(Closed) Chicago Suburbs — Wedding Venue

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

alicianh:  I had my Wedding in Lake Barrington, and my sister had her in Oak Brook. Mine was really far from the city lol but Oak Brook/ West Suburbs is really close to the city, and has a TON of venues. 

Also- for 150 people, you will be spending over 20K on catering no matter WHERE in the suburbs you get married- trust me. LOL. 

I really like Pinstripes as a venue, $80 a plate is about average to what you will find. My venue was 60-80 per plate depending on what you ordered, and it was a Brewery in Lake county ( cheaper taxes!) and our catiering came out to about $20K all said and done. 

 

 

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

The Grove at Redfield Estate in Glenview is actually where we were thinking of getting married until we ultimately decided on a Destination Wedding. It’s beautiful! The only downside is it can really only fit 100 people.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

alicianh:  There are a lot of afforadable ish places in the West Burbs. Yes Hinsdale. Oak brook is pricey but I looked high and low for both my sisters wedding and my own and pretty much everything is in the 60-80 pp range, then you get your SUPER nice venue that might be $100-$120

I did a TON of research to keep my wedding of 140 people as cheap but not CHEAP as possible. Fact of the matter is your will spend at least 20K if you do the traditional reception ( DJ, flowers, open bar, plated dinner ) ect. 

Oak brook area is really nice for out of town people because its right off the expressway and easy to get to. Also a lot of hotels/restaurants ect

HEre are some venues that I looked at for both my wedding and my sisters

1. Oak Brook Bath and Tennis Club ( I almost went with this one, its beautiful and private and affordable)

2. Hyatt Oak Brook McDonalds Campus ( sooo pretty)

3. Morton Aboretum in Lisle ( another beautiful venue)

4. The Westin in Lombard ( meh- cool inside but ugly outside)

5. Wilder Mansion ( not great for a bigger crowd)

6.. Onion Pub and Brewery ( where I got married- this is FAR though. I loved it but its a haul lol)

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

alicianh:  I think it was in the 80-120 range for food depending on what you chose for the options :-). Granted that was a few years ago, so I might not be remembering correctly. 

It was gorgeous, the campus is really nice for taking pictures too.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and got married there.  You aren’t ridiculous for thinking that is expensive- Chicago area weddings are ridiculously priced.   I’m very familiar with all the places you are talking about.  Didn’t even know Pinstripes did weddings, but that could be fun (we had a family reunion there).  We had our wedding at Maggianos in Schaumburg, and I couldn’t have more positive things to say about it.  They have banquet spaces upstairs- it is classic and beautiful (not gaudy like a lot of the cheap banquet halls are), and the food is the same as you get in the restaurant- which is fantastic.  The service was absolutely amazing, and my wedding coordinator there, Chris, could have not been better.  He thought of so many unique ideas for my reception and went out of his way to make my day perfect.   I’ve been married for 2 years, and I STILL hear raves about my wedding quite often.  Plus, it is priced really reasonably.  Packages start well under 100 dollars per person, and there isn’t a room fee, only a minimum.  We ended up choosing the largest space because I wanted a lot of windows and fell in love with this room with a huge built in wooden bar, and still we easily met the minimum.  Other Maggianos do weddings too, but I like that in the Schaumburg one you are on a seperate floor from the restaurant and they have a seperate bathroom for events.  I would DEFINITELY recommend checking them out. 

There are ways to save money.  We added in the sweet table for dessert and just got a 5 inch cake from marrianos and some cupcakes for the photo op/ to cut- it was significantly cheaper than a wedding cake and neither me nor husband are huge cake people.  We also made our own centerpieces, and I found a really inexpensive freelancer DJ, who ended up being awesome.  

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

alicianh:  mgbser:  I came here to say Maggiano’s too!  I went to a wedding probably 12-13 years ago at the Skokie location and it was AWESOME.  (they didn’t have the ceremony there, just the reception).  I was a little skeptical because it’s in a mall (Old Orchard) but once you’re inside the banquet rooms are great and the food was AMAZING.  They had the sweets table too.  

It is seriously one of the absolute best weddings I’ve been to.  

H’s best friend is getting married this fall at the Morton Arboretum and their reception is at Maggiano’s!  I’m so excited.  I’m guessing it will be at the Oak Brook location?  That seems closest, but they actually live in Schaumburg so maybe it’s there (and not that much further away from the Arboretum).

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Hi I believe this is too far but crystal lake area it’s called old towne hall. Was 50 to 80 a plate and bring your own alcohol. Has some good reviews

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

alicianh:  always happy to help!!!

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I am getting married in church in Chicago but couldn’t find any venue that would fit my budget close to downtown so I went suburbs. King’s Hall in Lombard. Its only 61 per plate and that already includes tax and service charge. 50 people minimum. Couldn’t be happier.

Post # 15
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Newbee

Chciago Botanical Gardens? North of the city at Lake Cook Road, so close to the northern suburbs and beautifil… not sure about their prices.

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