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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

Business Name Contact Info Additional Notes
Bat 17
Bangers & Lace 847-905-0854   
Celtic Knot Pub 847-864-1679
Evanston Pub
Five & Dime / Taco Diablo / Lulu's 847-869-4343  
Found Kitchen and Social House 847-868-8945
Koi 847-866-6969
La Macchina Cafe 847-425-1080   May require an event order form.
Prairie Moon 847-864-8328 Party room is $500 minimum.
The Stained Glass
Terra & Vine
Whiskey Thief Tavern 847-859-2342  

Chicago Pre-contracted Venues

Business Name Contact Info Additional Notes
 Anita Dee Yacht Charters
 312-379-3191  Will require a signed event order form.
All Chicagoland Lettuce Entertain You restaurants (see list here)  Email Sydney  May require an event order form.
Burnt City Brewing 773-549-2695
Southport Lanes Email them here May require an event order form.

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