No two venues were created alike. That doesn’t make the process of selecting the perfect venue easy for your Mitzvah. Consideration for location, size, cost and atmosphere should be looked at before going to contract. Here are some of my favorite Mitzvah locations.
As terrific alternatives to a hotel event, each are different in size and vibe. As an event planner, I guide my clients to the right venue based on how they envision their celebration. No event is the same, even if it’s at the same venue. So many great options to select from, in the city and on the North Shore!
A contemporary loft space situated two blocks from the Magnificent Mile, Chez has a 5,000-square-foot main floor with 17-foot ceilings, polished concrete floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and brilliant white brick walls. The mezzanine level connects to the main floor via a dramatic custom glass staircase. This venue is a virtual clean, white canvas from which to create a truly amazing Mitzvah.
Chicago’s hot West Loop neighborhood is home to Moonlight Studios, a versatile, repurposed factory of more than 15,000 square feet of industrial-chic space. A large open studio and gallery space can be interconnected to create endless possibilities of party flow. The urban feel and modern technology give it the right amount of sophistication and functionality to make any mitzvah shine.
Housed in a completely renovated, pre-Chicago fire building, Morgan Manufacturing offers over 32,000 square feet of world-class space, boasting the industrial elegance popular today. Concrete, steel and timber make up the design. Reclaimed and refurbished materials are used for the flooring, décor and wall finishings. The real crowd pleaser for Mitzvah events is the 8,000-square-foot roof deck, which allows for sweeping views of the glittering Chicago skyline.
A modern, stylish space, Venue One has everything needed to host a killer party. The on-site chef offers an eclectic menu with cuisine that can be tailored to any Mitzvah theme. The full attention of the professionally trained waitstaff ensures an evening that will be beautifully orchestrated without complication. The logistics at this chic and spacious venue make Mitzvah planning a pleasure.
The sister space to Venue One in the city, Venue One North Shore is brought to the area by the experienced folks at Event Creative. Transforming the former Chicago Bulls’ Berto Center in Deerfield into an all-inclusive event center of 85,000 customizable square feet, the remarkable spot was created to accommodate a whopping 1,500 guests. Nothing is off limits with its expansive outdoor garden, wine room or sprawling main event space. Culinary staff is on-site during events, with talented Executive Chef Shawn Doolin at the helm.
Ravinia offers up many options, suitable for any Mitzvah need. Boasting one of the more peaceful settings on Chicago’s North Shore, the choices at Ravinia are endless. The PNC Private Dining Room offers capacity of 300 guests, or host an event on the lawn for a more classic vibe. The food will always be terrific; catering is handled on-site by Levy.
Industrial chic is the name of the game at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. Exposed brick and expertise lighting set an unforgettable backdrop for any type of mitzvah. There’s a complete kitchen, a stage with lighting, great sound, video monitors throughout and versatile space for any type of event. Viper Alley is a destination that can be dressed up, or lend itself to offer a more edgy vibe.
WhirlyBall is an amazing team sport in itself, and is also a unique sports bar and grill, perfect for a Mitzvah— because along with wild bumper car action, you will get rockin’ food, fab music and all the other activities WhirlyBall offers. It’s a great space for dancing the night away in the brand new state-of-the-art facility conveniently boasting interactive play and a great dining experience in an upscale atmosphere. The private event space on the second level includes a large banquet room, outdoor terrace for cocktails, bowling lane, laser tag and WhirlyBall courts. For those clients who want to eat, drink, dance and play this venue is the place for you.
Mitzvah celebrations feel right at home at this North Shore favorite. Host 200 guests in the second level private event room, or the real fun awaits below at Pinstripes’ outdoor space, which features bocce courts and a covered lounge area that gives off a backyard vibe. Indoors, luxury bowling lanes and amazing food await, making it a perfect spot for Mitzvah celebration.
The renovated, two story former power plant and warehouse that is the Illuminating Company gives guests a night to remember. Offering up an impressive 10,000 square feet of usable space, there are hardwood floors, built-in marble bars and tall arched windows opposite a balcony. Creative vision makes this space come to life.