The DNAinfo archives brought to you by WNYC.
Read the press release here.

Daley Plaza For Rent: City To Allow Private Events, Weddings By The Picasso

By David Matthews | September 5, 2017 5:13pm | Updated on September 5, 2017 5:17pm
 City officials on Thursday rededicated the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza.
City officials on Thursday rededicated the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza.
View Full Caption
DNAinfo/David Matthews

THE LOOP — Chicagoans can now grab a marriage license Downtown and have a private wedding reception as soon as they walk out the door.

City officials announced Tuesday that Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., can now be rented for private events such as weddings, festivals and corporate events. 

The plaza, which has acted as one of the city's de facto town squares for decades, has long hosted food truck festivals, Christkindlmarket and other events open to the public. 

But as the city looks for new sources of revenue, it's now serving up the Loop plaza known for its fountain and iconic 50-foot-tall Picasso sculpture. The 88,000-square-foot plaza welcomes visitors to the Richard J. Daley Center, which issues marriage licenses and hosts many Cook County civil courts.

"Not only will Daley Plaza provide a truly unique and beautiful setting for an event, but the new activity will also generate revenue that will offset many of Daley Center’s operational expenses," Andre Wiggins, the plaza's general manager, said in a statement. 

Chicagoans can now rent out Daley Plaza, known for its Picasso statue and fountain. [MB Real Estate]

The plaza is owned by the city and managed by Chicago-based MB Real Estate Services. A brochure distributed by MB shows that rentals start at $2,500 for private or corporate events, with full-day rentals running $5,000. Non-profits pay less.

The events will be allowed to serve or sell alcohol and hang banners on the Daley center, according to a brochure explaining the rentals.

Check out the full brochure below for more details:

Daley Center Application by Dave Matthews on Scribd


Chicago's Picasso Gets A 50th Birthday Party (With Protests) In The Loop

Christkindlmarket Guests Get Political Protest With Their Boot Mugs