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Recess, Chicago, IL

Recess

4.5
4.5
1419 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Located in Chicago’s West Loop, Recess (838 W. Kinzie St.) offers a vibrant, playful, escape to the daily grind. Home of Chicago’s largest patio, Recess encourages guests to adult…like a kid, while serving up delicious American food and drink. The Recess menu taps into the cravings of everyday life, offering casually elevated dishes with playful Chicago swagger, while our beverage program takes a bright, ingredient-driven approach with cocktails both classic and original. In addition to the energetic adult playground vibes and menu offerings, Recess also offers a nostalgic array of indoor and outdoor activities including giant Jenga and Connect 4, all of your favorite board games.

Recess is a 21+ establishment.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–12:00 am Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 11:00 am–3:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 801-1181
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Boo Kim
  • Private party facilities
    Our sister venue – City Hall – is an unparalleled choice for weddings, private functions, live events, conferences, product launches, commercial video & photo production, and fundraising galas. The building’s industrial character is preserved with touch points inspired by historic municipal buildings, while classic details and finishes, enhance the space’s timeless decor. With your vision, our team is ready to expertly host your event of a lifetime. Learn more about City Hall at their website: https://thecityhall.com/
  • Neighborhood
    West Loop
  • Cross street
    Green Street
  • Parking details
    A paid parking lot is available across the street on Kinzie.
  • Public transit
    Green or Pink Lines to Morgan StopBlue Line to GrandI-90 to Racine (right off of the exit)
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dancing, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,419 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago

    Hot spot

  • Chicago

    Great for outdoor dining

1,419 Reviews
  1. LesleyC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was nothing special. The environment is fun!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place has great vibes, and is huge. Many options for games. Drinks were only ok though.

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  3. Nae11

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such great food! Bottomless mimosas were the highlight of the day along with the pork belly fried rice. The staff is genuine and kind.

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  4. TravisB

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I am going to break down this review in a few ways. 1.The server was nice and conversational. He came by the table enough to make sure my date and I were ok but not to interrupt, perfect combo. The host and expo were equally nice. 2.We ordered the habanero wings which mentioned ‘beware’. My date and I both like hot, and a lot of times beware is snarky or for those that can not handle hot food. These were legit hot. We finished, but I would certainly take down the heat a level or two (AKA order different wings). The sweetness of the wings still came through as well. They were good, we were warned. Worth it. 3.NA beer was available, which was great. 4.The games at the table made things fun. It was nice to lose at checkers and we were enjoying the atmosphere. Wish they had more dart boards (winter meant not being outside for outside games) but that is not a complaint as there were other things to do. It’s fun and was not as crowded as other ‘game’ places nearby which helped for a date. 5.I was given the wrong check. We were in a rush to move on to another place for a hot drink and cake and I paid the bill without realizing it was wrong. I was able to contact them with my reservation number with the situation and it was all quickly resolved with ease, respectfully. This alone will make me come back. Though I take fault for not double-checking the bill, they understood the situation. I would gladly go back again and again, and I live far. Highly recommended.

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  5. HaleyV

    Des Moines

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Not too crowded for new years and service was exceptionally fast

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    There were no chairs to sit on.

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  7. AllisonM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    You removed all of your seats on NYE and didn’t allow a single Girl in heels to sit for a second. We emailed you about tables and you never replied to multiple attempts but wouldn’t let us sit at the couch that was open the entire night. Cheap!
    RecessResponded on January 17, 2024
    Sorry you were disappointed in your visit, Allison. As mentioned, the ticket purchased was for standing room only. And, while many people did reach out about table reservations, we still had one available the evening of your visit. We even offered the table to you and your group. However, you declined as you did not want to agree to the minimum that the rest of the guests had already agreed to. So, while I am sure your feet were hurting by the end of the evening, we did what we could to make you and your group happy.

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  8. ChristopherI

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    They charged $2 for rocks... $2 for ice in a $14 whiskey. Who charges for ice....? That is absurd. Also they asked us not to go out to the Xmas display when that was the reason why we went. Do not recommend.
    RecessResponded on December 17, 2023
    Christopher, Sorry for the confusion with the drinks. While we do charge more for a rocks pours, it is not because of the addition of ice. We charge more for a rocks pour because we increase the liquor that we pour into the drink. And yes, you are correct in that we did ask guests not to go outside to the Christmas Town display. That is because the recent storms and heavy winds greatly damaged our decorations to the point we had to take everything down. Unfortunately at this point the marketing messaging has already been done. We are sorry that you came to visit solely for that purpose. That coupled with the obvious confusion on the drink pricing certainly would make for a disappointing visit. Hopefully you will give us a try in the future and enjoy a more appropriate Recess experience.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place can’t wait to check it out during the other seasons

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  10. MaxwellE

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would definitely come back to Recess again for brunch, drinks, or even just the atmosphere.

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  11. Arius

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Go for the ambience! Food was okay, under seasoned.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great music, great atmosphere. Definitely will be back!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and some friends just wanted to find a bar to watch the bears game and it ended up being way better than we thought! They had games and trivia and amazing drinks! The food was also phenomenal! I will definitely be back

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  14. MonaeMonae

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We were very excited to go to this restaurant. However, the bartender was rude and racist. I would not recommend this place to a damn seahorse !

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  15. DebSmith

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, food and atmosphere, high recommended.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. The only deterrent was the weather, it would have been great having access to that awesome outside space

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We didn’t want the Nashville hot sauce on our chicken and waffles so we substituted the sweet bbq. The waitress came back around to tell us she had them take off the hot peppers that are normally on it. It was the extra mile she didn’t have to go and we appreciate it!
    RecessResponded on October 7, 2023
    Thank you for the great review!

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  18. DanielleB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Recess was such a vibe. I loved the music, food and ambience. The buffalo egg rolls were a hit. The server was very nice and did a great job. We didn’t wait long for our food or drinks. They do require a credit card to put on file before ordering . 9/10 only because the drinks were not that strong. Planning my next visit already.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love recess! Great vibe and my servers are always amazing

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  20. Carol

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was very good, especially for the price! However, our waitress was not attentive at all. She came at the very beginning and we had to flag her down to get water or anything else.

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  21. Stormie

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Unable to split the bill, 3 of my guest complained the server wasn’t nice, wasn’t a lot of vegan/vegetarian options(I knew that before coming) food was subpar. Drinks were delicious. Not enough Uno cards for a bigger party to include others. Cool for a date night and small group. I also didn’t appreciate the sitting arrangements. There was no lights near our table to even read the menu. Would only recommend for date night and smaller parties

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  22. PrettynPink

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went on a rainy day and still had a good time. They had Trivia Tuesday, which was really fun. The food wasn’t all that, but overall the vibe was good.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it! Love the vibes and the drinks were amazing !

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  24. Adddie

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a Bach Brunch, it was perfect. Highly recommend this place for a group!

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  25. Issa

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my first time trying out Recess for my birthday yesterday and it was AMAZING from the waitress Lizbeth she was very great with her service kept checking up on us to the food omg soo good the music The bottomless mimosas was ON POINT!! The Atmosphere was good the vibes are great love how they had someone walking around taking pictures of any group I definitely got a few. They have different games you can play i think that was the best part besides the mimosas lol. My group definitely enjoyed themselves too and will definitely be visiting Recess again for sure!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great fun place to be. If you have a big group you should definitely come here!!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a big group! Went there for girls brunch w/ bottomless mimosas and food was amazing! Had fun on the patio

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The music was WAY too loud for a weeknight. Recess could be such a nicer experience if the music wasn't blaring and people didn't have to shout to hear one another.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was amazing, the food was good and the drinks was so yummy.

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  30. Martina

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my friends love it it was they first time there and my 2nd and they definitely didn’t disappoint the Buffalo chicken rolls are my favorite and the tequila taloon drink 🥰

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  31. BLey

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Host staff made it difficult to give this experience the 5 stars it deserves! They were seemingly accommodating during check in when I explained we may need more chairs later but when I went to advise them later that we were in need of 3 more chairs (as we had 1 less than the amount booked, and needing 2 more), the front person said something along the lines of “Don’t you have enough?” and asked us to go back to our seats; one of the people in our party had to carry the chair to our table when it came time. The food was great- we ordered most if not all appetizers- and the Pink Slip was fruity and refreshing! Our server was an angel, coming back to check on us and follow up on new orders multiple times!

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  32. smokeybear

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sergio was a great server and made my birthday celebration even better! Will be coming back!

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  33. DeeDee

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for a bday celebration.Staff was cool. Decor is bright and fun. Great for company outing and afterwork drinks.

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  34. SD123

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Next-level loud. Weirdly laid out so it's not super clear how you can keep ordering food/drinks while also enjoying the activities that are much-hyped on Instagram. Prices and food were ok.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic time. Highly recommended!!! Bottomless mismosas so where it’s at!! 🤫💯🔥

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  36. ThatDogLady

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have always had a great experience going to Recess, but the past time I was there the team was so incredible and went above and beyond to help our party. I was hosting a small event and from the time I got there to the time we left, they were so incredibly accommodating and kind and I can't remember our servers name but I went back to buy a beer so I can leave her a bigger tip because she was so nice. I am so thankful for places like Recess because as a small business owner planning can be 90% of the stress and Recess helped alleviate so much of that. We will definitely be back, and I cannot recommend Recess enough to anyone looking to host a small group, looking for a dog friendly spot, or both! Thank you guys so much again.

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  37. Warren2019

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Omg this my second time going and it didn’t not disappoint. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was just incredible! Don’t let me talk about the drinks just oh so good. I give it 5 stars ⭐️. I’ll be back soon!

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  38. LauraN

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food is good and the space is fun, but at 6 o’clock the music was so loud I couldn’t talk to the person sitting less than an arms length away from me

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I use to love Recess. Such a fun place to hang with friends. However my last experience was terrible. Took us 45 minutes to get drinks. Our food orders were incorrect. My meatloaf was drenched in worcestershire sauce. Took another  30 minutes to get a round of shots. I loved Recess. I hope they get it together so that I can return.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Waited for 20 mins to be acknowledged by waitress, didn’t receive service and I left the place.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Recess using the Order Online button. Recess also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Recess is rated 4.5 stars by 1419 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Recess

838 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60642-6532

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Green Street
  • Neighborhood
    West Loop
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–12:00 am Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sat 11:00 am–3:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    A paid parking lot is available across the street on Kinzie.
  • Public transit
    Green or Pink Lines to Morgan StopBlue Line to GrandI-90 to Racine (right off of the exit)
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Boo Kim
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dancing, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (312) 801-1181
  • Private party facilities
    Our sister venue – City Hall – is an unparalleled choice for weddings, private functions, live events, conferences, product launches, commercial video & photo production, and fundraising galas. The building’s industrial character is preserved with touch points inspired by historic municipal buildings, while classic details and finishes, enhance the space’s timeless decor. With your vision, our team is ready to expertly host your event of a lifetime. Learn more about City Hall at their website: https://thecityhall.com/
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