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Event Planning - Food and Venues

Pre-Contracted Venues

What is a pre-contracted venue?

Pre-contracted venues have already provided much of the documentation required for off-campus events. Using a pre-contracted venue from the list below will expedite the pre-approval process considerably!

Want to use a venue that's not on this list?
If alcohol is not sold at the venue and no contract is required, feel free to choose any venue you'd like; it won't delay the pre-approval process. (The only exception? Student residences, which are not permitted as event venues; more details are available in our off-campus event policies.)  However, if alcohol is sold at the venue, and/or a contract is required to book the venue (even if there are no plans to drink alcohol as part of the event or have any of the club funding pay for alcohol), additional documentation is required.  Please speak with the Student Life Club Coordinator and allow at least 4 weeks for document approval.

How do I formally select an event venue?

  • Step 1: Make a tentative reservation at your desired venue.
  • Step 2: Submit an event pre-approval form.
  • Step 3: If your venue provides you with a contract, attach it to your pre-approval form; your Club Coordinator will work to get it signed. Once signed, the contracted amount must be paid via University check.

Evanston Pre-contracted Venues 

All venues that require additional contracts/BEO must be paid for with a NU Check.

Business Name Contact Info Additional Notes
Bangers & Lace 847-905-0854   
Bar Louie 847-733-8300
Bat 17 847-733-7117  
Bottle & Bottega - Evanston  847-905-9177 Requires additional contrac
The Cellar 847-864-8678
Celtic Knot Pub 847-864-1679
Cruz Blanca
D.S. Tequila
Evanston Rocks
Farmhouse 847-492-9700 May require additional contract.
Five & Dime / Taco Diablo / Lulu's 847-869-4343  
Found Kitchen and Social House 847-868-8945
Hamburger Mary's
Hotel Orrington/eTown Bistro 847-866-8700
Koi 847-866-6969
La Macchina Cafe 847-425-1080   May require additional contract.
Lock Chicago
Pete Miller's Email Laura May require additional contract.
Prairie Moon 847-864-8328 Party room is $500 minimum.
Terra & Vine
The Stained Glass 847-864-8600  
Whirlyball 773-486-7777 or email Joel Requires additional contract.
Whiskey Thief Tavern 847-859-2342  
Evanston Pub 847-328-3688  

Chicago Pre-contracted Venues

Business Name Contact Info Additional Notes
All Chicagoland Lettuce Entertain You restaurants (see list here)  Email Sydney  May require additional contract.
Burnt City Brewing 773-549-2695
Southport Lanes Email them here May require additional contract.

Pre-contracted Staffing Companies 

Business Name Contact Info Additional Notes
Hospitality Services Group
312-834-2269 or email Todd Staffing company (may be used for events outside of the Global Hub events only).
Other NU Preferred Vendors Click here to see list NU Purchasing selects these vendors, and they change frequently. Check the list to see which "Food and Catering" vendors are currently pre-contracted.
 Alexander Chimon Photography
 Alexander Chimon
 RDR Productions
 David Wechsler

Contact your Club Coordinator at groupeventsupport@kellogg.northwestern.edu, (847) 467-1096, or stop by the Student Experience Center (Suite 1391).