Good Eats, Good Ambiance: Chicago's Best Rehearsal Dinner Locations

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.


Chicago, IL

Ambiance: Sexy, secret garden

Fab Feature: Three stories of charm and character feature beautiful details like marble wraparound bars, exposed brick, and coffered ceilings hung with vintage light fixtures.

Event Space Highlights: The enclosed rooftop is inspired by an English garden, with lushly planted walls, a subway tile bar, and a Victorian-style lounge.

Cuisine: Elevated American cuisine accompanied by innovative cocktails and small-batch spirits.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Hubbard Inn

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.

River Roast Private Events

Chicago, Illinois

Ambiance: Vintage-chic

Fab Features: Choose from six indoor or outdoor event spaces that offer dazzling city or water views.

Event Space Highlights: Landmark building with historic flourishes like the original exposed brick walls, tall columns, a pressed-tin ceiling, and a romantic waterfront veranda.

Cuisine: Contemporary America fare prepared by a James Beard Award-winning chef, paired with artisan wines local beers, and craft cocktails.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$


Chicago, Illinois

Ambiance: Vibrant, festive

Fab Features: 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.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

The Metropolitan

Chicago, IL

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.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Osteria Via Stato

Chicago, IL

Ambiance: Rustic-yet-elegant, welcoming

Fab Features: 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).

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

J. Parker

Chicago, Illinois

Ambiance: Hip, urban hotspot

Fab Feature: The retractable glass roof provides unobstructed views of the city and lake and allows for al fresco celebrations year-round.

Event Space Highlights: Variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces from the rooftop patio to the sleek and cozy Northern Bar.

Cuisine: Menus feature fun small plates and American comfort food made from fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Venue: Odyssey Cruises

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