Good Eats, Good Ambiance: The Chicago Rehearsal Dinner Scene

Chicago is a diner’s paradise, offering some of the best places to eat in the country. This is great news if you’re planning a rehearsal dinner, because you’ll have plenty of choices. Here’s an enticing selection of the city’s restaurants—some are casual and some are more upscale, but all are happy to host your special event.

Hubbard Inn
  • Location: 110 West Hubbard Street, Chicago IL
  • Ambiance: Warm, Old World
  • Fab Feature:  Sure you’d expect to dine here, but you can also unwind on a couch in front of a fireplace or sample one of the inn’s specialty cocktails beneath rows of gorgeous globe lights at the long, old-fashioned bar.
  • Event Space Highlights: From the cozy, book-lined library on the second floor to the cool lounge on the third floor, this restaurant feels like a European manor house and charms guests with its wood-beamed ceilings, pressed tin “wallpaper”, abundant wood detailing and eclectic artwork. 
  • Cuisine: Menus might feature Roasted Beet Canapés, Short Rib Crostini, Mini Lamb Chops, or a Lobster Club Sandwich.

Hubbard Inn Private Events

Hubbard Inn Private Events

Hubbard Inn Private Events



Barbakoa Tacos & Tequila
  • Location: 1341 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove IL
  • Ambiance: Colorful, whimsical, fun
  • Fab Feature:  The bar boasts a library of more than 100 tequilas—settle into a comfy couch on the enclosed patio and sip some straight, or expertly blended into one of dozens of craft cocktails.
  • Event Space Highlights: Banquet rooms feature an artfully designed, eclectic blend of tropical, African, and retro-inspired décor, with funky light fixtures and bright, dramatic wall coverings.
  • Cuisine: Latin and Caribbean favorites with a European influence. Guests will love digging into a taco bar, with creative choices like Hongos (portobello & shiitake mushrooms), Pastor (slow roasted pork on a spit), Curry Shrimp, or Falafel. Don’t forget the house-made sangria!

Barbakoa Tacos & Tequila

Barbakoa Tacos & Tequila

Barbakoa Tacos & Tequila



Carnivale
  • Location: 702 West Fulton Market, Chicago
  • Ambiance: Vibrant, festive
  • Interesting Tidbit: Carnivale supports the Green City Market, and uses only cage-free eggs, sustainable seafood, and organic vegetables (in the summer they come from its rooftop garden).
  • Event Space Highlights: Eclectic art and unique lighting provide a kaleidoscope of color in three Salons and the Lambada Lounge—all perfect for more intimate dinners. Larger rooms are available, too—even a buyout of the spectacular Main Dining Room.
  • Cuisine: Authentic dishes from Spain, the Caribbean, and South and Central America. Food presentations include plated, family-style, buffet and heavy hors d’oeuvre.

Carnivale

Carnivale

Carnivale



Hotel Monaco Chicago
  • Location: 171 West Randolph Street, Chicago
  • Ambiance: Elegant, sophisticated, warm
  • Interesting Tidbit: This signature Kimpton boutique hotel showcases the the design details and luxurious amenities the brand is known for.
  • Event Space Highlights: The River Room in the hotel’s award-winning South Water Kitchen restaurant features plenty of brick and rich wood detailing as well as a long marble bar. Additional rehearsal dinner room options are available in the hotel.
  • Cuisine: Bold Midwestern with a contemporary twist. Menus, which can be customized, may feature dishes like Smoked Cornish Hen with Cornbread Stuffing; Seared Duck Breast with Green Bamboo Rice and Apple Pomegranate Sauce; or Pumpkin Dumplings with Black Kale, Toasted Pecans and Spiced Butter Rum.

Hotel Monaco Chicago

Hotel Monaco Chicago

Hotel Monaco Chicago



The Metropolitan Club
  • Location: 233 South Wacker Drive, Willis Tower, 67th Floor, Chicago
  • Ambiance: Contemporary, classic
  • Fab Feature: Many of their event rooms offer amazing panoramas of the city and Lake Michigan.
  • Event Space Highlights: Floor-to-ceiling windows provide plenty of natural light along with the views in rooms that are collectively appointed with rich carpeting, dark wood trim, and coffered ceilings.
  • Cuisine: Traditional fare with a modern sensibility. Entrées range from Peppercorn Seared Beef Tenderloin and Pan Roasted Halibut to Angel Hair Pasta Primavera and Amish Breast of Chicken.

The Metropolitan Club

The Metropolitan Club

The Metropolitan Club



Osteria Via Stato
  • Location: 620 North State Street, Chicago
  • Ambiance: Rustic-yet-elegant, welcoming
  • Interesting Tidbit: They partner with local farmers and use all-natural beef, chicken and pork as well as fresh, seasonal produce.
  • Event Space Highlights: Arched entryways, tiled floors and wood-beamed ceilings make this restaurant feel like an Italian trattoria.
  • Cuisine: Authentic Italian. Dinner menus start with antipasti, continue with a pasta dish, and then regale guests with a main course (like Parmesan-Crusted Chicken, Seafood Stew, Slow-Braised Pork Shank or Filet Mignon with a Gorgonzola or Parmesan Crust).

Osteria Via Stato

Osteria Via Stato

Osteria Via Stato



River Roast Private Events
  • Location: 315 North LaSalle Street, Chicago
  • Ambiance: Historic, dramatic
  • Fab Features: Original, exposed brick walls, tall columns and pressed-tin ceilings
  • Event Space Highlights: Sightlines to the river, bridge and glittering skyscape mean there isn’t a bad seat in any of the six indoor or outdoor event spaces.
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American fare, overseen by a James Beard Award-winning chef. A wealth of roasted items includes whole fish and chicken, beef, and rack of pork, not to mention lots of roasted veggies.

River Roast Private Events

River Roast Private Events

River Roast Private Events



Spiaggia Private Events
  • Location: 980 North Michigan Avenue, Third Floor, Chicago
  • Ambiance: Warm, elegant, sexy
  • Fab Feature: Interactive classes, such as olive oil and balsamic tasting, craft cocktail making, and cooking demonstrations can be added to your event.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Private Dining Room is on a separate floor above the Main Dining Room and offers panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile through floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • Cuisine: Creative, award-winning Italian. This 4-star restaurant’s imaginative menu includes entrées like Faraona (Guinea Hen Wrapped in Pancetta with Potato, Heirloom Carrots, Tokyo turnips and Savini Black Truffle) and a dessert of Hudson Valley Foie Gras Mousse with Amarena Cherry.

Spiaggia Private Events

Spiaggia Private Events

Spiaggia Private Events



Bar Toma Restaurant
  • Location: 110 E. Pearson St., Chicago
  • Ambiance: Warm, energetic, friendly and fun
  • Fab Feature: A GELATO BAR! stocked with house-made ice cream
  • Event Space Highlights: Whether you reserve one room or buy out the entire restaurant, the décor is casual and comfortable. You can watch the chefs cook in the Pizza Parlor and enjoy the Michigan Avenue street scene from the window-lined “Garage”.
  • Cuisine: Authentic Italian, including everything from hot and cold antipasti and classic pasta dishes to plated entrées like Faroe Island Salmon and Manzo Tagliata (steak). They also serve pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven and divine desserts (think Tiramisu and Cannoli)! Menus can be customized.

Bar Toma Restaurant

Bar Toma Restaurant

Bar Toma Restaurant



More choices please? Illinois Rehearsal Dinner locations abound!

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