(Closed) Chicago Area Cocktail Recption

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

How many people were you looking to have?  I would look at various restaurants in the city with a room that can support your guests.  The problem is that a lot of them might have minimums that are higher than you want to spend.

Post # 4
1294 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree with PP about checking with restaurants.  Certain ones would have to keep the number under 40 unless you want to rent out the whole restaurant which means $$$$$.  We looked into renting out Zed 451 and they ask for quite a hunk since they do WELL on Saturday evenings.

Check Maggiano’s.  They were pretty reasonable for pricing.  $40/head without alcohol I think.  Italian restaurants seemed to be the easiest on the wallet I found out when I was planning my sister’s baby shower.

Post # 5
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FutureMrsPatel:  I know this was awhile ago but my fiancé and I are hoping to do the same thing With roughly the same amount of guests (250-300) Any tips/venues? 

Post # 6
45 posts
  • Wedding: September 2014

The Chicago park district has some beautiful venues, and I’ve seen some gorgeous cocktail receptions at the Garfield Conservatory and Colombus Park Refectory. The park district venues have a lot of character and can be a lot more reasonable than other chicago venues. I’m not entirely sure that they could accommodate a wedding as large as yours, but they would be worth investigating!

Something that I would look for is a venue that allows you to bring in your own vendors. If you can rent a space for a reasonable price, you can save so much money by bringing in an affordable caterer and buying your own alcohol.

Post # 7
1252 posts
Bumble bee

What about Katherine legge in Hinsdale. It’s beautiful and affordable 

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