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Top Underground venues in Chicago, IL

River North Chicago beauty space
  • $150/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Responds within 1 hr
  • Chicago, IL
Handy Space (photo, film, and event space).
  • $45/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (13)
  • 13
  • Instant book
  • Responds within 1 hr
  • Chicago, IL
The Garage
  • $850/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Responds within a day
  • Chicago, IL
Historical Venue in Logan Square
  • $150/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (4)
  • 4
  • Instant book
  • Responds within a few hours
  • Chicago, IL
DeskLabs Rooftop Terrace
  • $1200/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (0)
  • Instant book
  • Responds within a day
  • Chicago, IL
Modern Neighborhood Event Space w/ Graffiti Garden
  • $200/hr
  • New
  • 5.0 (1)
  • 1
  • Instant book
  • Responds within a few hours
  • Chicago, IL

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What people are saying about Underground on Giggster

Alysia W.
$ 424
4 hours
30 people
4 months ago
I had my daughter's Prom send off here, nice size for small gatherings. Very clean and nice looking, in the beautiful area of Bronzeville. The owner Kevin and Ms. Elaine were so wonderful and accommodating and flexible. I will definitely book with Kevin again. The pricing was very affordable. Thank you Kevin.
Falon R.
$ 532
4 hours
45 people
4 months ago
Jennifer L.
$ 530
5 hours
30 people
5 months ago
We hosted a surprise birthday for my best friend Diane! Kevin was a great host and he provided everything such as tables, chairs for us! We enjoy the space a lot. There was a kitchen with a sink, kitchen table and microwave to handle our catering food. There was a bathroom, great amenties like the tv, a mini freezer and fridge, & he provided us with a nice 10 inch speaker too! He had a very organize way to providing the key, viewing the place before the actual event & had very great communication and transparency! Everything was great, and there were lots of street parking. I would 100% recommend & rebook!
Arthsia A.
$ 352
4 hours
15 people
6 months ago
Highly recommend any event I rented this space for a baby shower and it was prefect the staff was very helpful and great would be using them again in the future thank you guys again

Frequently Asked Questions about Underground venues

Do I need my own production or event insurance in Chicago?
Yes. All renters are required to carry Comprehensive Liability and Property Damage insurance with liability coverage of no less than $1,000,000.
What protection plans are available for bookings in Chicago on Giggster?
Giggster offers Damage Protection coverage that you can add to a booking at checkout. Learn more about Giggster's Damage Protection coverage.
What types of locations can I book in Chicago?
You can choose from 42 types! Just search for locations in Chicago at, then click 'Filters' to look for something specific.
How many Underground venues are available in Chicago?
Right now, there are 316 Underground venues available in Chicago.
What payment methods does Giggster accept for Chicago bookings?
You can pay for your booking with a credit card, or with ACH or wire transfer for bookings over $4k.
What is the cancellation policy for Chicago guests on Giggster?
Refund options vary, based on when the booking is canceled. Learn more about Giggster's cancellation and refund policy.
What are the cleaning and safety policies for Chicago locations on Giggster?
Now more than ever, your health and safety is our number one priority. We've outlined specific health and safety requirements for both hosts and guests. Learn more about Giggster's COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures.
What locations available near Chicago?
You'll find up to 42 different types of locations in Chicago. Just start a search at and narrow things down with the 'Filter' option.
Is there an extra cost to add more attendees to my Chicago booking?
Yes. Pricing tiers are based on group size. For example, if you booked a space for a group of 1-5 for $30/hr, the price per person is $6/hr. Each additional person would increase the rate by $6/hr.
How much are average location rentals in Chicago?
Rental rates vary with the type and features of the location, but the average rate in Chicago is $432 per hour.
Why should I choose Giggster over other platforms offering rentals in Chicago?
Giggster's got your back — and we know our stuff. Our Customer Support team is knowledgeable and accessible, we offer white glove Concierge service to help you find the perfect location, and we're experts on the unique needs of production teams.
What is the price range for Underground venues in Chicago, IL?
Booking prices vary with the property type, features, and rental length, but generally a 1-hour booking will be in the range of $45 to $1200.
Which Underground venues are most popular in Chicago, IL in 2023?
The top 3 Underground venues in Chicago, IL right now are River North Chicago beauty space , Handy Space (photo, film, and event space). and The Garage.
How do I book a Chicago location on Giggster?
When you find the right venue, you can connect with the host to get additional info and work out the details. Once everything is all set, you can book and pay for the location in a couple of clicks. Learn more about booking locations.
How do I cancel a Chicago reservation request?
You can contact our team to request a cancellation. Learn more about our cancellation policy.

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About Chicago

Founded in 1833, Chicago quickly became a hub for trade and commerce. A city steeped in cultural history, Chicago is renowned for its world-class museums, restaurants, shops, and theaters. It also boasts award-winning architecture and vibrant green spaces that are ideal for outdoor activities and exploration.

Chicago has a temperate climate with hot summers and cold winters, making it an ideal year-round destination to visit or host events like underground parties. The Windy City offers both sophistication and excitement as well as plenty of natural beautythink beaches, bike paths, parks, and more.

Aside from serving as an incredible destination to host underground events, Chicago offers many other benefits as well. Its central US location makes it easy for attendees from all over the world to travel there safely and efficiently while its low cost of living makes it possible for organizers to save money by renting out venues at lower rates than other cities may offer. Furthermore, due to its rich nightlife scene, there are always exciting afterparties available to follow up on any occasion, which gives attendees a further incentive to attend such events in this great city!

Underground Options in Chicago

  • Catering
    From simple finger foods to elaborate five-course meals, catering services can provide a wide range of dishes for any type of event. Typically, the caterers will work with the event planner to create custom menus that fit within a certain budget and adhere to any dietary restrictions or preferences. They also take care of all aspects of food service including setup and cleanup, as well as providing staff to serve the food and drinks. Furthermore, they may also provide tables, chairs, linens, and other necessary equipment for a successful occasion.

  • Bands
    For underground events that need some musical entertainment, bands are the perfect addition. They usually have years of experience performing at various kinds of venues and can accommodate any type of event, from laid-back acoustic sets to high-energy dance parties. The band members bring their own instruments and sound system so you don’t have to worry about renting or setting anything up yourself. Not only do the musicians play live music but many will also perform popular covers from decades past as well as newly released songs to get everyone on the dance floor!

  • Photographers
    Pro photographers come prepared with flash units, lenses, and cameras suited for low-light environments while still capturing amazing shots that will last for a long time. They arrive early on site so they can scout out locations before the event even begins; this ensures they capture the best angles possible during crucial moments throughout the night. Additionally, the professionals can set up photo booths with fun props like hats or masks so guests have something special to remember your event by!

Underground Vendors in Chicago

  • Unforgettable Edibles
    This esteemed team of professionals prides itself on being a Certified Women-Owned Business. Their experienced staff is dedicated to ensuring every occasion they are involved with is successfully planned and executed. By providing complete catering and event planning services, they can accommodate both social and corporate events. Not only does the team strive to create custom menus that fit the unique needs of each client, but it also guarantees professional and friendly service at an affordable price.

  • One Night Band
    One Night Band has been providing superb musical entertainment for over a decade, with performances at weddings, private events, and exclusive venues. Whether it's rock 'n' roll, Motown, hip hop, country, or pop rock that you require for your event, One Night Band can play it. Their talented musicians ensure that the atmosphere is just right for dancing the night away and their diverse repertoire means that no matter what kind of music you're looking for, they can provide it. Plus if there's a special song that you and your guests want to hear, then the team will make sure it appears in their setlist.

  • Lola Event Productions
    Lola Event Productions is an elite provider of full-service wedding and event planning services based in Chicago. The team has been recognized as one of the top wedding planners in the city by Chicago Magazine, and its expertise has likewise been honored with awards from renowned publications such as Brides Magazine and Vogue Magazine. They strive to make every occasion a unique experience by taking into account the client’s individual needs and delivering unparalleled attention to detail.

Pros and Cons of Underground Events in Chicago

There are many great things about hosting an event at an underground venue in Chicago. However, there are also a few potential drawbacks that you should be aware of before making your decision.


  • Underground events are a great way to experience new genres of music, art, and culture that may not be available in more commercial venues.

  • These occasions often provide a space for communities to come together and celebrate different cultures, identities, and perspectives.

  • They are more intimate than many traditional music festivals, allowing attendees to get up close and personal with artists, musicians, and performers.

  • Many underground events provide a platform for local emerging talent or undiscovered artists who don’t have another outlet to showcase their work.


  • It can be difficult to find out about these events, as they are often not advertised publicly or promoted through traditional media channels.

  • Underground venues can often be found at less-than-desirable locations that may lack sufficient security measures or crowd control techniques.

  • Depending on the type of event, alcohol consumption may not be regulated adequately or monitored properly by organizers which could pose a health and safety risk for attendees.

  • It is important for participants to do their research before attending an underground event as some might not be legitimate gatherings but rather used as a cover for illegal activity such as selling drugs or participating in criminal activities.

Tips on How to Organize Underground Events in Chicago

Planning an underground event can be a bit daunting, but with a little planning and some creative thinking, it can be a lot of fun! Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Plan ahead: When organizing an underground event in Chicago, it is essential to plan ahead. Know the venue, book a DJ, and make sure that you are familiar with all applicable city ordinances and permits.

  • Market the event: Reach out to potential attendees via social media and other communication avenues. Utilize online platforms to create a buzz about your event. Additionally, consider utilizing traditional methods of promotion such as flyers and word-of-mouth.

  • Establish clear policies: Create a set of rules and regulations that are both reasonable and enforceable for guests attending the event. Make sure these policies apply to everyone, including staff members.

  • Create a safe environment: Take steps to ensure that all attendees feel comfortable, secure, and respected at the event. Hire security personnel if necessary, as well as dedicated staff members whose job it is to respond rapidly should any issues arise during or after the event.

Famous Locations in Chicago

  • Museum of Science and Industry
    The Museum of Science and Industry is truly a unique experienceone that ought to be on the list of must-sees while visiting Chicago. Located in the sole remaining structure from the 1893 World's Fair, MSI offers visitors a variety of exciting activities. You can take a tour along the Neosho River and learn about the history behind some of the city's legendary floods, explore an animated model railroad museum, or even ascend to great heights in a towering elevator. Kids and adults alike can appreciate this incredible destination, one that is sure to spark curiosity and create lasting memories.

  • Goose Island Beer Co.
    Goose Island Beer Co. is a production brewery located in Chicago. At the brewery, they take pride in traditions, relationships with local suppliers and distributors, new ideas, and most importantly, the beer itself. The brewers are passionate about their work and are always happy to chat with visitors about the brewing process. You may take brewery tours or also just sit back and enjoy a pint at the bar.

  • WNDR Museum
    The WNDR Museum is an ever-evolving and captivating art and technology experience that endeavors to arouse the curiosity of each visitor. The museum offers a distinct and interactive experience that consists of a wide range of top-notch art from renowned creators, as well as works from emerging artists and pieces generated by guests. This iconic destination is an awe-inspiring mecca of artistic talent that whisks visitors away on a captivating adventure across the globe. The WNDR Museum seeks to give guests a very special guided experience that exposes them not only to exceptional international art but also to young talent and invited artists’ original works.