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Jan 3, 2011 12:17 PM

Looking for BYOB restaurant for rehearsal dinner in Chicago

I'm looking for an affordable BYOB restaurant in Chicago for our rehearsal dinner next July. We would prefer something in the Loop, West Loop, or River North, but will consider anywhere in the city. It doesn't have to be a fancy place, but good food is a must. We're hoping to spend no more than $40 per person for a family-style or plated dinner. BYOB is a must. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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  1. How big is the wedding party? You want to byob for the whole party?

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    1. re: HoosierFoodie

      The wedding party is 12 people including the bride and groom. But with family and all we expect to have about 30 people at the rehearsal dinner. So we need to find a place that can accommodate this sized group and will allow us to BYOB. Thanks in advance for your help!

      1. re: clreynol

        I don't know of any that will allow you to BYOB entirely for a group that size.....sorry maybe someone else here can help.....

    2. Obviously with a party this large calling first is critical. A few thoughts take what helps and leave the rest. First if you can agree to just serve beer and wine you ,might pull this off on budget at a restaurant more easily - with that out of the way, I doubt you'll find BYOB in the neighborhoods you mentioned for a group this size (so a lot of my ideas will be significantly North of there)
      1. Sushi or Thai restaurants are often BYOB and if they can give you a semi-private room might work well if that is a style fo food you and your guests will enjoy (think Butterfly on Grand or Thai Classic on Clark Street - I could probably list a dozen of these)
      2. Terragusto on Addison - you'd need the whole place but might be able to work something out with the owners - great food
      3. Machu Pichu is Peruvian and while it looks like a dive the interior decor is decent and the food is quite good and I'd bet they'd be very happy to have your party and are definitely BYOB (~3900 N Ashland), parking during Cubs games might be an issue
      4. Maybe one of the Hearty Boy's Spots?

      1851 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613

      Thai Classic Restaurant
      3332 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

      1. Lao Sze Chuan in Chinatown. Fun, affordable, BYO is fine with Tony (owner), and they have lots of space for big group on second floor. A short cab or el ride from Loop.

        Lao Sze Chuan
        2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

        1. What date are you lookng to hold you rehearsal dinner?

          1. We've had gatherings of that size (on a non-weekend night) at Amelia's, one of the better mid-range Mexican restaurants in the city and a BYOB. Given enough notice, I'm sure they could do a family-style dinner for under $40. It's a little out of the way at 46th & Halsted but if most of you are driving there's plenty on-street parking nearby. Here's more:


            Sweets and Savories is also BYOB and since it has a $30 or so prix fixe, they probably could accommodate your budget, altho it's small, and I don't know how they would feel about closing down the place for one night.