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Best Places To Host A Wedding Reception In Chicago

The wedding reception is the perfect ending to your wedding day. It's not just a night for you and your brand new spouse, it's also for family, friends and even very supportive co-workers. An unforgettable reception must be in a location that reflects the style of the new couple. Make your very special day one that is absolutely unforgettable to you and your new spouse, and one that is remembered for years by your guests. The Chicago area has many fabulous places to hold a wedding reception, these are just a few.

The Drake
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Drake Hotel
140 E. Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-2200

Discerning brides to be (and their mothers) plan their receptions at opulent locations with a variety of rooms with different themes. The Drake Hotel is such a location, with a prime Chicago location right in the Gold Coast. It has different rooms with a variety of options, such as its Gold Coast Ballroom or its Gold Coast Crystal Allure. Even the most judicious socialites will be smiling over the beauty of the décor and the excellent meal and service at a reception at the Drake Hotel.

River East Art Center
435 E. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 321-1001

Chic brides and grooms go for a beautiful event space with an edgy twist. If you want to feel artistic and elegant, try a location like the River East Art Center on Illinois Street. High ceilings and a variety of lighting make for the backdrop to wonderful memories and gorgeous pictures. River East Art Center shows off Chicago architecture well with its high mirrors and is great for couples with a taste for the dramatic views and decoration.

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Indian Lakes
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Indian Lakes Resort
250 W. Schick Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
(630) 529-0200

If your dream is to give your guests a slice of classic living for a day, you may wish to have a wedding reception at a resort. If you want to make your reception as romantic as your wedding, host your event at Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale. It offers the ultimate white glove service for its guests in a variety of spaces that the couple and bridal party will love. Indian Lakes Resort will leave your guests feeling as special as you do.

Catalyst Ranch
656 Randolph, Suite 3W
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 207-1710

Ready to break away from a traditional wedding reception? Try a fresh approach to your special day with a reception at Catalyst Ranch. Its funky décor is a huge change from the silk and satin approach to other weddings. The pre-decorated rooms and excellent caterers will make sure your wedding reception goes off without a hitch. Make your reception one to remember at Catalyst Ranch.

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 443-3600

If you travel down Michigan Avenue in the summer and you see bridal parties holding hands and laughing their way down the street, you may think "where are they having the reception?" Possibly at a place nearby, like the Art Institute of Chicago that not only has an exquisite setting for weddings, but also amazing reception spaces.

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Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at

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