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The Murphy Auditorium is a historic Chicago event venue located in the heart of downtown. Since opening its doors to public events in 2006, The Murphy has become one of Chicago’s most sought after event venues. Our event space easily accommodates over 200 people, making it the ideal setting for any type of special event, including galas, fundraisers, weddings, or corporate events. Because of its gorgeous architecture, historic atmosphere, and spacious setting, The Murphy has been fortunate enough to host some unforgettable events, including fashion shows, television shoots, professional sports media events, university alumni awards, and commercial shoots.

The Murphy is also a premier Chicago wedding venue. Hundreds of weddings have been held in the auditorium, each one bringing a different style, decor, and feel to the space. With incredible French style architecture and plenty of space, The Murphy can comfortably accommodate your guests, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening. The main event space can be set up in a variety of ways, and is complete with a stage, making it the ideal location for your wedding ceremony or reception. Bringing a touch of elegance to each and every event, The Murphy is also the perfect corporate event venue, and we’ve hosted a variety of corporate dinners, galas, and receptions over the years.

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This event proved to be a great success and showcased the beauty of The Murphy Auditorium. The professionalism, effort, and dedication of your staff helped make the event a wonderful experience for all...

- Richard M. Daley, Former Mayor of the City of Chicago

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A Look Back

Ground was broken on the John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium in 1923, and construction was completed in 1926. The Auditorium was built to serve as a tangible memorial to the great Dr. John B. Murphy. Shortly following Dr. Murphy's death, his friends sought to honor him by forming the John B. Murphy Memorial Association. The Auditorium was built on the property of the American College of Surgeons ("ACS"), with the agreement that ACS would maintain the building as a memorial to Dr. Murphy. The Auditorium was designed to host ACS meetings and serve as a center for education in surgery.

The architects for this gorgeous building were Marshall and Fox. The architectural design of the Auditorium is in the French Renaissance style and is reminiscent of the Chapelle de Notre-Dame de Consolation – the Commemorative Monument to the Bazar de la Charite Fire, located in Paris, France. The similarity in architectural design is evident on both the exterior and interior of the Auditorium.

The Murphy Auditorium was renovated in 1987, due to the growing need for space by some departments of ACS. In 2003, after ACS had moved all offices to the new headquarters building, located at 633 N. Saint Clair, restoration work began on the Auditorium. This restoration work was completed in June of 2006, and The Murphy has been returned to its original splendor. Virtually every detail has been restored or replicated to its original design. The John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium is truly one of Chicago's finest architectural jewels.

The American College of Surgeons maintains ownership of the Auditorium, and in June 2006 The Murphy was opened to the public as one of Chicago’s best event venues.

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