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Chicago Kosher Rehearsal Dinner

Thissteaks4you Dec 22, 2007 09:43 AM

So, I'm looking for a venue for a kosher rehearsal dinner in the Chicago area -- with a strong preference for downtown.

I know there are virtually no kosher restaurants in the immediate area and am aware of the Spertus Museum. Any other venue/catering suggestions, though, would be most welcome, from the quirky (is there a vegetarian Indian restaurant certified as kosher?) to the more standard (a good hall with good kosher options).

The key would be to keep costs relatively reasonable for 150-200 people, and to make it have as few moving parts as possible (i.e. it would be best if the venue has a relationship with a caterer, rather than having to assemble the whole party from scratch, but we're open to that if it would make the difference). Again, strong preference for downtown. No strong preference as to who certifies.

I've also posted this on the Chicago board.

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  1. weinstein5 RE: Thissteaks4you Dec 22, 2007 12:52 PM

    The only other restaurant option downtown is the new MetroKlub - they might be able to do a dinner since they are only open for lunch. The only other options for downtown is a hotel that provides kosher venues - some have their own kitchens others have pre-existing relationships with kosher caterers - here is the list off of the CRC web site - http://www.crcweb.org/community/chica.... I do not know if you saw this but this a previous thread on this board - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/438710

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      Thissteaks4you RE: weinstein5 Dec 22, 2007 08:31 PM

      Thanks! That's super helpful. At this point, we're entertaining all manner of ideas, so if any others come to mind, don't be shy.

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        weinstein5 RE: Thissteaks4you Dec 23, 2007 10:26 AM

        You can also check out JUF;s site for additional caterers and venues -


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      mailsf RE: Thissteaks4you Jan 5, 2008 07:51 PM

      As I mentioned on the Chicago board, Hyatt Regency (on the Chicago River) and the Hilton on S. Michigan Ave. frequently cater kosher meals for the Jewish org. I work for. Nice affairs. They're already setup in-house to deal with things in their meeting/ballrooms.

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        Thissteaks4you RE: mailsf Jan 8, 2008 11:54 AM

        Thanks for the wonderful helpful advice. Now, we have a bunch of leads to chase down! (though since nothing is set, if more come to mind, please post, if for nothing else, then for posterity)

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          KosherKing RE: Thissteaks4you Jan 9, 2008 12:36 PM

          Isn't a rehearsal dinner kind of a goyishe concept?

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            craigcep RE: KosherKing Jan 9, 2008 02:54 PM

            While I'm sure the poster cares very much for your concern, s/he asked about a kosher restaurant, not whether Jews have rehearsal dinners. For all you know, s/he could be a Seventh Day Adventist who keeps kosher. Nonetheless, that really isn't relevant to a food board focused on kosher food, rather than a board focused on Jewish wedding practices.

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        jk7295 RE: Thissteaks4you Mar 21, 2008 11:08 AM

        Taboun in Rogers Park is a great Middle Eastern Restaurant, that happens also to be Glatt Kosher, and does great takeout and I believe can deliver.

        Hy Life Bistro (Fleishig) and Slice of Life (Dairy) have a nice pretty room for parties at their Skokie restaurant. I recommend Hy Life Bistro!

        Danzigers Kosher Catering can also delive and are the best Kosher Caterer in town.

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