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CHICAGO WEDDING IN MAY

May, 2010 in Chicago

"We had a fantastic wedding. It was worth all the hard work we put into it. I'm not sure how many guests actually used our Wedding Map, but that seems to be par for the course with accommodating your guests. It's a great service, though, and I would use it again."

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Ceremony: Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
Reception: The Tasting Room

Venues

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Ceremony:

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

5850 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, US

"Besides being a stunning venue, this is our church, so it had extra meaning for us. Not cheap but there was no other place we wanted to consider. Very glad we went with our gut on this one. Our guests were impressed and it suited our tastes."

Reception:

The Tasting Room

1415 W Randolph St
Chicago, Illinois, US

"Although this place switched Event Coordinators on us mid-stream (and without announcing it), our reception was GREAT. We loved this place from the first time we saw it. It is elegant but relaxed. Our guests loved it. Food was terrific."

Hotel:

Club Quarters

75 E Wacker Dr
Chicago, Illinois, US

"Via the groom's affiliation with U of C we were able to offer our guests modestly priced rooms at this hotel, which is right downtown. A bargain in our book, though still too pricey for some of our guests (but what can you do). Though they were always willing to work with us, we did get the sense that weddings are not exactly their main focus. Still, worth it in my opinion for the price/location (and again they were always concerned, just not always quick or accurate). This hotel has a beautiful lobby and Club level with conference rooms."

Hotel:

Hotel 71

71 E Wacker Dr
Chicago, Illinois, US

"We received no feedback from guests about this hotel, and I'll assume no news is good news. The staff were pleasant to work with. They offered us great rates for the location, and this hotel is definitely geared towards leisure travelers, which made it more accommodating."

Restaurant:

Bandera Restaurant

535 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL, United States

"Good Spanish food. This restaurant is one of few that overlooks Michigan Avenue from the 2nd floor, and there is often live jazz."

Restaurant:

Boston Blackies

164 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL, United States

"Great burgers and very affordable. A good, local restaurant."

Restaurant:

Corner Bakery

"Good, affordable food for any meal."

Restaurant:

Emerald Loop

216 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

"Good pub grub."

Restaurant:

Emilio's Sol Y Nieve

215 East Ohio Street
Chicago, IL, United States

"Our current favorite spot for tapas. Expand your palatte without breaking the bank by trying some of the small plates offered here."

Restaurant:

Portillo's Hot Dogs Inc

100 West Ontario Street
Chicago, IL, United States

"A standing favorite among local Chicagoans. If you like hot dogs, burgers, and chocolate cake, this is your place!"

Restaurant:

Rock 'n' Roll McDonald's

600 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL, United States

"This is Erika's favorite spot for chocolate sundaes. Formerly the Rock'n'Roll McDonalds, this newer structure is touted to be the revamped model for all new McD's restaurants. This building merits a visit for its architecture and design."

Restaurant:

Weber Grill Restaurant

539 North State Street
Chicago, IL, United States

"Tasty food. Erika vouches for the turkey burger; it's great."

Attraction:

Architecture River Cruise

333 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL, United States

"A tourist must-do! Get on the water and see the city from a new perspective with stories and facts narrated by the Chicago Architecture Foundation."

Attraction:

Buckingham Fountain

"One of Chicago's monumental attractions. A healthy walk from the hotels, and a great way to take in the city."

Attraction:

Chicago Cultural Center

78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL, United States

"A spot frequented by us for art, lectures, and film. This impressive building, the original site of the Chicago Public Library, will dazzle you with its mosaic tile work and detail. Stop by the welcome desk as you enter for a brochure and information. Don't miss the hall of Chicago photos and the newly restored Tiffany Dome. All the exhibits here are completely FREE!!"

Attraction:

Chicago Riverwalk

"Take in the city away from the hustle and bustle of the streets on the Chicago Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is a path along the Chicago River dotted with restaurants, bike rentals, and other amenities (depending on weather)."

Attraction:

Historic Water Tower

806 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL, United States

"The historic water tower is one of the few remaining buildings still standing that survived the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Often features free art exhibits inside."

Attraction:

Lake Front Path

"Forty-plus miles of paved paths run along Chicago's lakefront. Great for walking to take it all in. Or, rent bicycles and go exploring."

Attraction:

Macy's on State

111 North State Street
Chicago, IL, United States

"Where Erika found her wedding dress! One of Chicago's most historic department stores. Originally Marshall Field's, the building still bears its historic Field's nameplates and clocks on the outside. Inside, don't miss the Tiffany ceiling (5th floor). Good food court on the 7th floor."

Attraction:

Millennium Park

201 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL, United States

"A favorite of Erika and Matt's, and their spot for many an outdoor concert. This park is basically a giant green roof (a parking garage and train station are underneath), consisting of a collection of world-class sculpture and architecture--all compacted into a few city blocks. The entire park is free and open to the public."

Attraction:

Navy Pier

600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL, United States

"Loads of family friendly entertainment."

Rehearsal Dinner:

The Original Gino's East

162 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611

"We invited our out-of-town family (which is all of them) to attend our rehearsal dinner as a thanks for making the trip. This place plays up the city, which is what we wanted. It was a casual dinner, so it didn't compete with the upcoming wedding dinner, and our guests loved it. Food and service were good, and the graffiti walls were a hit."

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