I am having a bit of trouble in my venue search. We are looking for a reception area in the Chicagoland area (preferably NW suburbs) that feels very open. LOTS of windows/natural light, ideally with pretty surroundings! Absolutely open to the idea of an outdoor reception, as long as there is a good indoor backup option in the event of bad weather. From venues I've looked at (online) so far, Esplande Lakes at the DoubleTree in Downers Grove seems most along the lines of what we are looking for, though I think it may be TOO large and expensive for us. We expect around 200 guests in attendance.
We also would like something at or very near a hotel(s), because our friends and family know how to party and we would like our guests to have convenient accommodation! Please, if you know of any venues that fit these criteria, let me know! I would appreciate any help I can get!!
Thanks in advance