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10 Chicago Venues For Your Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

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The Dawson

Named a 2016 “Best of the Best” venue, The Dawson, located in the heart of West Town, is a versatile venue that is perfect for any occasion. With various event spaces to accommodate your event, The Dawson is a gathering place that celebrates the art of food, drink and hospitality. With a chic vibe and welcoming atmosphere, The Dawson’s is the perfect place to host a polished event with a modern-day edge.


Capacity: Patio: 130 (seated), 200 (cocktail reception)

Foundry: 44 (seated), 50 (cocktail reception)

Devil’s Den: 30 (seated), 32 (cocktail reception)

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Little Goat

Located on the second floor of the Little Goat diner, the Little Goat Kitchen and Terrace includes access to a gorgeous outdoor terrace with beautiful views of the city, and a charming indoor dining area with a state of the art chef’s kitchen, designed by Snaidero. The space is reminiscent of a Chicago city apartment with soft tones and large windows that allow natural light to fill the space and is fully equipped with antique flatware, pastel ceramic dishware and rustic wood tables and chairs.  It is a cool city spot, perfect for a wedding rehearsal dinner in Chicago.


Capacity: 40 (seated), 75 (cocktail reception)

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GT Fish & Oyster

Boka Restaurant Group’s GT Fish & Oyster has redefined the traditional Chicago seafood restaurant. Michelin starred chef, Giuseppe Tentori, has developed a menu that is half-traditional and half-modern, creating the perfect entertaining destination. Perfectly complimenting the menu, GT Fish & Oyster’s cocktail menu, created by BRG’s resident mixologist Benjamin Schiller, is made up of fine wines, locally-focused beer and seafood-friendly refreshers. Whether you are hosting a cocktail party or seated dinner, G&T Fish & Oyster’s chic Whale Room is the perfect canvas for an innovative event in a refined, intimate and nautical setting.


Capacity: 30 (seated), 50 (cocktail reception)

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CELESTE, Led by Bonhomme Hospitality, is a refined interpretation of the classic American drinking establishment. Offering three floors of hospitality with serious cocktails and cuisine, CELESTE welcomes fantastic late night dining and private events. Known for one of the most innovative cocktail programs in River North, CELESTE’s cocktails are created with fresh ingredients and small batch spirits pulled from a carefully curated collection of over 350 bottles. Between The Pub’s social atmosphere, The Deco Room’s glamorous and sexy old Chicago feel and the Roof Garden’s English Garden setting, couples are sure to find the perfect backdrop for their rehearsal dinner.

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The Montgomery Club

Located in River North, The Montgomery Club is a luxurious private event venue that brings sophistication to events of all sizes. As one of Gibsons Restaurant Group’s venues, The Montgomery Club takes pride in its personal service, overall experience and phenomenal cuisine. Guests can enjoy custom menus from the award-winning Gibsons Restaurant Group. The staff at The Montgomery Club works with clients to create a one-of-a-kind experience. The Montgomery Club’s enduring settings, classic décor and renowned catering options provide guests with a unique and memorable experience.


Capacity: Superior Room: 300 (seated), 750 (cocktail reception)

Chicago Room: 150 (seated), 250 (cocktail reception)

Outdoor Bar & Patio: 250 (cocktail reception)

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Nellcôte - Event Space for wedding rehearsal dinner
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Inspired by Villa Nellcôte, the French chateau where the Rolling Stones recorded “Exile on Main Street” in the 1970s, Nellcôte is one of Chicago’s premiere restaurants.
Like its namesake chateau, Nellcôte is is both opulent and approachable, a restaurant that is filled with high-energy elegance. The Chicago restaurant offers European-inspired small plates and cocktails in a posh setting with chandeliers and white marble. There’s also a bit of a raw, industrial vibe, making it a perfect place to host a classy Chicago wedding party with a modern-day edge.

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If you are looking for an authentic Italian experience, The Wine Cellar at Chicago’s Balena is the perfect choice for your event. The space reflects Balena’s Tuscan-rustic atmosphere in an intimate setting. Named one of the Thrillist’s “Top 21 Italian Restaurants in America,” Balena’s private dining menus contain a seasonal selection of locally-sourced ingredients in Italian-inspired dishes that will leave your guests raving. Compliment your event with one of Balena’s hand-crafted cocktails, each containing a different Italian bitter, or explore Italy through their vast wine list.

Capacity: 35 (seated), 60 (cocktail reception)

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Cindy's Rooftop at the Chicago Athletic Association

Chicago venues for a wedding rehearsal dinner - Cindy's Rooftop
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Cindy’s rooftop, known as the “jewel in the crown of The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel,” provides the perfect setting for a private event. This uber-chic restaurant and open-air terrace overlooks Lake Michigan, Millennium Park and other iconic Chicago sites. With their seasonal fare and refreshing cocktails, the rooftop is Chicago’s version of a beach house with a view. Cindy’s renowned chefs have worked to create a comforting and casual atmosphere for your dining experience.


Capacity: 30 (seated), 45 (cocktail reception)

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The Lakewood

The Lakewood - Event space for wedding rehearsal dinner
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Chicago’s hottest new event space opened with an over-the-top bash! This one of a kind venue offers a stunning backdrop to any event. The Lakewood, from Paramount Events, is a chic loft-like space that gives party hosts the chance to completely customize their event and make it their own. Here, guests can expect amazing food and stellar service from the Paramount Events team as acclaimed chef Devon Quinn helms the state of the art event kitchen. The Lakewood is the perfect match for your next event.

Capacity: 225 (seated), 500 (cocktail reception)

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Kinzie Chophouse

Kinzie Chophouse, located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, is the perfect combination of chic and cozy! With five private dining areas, this one-of-a-kind restaurant serves up the best in steak, seafood and homemade pasta dishes. We welcome guests to an elegant and warm dining room — complete with excellent service, impeccable food and jazzy background tunes to blend together for a memorable experience. Kinzie Chophouse will bring you old favorites while mixing in new concepts and food trends to make your event perfect!


Capacity: North Dining Room: 36 (seated), 60 (cocktail reception)

West Dining Room: 50 (seated), 60 (cocktail reception)

Main Dining Room: 90 (seated), 125 (cocktail reception)

Kinzie Bar: 40 (seated), 50 (cocktail reception)

Wine Huntress Room: 20 (seated), 25 (cocktail reception)

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