Host An Unforgettable Event

At The MAC

Business or personal, large or small, we have a venue that is just perfect for your party.

When you have a corporate event or a special social occasion to plan, look to the McAninch Arts Center first. With our amazing $35 million renovation, we have completely reinvented the space, and offer a range of distinctive spaces and impressive venue options for rental events. Formal and elegant or laid-back and relaxed, you’ll entertain in style and treat your guests to a true experience when you choose the MAC. Our variety of unique rooms allow for open seating or audience-oriented events, for groups of all sizes.

You’ll love to work with our talented and professional production team, who plan hundreds of exciting events each season, and are committed to making your event the headlining attraction. To help with the process, you’ll appreciate our friendly, helpful staff, use of modern technology, and full-service catering including an on-site culinary department or numerous local options. Let us help you create an inspired experience for:

  • Independent theatre companies, dance groups, ballet companies, music groups, comedy troupes, etc.
  • Corporate events, including seminars, conferences, meetings, banquets, or employee appreciations events
  • High school graduations, reunions, alumni events, competitions, recitals, concerts, etc.
  • Grand receptions, glamorous fundraisers, exquisite galas, intimate dinner parties, casual cocktail parties
  • Personal and private events, including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and other special events

Explore our venues below, and click through to see photos, get event use ideas and read testimonials by recent renters. For complete details about the MAC rentals, including venue space specs, prices, and availability information, as well as full rental guidelines and options, download our Rental brochure PDF.

Belushi Performance Hall

Our largest and most versatile audience-based space, the Belushi Performance Hall can accommodate up to 780 with its set seating, and provides state-of-the-art lighting and sound throughout. For graduations, conferences, independent performance tour rentals, and more, the Performance Hall will not disappoint in its impressive ambiance, modern design, and overall WOW factor for your event. Explore the Hall, now.

Playhouse Theatre

A warm and intimate experience, with superior lighting and sound, the Playhouse Theatre offers seating for 184. For any corporate, social or performance event of a medium size, this is a great option. Get more details.

Studio Theatre

Lectures, seminars, and meetings, smaller corporate or personal events, the Studio Theatre offers a private and flexible setting with a fully equipped black-box stage. Facility features multiple seating options for approximately 70, and a variety of technical, sound, lighting and ambiance options. Learn more.

Lakeside Pavilion

This breathtaking outdoor venue offers endless possibilities for seasonal events. Featuring a Patio Amphitheatre Stage and expansive lawn area with a scenic view of the lake, you can use this space for up to 1,200 with availability for party tents, banquet seating, and more ideal for weddings, receptions, banquets, family parties, reunions, or any event you desire. Discover your outdoor options, now.

Lobby & Gallery

For cocktail receptions, casual yet elegant gatherings, or simply overflow space, you’ll love the beautiful sun-filled lobby and spectacular newly renovated Cleve Carney Museum of Art. Made possible by the legacy gift from one of Glen Ellyn’s most revered philanthropists, the late Cleve Carney, a contemporary art collector and supporter, the 2,850-square-foot addition on the west side of the McAninch Arts Center offers a one-of-a-kind backdrop for groups up to 300 (150 seated). Marvel at a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists, as well as works from his personal contemporary collection, and even talented student exhibits. Arts exhibitions change all year long, so you always have an opportunity for a unique visual setting. Learn more.

For more information on rentals please contact Joe Hopper at (630) 942-2913 or email at