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We LOVE love - so when it comes to planning the biggest and best day of your lives, look no further.  Our Downtown location and unique event spaces will provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Allow us to take care of all the details, like menu planning, decorating, and even providing a place to stay after the big event. The contemporary yet sophisticated style of our River North luxury lifestyle hotel makes us the ideal setting for your most special day.

Amy
2/17/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I did a LOT of research for our wedding reception venue. The minute I met Alyssa, Director of Catering at Hotel Palomar, my search was over! Alyssa was a total Godsend for our wedding planning. And that was just the beginning of our flawless experience with Hotel Palomar. Every step in the planning process Alyssa and the team at Palomar were there to make things easy, fun, and memorable. They were also very accommodating to all of our requests. Many of our guests were coming from out of town so we wanted them to experience what downtown Chicago is all about. The location of Hotel Palomar couldn’t be better in the heart of River North with a plethora of restaurants, bars, and shopping within walking distance. The ballroom is also amazing. It has floor to ceiling windows on three sides of the room so you get amazing city views, which was key for us. No stuffy conference room feel. There is also a balcony off the ballroom so your guests can get a breath of fresh air or take a break from dancing without leaving the party. Finally, the upgraded features that come standard with your reception package such as satin table linens and beautiful gold plate chargers make the need to decorate the space minimal. Bonus, the staff will set the tables with your décor. One less thing to worry about! I think our favorite part of wedding planning was our tasting at Sable - Trying all the amazing appetizers and entrée options and creating our signature cocktail was so much FUN! The food is phenomenal. Definitely not your typical “wedding food”. I can’t tell you how many guests commented on how much they loved our meal. The bartenders bring the party! They were so much fun! All of our guests continue to tell us how much they loved every aspect of our wedding and we couldn’t agree more. The team at Hotel Palomar truly made our dream day a reality.
Larry
9/13/14
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I don't even know where to begin to describe how amazing the Palomar was for our wedding. We had 100 guests which was absolutely perfect (I probably wouldn't go much higher than about 120). I probably sent around 100 emails to Alyssa over the course of the year, and she always responded within a day, usually within minutes. She knows what she's doing and ensures her staff pull off a flawless event. If you're a micromanaging planner like I am you will really appreciate responsiveness. We picked the Palomar because it was an all-in-one deal which meant the planning would not be stressful. And it wasn't. I still can't believe how little effort we had to exert in putting it all together considering we didn't have a wedding planner. It was basically like picking from a menu of a few options, which were plenty varied but limited enough that you were not overwhelmed with anxiety about making the wrong choice. Having all of our guests, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception in the same space, having the catering and AV and even chairs taken care of, just made everything so easy. We kept asking ourselves (and Alyssa) what are we missing, this seems too easy. And the food was simply incredible, which let's be honest is why you are looking at the Palomar in the first place (hint: get the steak. They'll cook it perfectly) Two minor observations: Yes, the carpet isn't the greatest, but trust me when I say you won't notice it when everything is put in place. The eye will be drawn to the gorgeous chandeliers and the table settings which were perfect. The default chairs however, are simply not attractive, and we're glad we had Alyssa order us some chiavari. It really made a big difference. I could go on and on cause we're still in a euphoric state with how awesome everything was, but really do consider the Palomar. You won't regret it.
Brittany
8/29/14
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
If you're looking for a venue that will exceed your expectations-- Hotel Palomar is for you! Alyssa was an absolute pleasure to work with. Think wedding planner without paying for a wedding planner, am I right?! They are so accommodating and really work to make your vision fit your budget.
Michelle
5/26/13
Categories: Catering, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I absolutely loved having my wedding at Hotel Palomar. My wedding was last week and I cannot say I could have picked a better venue. It came down to: (1) Service! Alyssa was amazing! We didn't have a wedding day coordinator but she did almost everything for us. She was so attentive to emails and our requests and I have to say she remembered everything we had asked for! Even on the wedding day, I made a last minute request to have her bring some horderves to the wedding suite so that I wouldn't starve between dinner, she did more than that + CHAMPAGNE! She even helped to put out our favors and place cards. Our wedding wouldn't have been the same without her. Even our photographers commented how our wedding was on time, which is very rare. They said most weddings typically run late, but not ours! They are so prepared as well. They had so many things just in case (cake cutting, gift card box). I was impressed! (2) Location! About 1/4 of our guests were from out of town, hence we wanted a city wedding where our guests would walk to the main attractions. Its 5-10 minutes to walk everywhere! They also had a nice terrace and balcony where our guests could view the city at the end of the night. (3) FOOD! Their executive chef Heather is one of the contestants from Top Chef. Although she wasn't one of my favorites, but the food was so delicious. Our beef tenderloin dish came with a potato gratin, which was absolutelyyyyy amazing. All of our guests were completely blown away by our food, signature drink, and drink selections. I couldn't be happier with my wedding day at Hotel Palomar. I can't wait for the beautiful pictures of the venue. (The red flowerly carpet wont matter anymore.) I highly highly recommend if you have a low guest count (<160) to have your wedding here. You won't be disappointed!
User2991011

Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I can't imagine any other place but the Palomar to have our wedding. It was the most amazing day. Alyssa and her team went above and beyond our expectations. As the bride, I didn't have a care in the world on the actual day because Alyssa had everything under control. I was able to hang out with friend and family and take in every moment. The staff and the hotel were very professional and accomodating to all our guests. Guests kept commenting on how amazing the venue looked and how delicious the food was. We were planning everything from New York City so I had to trust and rely on the Palomar for all our needs (ambiance, tasting, coordinating with other vendors, etc) and they did not disappoint. I trusted Alyssa so much that the entire process was stressfree. I would recommend the Palomar a million times over. AMAZING!!
Kristen
6/22/12
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
This beautiful, ecclectic and contemporary space was perfect for my wedding. The size was more than enough room for 75 guests. The service was impeccible! Not only did I receive a new soup when it got cold but also a second entree after I spoke with all my guests. This bride got to eat!! The staff did not miss a beat. The table linens and details are gorgeous and helped this out of town bride because no rentals were needed! The Director of Catering was extremely helpful in the planning process leading up to the day and very helpful the day of. I have no regrets and would choose this venue again!
Bethany
1/28/12
Categories: Venues
4.8
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 4.5
Professionalism: 4.5
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We absolutely LOVED Hotel Palomar! We wanted a Chicago night wedding, with all the glitz and glam with modern touches and great service, food, and hospitality (plus prime photo opportunities as that's what really lasts a lifetime)...we also wanted a one stop shop where our guests could come to one location for our wedding, cocktail hour, reception, and place to stay over night, along with brunch in the morning. We wouldn't have changed one thing about our wedding weekend at Hotel Palomar...it was magnificent! They even allowed us to have our dog in the wedding :) We absolutely loved everything about Hotel Palomar, they made it easy for us to relax and enjoy our wedding weekend. People always say something will go wrong on your wedding day, but everything went to plan and I really believe it was the special attention the staff made to all of the details for our wedding. My husband and I have said a number of times to others, we wouldn't have changed one thing about our wedding weekend! I would highly recommend Hotel Palomar and all of the vendors we used for our wedding :)
Mimosa
9/17/11
Categories: Venues
4.8
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 4.5
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 4.5
Flexibility: 5.0
I cannot stress enough how wonderful Hotel Palomar was for our wedding venue. We looked at tons of different places in Chicago and the burbs before booking with Palomar (easily 30+...no joke). We looked at empty spaces, an art gallery, chain hotels, boutique hotels, banquet halls, restaurants, etc. At first I had some reservations about it too like the banquet room layout, carpet design, etc but the pros far outweighed these concerns. My hubby knew right away it was his fav. It took me another month to figure that out for myself. Honestly you won't even notice the big-flowered carpet because of all the people and tables. As long as you have less than 150 people attending (we had 125) the event space is just fine. It was a bit crowded in the cocktail lounge but nobody complained. What made our choice especially easy was Kerry Craig. She is AWESOME to work with. She wasn't exactly the quickest to respond to my emails through the year (my hubby had better luck) but the weeks leading up to the wedding she was attentive, helpful, and very prompt. Of all the people we "interviewed" she ended up in our top 2 to talk to. We finally chose Palomar because of Kerry (her flexibilty and customer service), banquet having windows and balcony, drinks (Mike the head bartender is amazing to work with), food selection, price (it was top of our budget but still manageable), and overall it's a chic & bright hotel. Definitely no regrets. I guess the only things I would have done differently are look into uplighting, made sure they kept the door propped open from cocktail lounge to banquet room open after dinner, and had the staff give the vendors their meals first before serving the guests. Even months after our wedding, we still hear from friends and family how beautiful and amazing our reception was! They loved the venue, cocktails, food and our red velvet wedding cake =)
Heather
4/29/12
Categories: Venues
4.7
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 3.5
Flexibility: 5.0
This is the kind of venue for the Bride who wants affordable elegance with ease. The catering manager effectively became my day of wedding coordinator and took care of all the details for me. We had a great time, great food and tons of fun. Id do it all over again the same way.
User4960858

Categories: Venues
2.9
Quality of Service: 2.0
Responsiveness: 4.0
Professionalism: 2.5
Value: 2.5
Flexibility: 3.5
Overall, my husband and I are absolutely thrilled with how our wedding turned out. We will always look back on our day with extremely fond memories- it was magical. However, I want to give an honest review to those considering the Hotel Palomar for their wedding. Over our wedding weekend, we had planned two welcome events for those in town. One Friday night, and one Saturday night- both scheduled to take place in a private room in Sable (restaurant at the Palomar). The Friday night event was great-the reserved room was a perfect space for the gathering. Saturday night, hours before the gathering was supposed to start, the Palomar wedding coordinator informed us that we were getting kicked out of the private space, but we could "use the bar area". How were we supposed to let our guests know that the location had changed on such short notice? My relatives had to stand in the middle of a hot, cramped bar with nowhere to sit down and loud music playing. What made it worse was that I looked into the private room, and nobody was in it!! So upsetting. Most upsetting, though, were several requests we had specifically made were not followed through. We had asked for leftover food, cake, desserts to be packed up after the wedding. They were thrown away. We asked for there to be enough hors d'oeurves for cocktail hour. There weren't. We expected our Welcome Bags would be delivered (with an additional fee paid for delivery!)- a large number weren't, or were delivered too late for guests to use them. We were proactive in telling the coordinator at the Hotel what we wanted, and asking very specific questions. She would say yes, but not follow through. You expect things out of your control may not go your way, but not the things in our control that we had thought through carefully and requested.
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Venues
What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
2
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Hotel, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
City, Modern
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
160
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Bridal Suite, Cake, Clean Up, Event Planning, Set Up
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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