It’s shower season in Chicagoland…and I’m not talking about the weather. From brides to babies, there is always someone to celebrate. The only question is WHERE you should throw your shower. Because let’s get real…venues are VERY expensive and you want to get the biggest bang for your buck while treating your friends and family to an elegant event. And since you aren’t the first person in Chicagoland to get married or have a baby, you want to find a venue that can be uniquely personalized to fit your one of a kind moment.
I’ve done a TON of research and leg work on this topic, from sitting through hundreds of showers (heeey, Irish Catholic family!) myself, as well as asking friends, colleagues, and readers about their favorite party venues and this list is filled with top notch shower venues across Chicagoland. You will find delicious food, plentiful drink, helpful restaurant staff (some even have their own event planners), a beautiful space, and above all, businesses that know what they are doing and will bend over backwards to make your event a memorable one—in a good way, I promise!
CITY OF CHICAGO
Café Ba Ba Reeba, Lincoln Park
Zia’s, Edison Park
Chicago Q, Gold Coast
Nonno Pino, Edison Park
Mrs. Murphy and Son’s Irish Bistro, North Center
Don Juan’s, Edison Park
Vanille, Lincoln Park
Bistro Campagne, Lincoln Square
City Winery, River North
Blue Sky Bakery, North Center
Café Touche, Edison Park
Fennel and Iris, Lakeview
Lovely Kitchen and Café, West Town
Floriole, Lincoln Park
Trezeros, Mount Prospect
Ditka’s Trackside, Arlington Heights
Pinecone Cottage, Downers Grove
Jolane’s Café, Glenview
Retro Bistro, Mount Prospect
Drury Lane, Oakbrook
Café La Cave, Des Plaines
And yes, I know they are chain restaurants, but they also do a spectacular job hosting showers: Cooper’s Hawk, Wildfire, Maggianno’s, Francesca’s…
Lastly, if you are only looking for a space and want to bring everything in yourself, check out these trendy and beautiful shower venue options:
The Living Room, Chicago
DL Loft, Chicago
Peck Farm Field, Geneva
Lake Ellyn Boat House, Glen Ellyn
Dry City Brew Works, Wheaton
The shower venues on this list have different capacities and some offer private rooms while other are a shared space with other diners in the restaurant. Be sure to do your research and find the option that works best for you, and keep in mind the following questions before you book your shower venue:
What is included in your party packages?
How many staff members will be helping us during the event?
How much flexibility do you have with the menu? (ie, dietary restrictions)
What are you allowed to bring in? (ie, cake, flowers, decorations, etc.)
What is the space capacity?
What is the cancellation policy?
How early can you set up?
Who takes care of clean up?
What is the parking situation like?