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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 required documentation needed by NU for off-campus events. Using a venue from the pre-contracted list below will expedite the event approval process significantly, with a 2-3 business day turnaround time. Additionally, we will handle the payment processing for these pre-contracted venues, so students do not have to front any money.

Want to use a venue that's not on this list?

  • If alcohol is not sold and no contract is required:

    Feel free to choose any venue. This won’t delay the event approval process, with one exception: student residences are not permitted as event venues. For more details, please refer to our off-campus event policies.

  • If alcohol is sold or a contract is required:

    Even if you don't plan to serve alcohol or use club or section funds to pay for it, additional documentation will be needed. Please consult the Student Life Office and allow at least four weeks for document approval.

How to formally select an Event Venue

  1. Make a Tentative Reservation: Contact your desired venue using the information provided below.
  2. Submit an Event Pre-Approval Form.
  3. Complete the Payment Request Form: After your event is approved, submit this form to ensure that our Financial Coordinator processes the payment to the venue.


Contact Office of Student Life, or stop by the Student Life office (Suite 1391).

Pre-contracted venues

Evanston venues

Bob's Pizza  Restaurant Mark Hayashi  847-485-1973  zeff@famousbobspizza.com Capacity Total: Varies 
Comida Cantina Restaurant  Fred Gale  847-868-8466 info@comidaevanston.com  Total: 80
+ Rooftop
Double Clutch Brewing Co. Restaurant/Entertainment  Steve Milford  312.515.4136 steve@doubleclutchbrewing.com Capacity Total: 300
Firehouse Grill Restaurant  Molly Fowler  847-733-1911 pat@station2evanston.com Room 1 - Seated: 100, Standing:175
Room 2 - Seated: 24, Standing: 35
Five and Dime, Taco DIablo, Blue Horse Tavern
 Daniel Kelch  847-869-4343 info@coreandrindhospitality.com Capacity Total: 150
Game room: 60
Main bar: 80
*Please ask vendor for more information on specific location capacity*
Koi Restaurant  Sherwin  312-404-8418 events@koievanston.com Seated: 150, Standing: 250
Room 1 - Seated: 30, Standing: 40
Room 2 - Seated: 70, Standing: 100
Le Tour Restaurant  Danielle Daniot  224-999-7085 events@thebarnsteakhouse.com Seated:150
Standing: 300
Lock Chicago Entertainment  Brian Lee  312-646-0051 info@lockedchicago.com Escape Rooms: 10
Team Bonding Room: 50
Ten Mile House Restaurant  Eric Green  312.527.1417 eric@tmhevanston.com Capacity: 80
Union Pizzeria Restaurant  Victor Giron  847-475-2400 events@unionpizza.com  
Union Squared Restaurant   Victor Giron  847-475-2400 events@unionpizza.com  

Chicagoland venues

Ace Bounce Entertainment Lindsay Uyeda 773.219.0900  Lindsay.Uyeda@stateofplay.com  Capacity Total: 500
Barcocina Restaurant Desi Westfall 773-687-9949  desi@barcocinachicago.com  Capacity Total: 400
Flight Club Chicago Restaurant Lindsay Uyeda  312.284.2474  Lindsay.Uyeda@stateofplay.com  Capacity Total: 500
All Chicagoland Lettuce Entertain You Various       Capacity Total:Varies 
RBI Sluggers Entertainment Zach  773-251-0579  sluggerswrigleyville@outlook.com  Capacity Total: Varies per Room