At The Zephyr, we’ll make sure the vision for your special event becomes a reality. Our historic venue offers everything you need to create the stunning occasion you and your guests will always remember.
Our historic industrial loft offers up to 6,500 square feet of event space to personalize for your next gathering.
Urban elegance meets industrial chic with our newly renovated timber loft venue space.
What does your venue come with? We have over $15k in amenities/rentals included! Also, no cheap uncomfortable folding chairs and five hotels are located next door.
MCM lounge scapes
exposed brick walls
cafe string lights
catering prep space
(200) premium chairs
(25) "farm" square tables
(10) black linens
(10) 6-ft tables
(10) 6-ft black linens
onsite couples lounge
flexible load in/out
* $5000 Jan-Mar
* 5-hour minimum
Ask about our current promotions and nonprofit rates. Above rates are all-inclusive of full amenities package.
The Zephyr is situated right on Michigan Avenue one block west of McCormick Place, less than two blocks east of the Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line or three blocks east of the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line. We are also just steps away from the #3 bus stop or two blocks north of the Steveson Expressway.
Check out this blog post on parking in the area. We also offer limited reserved parking or valet with notice.
Multiple 3 & 4-Star Hotels within walking distance.
2121 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Hampton Inn McCormick Place
123 E Cermak Rd Suite 100, Chicago, IL 60616
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 S Martin Luther King Dr D, Chicago, IL 60616
Hilton Garden Inn McCormick Place
123 E Cermak Rd Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60616
The Wheeler Mansion
2020 S Calumet Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
261 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616
Chicago's Motor Row was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 18, 2002. The Motor Row District has 55 buildings that have been given landmark status by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. This group of commercial buildings on Chicago's Near South Side is considered to be the largest, intact early "automobile row" in the US.
Auto rows developed in numerous cities shortly after 1900 as car companies sought to create districts where the sale and repair of cars could become an easy urban shopping experience. At its peak, as many as 116 different makes of automobiles were being sold on Motor Row. Some are familiar today, including Ford, Buick, Fiat, and Cadillac, while others are better known to historians and old-car buffs, including Hudson, Locomobile, Marmon, and Pierce-Arrow.
One of the first American cars was sold in our venue by the Haynes-Apperson Company. As their company was declining, Lincoln was on the rise, thanks to funding from Ford Motor Company and the leadership of Edsel Ford. Eventually, Lincoln replaced Haynes in this building and it was around this time that Lincoln launched the Zephyr, a shining example of streamline design. This car inspired the birth of The Zephyr, a premier industrial-chic event space located in Chicago's South Loop.
Today, Motor Row is in a fast-growing area of Chicago and some of its historic buildings have been replaced by high rises. Fortunately, many of the older structures, including this building, have been restored to their former splendor.