Weddings

Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown

Chicago, IL View map Visit website
Rating 4.9 out of 5
   38 reviews
$18k - $24k For 100 Guests
Up to 150 guests

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$18k - $24k For 100 Guests
Up to 150 guests

The Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown is a hotel wedding venue located in Chicago, Illinois. This property is only steps away from some of the city’s top attractions, including the famous Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park. Here, you will find spectacular views of the city skyline and the Chicago River from the Penthouse Ballroom. With refined function rooms and an expert events team, weddings held here are sure to be unforgettable.

Facilities and Capacity

Each of this hotel’s event spaces can be customized to reflect the happy couple’s dreams. The Grand Ballroom spans over 4,300 square feet, providing ample space for extravagant events. It can accommodate 330 guests or be divided into four smaller function rooms that may be used as a ceremony site. Neutral color tones provide an ideal palette for a wide spectrum of wedding themes. On the 39th floor, the Penthouse Ballroom features dramatic views of Chicago’s skyscrapers from its floor-to-ceiling windows. Up to 180 guests can be entertained in this space. Cocktail hour can be held on the adjacent Penthouse Terrace, an open-air space that is both exhilarating and elegant. Couples who book the Penthouse Ballroom for their reception can choose to hold their ceremony there or in the Penthouse Terrace.

Services Offered

Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown has an attentive events team that can help you personalize your event space. The hotel can provide vendor recommendations to reduce the stress that comes with wedding planning. They have three packages available, each including catering, cake, and a champagne toast. Couples can choose between plated or buffet dining service and are welcome to attend a tasting showcase held by the hotel. The most comprehensive plan also includes late-night snacks. There are several bar options available, ranging from standard service to upgraded packages with signature cocktails.

Accommodation

Newlyweds receive an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s suites as part of their wedding package. Loved ones can stay in style and comfort with room blocks available for weddings. There are seven different types of guest rooms and suites, including pet-friendly rooms. During their stay, guests can explore the attractions near the hotel, such as the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, and Millennium and Grant Parks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$999

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$499

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1999

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1999

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$50

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Champagne Toast
Open Bar

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

150

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building
Hotel
Resort
Rooftop
Waterfront

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Get Ready Rooms
Pet Friendly
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Wine
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Dance Floor
Furniture
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
November
December

38 Reviews

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Recommended by 98% of couples
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    Molly N. Married on 09/05/2021
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    THE Perfect Wedding

    The Royal Sonesta saved our wedding. Four months before our wedding, our original venue closed. We looked all over for a different venue with the same date and with a lot of luck, finally found the Royal Sonesta downtown Chicago. It was even better than our original venue. The team at the Royal Sonesta helped us replan our wedding in four months and had it go perfectly day of. The food was amazing, the waitstaff and bartenders were amazing, Emily the coordinator was amazing, everything was perfect. It was the perfect place to get married with the most spectacular views! (Also it is where Bruce Waynes penthouse in the Batman Dark Knight movies were filmed, an excellent conversation piece). I can't thank them enough for saving our wedding and all they did to have it be the day of our dreams. Their staff will make sure your special day is phenomenal!
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    Shereen C. Married on 06/06/2021
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    The perfect backdrop for a Chicago wedding

    What a hidden gem! We only discovered the Sonesta balcony because we were having our family stay there. It turned out to be the PERFECT location, not only because of its convenience, but also because the balcony has a marvelously beautiful backdrop as well as an almost equally-beautiful rain location (i.e., the attached ballroom with huge floor-to-ceiling windows). Though we had the reception elsewhere, we were able to add a champagne toast and have our first dance on the balcony. I'd recommend and afternoon wedding (2-4pm), which also gives a very affordable price. I don't know if there's another location in the city that offers that price-quality ratio for a ceremony. We worked with Erin Ruff, the event coordinator, and she is amazing! Super responsive and very focused on the customer—excellent customer service. She worked with us to make sure we had the layout we wanted. She also helped manage our entire experience at the hotel throughout the weekend, including our family's hotel reservations. Absolutely great experience. Highly recommend.

Awards

  • 38
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner

Real Weddings

  • Marah & Karim
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Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement
O'Dea Entertainment O'Dea Entertainment Wedding DJs

All of our dj's at O'Dea Ent. have played at Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront for years. The view of the Ciity from the 39th fl Pent House is breath taking. Ceremony dinner and dancing on the 39th fl and the Grand Ballroom on the 6th fl are very accessible . The caters are very helpful when working there. We look forward to doing weddings there and highly recommend this venue.

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71 East Wacker Drive Chicago, IL, 60601
312-548-9537
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Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown?

Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake

At Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown includes:
  • Champagne Toast
  • Open Bar

What are the most important characteristics of Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Hotel
  • Resort
  • Rooftop
  • Waterfront

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown for wedding events?

Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown offer?

Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown offer for wedding events?

Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown have available for wedding events?

Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Dance Floor
  • Furniture
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown is recommended by 97% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in flexibility, 4.9 in professionalism and 4.9 in value.

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