Private Dining & Catering

There are many options for private dining at Frontera and Topolobampo: The intimate Library Room (for a private Topolo experience), the festive Morales Room (for a lively Frontera experience) and the brand new La Vista (for a laid-back experience).  But that’s not all. Our sister restaurants on Randolph Street, Leña Brava and Cruz Blanca, offer even more options for hosting the best fiestas ever. 

And don’t forget about your  room—or whatever room it is you’d like us to set up our catering operation. For more information and reservations, contact Dana Armon at or 312.334.3662. 

La Vista

Overlooking the bustling River North neighborhood, La Vista offers mouthwatering street snacks, tacos, seafood, guacamole and a well-stocked tequila and mezcal bar. La Vista is not only super festive, it’s also completely flexible: we can accommodate your business meetings, happy hours, cocktail receptions, festive dinners or whatever else you have in mind.

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The Library at Topolobampo

Escape into our private quarters, a room lined with over 2000 of Rick’s personal cookbooks, where you’ll be pampered by your own personal chef for the entire night. Relax and watch as your multi-course Topolobampo meal is prepared for you in the adjacent, newly-renovated test kitchen. We’ll bring the wine.

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The Morales Room

Let’s say you want all the energy and life of Frontera Grill, but you want it for, oh, 40 people. We’ve got a room for that. The Morales Room is filled with the art of namesake Mexican artist Rodolfo Morales, and is a space that’s flexible enough to handle any occasion: business meetings, cocktail receptions, festive dinners—or, sometimes, all three.

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Private Events at Leña Brava

 Baja vibes, unique flavors and custom “fire and ice” party menus from Chef Rick Bayless make Leña’s  private dining experience the best in the west (loop). Ready to begin planning your unforgettable party? Click below and let’s talk.

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Private Events Menu

Private Events at Cruz Blanca

You bring the guests. We’ll bring the tacos. And the brewery fresh, cold craft beer. And whatever else your party needs. Join us on the second floor of Cruz Blanca for a spectacular private spread.


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Private Events Menu


You know what your next party needs? Some farm-to-table Mexican comfort food. And Xoco is just the restaurant to bring it to you. Taco bar with homemade heirloom corn tortillas? Guacamole party? Churros? Sí, sí and sí. We also have the best lunch box ever.

Our Team


If there’s one thing Dana Armon loves more than going to parties, it’s planning parties. Together with our Private Events Culinary Team, she’ll seamlessly create your perfect event in the The Library—Rick’s private test kitchen that contains his personal cookbook collection—or the Morales Room, filled with art work from Mexican master Rodolfo Morales. Looking to bring the fiesta home? She can help with that, too.


Hospitality is Ray’s jam. He’s been at it for 30 years now, first in the corporate training realm and, since 2010, with Frontera. You’ll often find Ray greeting party guests with a friendly smile, a tour of the Library and a well-mixed cocktail. “Personally, there’s an element of gratification in hospitality — my role allows me to go home with a smile on my face knowing that I’ve made other people happy.” 


Matt Miller joins the private event staff after tending to the wood-fired kitchen at our sister restaurant, Leña Brava. As the lead chef of our private events team, he’s responsible for dazzling our party guests with on-point presentations of our soul-satisfying food.