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The Blackstone, a Renaissance Hotel

Chicago , IL
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LOCATION

636 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605 US (map)

PHONE

312-542-3440

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ABOUT US

Artistically inclined. Relish in the possibilities of hosting a lavish affair in meticulously restored spaces of the original hotel that whisk you back to an era of splendor and elegance... Read more
Artistically inclined. Relish in the possibilities of hosting a lavish affair in meticulously restored spaces of the original hotel that whisk you back to an era of splendor and elegance – an exceptional venue for important social events. Our historic architecture combines contemporary design that welcomes visitors to a memorable and unique experience. Your guests will love a hotel that puts them in the heart of Chicago’s intriguing Cultural Mile on famed Michigan Avenue, just steps from many of the city’s major attractions, & easily accessible to its two major airports & public transportation.

Marvel at 23 stories of landmarked Classical Revival Beaux-Arts Architecture by world famous architects Marshall and Fox. Experience 21,000 square feet of unique, flexible and savvy event space including the beautifully restored historical Crystal Ballroom. Your guests will enjoy the hotel’s stylish and inviting guest rooms, our state-of-the-art fitness center & our award-winning restaurant, Mercat a la Planxa.

To some, catering is simply a matter of taste. We believe catering should touch all of the senses – an invitation to taste, see, feel, sip, hear, and try something wonderfully new and original. Whether for business or social events, our catering menus are carefully designed by our executive chef to complement a wide range of tastes, trends, and traditions – using only the freshest ingredients and the most memorable presentations. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
10
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
11
Describe your venue:
Historic, Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
Modern, Vintage, Classic
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?
220
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Bridal Suite, Cake, Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Cocktail Reception, Hors d'Oeuvres, Plated, Server(s)
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast
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?
Valet

REVIEWS

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Private User
Wedding:
3/26/2016
5.0/5.0
Jessica was absolutely wonderful to work with. She was professional, went above and beyond to ensure everything was planned, properly executed on the day-of, and even followed-up. We originally had another space in the cards, though Jessica's warm, professional character, along with a few other members at the Marriott, convinced us otherwise! The tasting was efficient and enjoyable. The day-of was absolutely perfect. She coordinated the flowers, cake, and worked with the DJ. I was so nervous walking into the ceremony, but just looking at her knowing she knew what she was doing put me at some sort of last second ease! We had both our ceremony & reception there. They were quick to flip the ballroom. The cocktail hour was super. She'll ask all the right questions, make sure things are going according to plan, and was helpful at our rehearsal as well! The venue itself is unbelievable.
Jessica was absolutely wonderful to work with. She was professional, went above and beyond to ensure everything was Read more...
Jessica was absolutely wonderful to work with. She was professional, went above and beyond to ensure everything was planned, properly executed on the day-of, and even followed-up. We originally had another space in the cards, though Jessica's warm, professional character, along with a few other members at the Marriott, convinced us otherwise! The tasting was efficient and enjoyable. The day-of was absolutely perfect. She coordinated the flowers, cake, and worked with the DJ. I was so nervous walking into the ceremony, but just looking at her knowing she knew what she was doing put me at some sort of last second ease! We had both our ceremony & reception there. They were quick to flip the ballroom. The cocktail hour was super. She'll ask all the right questions, make sure things are going according to plan, and was helpful at our rehearsal as well! The venue itself is unbelievable. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Old school glamour and class meets modern luxuries and finishes in this gorgeously-remodeled hotel.

When we first began scouting venues, I was actively opposed to a hotel wedding -- I felt most ballrooms looked the same, and I wasn't interested in the typical hotel catering fare. The Blackstone shattered my prejudice with their uniquely breath-taking ballroom and unbelievable catering menu (overseen by the head chef at Mercat a la Planxa). The venue, with decor that offered endless options for portrait backdrops, and the menu sold me.

Of course, these are just the first luxuries offered to Blackstone wedding parties. Included in our wedding package were above-average linens, seating, and place settings, a custom wedding cake, complimentary lake view upgrades for the parents of the bride and groom, and, best of all, a Presidential suite for the bride and groom... for the night of the wedding AND the night before! I can not overstate the luxury and style of the Heaven suite. I almost cried when I saw it, and DID cry when I had to leave. 48 hours wasn't enough time for me to sit in all of the chairs in the suite. We hosted our friends for an impromptu party in the living & dining room the night before. Words don't do it justice.

The level of service at the Blackstone is equally extraordinary. Toni Baker, our planner, was incredibly attentive and flexible. Along with our day-of planner, she ensured that no detail was overlooked, and really went the extra mile to make our weekend perfect. She fulfilled a TON of personalized requests and made it all look seamless.

My wedding guests are still raving about our combination of gourmet passed appetizers and live-action food stations, and I can't stop looking at my sexy, posh, colorful wedding photos, taken all over the hotel. If you can afford this level of luxury, it is worth every single penny.
Old school glamour and class meets modern luxuries and finishes in this gorgeously-remodeled hotel.

When we Read more...
Old school glamour and class meets modern luxuries and finishes in this gorgeously-remodeled hotel.

When we first began scouting venues, I was actively opposed to a hotel wedding -- I felt most ballrooms looked the same, and I wasn't interested in the typical hotel catering fare. The Blackstone shattered my prejudice with their uniquely breath-taking ballroom and unbelievable catering menu (overseen by the head chef at Mercat a la Planxa). The venue, with decor that offered endless options for portrait backdrops, and the menu sold me.

Of course, these are just the first luxuries offered to Blackstone wedding parties. Included in our wedding package were above-average linens, seating, and place settings, a custom wedding cake, complimentary lake view upgrades for the parents of the bride and groom, and, best of all, a Presidential suite for the bride and groom... for the night of the wedding AND the night before! I can not overstate the luxury and style of the Heaven suite. I almost cried when I saw it, and DID cry when I had to leave. 48 hours wasn't enough time for me to sit in all of the chairs in the suite. We hosted our friends for an impromptu party in the living & dining room the night before. Words don't do it justice.

The level of service at the Blackstone is equally extraordinary. Toni Baker, our planner, was incredibly attentive and flexible. Along with our day-of planner, she ensured that no detail was overlooked, and really went the extra mile to make our weekend perfect. She fulfilled a TON of personalized requests and made it all look seamless.

My wedding guests are still raving about our combination of gourmet passed appetizers and live-action food stations, and I can't stop looking at my sexy, posh, colorful wedding photos, taken all over the hotel. If you can afford this level of luxury, it is worth every single penny. Read less
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Fenwa
Wedding:
5/27/2012
4.7/5.0
Just had my wedding there and I would do it all over again if I had to!! The wedding turned out absolutely gorgeous and unique. The venue is very stunning and the charm of the hotel captivated all my guests. They were very flexible and allowing me to use the ballroom later than usual. The only complaint is there responsiveness- it took longer than expected to get a response to simple questions and sometimes I had to repeat myself. I also found myself clarifying mistakes made to the wedding arrangement. But they were minor issues and no major issues. I would recommend this venue to someone who wants a romantic, unique place to have a memorable wedding!!
Just had my wedding there and I would do it all over again if I had to!! The wedding turned out absolutely gorgeous and Read more...
Just had my wedding there and I would do it all over again if I had to!! The wedding turned out absolutely gorgeous and unique. The venue is very stunning and the charm of the hotel captivated all my guests. They were very flexible and allowing me to use the ballroom later than usual. The only complaint is there responsiveness- it took longer than expected to get a response to simple questions and sometimes I had to repeat myself. I also found myself clarifying mistakes made to the wedding arrangement. But they were minor issues and no major issues. I would recommend this venue to someone who wants a romantic, unique place to have a memorable wedding!! Read less
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Shelley
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
The Blackstone hotel was the ideal location for our wedding. The ballroom is the perfect size and our guests were able to stay in one place for the entire wedding weekend. Ashley and Jaci went well beyond our expectations for their organization, ideas, and help with planning. Our guests raved about the food during cocktail hour and the dinner and also talked all night about how seamless everything was - from the ceremony to the Art Hall and back to the Crystal Ballroom for the dinner. The dinner transitioned quickly as plates were cleared and dinner was served with professionalism and excellent service. We could not have asked for a better wedding planning process or actual wedding!! Thank you Ashley, Jaci and the entire Blackstone staff!
The Blackstone hotel was the ideal location for our wedding. The ballroom is the perfect size and our guests were able to Read more...
The Blackstone hotel was the ideal location for our wedding. The ballroom is the perfect size and our guests were able to stay in one place for the entire wedding weekend. Ashley and Jaci went well beyond our expectations for their organization, ideas, and help with planning. Our guests raved about the food during cocktail hour and the dinner and also talked all night about how seamless everything was - from the ceremony to the Art Hall and back to the Crystal Ballroom for the dinner. The dinner transitioned quickly as plates were cleared and dinner was served with professionalism and excellent service. We could not have asked for a better wedding planning process or actual wedding!! Thank you Ashley, Jaci and the entire Blackstone staff! Read less
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Alanna
Wedding:
9/24/2011
4.7/5.0
My only negative comment was that sometimes it took a little while to get an answer when we had questions. Everything about this venue was amazing. They were flexible, and accomodated everything I wanted (even my mom's no gluten/no dairy request!). They set up the room spectacularly and worked well with my florist (Vale of Enna), my band (Ron Bedal), as well as my linen company! I could not have been happier with this venue selection, and now the hotel has a special place in my heart, and we'll certainly be back for getaway weekends!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! (p.s. i was nervous at first about the bright red carpet in the reception hall, but it was hardly noticeable!)
My only negative comment was that sometimes it took a little while to get an answer when we had questions. Everything Read more...
My only negative comment was that sometimes it took a little while to get an answer when we had questions. Everything about this venue was amazing. They were flexible, and accomodated everything I wanted (even my mom's no gluten/no dairy request!). They set up the room spectacularly and worked well with my florist (Vale of Enna), my band (Ron Bedal), as well as my linen company! I could not have been happier with this venue selection, and now the hotel has a special place in my heart, and we'll certainly be back for getaway weekends!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! (p.s. i was nervous at first about the bright red carpet in the reception hall, but it was hardly noticeable!) Read less
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Colleen
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
This is the most beautiful and spectacular hotel in all of Chicago. They truly gave me my dream wedding and I am so glad I found them. I walked into the hotel by chance and feel in love with ballroom, there is nothing else like it. They managed to keep a lot of the old feel from the original 1910 hotel and add many modern touches. The entire process was painless and overall enjoyable. The staff was amazing, the food was amazing, everything was amazing!
This is the most beautiful and spectacular hotel in all of Chicago. They truly gave me my dream wedding and I am so glad I Read more...
This is the most beautiful and spectacular hotel in all of Chicago. They truly gave me my dream wedding and I am so glad I found them. I walked into the hotel by chance and feel in love with ballroom, there is nothing else like it. They managed to keep a lot of the old feel from the original 1910 hotel and add many modern touches. The entire process was painless and overall enjoyable. The staff was amazing, the food was amazing, everything was amazing! Read less
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Karen
Wedding:
8/8/2009
3.9/5.0
Fantastic hotel. Very beautiful. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. Planning up to the event could have been better. Sometimes it would take a week to get a response and sometimes you would have to repeat yourself a few times before what you wanted done would be done.
Fantastic hotel. Very beautiful. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. Planning up to the event could have been better. Read more...
Fantastic hotel. Very beautiful. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. Planning up to the event could have been better. Sometimes it would take a week to get a response and sometimes you would have to repeat yourself a few times before what you wanted done would be done. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue

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