Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront

71 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront

The Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown is a hotel wedding venue located in Chicago, Illinois. This venue is only steps away from some of the city’s top attractions, including the famous Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park. This venue offers spectacular views of the city skyline and the Chicago River from its 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 venue’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 4 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 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.

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37 Reviews for Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront

Recommended by 98% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 4.9

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  • Shereen

    Shereen C. · Married on 06/06/2021

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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.

    Sent on 07/19/2021
  • Kelcy

    Kelcy H. · Married on 09/21/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Gorgeous Venue, Awesome Staff

    My husband & I held our wedding rehearsal dinner on the 39th floor terrace of the Wyndham Hotel in September 2019 & when we say stunning, we mean it. The venue is absolutely beautiful & Erin Ruff made planning / execution of our event incredibly easy on us! Chef Chris’s delicious apps & dinner menu completed the evening with our friends & family. We’re 15+ year Chicagoans & haven’t met a better city view!

    Sent on 09/25/2019

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Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront Pricing

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Here's what couples with similar selections spent on this venue:

$17,593 - $24,073
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This venue offers the below options which may impact pricing:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Accommodations
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi
  • Family Style
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Outside Cake
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings
  • Buffet
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Dessert
  • Barware
  • China
  • Flatware

Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront FAQ

  • 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
  • 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

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Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement

  • 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 See on map
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Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront frequently asked questions

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

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

Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake

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

The bar service starting price at Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront includes:

  • Champagne Toast
  • Open Bar

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

The space offered by Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront 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 Riverfront for wedding events?

Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

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

Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

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

Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront 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 Riverfront have available for wedding events?

Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Dance Floor
  • Furniture
  • Tables

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

Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront 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.