Host an event at 1871

Host an event at 1871

The vibrant town hall where people come to learn, grow, and be inspired.

Happy hosts

Hear from some of our past clients booking 1871 event experiences.


I was amazed with Betsy and her team. It’s lean, but extremely professional and organized. If I was to have a guest speaker come to Chicago I would choose 1871 again. 1871 over the past eight years is an inspirational model of how to educate and inspire young tech professionals.

Brad Keown
Managing Director, Twitter


The IHCC believes in exposing our membership to the 1871 ecosystem is vital for entrepreneurs. The 1871 team is very welcoming and professional which is key to making our events a success. The space itself is equipped with state of the art A/V which is simple to use and elevates our events.”

Ivette Trevino
Senior Director, IHCC


We have hosted 100+ person events, recorded podcasts, conducted meetings, and worked in the many spaces at 1871. Every team member brings their own unique insight, expertise, and guidance to MakerGirl and our teammates.”

Julia M. Haried
Co-Founder & Executive Director at MakerGirl

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We’ve got a lot of options for you to make your event your own!

All-inclusive pricing

Customizable event spaces

Fully AV and WiFi-equipped

Facilities and day-of event staff

Convenient river north location

Event hosting options

Our event experiences are designed for your accessibility needs of your people!


In-person at our Chicago headquaters


From your phone, tablet, or any browser


Create an avatar in our virtual reality campus 

IRL • Virtual • VR

Book-able spaces

Hear from some of our past clients booking 1871 event experiences.


Our largest event space is perfect for your next panel, keynote speaker, demo day, or reception.


Complete with five breakout rooms, kitchen, ideal for your team off-site, workshop, or interactive event.

2.03 classroom

Centrally located within 1871, this space is best for mid-sized events including panels, leadership meetings, and workshops.

North hallway

With its amazing views of the city, this space is ideal for receptions, vendor displays, and networking breaks.

Conference rooms

1871 has several conference rooms that can be utilized for small meetings, breakout spaces, war rooms, or meetups.

We're Chicago-based

Go to the 12th floor of the Merchandise Mart, which is located on the North side of the river between Wells and Orleans.

Connect with us

Our events pod

Our dedicated events team will help you create and customize your events to meet your business, exposure, and content goals. Direct questions can go to [email protected]

Kaylin Berg
Director of Events

Tenille Jonson
Sr. Manager of Events

Events Coordinator