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.
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.
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.
37 Reviews for Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Meghan G. · Married on 06/05/2021
I highly recommend working with the Royal Sonesta Chicago Riverfront if you are looking to wow your guests with incredible views, delicious food, and an overall wonderful wedding day. Erin was a blessing to have working out all the details and she even helped bustle my dress :) From getting ready in their bridal suite with all my bridesmaids to the last song of the evening every detail was thoughtful and executed seamlessly.Sent on 06/08/2021
Shereen C. · Married on 06/06/2021
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 H. · Married on 09/21/2019
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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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.