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.


Celeste

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.

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

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

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.

Cuisine: Contemporary America fare prepared by a James Beard Award-winning chef

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

Carnivale

Chicago, Illinois

Ambiance: Vibrant, festive

Fab Features: 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 America.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

The Metropolitan

Chicago, IL

Ambiance: Contemporary, classic

Fab Feature: 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.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Osteria Via Stato

Chicago, IL

Ambiance: Rustic-yet-elegant, welcoming

Fab Features: Arched entryways, tiled floors, and wood-beamed ceilings make this restaurant feel like an Italian trattoria.

Cuisine: Authentic Italian.

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.

Cuisine: Fun small plates and American comfort food made from fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Sepia

Chicago, Illinois

Ambiance: Contemporary private dining venue with a vintage flair

Fab Features: The sleek interior is highlighted by modern fixtures, oversized mirrors, and dramatic colors.

Cuisine: Traditional American dishes with a modern twist using seasonal and local produce

Catering: In-house, Preferred list
Price: $ • $$

Beatnik on the River

Chicago, IL

Ambiance: Exotic, eclectic, and whimsical

Fab Features: Dramatic design details like colorful tile mosaics, chevron painted floors, Indonesian daybeds, Moroccan lanterns, and lush tropical greenery overlooking the South Branch of the Chicago River

Cuisine: Global approach, melding ingredients from around the world

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

Salvatore's Wedding Venue

Chicago, Illinois

Ambiance: Classic, timeless elegance

Fab Features: Mahogany walls, sparkling light fixtures, and a lovely patio that faces a European-style courtyard full of trees.

Cuisine: Authentic Italian

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Chicago Winery

Chicago, IL

Ambiance: Urban winery

Fab Features: Warm, modern space with a fabulous Rooftop terrace

Cuisine: Modern American

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$



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