7 Chicago Restaurants for the Ultimate Wedding Reception

By Emma Sarran Webster | March 27, 2017 | Food & Drink

Updated Nov. 30, 2021

Planning a wedding is no easy task. There are a lot of moving parts, including selecting and coordinating the venue, the food, the music, the decor... but what if you could consolidate some of those things and still have an amazing wedding? You can, by hosting your nuptials (either both the ceremony and the reception, or just the reception) at a restaurant. While most other venues require you to vet and select a caterer, if your wedding is at a restaurant, that part is already built in. Not only does it eliminate one extra vendor to work with, but you can also rest easy knowing the fare will be great—after all, food is a restaurant’s first priority. Here are seven Chicago restaurants that are known for both their quality cuisine and beautiful private event spaces for weddings.

River Roast

River Roast.

With James Beard-award winning chef Tony Mantuano at the helm, as well as executive chef John Hogan, you can expect a wedding meal that’s top quality. Mantuano and Hogan have put together a menu of elevated American fare that wows diners and wedding guests alike. The restaurant has six event spaces and can be booked for both ceremonies and receptions. The largest reception space—an urban-chic room with exposed brick and beams, and a riverside terrace—makes for a dream city wedding setting. 315 N. LaSalle St., 312-822-0100



Quartino isn’t just an Italian food staple in River North—it’s also a cozy, stylish setting for a wedding right in the heart of the city. The upstairs private dining spaces can accommodate up to 120 guests, and the family-style private dining menus are perfect for a warm, romantic, and celebratory evening among family and friends. Your guests are bound to leave happy and full of pasta, Italian wine, and great memories. 626 N. State St., 312-698-5000

North Pond

North Pond.

North Pond is widely rated as a culinary gem in Chicago, with a menu featuring locally sourced ingredients “at the height of their season,” according to the website. And, as if the food wasn’t enough to impress wedding guests, the location is certain to blow them out of the (pond) water. Situated at the edge of a pond in Lincoln Park and looking out at the Chicago skyline, North Pond offers a unique combination of pastoral and urban appeal. 2610 N. Cannon Dr., 773-477-5845

Gibson’s Steakhouse


As far as Chicago restaurants go, Gibson’s is pretty iconic. It’s been in the city for nearly 30 years, and serves up some of the best steak anyone can find. (In fact, it was the first and only in the country to be awarded its own USDA Prime Certification.) Wedding guests get to experience that renowned steak, along with plenty of other amazing dishes, in another cozy and elegant Chicago space that can accommodate up to 300 people for a seated dinner. 1028 N. Rush St., 312-266-8999



Carnivale has been a Chicago staple since 2005, serving up high-energy, high-quality dining experiences in a massive West Loop space. The restaurant offers a menu of delicious, Latin-inspired dishes, which it can serve in the form of a plated meal, family style, buffet, or passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations for weddings—in one of seven event spaces. It’s hard to say whether your guests will be more impressed by the fare or the one-of-a-kind and vibrant setting. 702 W. Fulton St., 312-850-5005

Siena Tavern

Siena Tavern.

Chef Fabio Viviani has certainly made a name for himself here in Chicago, opening four restaurants since 2013, including Italian hotspot, Siena Tavern, with its delicious food and stylish, contemporary atmosphere. The restaurant offers four different private dining spaces, including a rustic cellar that has been used for very intimate wedding ceremonies, as well as for celebratory occasions (think: rehearsal dinners!). 51 W. Kinsize St., 312-595-1322

Little Goat

Little Goat.

Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat elevates diner food to a level that’s impressive and impossible to forget. The West Loop outpost is small, but the restaurant does have the ability to host intimate private events in an upstairs dining space and on the gorgeous rooftop with views of the Willis Tower. If you’re looking to host a small wedding with incredible food, this just might be your spot. 820 W. Randolph St., 312-888-3455

Photography by: photography by Christina G Photography (River Roast); Kailley Lindman (Quartino, Gibson’s); Courtesy of North Pond; Courtesy of Stephanie Izard, Inc. (Little Goat); DineAmic Group (Siena Tavern); Ginda Photography (Carnivale)