by Allen J. Sheinman | November 01, 2010

The stock market
might have its ups and downs, but as a meetings venue, the New York Stock Exchange is a sure bet. Available for events on weeknights from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the beautiful landmark 1903 building at 2 Broad St. in lower Manhattan offers spaces such as the fabled 15,000-square-foot Trading Floor, which can accommodate groups of up to 500 people; the Main Dining Room, for banquets of up to 240; and the Lounge & Card Room, featuring vaulted ceilings and hand-crafted fixtures, with room for up to 110 classroom-style or 170 theater-style.  

Other important arenas of business available for meetings include the New Orleans Board of Trade on the far western edge of town. The 1880 building, once noted for activity such as coffee trading, now serves coffee and more in spaces such as the Arcade, a covered promenade that holds up to 70 for a reception, and the Plaza, an open court paved in pink flagstone that can host 250 for cocktails.

What served as the Los Angeles Stock Exchange from 1931 to 1986 has been transformed into Exchange LA,  a downtown art deco event venue that debuted this past July with more than 25,000 square feet of space (for up to 1,500 people) spread among four stories, including the glitzy dance floor space dubbed the Trading Room.

For more modern-era grandeur, the 2006 Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago–Detroit Branch features more than 12,000 square feet of sleek, tech-savvy event space able to accommodate up to 400 guests, including the soaring atrium, with its floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and six smaller conference rooms. The bank is steps away from the Detroit Zoo, with its own thriving bear market.