Looking for a suitable Chicago/Midwest place to have a really big party. Outside. Unless it's raining.
October 18, 2010 12:46 PM Subscribe
Looking for an indoor/outdoor venue for our wedding/party in the greater Chicago area, that isn't astronomically expensive, and would offer some pretty scenery, and accomodate my ridiculous desire to dress my dog up as a ring bearer.
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We moved to Chicago a couple of months ago, and has a quick-and-dirty courthouse ceremony before moving, with the intention of having a Real Wedding Type Party in 2011 with all of our friends and family. I'm currently running very behind on the planning of this event, because I'm having a much harder time than I thought I would finding a suitable venue. Not being familiar with the area, it's been difficult to find things that are appropriate, so I come to the hive mind seeking assistance. Does anyone have suggestions that might fit these criteria?
What we're looking for:
Must accommodate 75-100 people or so (extremely rough estimate)
Must accommodate one dog, very adorable, 65-lb boxer
Outdoors, preferably involving some trees that may be pretty colors by October
With an adjacent indoor area that can be rented out for events, in case of inclement weather
Within half a day's drive of Chicago
If more than an hour or two away from Chicago, with some sort of overnight accommodations for us and our guests
Will allow us to bring our own caterers/food, not restricted to their vendors, because I'm picky about food
Not astronomically expensive. Now, this is tricky because I don't have a very good idea of what expensive is. We'd like to do the whole shebang for under $10k though, for around 100 people, with great food and really nice invitations, so I'm thinking our venue budget is probably pretty low.
I realize this is probably a tall order. I think my ideal location would be a sort of state park or forest area with a pretty lodge, surrounded by trees, with tent camping or little cabins people could stay in. People can fly into Chicago, come out to the forest for a day or two for our wedding, and rent cars or carpool to the location. Or if there's somewhere within the city, that would be fantastic too. The Chicago Parks District locations seem really expensive and restrictive as far as vendors go.
What we don't want:
More photos of dog and/or husband can be furnished upon request.