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Chicago Party Venues

April 19, 2012

A great thing about Chicago is all of the places to host an event. In my research for Emaan’s “Happy Baby” welcome party in March, I came across a few stunningly beautiful places I want to share. In case you’re planning your nuptials or a baby shower or just need any excuse to throw a party (who doesn’t?!), I want to show you some unique spots I found that you should check out.

Kitchen Chicago – This is where we had Emaan’s party so I have experience here. You can read my Yelp review under “SM K” for more specifics. Long story short – - – This place is the absolute best and will be on my short list for future gatherings. Check out the pics below.

Salvage One - Salvage One is probably one of the most unique venues. It’s a funky retail store and event space all in one. Sadly this place was beyond my budget for the baby party, but it should be highly considered for a more formal affair such as a wedding. Just check out their pictures.

Room 1520 – Oh my goodness. Please invite me if you have a party here. That is all I really have to say about this place.

Chicago Illuminating Company - Again, invite me please.

River Arts Center

Chicago Park District – No joke; they have some great spaces. The Garfield Park Conservatory is breath-taking.

Ravenswood Event Center

Now onto a few things to consider for your event.

Renting linens are expensive. Really expensive. I seriously am considering opening up my own linen rental business from the trunk of my Mazda. Rent a table for $10 and linens to go on that table for $40. No exaggeration. Be prepared. And consider using Halls Rental. Trust me, they’re the most reasonably priced, and I’ve done my comparison shopping to be able to state this.

Parking. If you live in Chicago you know what this means. Consider having your guests meet and park in one cheap or free place (Lincolnwood mall or a Walmart - But not the one on North Ave.) and take them in a nice shuttle to your venue.

Who chooses the food. Does the venue require that you choose from a list of their preapproved food vendors? If so, expect to pay for that “preapproval.” I prefer places that allow you to bring in your own food, allowing you to save and choose exactly what you want. It’s your party after all.

Embellishments. Will you have to do a lot to decorate ($$$) because the space is too “empty” or is the space pretty enough as-is? Kitchen Chicago required very little extras and what we did do really stood out.

…And, most importantly, enjoy yourself! Planning the party is almost as much fun as the actual day!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. fortyisfabulous permalink
    April 19, 2012 8:50 am

    thanks for the helpful tips! Kitchen Chicago was amazing…i would love to set this up in my own city!

  2. Pat Carey permalink
    April 19, 2012 9:16 am

    Sheri, it was such an outstanding party and a lovely venue – sunny, bright, and I loved that the kids were having a blast too. I am a fan of lofts and exposed bricks, and plenty of room to roam about, yet see everybody. Super great choice. Your blog is a real keeper for me. Also, I love your Yelp reviews – you are someone whose reviews I respect and value.

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