Post # 1
Has anyone worked with Bon Appetit at the AIC either had a wedding there, had a corporate event or attended an event there? I’m curious about the day of details, the staff, and if you have worked with the on-site caterer, would love to hear your thoughts.
We are considering this venue for a summer wedding next year but not a lot of reveiws out there!
Any comments are appreciated!
Post # 3
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 # 4
Thanks, lola2011 – yes that courtyard with the fountain is beautiful!
I would love to have a destination wedding in Napa or Sonoma but alas, the midwest families are all coming into Chicago for this event…
Post # 5
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.
Post # 6
Thanks, HitchedChicago – I will be in touch to get your take on your experience with AIC.
I’m leaning towards the Terzo but the Chicago Stock Exchange room is also beautiful – both have very distinctly different vibes.
If anyone else attended an event catered by bon appetit or at the AIC, please comment! Thanks in advance!