International Museum of Surgical Science

Historic Chicago museum with waterfront views

1524 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60610


The International Museum of Surgical Science is a museum venue that hosts weddings and special events. This property offers stunning waterfront views over Lake Michigan, set off by the remarkable artwork that lines its walls.

With stunning indoor event spaces available, this venue is a spectacular choice for newlyweds to be celebrating their special day. Originally created to be a Hall of Fame to honor the International College of Surgeons, the building was transformed into a museum during the 1950s. An incredible array of artwork was donated, and the artifacts are displayed to full effect. The original style and architecture of the properties still stand today.

The museum offers marble floors and original fireplaces, while the sculptures and artwork provide a dramatic backdrop to ceremonies and receptions. A library filled with over 1,000 rare books provides a one-of-a-kind space for photos as well as an intimate setting for private dinners. This venue can hold up to 100 guests for a banquet-style event, and 200 guests for a cocktail reception.

The International Museum of Surgical Science caters to all ceremony types, including religious and non-religious events. The dedicated team offers the assistance of two staff members for the duration of the celebration. They will help with the coordination of vendors, as well as guiding and informing guests about the surrounding artworks. The museum staff will also provide a list of reliable vendors who they have worked with previously to create exceptional events with exquisite results. As the venue does not have the means to offer food, this includes a comprehensive list of catering options, along with entertainment companies and local accommodations. The venue can provide rented items such as tables and banquet chairs, as well as articles such as microphones for speeches and a projector screen.

At A Glance

Venue Type
Art Galleries & Museums, Ballrooms, Ceremony, City, Historic Locations, Rehearsal Dinner
Venue Style
Historic museum
Spaces Available:
Multiple event spaces available
Been In Business:
Since 1950
Max Guests:
Ceremony Site:
Indoor Only
Reception Site:
Indoor Only
Catering Options:
Preferred caterers
Outside Alcohol Permitted
Guest Accommodations?
Nicholette Lindsay
Assistant Manager of Events & Programming


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