School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a wedding venue in Chicago, Illinois. This classic and historic banquet hall has a beautiful grand staircase, impressive 26-foot ceilings and amazing marble columns that radiate elegance like a scene from The Great Gatsby. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a great space for a variety of events. Your guests are sure to be impressed.
Facilities and Capacity
School of the Art Institute of Chicago can accommodate events with up to 500 guests. The banquet hall features a terrazzo dance floor, professional kitchen, stage, two permanent bars and stunning, baroque opera-style balconies.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has a bridal suite available. They offer event rentals, event planning services, lighting and sound, and catering services for a variety of events.
Recommended by 94% of couples
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Amannda C · Married on 07/19/2019
Just had our reception at the SAIC ballroom 7/13/19 and everything was absolutely perfect. From the beginning of the planning process a year ago, Dana has been super helpful and available with all the questions/modifications we needed. No to mention, SAIC is a gorgeous historic venue with TONS of space. I felt that FFT was more than just a catering company, at our specific venue, Dana and Malik took special care to organize the table arrangements/seating charts/decorations as we wanted. Everything flowed smoothly, from the cocktail hour to seated dinner, everyone was RAVING about the food! We also got late night food which was such a good idea, and delicious! The bar options were awesome too, and they give you tons of options to customize however you want. We even had a personal waiter who made sure my husband and I ate our dinner and served us drinks (which was AMAZING). We were allowed to keep all of our decorations in a secured office room and picked up everything a few days later without an issue. I truly enjoyed everything about our wedding at SAIC and didn’t want it to end! Thank you guys so much!Sent on 07/21/2019
Cheryl · Married on 11/08/2014
We were so fortunate to have found this space; it is truly stunning and we loved that we were able to hold the cocktail hour in the balcony while they flipped the room for dinner. The exclusive caterer for this venue is Food For Thought and we were SO happy with them. They provided more than the "standard" wedding fare and our on-site contact (Lisa) was great to work with. She was very patient with all my questions and provided the detail that every bride needs! The day of the ceremony, she coordinated all the vendors and made sure things ran smoothly. One area where Lisa/FFT went above and beyond was the day of our tasting. We arrived to a personalized countdown clock with a picture of our venue. They described every dish in detail, showed us how it would be plated the day of the wedding and were happy to take our suggestions into account. The also let us try a few specialty cocktails (including champagne with different bitters), which we were able to incorporate into our cocktail hour/dinner. Lisa knew I was really nervous about the wine selection and went out of her way to be sure I found something I was comfortable with. We could not more highly recommend SAIC/FFT!Sent on 09/08/2015
Brooke · Married on 09/23/2017
We were ecstatic when we found the ballroom at SAIC for our wedding reception, it was the perfect setting for our classic Chicago/1920's themed wedding. The venue is located in the loop, which was ideal for out of town guests, allowing them to sight see the previous and following day. Due to our smaller wedding guest count (75), the venue and exclusive catering through Food for Thought, was surprisingly cheaper (and so much more impressive) than almost every other venue in Chicago. Dana was the coordinator for both the venue and catering which made the whole process streamlined when only have to work with 1 person for almost everything. She was amazing throughout the whole planning process with promptly responding to questions and requests. She was very organized and did an amazing job of setting up our decor, making our vision come to life and surprised us with extra little details. The exclusive caterer, Food for Thought did a fantastic job from our tasting to the end of our reception. They were very open to customization of the menu to fit our desire and all of the food was cooked fresh, in-house which tasted great. We received multiple compliments from wedding guests on how attentive and wonderful the waiters/waitresses/bartenders were. They also had a waitress specifically catering to us (the bride and groom) which made sure everything was perfect for us. The only slight downside was the price of the catering, but it is understandable since everything is more expensive in the city. Overall, we were very satisfied and our guests were very impressed!Sent on 01/27/2018
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