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May 23, 2007 01:46 PM

Restaurants for Wedding Reception - W/NW burbs

Hey all,

I'm looking for a restaurant in the West/Northwest (or even Northern) burbs to have a wedding reception for 75-100 people next June. I'm not too familiar with that part of the city, so I seek your advice.

Most of the guests will be adventurous eaters, so any cuisine is fine; the real key is the CHARM of the place and the ability to be in a separate room or floor from the rest of the dining room. The ceremony isn't set in stone yet, either, so suggestions along those lines would be great as well. This also means that a lunch reception is also an option, in case there's a magnificent place that just wouldn't be available for dinner ...

I've looked at Mia Francesca and Galleria Marchetti in the city, but am trying to extend my options to the burbs.

Thanks in advance!!

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  1. Here are two recent topics looking for places for a private party in the northwest suburbs:

    One of those suggestions is the Barn of Barrington. I've been there for parties (as well as for dining in the dining room, at dinner and at brunch) and they do an excellent job. They have a lot of rooms of different sizes.

    1. I don’t know if you would like to go this far north but I had my wedding reception at Va Pensiero in Evanston. (I still live close by)
      Very fun, I am all about the wine but the food is important too.
      They did great on both counts. We were in a separate room. They do have an outside patio but we were married in the winter.
      As a side note we went in for our 1st anniversary and they remembered us, sent out sparkling wine and went over the top to make the night special.

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      1. re: foodbeast

        Va Pensiero's website ( ) describes its various private rooms and gives contact information for their Special Events Director. Click on "A Catered Affair".