Corporate Events

Whether you’re launching a business or toasting to the end of a successful quarter, SX Sky Bar can help treat your guests and employees to spirited cocktails, a unique atmosphere, and memorable entertainment.  Treat your guests and employees to one of the most exciting and eclectic corporate party venues along Chicago’s cultural mile. Wow, your guests with stunning views, glamorous cocktails, unforgettable entertainment, and a sophisticated menu that will dazzle any palate.

The Perfect Venue

SX Sky Bar is an expansive restaurant and lounge atop the Hotel Essex on South Michigan Avenue in the South Loop. The bi-level restaurant offers imposing, panoramic views of the city, set apart by the exclusive retractable glass walls that allow for a coveted year-round, open-air experience that is truly exceptional.

Plush, oversized velvet chairs and rounded banquettes that encircle the space lend a modern, elegant air to SX Sky Bar. Bold florals, vibrant colors, and luxe, fashion-forward materials further complement and elevate the classy interior vibe. SX Sky Bar’s skilled team of party planners is capable of flawlessly executing your vision. Our friendly, professional staff will go above and beyond to ensure that your experience is nothing short of stellar. We’ve built a reputation for hosting some of the most elegant, over-the-top soirees in Chicago. Share your vision with us, and we’ll happily bring to life parties of any kind, including but not limited to:

Award Dinners • Client Appreciation • Cocktail Reception• Corporate Anniversaries

Corporate Events • Corporate and Product Launches • Employee Participation

Fundraisers and Benefits • Grand Openings • Holiday Parties

Venue Capacity

The SX Sky Restaurant and Lounge can be sectioned off to accommodate your party in several ways, providing a flexible corporate event space rental for small, intimate dinners, moderate cocktail mixers, or larger party spaces. Depending on your needs, you can choose from a variety of backdrops and configurations to cordon off for your event as needed. Each space has its own feel, but they all play off of each other brilliantly. Feel free to come to look at each of our spaces.

SX Sky Bar’s Parlor boasts 16-foot-high ceilings that can privately seat 49 guests, or you can host up to 60 people next to the North Bar. The Parlor’s remarkable design includes dark paneled walls and unique flourishes throughout. For instance, our striking North Bar, which is replete with plush chairs and memorably colorful accents, offers a semi-private launch venue that comfortably accommodates up to 65 guests.

If you want to bowl your guests over with dramatic effect, book our entire 1052-square-foot lounge on the fifth floor. You’ll be treated to floor-to-ceiling views of the Chicago skyline overlooking Grant Park and the Museum Campus, making this the perfect event space rental for day or night time. The versatile lounge includes a dance floor and three bars with plenty of room for all kinds of entertainment. You can enhance your experience with our projection mapping wall, hologram technology, or custom lighting and sound systems for the ultimate production.

SX Sky Bar is also the perfect meeting space locale. Conference or meeting rooms are available at Hotel Essex just below SX Sky Bar if you need access to those rooms, too.

Bringing Your Event To Life

SX Sky Bar is a legendary space, but it’s our party planners—who bring a distinct touch of class and unparalleled attention to detail—that lift us head and shoulders above the competition. If you need a launch party space, we’ve got you covered. But if you just want to rent meeting space in the South Loop, we can definitely do that, too.

SX Sky Bar provides custom catered menus and foods that make us the ultimate corporate party event venue. Whether it’s light bites like our caviar and lobster mini-tacos, fiery cocktails like our signature Flaming Spanish Fury or a refined sit-down dinner, we’re happy to design a menu that will delight your guests. Our highly-skilled executive chef de cuisine is more than up to the task. We’ll curate an enchanting menu to pair with equally thoughtful libations.

Our planners will also help you orchestrate a show-stopping event. We can coordinate signs and décor and organize entertainment—from aerialists to fire-eaters—for the evening. We have state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment ready to astonish your guests with music, video, lights, and whatever else you need to set the mood and make a lasting impression. Laser projectors or a balloon ball drop in our SX Club lounge can round out the perfect launch party venue. Revel in open-air drinking and dining next to our retractable walls that provide the stunning backdrop of the city for your event, making it impossible to forget. We’ll even handle all of the logistics.

At SX Sky Bar, we’re equipped to take your event from concept to fruition. Let us coordinate our extensive network of performers, capable kitchen, and unique atmosphere to plan the corporate party of a lifetime for you. We’ll listen to your vision and customize our services to exceed your expectations. There’s even convenient parking for your guests along with valet services available at the entrance of the Hotel Essex.

Start Planning Your Event Now

SX Sky Bar plans and executes some of the greatest corporate party events seen on the South Loop. Our space rental for events is among the most polished and eclectic spaces in Chicago, and the versatility of our layout makes it ideal for so many events.

Our capable planners look forward to your requests, ready to deliver on the promise of a corporate event that surpasses anticipations on every front. From scenery to entertainment, food to drinks, and with ambiance in spades, SX Sky Bar is a hard venue to beat. No matter the occasion, let us make your corporate party in our amazing space one for the ages.