Weddings & Private Events

The Loft on Lake team of professionals can help you through all the details of your event.

If our walls could talk.....they would tell of magical events, a real love fest of weddings! All kinds of weddings in all colors,  shapes and sizes with brides and grooms from near and far. And no matter what type of budget, large or small, they all work beautifully in our space.

Loft on Lake is one of the most lovely event venues in Chicago to host your wedding ceremony and/or reception.
Our interior is a refined Loft space that can be transformed to the exact look and style you are dreaming of. The space is complete with finished wood trim, chandeliers, perimeter lighting and spot lights with all lighting on dimmers. The space can be configured in a multitude of ways offering endless possibilities for table or lounge furniture configurations. To view previous wedding ceremonies and receptions, see our photo gallery below.

Top Chicago caterers and other purveyors associated with Loft on Lake make it easy to facilitate your ceremony and reception. You can utilize your own resources or take full advantage of the fabulous affiliates that work with Loft on Lake.

The Loft on Lake team is always available to help with any and all vendor selections and to provide tips and guidance to help achieve a flawless event.

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Depending on your seating preferences, you can select from table rounds, highboys, cafe tables, lounge furniture, and more.
Our caterers or coordinators will order tables, chairs and linens and handle pick-up and delivery, so you don’t have to worry!

Catering Options

From a seated formal dinner to an informal buffet, our caterers will work with you to arrive at the perfect menu to suit your preference and price point. Food tastings can also be held at the caterer’s location or here at the Loft. Vegetarian, Vegan, Organic, Kosher and Ethnic menus are available. And at our request, Loft on Lake caterers have developed exclusive special offers and streamlined food packages specifically for Loft clients.

Liquor Packages

A wide variety of liquor packages to suit your preferences are available through our trusted preferred caterers, including basic call liquors, top-shelf liquors, wine selections and even your own signature cocktails. You can also purchase your own liquor and have it delivered to Loft on Lake on the day of your event.

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Owner and senior photographer, Steve Garrett, is an accomplished, artistic professional with over 25 years of experience across a broad range of photographic skills. Steve brings his fresh approach and photographic knowledge to his wedding photography. He and his team are available to shoot your wedding at the Loft or any other locations in the city or suburbs.

Lofty Resources

At Loft on Lake you can meet with and interview quality purveyors of Cuisine, Decor, Wedding Cakes, Bridal Gowns, Videographers, DJs and live Bands.
Our trusted vendors can help take all the stress out of finding just the right team or talent to make your event a success. See our Vendors listing below to begin.

Lofty Wedding Recycled

For couples looking to minimize the impact of their wedding on the environment, we offer recycling services for events hosted at Loft on Lake. Bottles and boxes are recycled and plastic can be taken to a recycling center.

Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Rehearsal Dinners
Bridal Showers
Engagement Parties
Post-Nuptial Celebrations
Sangeet Celebrations
Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
Anniversary Parties
Private Events
Social Events
Cocktail Parties
Holiday Parties
Corporate Events
Fundraisers
Benefits/ Actions
Training Programs
Product Launches
Promotional Gatherings
Book Signings
Fashion Shows
Gallery Shows
Photography
Set Locations

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“From the moment I walked in the space, I knew it was perfect. The skylight, brick exposed walls and blank canvas are perfect for the creative bride and groom.”

- Bethany S.
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EVENT SPACE RENTAL

The raw natural beauty of our event space can elevate and add elegance to your wedding day. Please review our guidelines, policies, and floor plans below to get started.

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

Deposit Policy

A signed contract and 50% are due to book the space. The balance is due 4 months after signing the contract or 90 business days prior to the event (whichever is sooner), along with a refundable security deposit or credit card on file. (The security deposit is refunded 10 days after the event, provided there are no damages).

Rental Inclusions

Rental includes our large "Grand Loft" as well as cocktail lounge, transition hallway, bride's room, beautiful kitchen, catering prep area, coat room, restrooms. We include uplighting, WIFI, a 52" flat screen monitor as well as extraneous tables for D.J. etc.

Rental Hours

Weddings are allowed up to 10 hours of rental in the space the day of the event. We are flexible on drop-offs previous to the event. Pick up of decor etc. can be the day after the event or the following Monday morning providing event scheduling permits.

Rental Rates

Rental rates are provided upon request. Please fill out our contact form.

Rehearsals

We allow a one hour rehearsal free of charge any day previous to your wedding (provided the date and time is available).

Loft on Lake Team

Our team is available to help guide you through the event process and can help with your catering and vendor selections. We have seen hundreds of weddings in our space and know what works best! We will always return an email and you are free to stop in as many times as you like previous to your event. Feel free to conduct pre-arranged meetings and walkthroughs.

Typically 1-4 Loft staff members will be in attendance on the day of your event.

Event Scheduling

All events must conclude by 12:00 am. Live music/DJ and bar activities must conclude by 12:00 am (midnight). Clean up begins at 12:00 am, with all the guests and staff out of the building by 1:00 am. Bottom Lounge (across Lake St.) is open until 2:30 am, Kaiser Tiger on Randolph is also a great after-party alternative.

Capacity

We can seat 150 + guests for a formal dinner depending on seating configuration and 200 for cocktail style reception. The amount of furniture in the space affects capacity. Please see floor plans below.
Cocktail Reception: 200 guests
Seated Dinner: 150 - 175 guests

Catering Requirements

Catering & staff are mandatory for all events. We prefer that you select from our pre-approved catering list. These caterers work in our space on a regular basis and know how to do it best. A caterer unfamiliar with the space is generally not likely to deliver as seamless an experience. If you must use a caterer not on our list, we impose an additional fee and they must be approved by Loft on Lake management and carry the appropriate licenses and insurance as well as abide by our house rules for clean up and operation inside our space and out.

Tables, Chairs & Linen Rentals

The core tables and chairs for your event must be rented. These rentals are typically part of catering packages that will be facilitated by your selected caterer.

Coat Check

Coat check can be arranged for an additional charge. Two coat racks with hangers are available free of charge.

Parking

There is free, ample street parking. The 'L' stop for Green and Pink lines at Lake & Ashland, less than 2 blocks West and at Lake & Morgan, less than 8 blocks East. Valet can be arranged for additional charge. Spaces are available for rent. Parking lots in close proximity are available for reservation through Loft on Lake accommodating approximately 40 cars per lot.

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Please contact us for pricing information.

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PREFERRED VENDORS TOP INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

Loft on Lake has relationships with some of Chicago’s best event vendors that deliver premium services and products.
Selecting from our exclusive list of vendors can help you jumpstart your planning process. All of these vendors are tried and true Loft on Lake resources. They are anxious to help customize your big day. Simply inquire about these trusted resources listed below to get started.

AMENITIES

Included Amenities

These items are included for your convenience:

  • 18’ X 24’ Cocktail lounge room
  • (1) 9’ X 11’ bridal room/ dressing room
  • Wet bar area with granite counters
  • 16’ X 14’ Catering prep area just inside rear doors
  • (2) 7.5’ X 7.5’ Handicap accessible spacious rest rooms
  • Street level entrances, front & back
  • 2 ovens, dishwasher, 1 refridgerator, 1 microwave oven and exhaust fan
  • 1 Reserved parking space
  • Air-conditioned
  • Ceiling fans
Accessibility

The entire space is a ground floor (sidewalk/ parking lot level) with a rear, double door large enough to drive a vehicle through.

  • 8’ wide rear doors/ easy access
  • Ground level, wheel chair accessible
  • Front door ramp
Included Draping
  • Draping at Grand Loft entrance doorway
  • Draping at cocktail room entrance
  • Draping at the back of space by restrooms
  • Draping in front of kitchen
Included Furniture
  • White Glo Bar (Portable)
  • Large granite Buffet Island
  • 2 - Square “Highboys”
  • 1 - 8’ Rectangle table
  • 1 - 6’ Rectangle table
  • 1 - 48” Round table
  • 1 - 4' table
  • Black leather lounge section of furniture by Kamfors (3 sections available)
Included Lighting & Electrical
  • Chandeliers in cocktail room and front hall
  • Wall up-lighting with dimmers
  • Track lights with dimmers
  • White lights on beams
  • Blue LED (150 ft.) Skylight
  • 52” flat screen monitor with DVD player
  • 400 amps of power
  • Hi-speed wireless network
These Items are at Additional Rental Rates

$15 per rsvd parking space (6 spaces available)
$150 coat check (4 hours)
$130 Popcorn machine with attendant (with 50 servings of popcorn and bags included)
$200 HD Projector and screen (audio supplied by DJ)

FLOOR PLANS

With 4,500 square feet – Loft on Lake is the perfect footprint for the average-sized wedding or event. The full-sized kitchen area, extra wide rear doors (large enough for vehicles to enter), catering prep area, two handicap accessible restrooms, and ground floor entrance provide easy accessibility for guests, caterers, and vendors.

Sample Floor Plans

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Loft Dimensions
- 4,500 sq ft total area
- 60 ft x 40 ft table area in main room
- 18 ft x 24 ft auxiliary room

Loft Dimensions
150-175 Guests- ceremony, seated dinner
200 Guests- cocktail style reception

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Wedding Floor Plans

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Example: 100 Guests - ceremony, seated dinner

ceremony150

Example: 150 Guests - ceremony

reception130

Example: 130 Guests - reception, sweetheart table & round tables buffet dinner

reception115

Example: 115 Guests - reception, round tables, buffet style seating

reception175

Example: 175 Guests - reception, long table plus cocktail-style seating-buffet

reception160

Example: 160 Guests - reception, plated dinner

reception140

Example: 140 Guests - reception, round tables buffet dinner

reception150

Example: 150 Guests - reception, rectangle tables