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Solar Arts by Chowgirls

Award Winning. Artistic. Urban. Romantic. Explore Solar Arts by Chowgirls in Northeast Minneapolis.
711 15th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
612-203-0786
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4.6
18 Reviews

Chowgirls at Solar Arts is a stunning century-old wedding venue that is located in the Northeast Minneapolis Art District in Minnesota. This warm and intimate space is amplified by natural light, hardwood floors and a sustainable solar paneled roof. Steeped in rich history, this unique venue is like nothing else that you would experience in the Twin Cities. Facilities and Capacity This event space features a spacious green room and a historic Johnny Cash Bar, accommodating up to 350 guests seated, 250 for a ceremony and 450 for standing guests. The venue has 6,713 square feet of open concept space that can be used for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours and receptions. Services Offered Chowgirls at Solar Arts is sprinkled with romantic details, making it a beautiful place for hosting a one-of-a-kind celebration. Their professional event specialists will assist you in developing a venue layout that utilizes unique decor and exemplifies your style. They will also help set up your ceremony and make the transition to your reception as smooth as possible. The following services are provided:

New restrooms and spacious private dressing room Two parking lots Loading dock On-site security On-site venue manager Free wifi 300 black Chiavari chairs Assorted tables including round, rectangular and high top Handicap accessible Valet coordination Linens Furniture A/V services Pipe and drape Lighting On-site coordinator during event Wedding ceremony rehearsal

Cuisine Chowgirls Killer Catering is the exclusive caterer for this venue. It is a women-owned, award-winning Minneapolis catering company that has Midwest regional roots. They use seasonal ingredients to create savory food selections while being committed to sustainability and thoughtful hospitality. The venue also has a 17-foot artist-designed bar, which can be used to serve the caterer’s extensive list of renowned spirits, wine and beer. Their professional bartenders choose libations based on seasonality and flavor, working with their clients to create a customized bar and beverage menu that suits their palate and budget.

Gretchen
4/21/18
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I HIGHLY recommend the Solar Arts building for your special day. Our wedding was PERFECT. Jenna Anderson and her team were so helpful throughout the entire planning process (and extremely organized)! The food, atmosphere and customer service was exceptional. If you're looking for a beautiful, industrial space for your wedding day - the solar arts building is a MUST. Thank you to the Solar Arts & Chowgirls team for making it the most memorable day of our lives. You're awesome! - Gretchen
Ali
12/31/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We got married at the Solar Arts building at NYE and it was the best day ever. The space was magical, the food was amazing and every little detail was taken care of. From the first tour of the venue until 12:30am on the night of our wedding - everything was seamless. Jenna was fabulous and made the planning process easy and exciting. Our guests raved about the venue - it was the perfect cozy night in on a very cold MN night! I would highly recommend solar arts to anyone looking for a city wedding with an intimate setting. It was exactly what we were looking for. Better than we could have ever imagined!
Amy
10/14/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I can't say enough great things about Jenna and the people at Solar Arts and Chowgirls. We had both our ceremony and reception at the Solar Arts venue for 200 people. Everything went flawlessly. We had so many positive comments from our guests about the style of the venue, the food ("best wedding food they ever had"), the space, and how smoothly it was run. Throughout the whole process, Jenna was responsive and incredibly helpful. We were particular about our bar and beer choices, and she patiently worked with us to make sure our bar menu was what we wanted. In addition, we got news a few weeks before our wedding that the brewery below would be having a festival on the same day. We were concerned this could affect our vendors and guests, especially parking. Jenna helped us to inform our vendors, got us last minute valet service, and in the end, we couldn't even tell the festival was going on outside. I highly, highly recommend the Solar Arts venue and Chowgirls catering!!
Emily
5/28/17
Categories: Venues
4.5
Quality of Service: 4.0
Responsiveness: 4.5
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 4.0
Flexibility: 5.0
An incredible venue. Gorgeous and roomy. Hands down would recommend the space and Chowgirls to anyone!
Maddie
5/6/17
Categories: Venues
4.9
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 4.5
Solar Arts made our wedding Magical! Our guests gave us so many complements on the space and how beautiful it was. Not to mention the food! Their catering service is top notch and provided high quality delicious food that looked as good as it tasted. Jenna was our coordinator, it was such a pleasure working with her! She provided wonderful advice while we were planning and was always there to answer any questions we had. She was also wonderful to have the day of the wedding, things ran very smoothly. Nathanya was also wonderful to have the day of. She was very thoughtful and pulled aside appetizers and snacks for us the day of so we could enjoy them too. We could not have a better setting for our special day and want to thank all of the Solar Arts Staff for all of the hard work they put into that day!
Bailey
11/19/16
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Our reception was this November at the Solar Arts Building and everything about the space and the catering was incredible - from the planning process, to the food, to the layout - the entire event was amazing! It was the most perfect space for our size group, and working with Jenna to plan everything was smooth sailing! She made sure that we were incorporating as much of "our touch" as possible in everything from the food to the drinks to the decorations. Hands down the best catering I've had at any event... The food was phenomenal! The space itself is beautiful - exposed beams, brick walls, wood floors - so we didn't do much with decorations, but I can see how this space could be transformed into whatever your vision is! I'm so happy we found this space while on the hunt for the perfect venue. It's safe to say we had the best bash of the year here! THANK YOU CHOWGIRLS!
Katie
11/11/16
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
This venue was a dream! We absolutely loved the rustic and elegant space, the exposed brick, wooden beams and large windows worked so well with all of our beautiful greenery- eucalyptus and Edison bulbs. Working with Jenna and her team was so smooth, professional and fun. Oh and that food-- our guests were raving about Chow Girls. The day was perfect!
Geeta
11/4/16
Categories: Venues
4.8
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 4.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Solar Arts in November and we are so glad that we chose this location and were able to work with the people at Chowgirls. From planning, to food tasting and the day of our wedding, we couldn't have been happier. Everyone was so helpful, thoughtful and made us feel so special on our big day. The food was amazing and of course the space was beautiful. Thanks for making our day so wonderful Chowgirls Catering!
Zoe
10/8/16
Categories: Cakes, Catering, Planner, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We already knew we loved the gorgeous space at the Solar Arts building--Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash fans, the amazing, ornately carved wooden bar from their house lives in the space like a shrine!--and knew we dug the Chowgirls' local, sustainable, woman-owned & -run catering business when we went to their grand opening a couple of years ago. There, we got to sample their food and were really impressed by its quality & deliciousness. We also noted the great energy of the staff, and the sumptuous beauty of the space when fully decorated. So Chowgirls was our first choice of location & caterer for our wedding bash earlier this month, and we couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. Meghan and Jenna were wonderful to work with in putting the party together, so pleasant, kind, accommodating, supportive, and communicative; and the staff night-of was fabulous too (as a same-sex couple, we appreciate this all the more). We heard nothing but "Best party ever!" from our guests, and even though Indeed Brewery was having its 10th anniversary blowout on the first floor, we couldn't hear their crowd and none of our 140 or so guests had trouble parking (also thanks to a reserved lot and parking attendant, which was easy to arrange). We're still smiling till our faces hurt about that night, and the fact that our party came off even better than we could possibly have imagined it would. We couldn't recommend Solar Arts by Chowgirls highly enough!
Jessica
9/9/16
Categories: Venues
4.1
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 4.5
Professionalism: 4.5
Value: 3.0
Flexibility: 3.5
We started out a little shaky with Chowgirls. We booked about a year before our wedding and worked with Jenny first - then Jack, then Eleni. I struggled working with Eleni to be totally honest. I felt like she was very unorganized and didn't refer back to previous correspondence to know what we had already discussed. About 2 months before our wedding we were told that Eleni was leaving and that Lauren and Kari would be taking over. Lauren and Kari were INCREDIBLE!!! They were responsive and very organized. They were so great to work with - I couldn't have asked for better people to execute our wedding. On wedding day everything went exactly as planned. The food was delish, the space looked fantastic, our guests had a great time. I had to mark the value a little low - the rental is expensive and you don't get much with that fee. We did have to get our own screen for a slideshow and provided our own microphone and speaker for the ceremony.
Chris
9/4/16
Categories: Catering, Event Production, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
If you are looking for something historic and well done you will like this. Not fancy. We liked how helpful the staff was in spite of the fact that they are a rather new venue. They listened to us.
Solar Arts by Chowgirls responded with the following comments:
We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We enjoyed working with you, Greg, and Lucy & Dave to make their wedding day a memorable occasion! Thank you!
Lucy
9/4/16
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We recently had our wedding ceremony and reception at Solar Arts and were very impressed! When we first booked, we had 3 different coordinators in about 3 months and were very worried. Once everyone at Solar Arts got settled in, we were very impressed!! Lauren was our main contact and amazing to work with! She was quick to respond, very friendly and willing to help in any way possible! The venue was gorgeous as is, so we didn't need to bring in too many decorations. The food was delicious and all the staff were very helpful day of. There is a really cute area for the bridal party to get ready, and store everything during the day. We highly recommend having your wedding here!
Solar Arts by Chowgirls responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much for such kind words! It means a lot that you would take the time to share your thoughts. We loved working with you, and adored all the detail that went into your wedding. The travel theme and the giraffe cake topper were such fun, personal touches! And the fact that you planned it all from afar was really impressive. We wish you and Dave nothing but the best!!
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Venues
What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
1
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic, Loft
Describe the style of your venue
City, Modern
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
450
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Cake, Clean Up, Event Rentals, Set Up
What event items are available?
Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access
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