(Closed) Chicago venue suggestions?

posted 8 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re going with Chandler’s in Schaumburg (very reasonable) but we have friends that are getting married on one of the boats that do the dinner cruises on Lake Michigan. They said it was the best deal they could find in the city itself.

Post # 4
25 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’d recommend looking into Architechtural Artifacts. I have friends getting married there in September and that’s almost exactly their budget/people count. And it’s gorgeous!

Also, their caterer is the Hardy Boys–I actually have TWO sets of friends going with them because they are good and much more reasonably priced than other caterers.

Post # 7
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We recently got married at Pazzo’s at the 311 S. Wacker building – its really pretty and we loved working with the staff there.  Their prices are also very reasonable for downtown Chicago. Everyone loved it and kept commenting on how beautiful it was.

Our other top venues were Galleria Marchetti (felt it would be better for summertime) and The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier, so I recommend checking those out too.


Post # 8
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I just sent you a PM 🙂

Post # 9
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2007 - Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook IL

@MissyTee – Galleria Marchetti has a food & beverage minimum of $30,000 before tax and tip. So it ends up being around $40K for food/drinks alone. 

Post # 10
6 posts
  • Wedding: February 2005

I have worked closely with and a few of my clients have held their wedding receptions at Cafe la Cave They are so wonderful to work with.  Tina Hoffman is who I have directly worked with…and their food is to die for!  Congratulations on your engagement & Best Wishes!

Post # 11
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MissyTee- How many people are you expecting?

A New Leaf in Old Town has a nice open space, and it is reasonably priced. I know that Cafe Brauer requires you to purchase alcohol through them– my friend went way over budget on her wedding budget because of the liquor costs. 

You may also want to look into hotels in the area that have less than a 25K F&B minimum- we got some pretty good quotes from some of the boutique hotels in the city. 

Post # 12
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i got married in the crystal gardens at navy pier in september with about the same budget as you. it was gorgeous and so much fun. it really has that downtown chicago feel and for some reason, it isn’t crazy expensive. the staff was really amazing too. if you want any details, PM me!

Post # 13
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Ravenswood Billboard Factory

A couple of places that we checked out that ended up being booked on our date but should fit in your budget are the Newberry Library, Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier, the Odyssey Cruises and Germania Place. Otherwise, I second the idea of looking at hotels in the area that meet your desired look and feel. 

Sadly, I looked into the Chicago History Museum for our wedding, but their rentals are pretty pricey and so is their list of approved caterers.   You’d be looking at an easy $40,000 wedding there, too.

Post # 15
5 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

I definately second Pazzo with your budget and amount of people!

Post # 16
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We are getting married at the Brookfield Zoo. Terry Rothamer is really great to work with.

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