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The REC is such an amazing unique venue. We used the Atrium for our ceremony, the second floor for our cocktails, and the showroom for our reception for 250 people. How many other venues have classic cars surrounding the dance floor? The catering was so creative and delicious. The staff worked with us to create everything we wanted.
We had our ceremony and reception at REC. The staff was great throughout the entire process. It is a great option if you are looking for a loft/urban space in the city. They also provide catering services and rentals which was really helpful during the planning process. The cost can run a little high but it is worth the cost and fairly comparable to anything else similar in the city.
For a unique location in Chicago with free parking and you don't have to drive into the loop we chose this location. The price was affordable and the ambiance was very romantic. We had a smaller wedding in the atrium so it was just perfect for an urban wedding without all the stress of the city
One word sums up this place...WOW! First off, Andy and Aly are so professional and extremely talented in what they do. We had our cocktail hour in the 4043 corridor, dinner on the 2nd floor, and dancing on the 3rd floor. We are still hearing from our guests about how awesome all the levels were and that it was the coolest venue they have ever been too. We completely forgot to pick up our cookie cake and Andy drove downtown the day of the wedding to pick it up, it was the most thoughtful thing ever. His staff were extremely hard working and make our wedding night perfect! I recommend this place to EVERYONE! Not to mention the food is delicious! This place is worth every penny!
We loved working with Aly and Andy! They were so helpful, responsive, and professional! They were always helping with ideas and really worked to make the look and feel of our reception just perfect! There is no one we would have rather of worked with and definetley no where we would have rather of had our reception. We used the Atrium, which is just such an amazing space! The two walls of the room are all windows (looked amazing in every picture) along with hardwood floors and exposed brick. We also used the loft for dinner, which has windows lining the room along with exposed brick and an entrance to a beautiful outside deck. The place is just absolutely beautiful and Aly and Andy are 2 people who really know what their doing! Were so happy RBF is a huge part of our wedding day memories!
Both my wedding ceremony and reception were held at the Industrial Ballroom at Ravenswood Billboard Factory (RBF). The Industrial Ballroom is located just down the block from the RBF main space and is a converted Boiler Room. The space is beautiful and very unique, with really high ceilings and exposed brick and duct work. But it is a blank slate and you need to pay attention to flowers and lighting in order to warm it up. Blue Rooster Catering is located on site and although you can bring in your own caterer, they charge a hefty fee to do so. Andy, the head chef and co-owner of RBF, was very generous and allowed us to bring in our own alcohol which made the steeper room rental fee more palatable. Overall I was pleased with the service we received from RBF. I would have given them more stars except that the month before the wedding we decided to add an extra hour to our package and paid an additional fee for the service. During the wedding, our coordinator was told by Andy that the wedding was supposed to be over at midnight instead of one. He completely forgot that we had added and PAID for the additional hour. It was a small annoyance but it was completely unnecessary.