Rental Regulations & General Information

Deposits and Fees

A refundable security deposit plus 50% of the rental fee is due upon signing a Rental Contract. The rental fee balance and any additional fees are due 30 days prior to the event.

Additional $500 surcharge if desired rental date is a holiday—New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day. 

Rental Times

Minimum/maximum rental periods are based on event type, typically available 8:00 am to midnight (no exceptions).

Parking

A parking lot is available weekdays after 5:00pm, all day Saturday, and Sundays after 2:00pm.  The parking lot contains 30 spaces and is located three blocks away.  

Exclusive Vendors

Our exclusive caterer, D'Absolute Events & Catering, will help to design your perfect event by providing all your food (appetizers to full-plated dinners), staffing (chefs, waiters, bartenders), and equipment (tables, chairs, dance floor, glassware, dishes, silverware, linens). For the alcohol and desserts, you may contract with other vendors or provide your own. Set-up/clean-up must be provided by D'Absolute Catering. All events with on-site catering and/or those serving alcohol are required to use D'Absolute Catering. Please visit the Exclusive Vendors page for more information.

We work with AAA Rentals to coordinate the rental of additional equipment including tents and patio heater as needed for your event. For décor (flowers, paper goods), entertainment (band, DJ, photo booths), and photography, you may contract with other vendors or provide your own. Please visit the Exclusive Vendors page for more information.

Art of Imagination is our exclusive lighting designer. For the safety and security of your guests, a basic outdoor lighting package is required for all events which will take place after sunset. They can also provide a variety of optional ambient lighting and decorative enhancements as well as fabric draping and other furniture staging, if desired. Please visit the Exclusive Vendors page for more information.

GHM-Owned Equipment

The following equipment currently owned by GHM may be available for your use at no extra charge:

  • Twelve 48" round dining tables
  • Twelve 6' rectangular banquet tables
  • Eight 6' serpentine tables (four for Conservatory; four for Coach House/Courtyard)
  • 48 white all-metal stacking chairs (Courtyard/Coach House)
  • 36 red plastic w/ metal frame stacking chairs (Courtyard/Coach House)
  • 45 upholstered chairs (Conservatory/Dining Room)
  • Speaker’s podium
  • Easels—limited quantity and availability

Wireless internet access is available for presentations in all rental spaces.

An LCD projector, screen, and AV cart are available for a $25 flat fee (included in rental for meetings).

All DJs and bands must use our in-house Bose 180 audio speaker system to ensure proper noise levels within the residential neighborhood. No music is allowed after 11:00 pm, no exceptions. There is a $25 flat-fee for use (included in all wedding packages)

Museum Tours

Tours of the museum are available for all rentals. The 15-minute guided tour of the museum’s first floor is highly recommended during cocktails. Guests have no other option for accessing the museum.

Wedding Ceremonies

Ceremonies can also be held in the Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens next door. We will assist in obtaining a use-permit from the Chicago Park District (www.chicagoparkdistrict.com). A two-hour Level I permit is approximately $500 plus a refundable security deposit.

Photography

Photography and videography is allowed in all rental spaces. With prior request, other interior historic museum settings are available for weddings only.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed anywhere within the facility or grounds.

Accessibility

The Courtyard and Coach House, including a restroom, are wheelchair accessible.