(Closed) Rehearsal Dinner Suggestions

posted 8 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m not sure if you have a budget, but I would highly recommend Spiaggia.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re doing ours at Rock Bottom Brewery. You can get a private room upstairs which is nice, and the prices were reasonable compared to a lot of the other downtown restaurants.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re not doing one anymore because of budget reasons…but our building concierge sent me this. Our guests are staying at Hotel Palomar (Sable is the restaurant there) so these are all suggestions from around there (sorry the fonts pasted so weird!).  Thought this might help someone!

 

The Sable Kitchen has a heavy shared plates menu and is extremely reasonable- I attached the menu for you. If people are arriving that night, it might be convenient for you to have it there. If you have a budget you want to spend as a total or per person, I can see how and where in the hotel we can arrange this for you. The Chef for Sable Kitchen also caters all the events in the hotel, so I am sure we can customize something for you if this is your ideal location. Also FYI- There is a complimentary Wine Tasting for all guests that stay at the Hotel Palomar from 5pm-6pm each evening! (Knowing how unpredictable weather can be in August, sometimes convenience may be best….especially for older family members).

I was also thinking Mexican at Mercadito! They have a great Tasting Menu for $30 per person including dessert: I attached this for you too! CANASTITA $30 per guest guacamole tasting of 3, salsa tasting of 2, taco tasting of 4, 2 sides, dessert tasting
 
I spoke with Dieter Schindler today at Rock Bottom about your event, and there is no room rental fee for their private rooms. The Rooftop may be an option, but in order to accommodate the whole group, tables and chairs would need to be removed which may be uncomfortable for the guests.
There is an $1800 Food & Beverage minimum required for their private rooms, which comes to $24 per person approximately for a group of 75 0r $36 per person approximately for 50 guests. (He mentioned the rooftop has a higher minimum).
 
 
*Additional suggestions could be the Beer Garden at Navy Pier or even here at our building on the River Walk? The cost for an event here is extremely inexpensive and the view is great! I know that this can get extremely costly, so I wanted to suggest budget friendly options for you that are also exciting for out of towners! Let me know if any of these are of interest and I can provide some additional insight.
 
 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hi Meganrose!

My fiance and I are getting married at Fourth Church across from the Hancock building this August so we were looking at rehearsal dinner spots in that same area, nothing as expensive as Spiaggia but still nice.  We were thinking much smaller though, around 30 people.  We ended up going with McCormick & Shmicks which is right next to the church, so location/convenience won out with a crowd that is almost entirely downtown and staying at the James Hotel (where our reception is).  Here are the other place we looked at, all within one mile of the Hancock Building.  I am also including the estimated open bar cost/person and the estimated food cost for a sit-down dinner per person.  This is totally based on my own estimates, so if anyone from the restuarant industry is checking this out, please feel free to update!!

Restaurant

Est Bar Cost/Person

Est Food Cost/Person

Ditka’s

32

45

McCormick & Schmick’s

25

35

Grand Lux Café

25

40

Osteria Via Stato

35

42

Weber Grill Restaurant

25

33

Joe’s Seafood & Stone Crab

30

55

Shaw’s Crab House

30

45

Sullivan’s

unknown

59

Haray Caray’s

26

40

Maggiano’s

24

41

Brasserie Jo

25

40

I hope that is helpful for you–I’d love for someone else to benefit from my hours of research!  Congrats and have fun picking out a place!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This is such a great thread! I just wanted to give it a little bit, as I am pulling my hair out a little to find an affordable rehearsal dinner spot in downtown Chicago. 🙂

Are there any other ideas out there?

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s not downtown, but Cafe ba ba Reeba in Lincoln Park is excellent and last time I checked their prices were reasonable.

For a smaller group, I like the idea of a rehearsal/welcome dinner at Giordano’s/ Pizzeria Uno/Lou Malnati’s – it’s casual and fun and out of towners love the deep dish pizza. Plus it’s budget friendly.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Both good ideas! I love Cafe Ba Ba Reeba, but am just a tad concerned about it being a bit far north for everyone staying in hotels downtown. I love the pizza party idea – I don’t think the budget for that can be beat! 🙂

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Also, has anyone run into a problem with minimums? We’re hearing about $3,000 food and drink minimums just about everywhere we’ve asked for proposals…

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

3 suggestions:

Cafe Iberico.  I think it’s better than Ba Ba Reeba, and it’s much closer to downtown (LaSalle and Chicago).  Also very affordable.

Quartino.  Great pizzas and small plate Italian.  Great wine.  Also quite affordable.

Trattoria Isabella.  Cute little Italian place.  Great staff.  Met my H there so I’m partial to it 🙂

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@oneofthesethings:  Isabella is in our neighborhood!  We love it there.  Great patio.

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