There are a lot of beautiful places in Chicago, but as already mentioned, there are also a lot of couples who want to get married and have their receptions on those beautiful places. To narrow down our choices, I made a mental list of things we HAD TO HAVE in a venue.
1. Downtown Chicago (no suburbs)
2. Capacity for 150 guests and a sizable dance floor
3. Within close proximity to hotels
4. Within close proximity to Quigley Prep
5. Unique-feeling space (no generic banquet halls/hotel ballrooms)
A few early contenders:
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I live about 2 blocks away from Cafe Brauer. I love my neighborhood and the park it's named after, and I would LOVE all our guests to spend some time in LP. It is a beautiful, Prairie-style building that overlooks South Pond in Lincoln Park. It definitely satisfies #1, 2 and 5, but not #3 or 4. It's also a bit over-budget for a Saturday night reception. Bummer.
Art Institute Stock Exchange Room
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Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel
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A gorgeous hotel built in the 1920s, the Millennium Knickerbocker is a stunning venue located on the Magnificent Mile. Although Adam and I didn't really want a hotel ballroom wedding, we made an exception for this incredible space. Yes, that is a light-up dance floor. I obviously need it in my life. Making it even more special is the fact that the window from the hotel room Adam proposed in looked across an air shaft (so romantic) to the back side of the Knickerbocker. It satisfied every requirement on my mental checklist. We emailed them and found out it was in our price range. Hooray! But then they told us our date wasn't available. We weren't flexible at all with our date (more on that later), so it was a huge disappointment that we had to cross this off the list.
The search rolls on!