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    Post #1 - July 14th, 2017, 1:33 pm
    Post #1 - July 14th, 2017, 1:33 pm Post #1 - July 14th, 2017, 1:33 pm
    Engagement party for my nephew & longtime girlfriend. Interested in wine/beer/cocktails package.

    Date is Friday Sept 29, ~9pm start. As late Sept weather can be glorious or crap, I'm looking for a combo of indoor/outdoor venue (if possible).

    Cost is a factor, most attending are young recent grads, so London House terrace for $5,000 minimum is out (or anything in that ballpark).

    All ideas welcome, thanks.
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #2 - July 14th, 2017, 2:54 pm
    Post #2 - July 14th, 2017, 2:54 pm Post #2 - July 14th, 2017, 2:54 pm
    There's no info on the website re: rates, but the Revival food hall on Clark St. has a few options, including one that they say will accommodate 45 for a cocktail party.

    https://16oncenterchicago.com/private-events/revival/
  • Post #3 - July 14th, 2017, 3:48 pm
    Post #3 - July 14th, 2017, 3:48 pm Post #3 - July 14th, 2017, 3:48 pm
    Sweet Willie wrote:Engagement party for my nephew & longtime girlfriend. Interested in wine/beer/cocktails package.
    ...
    Cost is a factor, most attending are young recent grads, so London House terrace for $5,000 minimum is out (or anything in that ballpark).

    Having recently gone through a late 20's stretch of friends' engagements & weddings, I would appreciate if you could clarify how the cost is being addressed.

    When selecting a drink package, I assume the couple (and/or their families) is paying for the space with open bar for invited guests who would bring a small gift (10-20% of a wedding gift). But that seems not to be the case based on your reference to avoiding the exorbitance/opulence (pretension, to some) of London House, based on the younger guest list. Is it commonplace for venues to offer cash bar at a percentage or flat-amount reduction on each order, in exchange for a fee when booking the space?

    Based on the younger guest list, with desire for inside/outside option, perhaps The Dawson at Grand/Halsted would be convenient without the price gouging. My personal favorite is I|O at Godfrey, but they might not be very much cheaper than LH.

    Good luck.
  • Post #4 - July 14th, 2017, 4:19 pm
    Post #4 - July 14th, 2017, 4:19 pm Post #4 - July 14th, 2017, 4:19 pm
    In addition to budget, any preferences for or against particular neighborhoods?
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #5 - July 16th, 2017, 10:30 am
    Post #5 - July 16th, 2017, 10:30 am Post #5 - July 16th, 2017, 10:30 am
    Celeste on Hubbard has a nice rooftop area, but I have no idea of the price. We looked a renting the full ground floor of Celeste for an event for a larger group, but we did briefly look at the rooftop and it seemed like a good fit for your size group.

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