(Closed) Fulton’s On the River

posted 8 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Welcome! We live in Chicago and we’re having our wedding here as well. 🙂 I can’t help you with the capacity, etc, but we went there for FFIL’s MBA graduation dinner, and it was really nice… are you planning on having the ceremony at Navy Pier or somewhere in the area?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Oh, I agree, it’s fun! You might want to look into other neighborhoods as well, just to cut down on costs. We’re having our wedding in West Town, which means there is plenty of parking since it’s a warehouse district and we’ll be getting married on Saturday. 

What general feel are you going for? How do you imagine your wedding? I’ve done a lot of research on Chicago venues, because we wanted somewhere unique. There are so many amazing one of a kind venues here!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I had a formal there back in the day and the location is GREAT and the food was awesome!

Post # 8
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5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hmm, not sure how many affordable venues you’ll find… definitely check out the Chicago park district for more reasonable rates, Promontory Point is gorgeous, although it was a little small for our wedding, which will be about 175 people, so it may not work for you, either. 

A New Leaf was my first choice, but it’s also too small, boo. 🙁 It’s drop dead gorgeous, the lofty event space of a floral shop, and I was so sad when I gave up on it. 

Cafe Brauer at the Lincoln Park Zoo is gorgeous and big, but way too expensive! The initial fee doesn’t seem bad, but they get you because you have to use their alcohol packages, which are ridiculous, and there are a lot of little fees. 

Ivy Room is also gorgeous, and also way out of the price range. 

The Newberry Library is beautiful and reasonable when you account for the fact that they let you bring your own alcohol and are in a great Gold Coast location, but they’re more marble than loft. 

Which brings us to Salvage One, our venue – I hope, and Architectural Artifacts! We haven’t had an official tour yet, but they’re similar concepts with different spaces. They’re both architectural artifact retail shops with huge spaces. You get to use the furniture and items in your decor, and it’s really great and unique. AA ended up being out of our price range because they have this really exorbitant security fee. Salvage One is on the pricy end of what we can afford, but it’s a splurge we’re willing to make. 

If you really want to bang your head against a wall after looking at the breakdowns from these places, you might want to look outside of the city… I hate to say that, because I love Chicago so much, but I sometimes wonder if I’m crazy for being so adamant that we get married here. You can have the same wedding for 1/2 the price in the suburbs, but your venues aren’t going to be as unique. Hope this helped! I’ve compiled so much research on each venue, and talked to so many brides – it’s been a great resource for me. 🙂 

Post # 9
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119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

fulton’s is nice. i actually live right across the street. if it is a summer wedding, they will open the doors from the ballroom and you can utilize the walkway next to the river. beautiful. it is a bit of an industrial space. ideal for a big wedding, but was too big for us. you will need to personalize the space, but it’s definitely better than the standard ballroom.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The Chicago History Museum has a beautiful event space too. I remember walking in there when I visited the museum and thinking I’d love to have a reception in that room.  No idea about price though unfortunately, it might be $$$.

 

Post # 12
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5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@bethesdabride – yeah, there’s no way (in my opinion) you could do a wedding under $50,000 at the Chicago History Museum! It’s gorgeous though. 

Glad I could help! Let me know if you have any other questions. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@jgibso27 Where in SoCal do you live??  Me and my fi just moved from Chicago to Studio City (LA)- and are planning our wedding back in Chicago too.

I just spent a week in Chicago looking at pretty much every venue under the sun INCLUDING Fulton’s.  I can send you all of the info they emailed me- the food is awesome, and by far, the most exciting part of the restaurant is the outdoor area- which you can only rent out if you commit to a certain capacity/$ spend.

We JUST decided on our venue- the Chicago yacht club (YAY!!), but I was a little anti-ballroom too.  PM me your email and I can send you whatever ya need- I’ve got tons of info I don’t know what to do with now.  ^_^

Info/pricing/stufff I have on:

Germania Place

Sutton Place

A New Leaf

Fulton’s

Drake Hotel

Cafe Brauer

Palmer House

Wit Hotel

W Lakeshore

hmm, and a few more but I can’t think now!

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