(Closed) Chicago Venues

posted 10 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
41 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

For me, deciding on a reception venue was pretty easy. I emailed or called every option in or around downtown to see there availability and price. About 75% of them were booked or out of my price range. So that narrowed it down! Then I went and looked at the rest. I googled or yelped all of them before I went, but seeing them in person and meeting their venue coordinators was much more telling. For example, one option in a hotel was on the ground floor, and you had to walk through the lobby to get to the bathroom. I got a picture in my head of me in my big dress having to go around a check-in line. Not fun. And it seemed like the possibility of wedding crashers would be pretty high. That’s something that I didn’t find out online.

So in the end, I chose my venue, the Westin Michigan Avenue, because 1) the room is on it’s own floor with nothing else except for the kitchen (bonus! the food will be nice and hot!), 2) the ballroom and cocktail hour area are perfectly laid out, 3) the coordinator is awesome and worked with me on the price, and 4) it’s across the street from my church!

Hope that helps!

Post # 4
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY

You might want to try posting on the Knot’s local message board.  Also on Indie Bride’s "Kvetch" boards, and I think brides.com has local boards, too.

Are you looking for a venue in the city? Or in the suburbs?

Post # 5
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Chicago Social Brides magazine hosts a lot of mini wedding "expos" in various local venues. They are often free, or you might have to pay but then they’ll have food and drinks too. You can see how the venues look when they’re "all decked out" by attending these events. They have a schedule of events on their website.

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