Post # 1
My fiance and I are trying to plan a Chicago/suburb wedding from Minnesota (more difficult than either of us thought), and I’ve been doing a lot of venue searching online. Two of my favorites so far are Ravenswood Event Center (Chicago) and Hotel Baker (St. Charles). Complete opposites, I know.
I’ve read mixed reviews from Ravenswood Event Center and was wondering if anyone here could shed some light on this place. The pictures look amazing, however, some people seem to have issues with the in house caterering company, Blue Rooster catering. I haven’t read many reviews on Hotel Baker, but people seem generally pleased with their wedding experience.
Thoughts? Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2011 - Ravenswood Billboard Factory
Ravenswood is where we’re getting married! It’s a great venue and all the interactions I’ve had with the staff have been great. The director of the catering company was really open to all of our ideas and totally got the feel that we wanted.
Are you looking to have a wedding in the city or in the suburbs? St. Charles is easily an hour or more from downtown, so you’d have to do everything like hotels and rehearsal dinners out there, too. It’s an adorable town, but not really “Chicago” since you’re so far away. It feels kind of like Stillwater, MN.
PM me if you have any questions.
Post # 4
Hi bacon! It’s reassuring you’ve had such a positive experience with them. My fiance and I have set up an appointment to see Ravenswood. We’re really excited. I’ll be sure to PM you if I have any questions after the viewing. Thanks for the offer.
Ideally, we’d like a city wedding, but we’re mainly looking for a non-banquet hall reception site (like so many couples out there!) that can house about 200 for a reception. Thanks for making the town comparison BTW! I can relate to Stillwater 🙂
Post # 5
I hsven’t heard of Ravenswood but I have been to an event at Hotel Baker that was beautiful. And my friend seemed happy all around with the event. Sorry I can’t help more.