Rental FAQ


What are your rental rates?

Curtiss Hall rents for $130/hour or $900/full day (7+ hours); 833 is $100/hour or 750/full day (7+ hours); 838 is $45/hr or $300/ful day (7+ hours); 820 are $30/hour or $200/full day (7+ hours) – effective 7/01/2019

What is the minimum rental time?

All rentals are a 2 hour minimum, which must include set-up and tear-down time. After the 2 hour minimum, rental time is booked in full hour increments. Each space is rented “As Is”. Set-up is not provided.

Example: An event from 6:00 – 7:00 PM should be booked for 5:30 – 7:30 PM (at a minimum) to a) meet the minimum time requirement and b) allow for set-up, tear-down, entrance and exit of attendees, etc.

What amenities come with each room?

Curtiss Hall rental includes: 100 banquet chairs, Wendl & Lung 7′ grand piano (on stage), music stands, up to 8 six-foot rectangular tables (upon request and based on availability)

Suite 833 rental includes: 120 Wenger “Symphony” chairs, up to 8 six-foot rectangular tables (upon request and based on availability), 70 music stands, Kawaii RX-1 piano. Large percussion rental is available at an additional fee.

What is the seated capacity of each space?

Cutiss – 130 (100 banquet chairs provided, additional plastic chairs can be supplemented from the 8th floor)

Room 833 – Max 80 theater style, 120 orchestra rehearsal with minimal percussion set-up

Room 838 – 20

Room 820 – 10

What are the building hours?

Monday – Friday 7:00am – 10:00pm
Saturday 7:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 9:00pm

There are 2 elevators running during weekday, daytime hours (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) with the exception of the elevator operator breaks, and only 1 during “off-peak” hours. The elevators are small and run slowly, so plan extra time to get up & down through the elevators.

Can we rent past the building closing time?

No. All rentals must be finished, torn-down and cleared out of the building by the building closing time.

Can we hire an extra elevator operator?


Can you provide A/V equipment?

No. The only A/V related equipment we can provide is a free-standing projector screen. All other A/V equipment must be provided by the renter, including extension cords & power cables

Do you have a mic/sound system?


Do you have any recommendations for where I can rent A/V or sound equipment from?

A/V Chicago. or 312 429 7254

Can we bring in or rent extra tables, chairs, etc?

No. Only what is provided in the space is allowed.

Can we have access to the freight elevator?

No, anything brought in for your event must come through the front passenger elevators.

Can equipment be brought in earlier in the day or left overnight?

No. You only have access to the space during the time it is rented. Any personal belongings or extra equipment can only occupy the space during the time you have it rented.

Is there staff on-site for my event?

No. Rentals do not come with staff support. Renters are responsible for set-up & tear-down, as well as requesting the number of chairs & tables needed in the space prior to the event. All table, chair, piano use, and other requests must be made prior to receiving a rental agreement.

Can we have food and beverage?

Yes, non-alcoholic beverages and pre-prepared & pre-packaged foods are allowed (think Corner Bakery or Jewel Osco food trays). Absolutely no food may be prepared on site or held-hot with sterno heaters, electric hot boxes, or other heating methods. Alcohol is not permitted.

Can we serve alcohol?

No, alcohol is not permitted.

Does my rental include use of the piano?

Yes, in rooms that have a piano (see “Rate & Amenities” for room details). You must request use of the Curtiss Hall piano in advance and the piano lock combination will be emailed to you. If you do not request use of the piano, the instrument will be locked.

How often are the pianos tuned?

Every 6-8 weeks. If you would like a fresh tuning for your rental, the charge is $150. We will do our best to have it tuned as close to your rental as possible.

What type of lighting is available in the space?

All spaces have overhead lights with on/off switches. There are no dimmers. Curtiss Hall does have stage lights.

If you have additional questions or would like to find out availability for a particular date and time, email Kaytie Faries at No phone calls, please.