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Inside Avec’s New Private Event Space Inspired by Mediterranean Wine Caves

After 14 years, this West Loop spot has some new tricks

Avec has a new second-floor space.
Barry Brecheisen

One of Chicago’s premier restaurants, Avec, has unveiled a private event space with new menus providing Chicagoans a fancy new option. The second floor space has room for 40 while seated and 60 for a reception. It’s modeled after a Mediterranean wine cave. One Off Hospitality Group’s West Loop star will be able to serve multi-course family-style brunch, lunch, and dinners — as well as staff the space with action stations serving items such as whole-roasted lamb shoulders with fresh pitas.

Additionally, the room — which has a bar — can be used for overflow from downstairs. Avec tends to get crowded leaving customers with little space to stand while waiting. The second floor will help alleviate the problem. While chef Perry Hendrix has plenty of new menu items, classic Avec favorites, like those chorizo-stuffed medjool dates, are also available. One Off executive chef and partner Paul Kahan and Hendrix will also offer items like a chilled seafood tower that’s size depends on the size of party ($25 per person).

One Off brought back architect Thomas Schlesser whose firm designed the first floor. The new space uses red oak and exposed brick. The space can be rented out in a variety of configurations.

Take a look at the photos below. After 14 years, Avec has learned some new tricks.

Avec’s second floor, 615 W. Randolph Street, the space can be reserved by calling (312) 277-2002 or by emailing

The napkins tell diners where they’re dining in case they forgot.
The space is inspired by a Mediterranean wine cave.
The space is all decked out for a seated reception.
An empty dining room.
There’s a good view of kitchen.
This area will also be used as a holding pen for folks waiting for tables downstairs.
Another view of the bar.
Rare European wines will be offered from partner/sommelier Eduard Seitan.
The space can be configured for seated and standing events.
A straight shot of the main corridor.
A shot of the corner.
There are views of the West Loop.


615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661 (312) 377-2002 Visit Website

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