Big Star Chicago is a full-service wedding caterer located in Chicago, Illinois. Chef Paul Kahan provides his Mexican street food spreads in the form of taco bar buffets, appetizers, desserts, and drinks. Big Star Chicago is perfect for any event, no matter the size, and is sure to make your day fun and memorable.
Big Star Chicago offers their Mexican street food through a variety of catering services, including buffets, cake cutting, cocktail receptions, dessert, family-style dinners, hors d'oeuvres, lunch, outside cake, and stations. Additionally, they are able to accommodate gluten-free, lactose-free, no pork, nut free, vegan, and vegetarian diets.
With a liquor license, staffing and open bar services are available as well as catering, with servers and bartenders serving house and specialty beer, house and specialty wine, champagne toasts, house and premium liquor, and signature drinks. Big Star Chicago is able to provide barware, china, flatware, glassware, linens, chairs, and tables, as well as food trucks for any event. Wedding services offered include the following:
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1 Reviews for Big Star Chicago
Recommended by 88% of couples
Ashley · Married on 07/12/2019
Big Star Wrigley for your Wedding Welcome Party!
We had our wedding Welcome Party here on Friday, July 11, 2019. First things first, Big Star was AMAZING - from start to finish. You never would have known they had people transition in and out as we planned our Welcome Party - which started last November - ish.Sent on 08/07/2019
Big Star does NOT reflect the ugly grind of the wedding industry, at all - we found this was sometimes difficult to avoid in the wedding planning world in Chicago. We were determined to return to the scene of where we met, Wrigley, and Big Star checked all the boxes. To preface our search, we did reach out near and far in the Chicago area to simply get an idea of prices. Big Star was the FAIREST, most budget friendly option for a Welcome Party that was for 55-ish people. Every other restaurant, bar, and/or venue that returned back with quotes were INSANELY expensive, and/or had sky high minimums we would have to meet - aka a second wedding.
Big Star offered different options through both alcohol and food packages - all delicious. This helped us to find the perfect plan, to stay well within our budget. There were also a variety of options in terms of where we would have the Welcome Party - we settled on the Cantina on the second floor, which turned out perfect.
Jenn is who we worked with during the final home stretch, and she was a rock star. She truly went above and beyond with the final touches - we dropped off flowers and a banner early - both were hung and put out for us, and she was in constant communication to ensure everything was planned, set up and went smoothly on the day of our Welcome Party.
The weather was perfect - we were able to open up the ceiling to floor windows, overlooking Wrigley, sun light was pouring in, and they were gracious enough to allow us to arrive thirty minutes early to run our wedding rehearsal - another bonus.
Most importantly, the space itself was beautiful. They put out our flowers, hung the banner we brought, tables had chips and salsa (thanks Jen!), and they even had a chalkboard with a custom welcome on it (they asked ahead of time what we wanted on it). Guests were greeted with margaritas, and apps were shortly put out, followed by dinner.
The set-up was flawless, the flow of traffic was perfect, and they supplied a mic for the toasts. Guests RAVED about the food and drinks.
Only constructive notes would be that they didn't put out the Big Star salad initially (one of our included sides), which was important as we had vegetarian guests. They put it out after I flagged Lauren down - she wasn't super friendly about it, but probably busy/flustered with the crowd. Also, after toasts, I realized I hadn't really eaten (who does when you are the "host/hostess?", so we went over to the buffet quickly to make a final plate - we were out of plates, again, Lauren seemed annoyed by the request, but made it happen. Last, they pretty much ushered us out as we approached the end of our event - they stopped serving guests, which was in our contract and fine, but there was no one upstairs - I get it, they wanted to clean up, but to compare, our post wedding brunch was at a similar venue, they didn't rush us out AT ALL - there wasn't an ending time - they simply cut off food/drinks - our bridal shower was the same - guests were never rushed out, the cut time cut off food and drinks. Regardless, guests left, and many of us stayed downstairs, paying for plenty of drinks - bonus for Big Star.
Would we recommend Big Star? Absolutely. Were they the best choice for our Welcome Party? Yes! The most budget friendly? Yes? An authentic, charming choice, reflecting Chicago? Absolutely! Thank you Jenn, thank you Big Star for hosting a fun, delicious, affordable, charming Welcome Party.