Post # 1
I have been driving myself nuts trying to find the “perfect” venue since my fiance and I got engaged…two weeks ago. We anticipate about 130 guests and would like it to take place in the city.
A New Leaf is too tiny, but beaaautiful and we absolutely loved it.
Loft on Lake, we are considering since we could save money on BYOB and about $5,500 for a Saturday night rental is about our price point.
Floating World Gallery is also gorgeous, but might be too small for a sit down dinner.
I was hoping to spend no more than $100 per person on catering/rental/tables/alcohol but I’m not sure if that is realistic for a sit down dinner. I have looked into Pure Kitchen, and they seem to cost about that.
Any wedding venue recommendations that are reasonable, but near more scenic areas of the city for a ceremony perhaps, or at least picture taking.
All advice and info much appreciated!
Post # 2
Your budget is a little bit unrealistically low for a downtown wedding. I would look into the suburbs. If you have enough of a gap you can still do downtown for photos.
We had our reception at Maggianos in Schaumburg, and I could not speak more highly of them. While not the cheapest venue around, it definitely is the best bang for your buck location. Prices are very reasonable, staff is absolutely amazing, food is amazing, and their banquet space is beautiful and large. They also have a Chicago location too. I believe they have a banquet space as well. I would assume that location would be more, but it is probably still cheaper than most Chicago venues as well. They also have a Skokie location I believe- I believe at the same price as the Schaumburg, but a little closer to the city.
Post # 3
If you are open to having something outdoors and/or the suburbs, definitely look up the Google images for the Grove Redfield Estate in Glenview. I am having my winter wedding ceremony and reception there next January – it is beautiful and they have a gorgeous pavilion outside. They can fit 125 I believe and the cost for a Saturday night is $3200 I think but less at other times
Post # 4
I agree about the budget being low for in the city. Maybe try Promontory Point if your deadset on the city. I think its run by the Chicago Park District.
However the suburbs are WAY more likely to have $100 price point you are looking for.
130 ppl for a formal downtown wedding is going to cost you though- what is your overall budget it if you don’t mind me asking?
Post # 5
Check out City View Lofts. It has an amazing view of the city and they have in house catering. They may be able to work with you on cost. They were our second choice.
You may also be interested in Lacuna Artist Lofts. You have to bring in EVERYTHING, but that may help you keep costs down. PM if you want more info. We were around $120/person I think by the time we were all said and done there.
Post # 6
I’m hoping you find someplace because this is the sort of Venue i’m looking for too!
We have started looking in downtown Milwaukee- their prices are much more reasonable.
Post # 7
+1 for Promontory Point, althought I don’t know if it is big enough for 130.
Check out Kenmare Catering. They have several venues and two were very cool (loft spaces) and very reasonable. The two art centers.
ETA more pricing: It says call for pricing but we are doing our wedding through Kenmare so I have the pricing info. The silver package (lowest package) is $109/person with a 6 hour reception and full bar.
Post # 8
Downtown Chicago is definitely tough for $100/person. I am in the same budget range, and I had to go out into the suburbs. I did look at Mrs. Murphy and Sons Irish Bistro in North Center, and they were definitely in the range just fyi…
+1 on the Redfield Estate at The Grove. The only reason I did not look at it was because I would need a planner for the location. I ended up at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook down the street. I was able to get everything – hors’ derves, open bar, 4 course meal, cake, milk and cookie table, tables, linens, and a hotel room for around $100/person.
Post # 9
I also went to a wedding at Little Black Pearl Art Gallery in Kenwood. It was a great venue. I’m not sure what they charge though.
Post # 10
A few ideas… The key is to find a site that has a BYOB policy and/or offers you a choice of caterers at various price points (otherwise I’d suggest the ballroom at the School of the Art Institute. It’s gorgeous, but they’re locked in to a single catering company that is quite pricey.)
Bottom of the budget — in Andersonville — the Swedish Museum rents out at super-cheap prices, but it takes a lot of DIY to get it spruced up, because the space isn’t pretty.
Northside – Dank Haus is a popular venue, worth checking out.
Oh, and as Cluelessbride10: points out, Mrs. Murphy’s Irish Bistro is awesome, if that’s your style! Volo (Italian restaurant in Roscoe Village) is also GORGEOUS and has a lovely outdoor garden area that makes for gorgeous photos.<br /><br />
Downtown — if you can spring for the $7500 rental, the Newberry Library fee includes all tables and chairs, etc, and allows you to BYOB if you want. Only a choice of five caterers, but one of them is quite cheap – they could probably hit your budget.