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Reception
$999 starting price
Ceremony
$1,999 starting price
Bar service
$50 per person
Reception
$499 starting price
Ceremony
$1,999 starting price
Bar service
$50 per person

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About

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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.

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.

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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?

$1,999

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

$1,999

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
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4.8 out of 5 rating
41 Reviews
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  • Professionalism
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.7 out of 5 rating
95% Recommended by couples

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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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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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Meghan G. Sent on 06/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding

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.
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Peter N. Sent on 09/18/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue

Absolutely stunning views. The perfect venue for any event but especially a wedding. Kay alonge was very responsive and ensure my wife and I were able to have the best night.
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Molly N. Sent on 09/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

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

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Team

Mark Johnson
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Professional Network & Endorsements

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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.

Preferred Vendors

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4.9 out of 5 rating , 353 Reviews
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The Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown frequently asked questions

The 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
The Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake
The bar service starting price at The Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown includes:
  • Champagne Toast
  • Open Bar
The Royal Sonesta Chicago Downtown is recommended by 95% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in average response time, 4.8 in professionalism, 4.8 in value and 4.7 in flexibility.

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