Uptown Social

907 Franklin St, Michigan City, IN 46360 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Uptown Social

Fully renovated in Summer of 2020, Uptown Social is an historical wedding venue located in Michigan City, Indiana. Whether you are looking for a casual but elegant venue or something more stylish and sophisticated, the venue can bring any dream event to life. Located in the heart of the Uptown Arts District, Uptown Social is situated right along the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. At this venue, vintage really does meet modern elegance, which makes this versatile event space the ideal spot for your next elegant affair.

Facilities and Capacity
Uptown Social offers a stunning, two-story ballroom with a 40-foot dome ceiling. The restored ballroom dates back to 1867. Against the back wall is an opulent pipe organ. This backdrop ensures breathtaking photos and views during your ceremony and/or reception.

We offer an experience that merges the past and the present through modern comfort and historical luxury. Gather, socialize and customize your experience by visiting our lounge, full renovated event space, covered patio and iconic courtyard. Visit the libations lounge and enjoy a signature cocktail handcrafted and poured to perfection by one of our premier mixologists, reserve space in our fully transformed venue for any special occasion!

Due to COVID restrictions placed on us by the State of Indiana, we can only host weddings of up to 150 guests at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Services Offered
The team of on-site venue coordinators and experienced culinary staff can help take the stress out of wedding planning and make your dream day a lifelong memory. The Uptown Center is available to host a variety of your wedding-related events, including your bridal shower, engagement party, ceremony and reception. The Uptown Center offers the following services:

  • Bridal suites/Groom's Suite
  • In-house bar
  • State-of the-art light and sound system
  • Setup including tables, chairs and linens
  • Cleanup
  • Event rentals
  • Outside vendors

History
Originally built in 1867, this unique venue was once home to a church and then a historic theatre. More than a century later, its architecture has been meticulously restored to the beauty that it once possessed.

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7 Reviews for Uptown Social

Recommended by 96% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.7
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.7

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    Shannon · Married on 12/31/2017

    5.0
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    My wedding day was an absolute dream and it was all because of The Uptown Center! Joy and her entire team were absolutely amazing! They were organized, detail-oriented, creative, helpful, responsive, and kind during the entire wedding planning process and on our wedding day. Her entire team made sure my wedding day and all the days leading up to it were absolutely perfect from start to finish. I live in Texas and Joy made the wedding planning process so easy and organized for me even though I was thousands of miles away! During the initial walk through of the venue I just knew that this was my dream-wedding venue. The venue is just so unique! It has such breathtaking historic charm that made me fall in love with it immediately. There is truly no other wedding venue like it in the area! Not only does it have a gorgeous ballroom, but also it has three beautiful bridal suites and a very large bar and cocktail lounge. There are also many beautiful backdrops for pictures inside and outside of the venue. My entire bridal party and all of my guests had nothing but wonderful things to say about the venue! The food and catering staff were also wonderful! We had so many different options to choose from for our wedding day menu and the food turned out delicious. This venue is a triple threat and has everything a bride could ever want– helpful and detail-oriented staff, wonderful food, and a uniquely beautiful ballroom. I cannot thank The Uptown Center enough for giving my husband and I our dream New Year's Eve wedding! We will definitely be recommending this venue to anyone planning their future wedding!! It is absolutely the best place to get married!

    Sent on 01/16/2018

    Uptown Social's reply:

    Wow, Shannon! It was such an honor to be a part of your special day! I am so glad fate brought us together for the most amazing NYE wedding and the start of you and Will's new life together!! You two are the cutest and have the sweetest family! Come visit us for some fun anniversary photos! xoxo Joy, Jay, Salena & The Uptown Center Staff
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    Amanda · Married on 07/07/2017

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    Where do I even start with this!? We had our wedding ceremony and reception with the Uptown Center in July and it far exceeded every expectation we could have ever had! When I first toured the venue I was with my mom and sister, as soon as we walked in we just knew it was "the one". It's absolutely beautiful and is completely different than any other venue in the area. Joy and Salena were beyond accommodating, from the venue tours to the day of, they were there to help us with whatever we needed. We had so many of our guests telling us that the food was some of the best food that they had ever had at a wedding, which was something that was so important to us, and that the bar had a large variety of choices. They also told us how beautiful and unique the venue was and how they had never seen anything like it! I seriously can not thank you all enough for making our wedding day the most amazing day of our lives thus far! I feel like I could go on and on about how amazing everything was, but we could seriously be here all day. Having our wedding here was one of the best wedding related decisions that we made!

    Sent on 07/18/2017

    Uptown Social's reply:

    Wow! Amanda, we are so, so thrilled that you absolutely loved your Uptown wedding! It truly was a night to remember, from hail in the morning, your personalized ceremony, to all the sweet treats and surprises for your guests! It was our honor to host it and was a pleasure to work with you and your sweet family!

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Uptown Social 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?
    $ 1500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 1500
  • 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?
    $ 2500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 2500
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Lighting/Sound
    Linens
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Server(s)
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 30
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Wine
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    100
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    1
  • Describe your venue:
    Ballroom
    Banquet Hall
    Historic Building
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
  • What event services do you offer?
    Bar Services
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Lighting / Sound
    Outside Vendors
    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?
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    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Audio Equipment
    Chairs
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    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

2 Wedding Deals & Discounts

  • Uptown Social 1
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    10% discount for WeddingWire couples
    If you found us on WeddingWire we will give you a 10% discount on our services. Remember to show us your voucher when you come see us.
  • Uptown Social 2
    Fall 2020

    Book before the first day of Winter and receive up to $700 OFF the venue rental fee!

1 Event

  • Nov Fri

    Felix & Fingers Dueling Pianos

    Request Information
    • When:
      Nov 06, 2020 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Location:
      907 Franklin St, Michigan City, Chicago Suburbs

    Description of Event: Felix and Fingers is a dueling pianos company that thrives on audience participation. This high energy all request show will grab your attention, meanwhile the comedy and interactive elements are designed to keep you engaged and entertained. We are selling tables to ensure a socially distanced event!

    Ticket Includes: We are selling whole tables to ensure social distancing. Ticket price includes access to the dueling pianos show (7PM-10PM). Cocktail hour begins at 6PM and includes (1) complimentary signature cocktail, exclusive drink specials and access to our lounge and iconic courtyard. Relax, indulge and experience a show unlike any other! A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Dunebrook Child Advocacy Center!

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/felix-fingers-dueling-pianos-tickets-120233765429

Team of Uptown Social

Jeremy Rossi

Jeremy Rossi

Chief Operating Officer/Event Coordinator

As the Chief Operating Officer of Uptown Social, Jeremy wears many hats to ensure the proper execution of daily operational procedures. No job is too big or too small!

Some of his key responsibilities include creating and implementing SOP’s, improving organizational functions, and creating/maintaining a team culture that values, recognizes and generates high performance, supports innovation and fosters growth.

Seeking to become a premier social spot in Michigan City, Uptown Social upholds a standard of excellence that cannot be superseded. Part of Jeremy’s job is to ensure that team members uphold that same standard of excellence in the workplace and in their daily lives, as they are the brand ambassadors of the organization.

As a Ball State University alumnus, his primary goal in life has been to use his knowledge and experience to help create a brand that aligns with his personal values and professional goals.

Jeremy often states that he has, indeed, “found that in Uptown Social. Over the years, he has mastered the art of event planning and takes great pride in making someone’s vision come to life.

Now, he is a key component in transforming an historic landmark into a space for gathering, socializing, and experiencing live music, signature small plates and upscale libations while maintaining its historic value and charm.

Jeremy leads the forefront in his passion of “bringing visions to life." He will do everything within his power to help you achieve yours.

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Judy Gehrels

Judy Gehrels

General Manager

As the General Manager of Uptown Social, Judy brings 20 years of event creation, production and management, coupled with many years of administrative team leadership, Judy’s warm and friendly demeanor is matched by her attention to detail and her commitment to serve our community, guests, employees and authentic local artists.

Hired in 2019 as the (former) Uptown Center’s Venue/General Manager, Judy has shown, that whether it be managing weddings and other numerous events, or devoting her day to office management, time and team building, or her effort at community relationship building, she has proven to be a critical thinking problem solver and avid multitasker.

One of the greatest compliments a venue manager can receive is a glowing review from a valued client, “Jeremy and Judy made sure our day was exactly what we wanted from the very first meeting through the end of the reception. Their ability to help us envision the day, keep details in order, attend to the needs of our venders, and keep us at the forefront and focus was outstanding." (J. and B. Love 1/18/20)

Judy is looking forward to assist in building a new social future while honoring the historic, artistic surroundings that

Uptown Social is planted within – it’s 1867 building housed within Michigan City’s incredible Uptown Arts District!

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    Wow, Thanks for the kind words ladies. It is Always a pleasure to visit The Uptown Center and be a small part of the Amazing Event for the evening. Looking forward to seeing you all in the near future. Sweet Blessings, Stephanie

  • New Beginnings Wedding Ceremonies Wedding Officiants

    This venue is absolutely amazing. I have had the pleasure of performing several weddings here and the staff are very professional and extremely easy to work with. I can not believe how quickly they can transform the venue from wedding to reception. It is my pleasure to highly recommend The Uptown Center to everyone looking for something that is truly unique.

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