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South Shore Cultural Center

South Shore Cultural Center

Chicago, IL
4.2 out of 5 rating, 10 Reviews
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10 Reviews

Rated
4.2
out of 5.0
Recommended by 84% of couples
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    Andrea Married on 06/18/2010
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    The staff was professional and very helpful. They enured that our needs were met. This location is an exceptional beautiful venue and a grest place for a wedding and reception. I highly recommend this venue.
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    Heather Married on 07/05/2008
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    We did our reception at the the South Shore Cultural Center, which is owned by the park district. South Shore is a beautiful place to have a reception. We did appetizers and dancing in the Solarium and dinner in the ballroom. The rental fee includes the tables and chairs you need, parking is free, and their staff is really great. We got a ton of compliments on the unique venue and on the view of the lake.
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    Quisha Married on 06/01/2019
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    Wonderful.

    I have always knew I wanted to have my wedding at the South Shore Cultural center. It's so beautiful inside. It's was so big and spacious for all my guest to sit or walk around. All my guest enjoyed the view of the lakefront.
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    Adam Married on 09/12/2015
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    Beautiful wedding location. Janeen is excellent to work with!
  • User2685573 2+ years ago
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    Perfect venue for a large crowd. Getting logistics confirmed can be very, very difficult. If you are willing to make phone calls until someone helps you, this is the right place for you! Joshua was very helpful during planning, although he was not available during our event as he told us he would be. Space is absolutely beautiful - worth checking out for a large wedding!
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    Carla Married on 07/22/2017
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    We had our ceremony in the Solarium and our reception in the Dining Room. Our cocktail hour was set up in the foyer and we had a photo booth set up in the lobby. We also got ready upstairs in the Music Library and the Oak Room. The space is incredibly beautiful - our guests couldn't stop talking about how lovely the architecture is and how wonderful it was to be right on the lake. It was sometimes a little challenging to get in touch with the staff leading up to the wedding, but they were all very nice and competent people to work with and they made our wedding day spectacular. Because this location is part of the Chicago Parks District, you need a permit and the process of obtaining one is a bit bureaucratic. They have a very limited number of catering options and there's an additional tax on the catering cost that goes to the venue. At the same time, the fact that the venue already had tables and chairs was extremely convenient. The venue staff set up the ceremony and reception exactly as we asked, and everything went incredibly smoothly on the day of our wedding. The green space between the venue and the lake is public - it was really cool to see community members enjoying a lovely summer Saturday during our wedding, and we also appreciated that the staff asked people to temporarily move out of the area directly behind our ceremony for our photos. The venue is located across the street from the South Shore Metra stop (Metra Electric line), so many of our guests were able to take the train from downtown to the wedding. We would definitely recommend getting married here.
  • User2312062 2+ years ago
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    Had our wedding at the South Shore Cultural Center. Elisa responsive to emails and was overall fairly easy to work with. Though I never met her in person, she was very business like via email. The venue is absolutely great, Oren and his staff set up the place wonderfully. A couple of things to consider: parking is not included in the venue price which can add another 1000-2000 dollars or more when rented out. Also, there are many people hanging out in the park behind the cultural center, having cookouts and playing music with speakers, sometimes quite loudly. We actually couldn't hear outside music during our ceremony, and it wasn't really a disruption at all during the reception either, but as we were getting ready, it was quite loud. The Chicago Park District should not allow amplified speakers like that in public parks. A couple of the groomsmen went out to the guys playing the music and asked them to tone it down, which they did for a short period of time (during the ceremony).
  • User2574375 2+ years ago
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    We had some difficulty with SheShe, the initial event coordinator we worked with during our planning. I don't believe she works at this CPD site anymore (I think she's at Promontory Point now). Once we moved to another coordinator, the process went much smoother. However, we still had some trouble communicating with her about touch-ups to the room and for updates as to our payment. Ultimately, the site is beautiful and full of great memories for us for the rest of our lives, but the administrative side was more difficult than it should have been.
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    Amy Married on 06/04/2016
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    The center is beautiful; however, with it being a Chicago Parks District venue, you are limited to a short list of caterers. We were able to work with Corky's Catering, who was extremely helpful in accommodating our needs. We had some miscommunication with those on site, but Elisa was able to square things away; I'd recommend you try to keep your communication to with her, as she's the most knowledgeable and helpful. She was especially helpful when we had catering issues and had to choose another caterer--Corky's was her recommendation, and I'm extremely grateful for that!!
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    Alexandra Married on 08/19/2017
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    We had both our ceremony and reception at the South Shore Cultural Center this past August and we highly recommend this venue. The building is beautiful and spacious, and is perfect for a wedding. Both the inside rooms and the outside spaces of this venue were great; we used the Solarium and the Dining Room for our event, and held the cocktail hour partly on the patio. There is even a beach area in the back which was great for pictures.

    While we loved having our wedding here and still recommend this venue there were a few issues we had. Since this is located in a public park, the park was still open during our event. We were repeatedly told, and even confirmed this on the week of, that no park visitors would be able to set up or walk behind the area that our ceremony overlooked – this was not the case. During our ceremony there were people walking behind us, visible to us and our guests. Additionally, we were not too satisfied with the communication with the South Shore staff. At times it was difficult to get a response to our questions and hard to get in touch with anyone at the office. Other than these things, our event went very smoothly and are so happy we had our wedding here!