(Closed) Art Institute of Chicago – Weddings anyone?

posted 7 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

All I can say is we got engaged there! I wanted soo badly to get married there, in the front garden in summer…with the fountain going. Le Sigh. But my family is from California, so it was Napa for us (really, not complaining!). I love it! I would like to say though that I was super bummed they got rid of the fine dining restaurant downstairs, that used to open to the courtyard in back with the other fountain. I had always envisioned that area as the reception site, and we used to love going down there for whiskey and wine or for dinner in the summers (you used to be able to go to the restaurant and listen to string quartet jazz without paying museum admission). Now they only have the cafeteria 🙁 and turned that restuarant into a members lounge – sans bar.


Post # 5
9 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am a wedding consultant and have done dozens of weddings and many, many corporate events at the Art Institute in all of their rooms- Board Trading Room, Terzo Piano, Griffin Court, Millenium Park Room and the Courtyard.  Bon Appetit is great.  I usually work with Debi for my weddings there.

Which room are you looking at?  The Terzo Piano (Modern Wing) is awesome.  The Bloom Terrace (right outside of TP) has amazing views and is soo neat for cocktails.  My one suggestion is to use vendors that are familiar with the AI because we never have that much time to set up since it is a museum.  The other downside is that in most rooms, no candles are allowed. 

I would recommend a planner or DOC too.  It’s just easier to have someone else there to oversee the set up because of the short window to set up. 

I would be more than happy to share more with you or share more of my experiences there.  The food is great.  It’s such a fun venue, especially if you have lots of out of town guests. 

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