Recc's for venue NEAR, but not in Chicago

I live in CT and will be getting married in IL.  Money is relatively tight, and I am thinking prices will be more reasonable outside the city.  I want to be close to the city tho, so my guests can make a long weekend of it and hop the el to enjoy the city...

Suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Re: Recc's for venue NEAR, but not in Chicago

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    edited December 2011
    The Intercontinental near Ohare is really nice
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    edited December 2011
    White Pines in Bensenville is great! Its near O'Hare and an easy commute into the city.  Price wise they are very reasonable, and you really get alot for your money!
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    aimers1525aimers1525 member
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    edited December 2011
    My FI and I looked at all venues (hotels) outside of the city in Rosemont/O'Hare, Oak Brook, Lombard, and Schaumburg areas.  Just let me know if you have questions.
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    pajarito81pajarito81 member
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    edited December 2011
    I'm getting married in 3 weeks at the Hyatt Regency Ohare, its so big, chic, and beautiful! And the food is AMAZING!!! I definitely recommend it!!!
    Mrs. F 9-18-10
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    edited December 2011

    I'm a budget bride too!!!!!

    We are getting married at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. Check out the images -

    Pros: Alex the coordinator is awesome to work with. Over my 22 month engagement he has always answered every e mail within 2 hours.

    You can bring in you own catering and bar and control your costs, no minimums and there are budget caterers that bring everything you need to the venue like also buona beef is reasonable and has great food options.

    You are the only event at the venue for the whole night. The property has thousands of acres of land for photography including a lake.

    You can get married at the chapel or outside, we are doing outside the chapel, and have your reception in the Mansion with no gaps or traveling inbetween ceremony and reception.

    Plenty of FREE PARKING, easy access to the venue from the highway.

    You can get married in one room of the Mansion and have the reception in the other room.

    You can have your reception in a tent outside. You have many options.

    CONS: Your caterer has to buy an insurance policy (liability) with Mayslake as the only venue named.
    Your caterer has to buy a one day liquor license in Oak Brook.
    Those 2 things cost us about 250 extra, but to me it was worth it especially since my total cost for family style dinner with 5 courses and the bar came in at 42 per person.

    The venue fees can be costly for a weekend wedding. We paid about 2100 but got the EVENT HALL which is GORGEOUS full of stained glass, wood, and marble.
    The venue runs many many weekend events so their dates for weddings are limited ... good luck
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