(Closed) Venue Help (cross post)

posted 12 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
38 posts
  • Wedding: December 2009

I had my wedding at Prairie Production and also looked at West Loop Studios – unfortunately those two venues will not comfortably seat 190-200 for dinner.  I would say the max for a seated dinner is 120 at those venues.  Have you looked at Galleria Marchetti or Stan Mansion? 

Also, my caterer was Bon-soiree and they have a list of the venues they have worked in and have provided guest capacity guidelines by venue….might be helpful in your search!


Post # 4
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Lily – have you checked out my recap post and budget post? We just got married at the Newberry and were so happy with everything. It is an expensive rental fee, but it does include tables/chairs for both the ceremony and reception. They also let you choose your own caterer and provide your own alcohol (huuuge savings if you have a heavy drinking crowd).

Have you seen http://www.letsplanawedding.com ? That links to most of the venues in Chicago and you can organize them by size.

Post # 6
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

we looked at a lot of the same places you were looking at. we ended up going with the crystal gardens at navy pier. they have a minimum catering cost of $15,000 and a ceremony fee of $1,000. the fee also includes table linens. plus it’s already so decorated with lights and trees, that a lot of other decorations aren’t necessary. we’re saving a lot with our florist budget. something to look into!


Post # 8
31 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hey! I had a similar post a few months ago. I started looking downtown but now am actually looking in the southwest suburbs. I looked downtown and loved Cafe Brauer but unfortunately when all the extras were added in (valet, private catering, hotel rooms) it ended up being way to expensive. Therefore I started looking into the suburbs and I found prices to be alot better. So far my favorite places were the Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst, Cantigny, and I even liked the Willowbrook Ballroom (it had a very nostalgic feel). Here is the link to my post, I got several posts from some very helpful bees. Good Luck!! : )


Post # 9
1 posts
  • Wedding: October 2001

Salvage One is a great place to have your wedding. I’ve been there a few times. I love their space.

It’s a really unique venue and I like the fact that their interiors change as they sell and get new pieces in.

You can see some photos from the weddings on their site or you can check this link:

Katie & Ryan | Wedding at Salvage One

Call them. Sara at Salvage One is the person in charge and she can give you a tour and answer all your questions.

Hope that helps.

Post # 12
40 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

Have you tried Architechtural Artifacts on Ravenswood? It has an artsy, very unique feel. Also, Harold Washington Library is a cool place. We went totally random, and we’re having it at St. Ignatius H.S. Neither of us went there, but it’s in our budget since they allow catering and for us to bring in the alcohol. It has a garden area & is enough for 300 + so it fit our needs. Just a little strange to have a reception in a high school! Good luck!

Post # 13
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010 - Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas

Concorde Banquets in Kildeer is really pretty – they have a bunch of rooms that can hold different numbers of people and a gazebo and pond outdoors where you could have the ceremony. They are actually very reasonably priced too. One of my friends got married there and she said it was only about $40 per person and the food was yummers…


Post # 15
13 posts

Hi! I know this post is from a while ago, but in case you’re still looking… our wedding is in Salvage One (coming up very soon) and I have had a great experience so far. Sara is SO helpful!! We also considered Prairie Production and liked them a lot BUT I think it would take a ton of time and money to get it set up (furniture rental, decoration rental to fill up the blank space on the walls, etc)…. so when we actually drew out a budget, Salvage One was cheaper because there were so many things we didn’t need to pay for.

If you’re willing to go out into the suburbs, check out Meson Sabika in Naperville, its pavilion is quite nice (with a fairly traditional look to it) and would probably be large enough for your wedding’s size.

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