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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.
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 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.
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The Royal Sonesta in downtown Chicago is described as a stunning venue with amazing views and exceptional service. Reviewers highly praised the team at the Royal Sonesta for saving their wedding after their original venue closed, and helping them replan their wedding in just four months. The venue's food, waitstaff, and bartenders were also highly applauded, and the event coordinator, Emily, was described as responsive and flexible. The balcony of the venue was also mentioned as a hidden gem with a beautiful backdrop. Overall, the Royal Sonesta is recommended for its views, food, and excellent customer service.
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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.
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