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May 13, 2011 11:00 AM

Small-Medium Wedding Reception-Outdoor Garden?

Hi Board!

I have been searching endlessly for an outdoor garden area with a plated or buffet dinner for 50-70 people. I don't want to go SUPER expensive. Chicago & Western Suburbs is the location choice. As far as food, I'm open to Italian, French, American, ect. A romantic private garden is what I would love. Any suggestions? I emailed Piccolo Sogno today. Any Western Suburb suggestions, it would be easier because we are getting married there. I tried Carlucci's in Downers Grove, but they allow only "access" to the garden with a huge charge.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Much thanks

Piccolo Sogno
464 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60622

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  1. In the city Bistro Campagne is lovely and while your crowd may overwhelm its outdoor spaces you can do an indoor/outdoor thing.

    Bistro Campagne
    4518 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

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    1. re: ferret

      Yes, I LOVED them - it was my first choice. I actually just received a reply from them this morning that it's a 20 person max :( I was SO disappointed. We want the entire event outside (if it rains, we obviously would have to go to plan B with the facility),

      Thank you for your reply, you are on the right track!!!

    2. Have you look at Garfield Park Conservatory? Their rates don't seem terribly expensive and then you can choose from a fairly extensive choice of caterers.

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      1. re: mlipps

        I will check that out, I really wanted a "one stop shop" that will supply the setup, food, plates, ect. - but I'll look it up! Thanks!

      2. Perfect location for a garden reception. They have many garden parties and are not overly expensive. They are located in Willow Springs at 8989 Archer Ave. Great food with a French trained chef. Tell them Ray and Fred sent you.