Post # 1
Whoa boy. Here is a list of venues that we have nixed from the list either because of price or size. We have 130-150 people coming, want a sit down dinner, not a cocktail reception, need dance floor, and want it all for under $13,000, a tall order in Chicago. All of the places listed below are within city limits on the Northside too (nothing irks me more than to search for a Chicago venue only to find out its in the flipping suburbs)
If you are only inviting 100 people, most of these places would be fantastic for you.
DePaul-Courtlou Commons $90 per person, not including tables
Art institute of Chicago – too $$
Field museum- too $$
Planetarium- too $$
Shedd Aquarium- too $$
Arts club of Chicago – members only
Bridgeport Art Center- too $$
VenueONE- too $$
MCA Warehouse- too $$
Illuminating Co.- too $$
The Ivy Room- too $$
Salvage One- too $$ and over booked
Carmichael’s Warehouse- too $$
The Newberry – too $$ (venue rental alone is $6,000.)
The Blackstone Hotel- too $$
The Rookery- too $$
Salvatore’s- too $$
Chicago History Museum – too $$ ($8,000 venue rental)
Palmer House- too $$
River East Art Center- too $$
Hotel Sax- too $$ ($130 per person)
Schubas – too $$ ($13,000 + minimum)
Lincoln Hall – too $$ ($13,000 + minimum)
Mars Gallery – too small
kitchen Chicago- too small
Douglas Park Field House – chicago park district. They have a strict vendor list that is way above budget.
Humboldt Park Field house – chicago park district. They have a strict vendor list that is way above budget.
Garfield Park Conservatory – chicago park district. They have a strict vendor list that is way above budget.
Haymarket Brewery – too small
International Museum of Surgical Science- too small, but fits 100 and is only 2,500
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
That’s a great list! It will come in very handy for someone with the same guidelines as you looking for a venue! Were you able to find a place that actually met all your requirements?
Post # 4
@elysion le sigh. No. not yet. I have another list of places that are still up in the air thats about 20 venues long.
Post # 5
@maenadinchicago: I will be very impressed if you can find a venue that meets your requirements!! Downtown Chi is (unfortunately as you’ve experienced) VERY pricey.
Post # 6
Wow, I live in the city and am planning a wedding for around 150 people, and we went with the suburbs because we didn’t want to spend much money. I’m the cheapest person alive when it comes to weddings, (I wanted courthouse! $50!) so we’re cutting a LOT of corners (mom’s growing the flowers, it’s all taking place in my dad’s backyard, and we’re getting catering from Smoque (BBQ) and Irazu (taco bar))… and it’s coming in at around 17k, all told (not including honeymoon or rings). I’d be super impressed if you’re able to find that in the city, good luck!
Post # 7
You could try Pazzo’s at 311. I think it averages around $100 or under per head, if you did the very lowest reception package. Maybe also Glessner House on the near south side or Grand Piazza on the near west side?
Good luck! Chicago prices are steep, but hopefully you can get creative and find a place.
Post # 8
My cousin wanted a Chicago wedding but found the same thing, crazy prices. She went just a bit out of the city at the Woman’s Club of Evanston, a very gorgeous venue!!
My coworker also did Glessner House and loved it.
Post # 9
The Glessner house is on the “still possible” list.
We think we found the place, which is a secret still. All told, if we get the secret place with the secret caterer, everything (From venue to invites, flowers ect) will be $16,000, with the reception being about $10,000 of that total. Less when I consider that my mom is buying the dress. FH is doing the invites, bridesmaid is doing the flowers, and I bake so I might even do my own cake. So we have the potential to come in under our budget.
Thanks for the suggestions!
Post # 10
@MackInChiCity: I looked at WCE and it really was not that much more affordable than city venues. I would have saved maybe 800 to do it there instead of Salvage One.
Post # 11
My daughter moved to Chicago two years ago and we live in Ohio. Always shocked about how much things cost there. Daughter got engaged this past weekend and I’ve been online non-stop since then trying to find a reception venue. I have many of your wants/needs. Could you help me with any info you found. I’m hoping it’s no longer a secret. Thanks so much.
Post # 12
We finally put a deposit down our venue so here is the rest of the list of venues we looked at:
Irish American Heritage Center
Mayslake Peabody — in the suburbs
Ravenswood Event Center
Gallery 400 at UIC
zhou b gallery
ArTango – this was our second choice, and we really wanted the reception here. But it only fit 120 people and we are inviting 130 and didn’t want to risk being cramped. $200 per hr and you can stock your own bar.
We decided to go with the Swedish American Museum. It seats 150, and is $1000, by far the cheapest place on the Northside of Chicago. It isn’t much to look at without decorations, but with the money we saved in being able to chose our own cater and stock our own bar, we have more than enough in the budget to make it beautiful.
Post # 13
@jdaa: See my response below. The place that was “secret” was the Columbus Park Refectory. We decided not to go there because I could not have the ceremony at my church and it was in a rough part of town. The Swedish Museum was a much better choice for us. If you want any more information on any of the venues I have listed, just send me a message and I will send it your way.
Hope this helps!
Post # 14
What a great list! Wish I had found this before I began my venue search. Here are a few more to add to the list (all in the city) but most are for 100 people or less. I will mark the ones that hold more. Many have a lofty feel.
- Prairie Productions – $4,500 Sat. – 200 seated guests
- Epoch Floral – $2,900 full day – 80 seated guests
- Joffrey Ballet Studios – $2,500 per studio – 120 up to 300 seated guests depending on number of studios rented
- Pritzker Military Library – didn’t request info.
- 22Thirty9 – $3,000(4 hour event) – 2,200 sq ft loft
- Chicago Urban Art Society – $275/hr – 2,500 sq ft lofted gallery
- Co-Prosperity – $1500 for day – 2600 sq ft gallery
- Gage Loft – $3,750 Sat. – 125 seated
- Creativo Loft – $3500 – 100 seated
- Grand Piazza (National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame) – $1800/floor, 2 floor min. – large ballroom – up to 300 – great roof with views of city
- Gallery 1028 – $4,500 – 4,000 sq ft loft
- CityPoint Loft – $2600 (10 hrs) – 110 seated 1st floor, 150 seated 3rd floor
- Lacuna Artist Loft Studio – didn’t request information
- Living Room Lounge – up to 8500 sq ft. didn’t get pricing
Hope this helps all you city brides! Happy hunting!
Post # 15
Hi there! I’m planning for a wedding in October 2013 and shooting for 100-120 guests so your posts has been really helpful! I was just wondering if you had a list of the venues that you liked and narrowed your choice down to. THANK YOU!
Post # 16
Just wanted to give a heads up that Glessner House actually ends up being just as much money as, say, Salvage One or the like. Their initial quote looks appealing but once we went in and met with the coordinator she informed us that you have to purchase a lighting package for the courtyard, reserve a tent just in case it rains, and pay to use the park next door for the ceremony. It adds up quick. My fiance and I ended up going with Bridgeport Art Center- which may look like a hefty price tag but it includes every table you would need and chairs, free parking, limited decor because the space itself is so beautiful. Anyone else have their wedding there or any experiences with them?