I've been looking for a reception venue for my Fall 2015 wedding for a few months now. So far my frontrunners are Floating World Gallery ($3500) and Architectural Artifacts ($4000). Can anyone recommend any other unique spaces for capacity of 150? I'd prefer something with natural light (aka not a typical hotel banquet room). I've checked out all of the West Loop lofts (Loft on Lake, City View Loft, Room 1520, etc) and they are all a bit over budget ($5500 on average), plus the location is just meh.
I'd like to keep the reception cost under $15,000 (150 capacity), which is starting to seem impossible if I want a plated dinner. This budget would need to include DJ, furniture rental, food & drink, etc. So I'm starting to look at the possibility of having a more casual event. Has anyone been to a cocktail-party style wedding reception? Did you like it? Where in Chicago could this be??
any advice is very much appreciated!