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Private rooms for small parties of 15 or less

I'm planning a surprise 30th birthday party for my brother and have been having difficulty finding restaurants or bars that serve food that have private or semi-private rooms for smaller parties. Most restaurants require you to have 18 or more guests. I'm looking for a place either in the downtown, South Loop, or Lincoln Park/Lakeview areas. A lot of my brother's friends are young so we're looking for a place that's fun and reasonably priced.

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  1. You can often check websites for this information; most restaurants say on their websites what size groups they can take. For example, Trattoria No. 10 says they can arrange space from 12 to 250 ( www.trattoria10.com ); Coco Pazzo Cafe says their platform area holds "up to 25" ( www.cocopazzocafe.com ); etc.

    If you're talking with a restaurant and they say they only have rooms for 18 or 25 or whatever number is too much for you, don't hang up without asking them if they happen to know of some other nearby place with a smaller room... ;)

    1. I've mentioned this before, but I would try the Tizi Melloul. You can have your party in the Crescent Room with 15 people. It's a nice room and you get the bar beforehand. A middle-eastern feast that is fun. They can also arrange for a belly-dancer if you want.

      http://www.tizimelloul.com/home.htm

      Note: 15 is the min. I think you said 15 or less.

      1. Vong's Thai Kitchen has a private area that they would probably book for less than 15 people.

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        1. re: SuzMiCo

          >> You can often check websites for this information

          > Vong's Thai Kitchen has a private area

          Vong's Thai Kitchen's website mentions three party rooms and their ability to serve "groups of 8 to 150". www.vongsthaikitchen.com (click on CELEBRATE)

        2. It's been a few years, but I had a fabulous dinner with my previous small empolyer at one sixty blue. They have a great private space and the website says it fits 14 guests seated.

          http://www.onesixtyblue.com/features/...

          1. check out chicago firehouse,,they have super cool private rooms or Opera also in the south loop,,,there is a really fun miixcan place near oprah's studio that also has a nice private room but i cant think of the name right now,,,they serve all kinds of really intersting kinds of tacos..also soem of the bar louies have private rooms but food not as good

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            1. re: sharmon

              You are thinking of De Cero I believe. They have a private area, not really a room, and it can be rather loud but fun. I see a lot of bachelorette parties there. Anyway, it is definitely a fun idea.