicago, as well as private offices, or even suites. They can be rented for an hour or a day, and come with a projector, TV, and coffee or tea amenities. Regus rooms are somewhat spartan, but they have a professional and crisp edge, that makes them ideal for meetings. Better yet, if you have a Regus account, you can use it in any city where Regus operates.
Chicago Public Library
If you’re okay with your meeting room being in a public location, that is frequented by all corners of society, the Chicago Public Library has more than 60 rooms for rent, all over the city. These are perfect for small businesses because they are considerably cheaper than what you would find in an office, but the tradeoff is exclusivity. On the other hand, being right next to the community you are serving is excellent for public image, and it generates buzz when people see you in public areas.
Davinci Meeting Rooms
Starting at $15 an hour, Davinci Meeting Rooms has rooms available in 14 locations in the Near Northside. Aside from multiple meeting rooms per location, Davinci features “video conferencing” as a primary amenity so that you can have multiple rooms around the country all connected into one meeting!
Chicago Park District
The Chicago park district has 236 facilities, of varying sizes, with different amenities. These are perfect for hosting a meeting in a non-traditional venue, and also offer a refreshing change of scenery. Instead of hosting a meeting in a stuffy skyscraper, you can enjoy lush parks during breaks, and there is often a wide selection of locations to get a quick bite nearby.
Chicago Park District’s meeting rooms are also family friendly, with playgrounds nearby. They range from fieldhouses, clubhouses, to even historical sites, and often have a beautiful lake view. They’re also great because they are located all throughout the city, making it convenient for your associates to get to.
Though slightly more expensive than previous options, Hotels usually have on-site catering, and their meeting rooms come at a discount if those using it are staying at the hotel. Often used for conferences, Hotel meeting rooms are also great for private meetings, and are in range of numerous after-hours activities.
Hotels are a great option, especially if you know that your associates or clients will be travelling with family. There is little to no commute, and your vehicle is free for your family to use while you’re in meetings. Renting hotels is also a great way to impress potential investors and clients.