Chicago Small Destination Wedding

posted 3 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Unfortunately, I don’t have any specific recommendations. However, have you thought about having your reception at a restaurant rather than a typical wedding venue? We just had a similar size wedding in DC and ended up having the ceremony at a historic chapel (that allowed us to rent the space for just that portion of the wedding) followed by a dinner at a local restaurant. It worked out perfectly for us.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

What kind of budget are you working with?  There are many wonderful restaurants with private rooms in all price ranges, from high end (Spiaggia) to high-mid range (Carnivale, Nacional 27) to mid-range (Wildfire, Osteria via Stato, Maggiano’s) to budget (Greektown restaurants, among others). 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

maybe look into restaurants in the neighborhoods rather than downtown?  They are more used to small parties and may be more flexible.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

you could search private dining to find the restaurants that actually have dedicated space.  Ones that come to mind are Sepia, the Bristol, City Winery

Also, if you’re open to an outdoor wedding, you could rent space in a chicago park – if you’re just doing a ceremony you can get a permit for ~400, though you’l have to rent chairs.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Wildfire can do parties (in a private room) as small as 25, although I believe the food/beverage minimum is $1500 (which would be $60/person for 25).  I believe Osteria via Stato can also do a private party for a group your size.  I know for sure that Maggiano’s can.  I’ve organized work events at all three restaurants and they do a great job. 

Restaurants will definitely be less expensive outside downtown.  A couple good places for a private party are Jane’s in Bucktown and Caro Mio in Ravenswood. 

Also, if you want to be near the Loop, you might look at Maxwell’s at the East Bank Club, which has private rooms for parties (including small ones) and you don’t need to be a member of the club.  The food there is quite good.  Good luck!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Floriole in Lincoln Park. I’m not sure if they would close down early for a ceremony, but they’re a great spot for an intimate reception.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Have you considered having your wedding at a local park and the reception at a restaraunt? 

Mia Francesca in East Lakeview has a separate carriage house and patio area.  I’ve also attended a wedding at Francesca’s on Taylor.

Another cool space is Homestead on the Roof (Ukrainain Village/West Town).

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