Top 10 Chicago Rehearsal Dinners
& Bridal Shower Locations
Chicago is a great location for some of the best restaurants to host your wedding rehearsal dinner or bridal shower. Choose from a huge selection of locations offering various cuisine, vibrant atmospheres, and stellar cocktails. Treat your wedding party and family to a one-of-a-kind Chicago rehearsal dinner.
With an event menu including brunch and lunch packages, tapas, toros and paella options as well as all types of beverage services, Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is a fun, original choice to host a rehearsal dinner or bridal shower. Chicago’s first Spanish restaurant serves authentic Spanish cuisine, award-winning sangria and a variety of savory and colorful dishes that will delight your guests.
Private and semi-private rooms are set up with long, rectangular wood tables and the cafe can arrange for table linens in a variety of colors. There is the choice of the Solaria, Granada, Valencia, Atrium, Toledo, Castilla or Sevilla, with spaces that can accommodate groups as small as 10 and up to 300 for more lavish affairs. Cafe Ba Ba Reeba will provide votive candles for the tables and invites you to bring your own floral decor and centerpiece. They also work with professional florists in the area to create elegant and fun floral arrangements. They can provide service via pastry vendors, or you’re welcome to bring your own cake at no additional fee. Cafe Ba Ba Reeba also offers entertainment choices like paella cooking demonstrations, Spanish guitarist, Spanish flamenco dance instruction, palm or tarot card readers or sangria making demonstration. Off-premise catering is also available for your Chicago bridal shower at another location.
Price Range: $$Specialty: Dessert Specialist, Vegetarian, Other CuisineCapacity: 300
Located in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Rockit Bar and Grill serves American-style cuisine with an upscale twist. Boasting recognition from names like Food & Wine Magazine for one of the “20 Best Burgers in US”, Rockit is also known for specialty comfortable stylized atmosphere. Rockit Bar and Grill was designed by Nate Berkus, and is acclaimed as being one of the best party locations in all of Chicago. Expansive lounge space and banquet areas can accommodate groups of 25-300. They will customize a package to meet the individual needs of your rehearsal dinner or bridal shower.
From group catering menus for brunch, lunch, dinner, passed appetizers, buffet-style menus, carvings, crudité, sweets tables, candy bars as well as gluten free and vegan options, Rockit will go out of their way to cater to any private party needs. To make your event truly stand out, Rockit Bar and Grill can assist you with booking entertainment and music, branding efforts, live twitter feeds, specialty lighting and logo projections, floral, design, decor packages and other fun amenities. For a truly unique experience, Rockit Bar and Grill is casual and delicious option for modern the Chicago bride.
Price Range: $$ Specialty: American RegionalCapacity: 300
American Junkie is characterized as an urban sports bar with gastro-chic eats. This 320-seat sprawling complex spans 17,000 square feet in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. There are two levels to host rehearsal dinners or bridal showers of all sizes. Inside, the design elements are modern, clean and sophisticated for a toned down yet urban look and feel. The furniture and decor are custom-made (including denim-upholstered couches) to create a modern, urban vibe. The industrial-chic space features concrete floors, American flag decor and a number of flat-screen TVs.
The second floor has a beamless, retractable roof with a 360 degree bar overlooking Hubbard Street, creating an open-air ambiance. Known as the Attic, this space has a fun and upbeat atmosphere that is perfect for dinner and dancing. A 140,000 mw sound system and descending DJ booth create the set up for quite the party in the heart of Chicago. Chef Kendal Duque has an extensive culinary background and specializes in refined American gastro pub fare with artisanal ingredients. Liquid refreshments include cocktails on tap and a selection of draft brews. American Junkie is the perfect location for couples looking for a unique, refreshing and distinctly Chicago rehearsal dinner or bridal shower.
Price Range: $$$ Specialty: American Regional, Dessert Specialist, VegetarianCapacity: 320
Sunda New Asian brings quality to both food and atmosphere in Chicago’s River North Neighborhood. Award winning restaurant and hotel designer Tony Chi created a chic and stylish ambiance in this huge modern space. The venue seats more than 200 guests in spaces like the Main Dining Room, South Banquet Room, The Banquet Bar, Veranda, Front Lounge or the entire second floor. Sunda’s cuisine has been acclaimed as flavorful dishes that are surprisingly simple and perfect to be shared.
A long list of specialties includes signature Crispy Rice with toppings, Crab-Crusted Ahi Tuna with Japanese hot mustard soy glaze, and Malay-Style Chilean Sea Bass with coriander, lemongrass, miso, chilies and curried cauliflower and crispy pata. Specialty noodle dishes are available, including Gravity Noodles with Blue Crab, as well as a full sushi with an assortment of sushi, sashimi and nigiri. End with an eclectic menu of Asian-inspired desserts to finish off your culinary experience. There is also a long list of champagnes, sparkling wines, white and red wines to complement the cuisine. Sunda New Asian presents a myriad of dining options in a trendy, high-energy setting, sure to delight everyone on your guest list.
Price Range: $$$ Specialty: Asian Fusion, Sushi Bars, JapaneseCapacity: 200
Paris Club Bistro and bar brings classically inspired French fare to a lively, vivacious neighborhood in the heart of River North. Plush leather booths, extravagant chandeliers, rich wood paneling and antique brass adorn an intimate dining room reminiscent of Paris’ most iconic eateries. Drawing from experience in his early career with Chef Alain Ducasse, Chef Partner Doug Psaltis delivers classics like Hand-cut Steak Tartare, French Onion Soup, Chateaubriand and Dover Sole Meunière. Alongside Chef Partner Jean Joho and teamed with restaurateurs RJ and Jerrod Melman, Paris Club Bistro and Bar brings new energy to the French bistro. This talented team puts forth a modern expression of traditional dishes, Duck a l’Orange and Coq au Vin as well as many other classic favorites.
The extensive cocktail selection offers aperitifs and digestifs made with original French ingredients. Paris Club’s cocktail and wine list reflects classics of the Old World, with a modern twist. The Bistro and Bar can cater to many types of events or occasions with awe-inspiring cuisine and an even more amazing experience. There are both private and semi-private spaces including main dining room, the parlor, left bank, right bank or salon prive for a variety of events like rehearsal dinners or bridal showers. Catering options offer a full range of food and beverage packages to accommodate parties of all kinds. Paris Club and Bistro Bar serves as an approachable French bistro creating celebrated classics in downtown Chicago.
Price Range: $$$ Specialty: FrenchCapacity: 175
Located next door to the acclaimed Sepia restaurant, Private Dining by Sepia offers an intimate way to host a Chicago bridal shower or rehearsal dinner. The design team from Gary Lee Partners created an award-winning interior that is warm, inviting, stylish. Deep, neutral tones and Tony Duquette sunburst light fixtures complement etched-antiqued metal walls for a sleek and dramatic setting. The sexy, shadowy backdrop paired with inventive American regional cuisine by Executive Chef Zimmerman, Pastry Chef Cindy Schuman, Wine Director Arthur Hon and Head Bartender Josh Pearson; make for a wholesome and memorable experience.
Rooted in tradition, product-driven menus showcase the best of the season with quality and purity of ingredients. Vegetarian and vegan options can be accommodated as well. Chef Zimmerman and the rest of Sepia’s talented team favor local growers that use sustainable practices and will cater to your individual needs and preferences to create a truly unforgettable event. A portable walnut and pewter clad bar houses wine and libation programs, highlighting artisan winemakers and handcrafted cocktails. Seating up to 60 for a seated meal and 100 for a cocktail reception, Private Dining by Sepia is a suitable choice for an intimate dinner or lively celebration. Private Dining by Sepia has been celebrated among names like Food and Wine Magazine, Michelin Guide, Michelle Obama and James Beard for it’s rustic sensibility and contemporary flair.
Price Range: $$$ Specialty: American RegionalCapacity: 60 seated, 100 cocktail
Longman and Eagle provides a modern take on an old Chicago neighborhood inn, serving regional American fare in an exclusive, intimate environment. Chef Jared Wentworth uses traditional cooking techniques to put forth creative, flavorful and honest dishes at fair and reasonable prices. With over 12 years executive chef experience, Wentworth brings globally inspired cuisine with an emphasis on organic and sustainably raised food products. A farm-to-table menu sources only the finest local ingredients.
There are several catering and private party options in their various spaces and beyond. A member of the Longman and Eagle team will work with you to find the menu and arrangement most suited for your events needs. Chef Wentworth’s passions shines through luxury products at an affordable price point, drawing a large and varied clientele. The sublime yet adventurous menu is constantly evolving according to the locally available and seasonal ingredients. There are six rooms available for overnight stay offering aesthetics, comfort and function within the fabric of a bustling urban enclave. The accommodations are perfect for out of town guests at your rehearsal dinner or bridal shower, hoping to immerse themselves in the vibrant Chicago culture.
Price Range: $$ Specialty: American, Gastro pub, Breakfast, BrunchCapacity: Contact Sarah@longmanandeagle.com for details
8. Revolution Brewery
3340 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
773.588.2267 l revbrew.com
Located in bustling Logan Square, Revolution Brewery is one of Chicago’s most celebrated hometown craft brewpubs. Revolution Brewery has been a real labor of love for owner Josh Deth, who invites you to host your rehearsal dinner or bridal shower in a fun, neighborhood atmosphere. A warm and inviting setting features barrel wood walls and benches (made from 100 year old beams that were salvaged during construction) and two hardwood bars. The award-winning cuisine by Head Chef Charlie Eure features the highest standard of ingredients. The quality of both beer and foods is cultivated long before service and a premier crew knows how to pull it all together.
An event planner will walk you through all of the party packages, featuring the brewery’s hand crafted beers and seasonal cuisine. Providing about 50 new beer styles each year, Revolution Brewery is the perfect location to host a uniquely, fun take on your event. Revolution also has a relationship with a variety of vendors like photographers, flowers, linens, transportation etc. and can help to add the right personal touch to your event. The Brewers’ Lounge and Tap Room have access to built-in screens, projector, TV monitors, wireless Internet and DVD/Blu-Ray players, to accommodate any and all audio-visual needs. Guests can also enjoy a behind the scenes look at how the beers are made with an arranged private tour for your special event. The team at Revolution Brewery takes great pride in provided an innovative way to celebrate with a unique atmosphere and exceptional cuisine.
Price Range: $$ Specialty: American, Gastro pub, BreweryCapacity: 115 seated, 250 cocktail
Located at the gateway to Millennium Park and along Chicago's world-class Michigan Avenue, Park Grill offers award-winning cuisine accompanied by breathtaking cityscape views. The highly acclaimed, Zagat-rated restaurant seats up to 250 in a comfortable and classic setting. Floor to ceiling windows overlook Millennium Park creating an unparalleled atmosphere for a truly remarkable event. Considered a destination dining experience, Park Grill serves contemporary American fare highlighting complex seasonal ingredients and distinctive Chicago flavor.
Park Grill will provide sample menus to assist in your event planning process. Executive Chef Bernie Laskowski and the rest of the skilled culinary team will provide expert recommendations at your request and customize a menu specifically for your guest list. They will also coordinate audio-visual equipment, live entertainment or anything else you may want to make your vision for your event come to life. Park Grill provides live entertainment all year round creating a lively, upbeat atmosphere. During the winter, guests can watch ice skaters while overlooking the Millennium Park ice rink and in the summer, Park Grill opens its doors to the Plaza for Chicago's largest alfresco dining experience. Host your Chicago bridal shower or rehearsal dinner in the ultimate room with a view!
Price Range: $$$ Specialty: New American regionalCapacity: 250
With the belief that you should be the life of your own party, HUB51 offers an experience nothing short of memorable. If you’re looking to host your bridal shower or rehearsal dinner in a non-stop party atmosphere look no further than West Hubbard Street where the menu is as impressive as the environment. HUB51 owners, R.J. and Jerrod Melman, created the restaurant’s menu based on everyone’s favorite foods. Pass around appetizers, share plates around the table, or host a family style brunch. Regardless of how you decide to serve your guests, you can guarantee they will be well fed with the menu ranging from premium grilled fish tacos to chocolate pudding s’more pie.
Not only does HUB51 have an extensive food menu, their drink menu features an impressive range of beer, wine, and cocktails. At HUB51, a restaurant that prides itself on impeccable service, everyone is sure to be pleased. Whether you’re looking for a noteworthy restaurant or an exclusive nightclub, HUB51 encompasses it all. Located on the lower level of HUB51 is SUB51, a bottle service lounge that features a rotation of crowd-pumping DJs and a variety of beverage options. When hosting your bridal shower or rehearsal dinner at HUB51 you can be rest assured all of your guests will be more than satisfied.
Price Range: $$Specialty: American eclecticCapacity: 250, standing
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