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The Ivy Room

Chicago , IL

LOCATION

12 E. Ohio St., Suite 100
Chicago, IL US 60611 (map)
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ABOUT US

A modern oasis in the heart of River North at Medinah Tree Studios, just two blocks from the Magnificent Mile, and in close proximity to the Loop, Navy Pier, and Millennium and Grant... Read more
A modern oasis in the heart of River North at Medinah Tree Studios, just two blocks from the Magnificent Mile, and in close proximity to the Loop, Navy Pier, and Millennium and Grant Parks, The Ivy Room embodies a history of artistic elegance. The ballroom windows offer picturesque views of the courtyard garden, transforming every event into an extraordinary experience. Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
we had our wedding at the ivy room on april 12, 2014 and everything was spectacular! christy and lara were amazing to work with, both before and during the event. they were responsive to my questions and totally on top of all the details.

the space itself is immaculate: so light, bright and clean. we were able to turn the space into exactly what we wanted. to be in river north in what feels like a special and secret place is so so lovely; i feel very lucky that we were able to have our wedding here (it's already fun to be running around the neighborhood and have the memories) and will recommend it to anyone! cannot say enough good things about our experience; thank you, ivy room!!
we had our wedding at the ivy room on april 12, 2014 and everything was spectacular! christy and lara were amazing to work Read more...
we had our wedding at the ivy room on april 12, 2014 and everything was spectacular! christy and lara were amazing to work with, both before and during the event. they were responsive to my questions and totally on top of all the details.

the space itself is immaculate: so light, bright and clean. we were able to turn the space into exactly what we wanted. to be in river north in what feels like a special and secret place is so so lovely; i feel very lucky that we were able to have our wedding here (it's already fun to be running around the neighborhood and have the memories) and will recommend it to anyone! cannot say enough good things about our experience; thank you, ivy room!! Read less
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Jenna
Wedding:
8/17/2013
4.4/5.0
My now husband and I knew The Ivy Room was perfect from the first day we toured. Our search for a venue stopped shortly after our very first tour with Christy and Donna over a year out from our wedding! Every time family would come into town, Donna or Christy would happily let us pop in a give them the tour.

Our guests (local and from out of state) STILL can't stop talking about the courtyard. As Father Hurley put it in our ceremony, we truly got the most beautiful weekend of the summer! There isn't a better place to cocktail in all of city. Trust me!

Christy was unbelievably sweet, kind and responsive to all of our many phone calls and emails. She was more than a onsite coordinator -- she really cared about our special day and we had fun talking about little extras along the way.

We don't have one regret...well maybe one, that we can't do it all over again!
My now husband and I knew The Ivy Room was perfect from the first day we toured. Our search for a venue stopped shortly Read more...
My now husband and I knew The Ivy Room was perfect from the first day we toured. Our search for a venue stopped shortly after our very first tour with Christy and Donna over a year out from our wedding! Every time family would come into town, Donna or Christy would happily let us pop in a give them the tour.

Our guests (local and from out of state) STILL can't stop talking about the courtyard. As Father Hurley put it in our ceremony, we truly got the most beautiful weekend of the summer! There isn't a better place to cocktail in all of city. Trust me!

Christy was unbelievably sweet, kind and responsive to all of our many phone calls and emails. She was more than a onsite coordinator -- she really cared about our special day and we had fun talking about little extras along the way.

We don't have one regret...well maybe one, that we can't do it all over again! Read less
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Jamie
Wedding:
6/29/2013
4.6/5.0
The Ivy Room is a beautiful venue. If you're looking for a place with outdoor space in the city, you have to look at The Ivy Room. The outdoor space looks like a hidden garden in the middle of the city. The flowers and foliage in the courtyard provide the perfect backdrop for a wedding. You feel as if you're in a garden, but the space also has a somewhat urban feel. We had our ceremony and cocktail hour in the courtyard, and it was stunning.

The reception area inside is gorgeous. The space is simple and elegant. It is a blank space that you can make your own. Although it is a blank space, it has character. The wood floors are beautiful and the french doors that open to the courtyard are darling. You don't have to compete with anything in the room. There are no loud colors, bad carpet, or light fixtures that you need work around or consider when planning the vision for your reception.

You do have to bring in everything here (music, food, tables, flowers, cake, etc.), but I didn't find that to be difficult. You can to choose exactly what you want that way.

The girls at The Ivy Room are very pleasant to work with. They were present on the day of the wedding, and they worked with my wedding planner to make sure everything went smoothly.

I would highly recommend this venue. I had a really great experience from beginning to end. I wish I could do it all over again!
The Ivy Room is a beautiful venue. If you're looking for a place with outdoor space in the city, you have to look at The Read more...
The Ivy Room is a beautiful venue. If you're looking for a place with outdoor space in the city, you have to look at The Ivy Room. The outdoor space looks like a hidden garden in the middle of the city. The flowers and foliage in the courtyard provide the perfect backdrop for a wedding. You feel as if you're in a garden, but the space also has a somewhat urban feel. We had our ceremony and cocktail hour in the courtyard, and it was stunning.

The reception area inside is gorgeous. The space is simple and elegant. It is a blank space that you can make your own. Although it is a blank space, it has character. The wood floors are beautiful and the french doors that open to the courtyard are darling. You don't have to compete with anything in the room. There are no loud colors, bad carpet, or light fixtures that you need work around or consider when planning the vision for your reception.

You do have to bring in everything here (music, food, tables, flowers, cake, etc.), but I didn't find that to be difficult. You can to choose exactly what you want that way.

The girls at The Ivy Room are very pleasant to work with. They were present on the day of the wedding, and they worked with my wedding planner to make sure everything went smoothly.

I would highly recommend this venue. I had a really great experience from beginning to end. I wish I could do it all over again! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
The Ivy Room is an amazing venue for a downtown Chicago event. It is elegant, fun and the staff are so gracious and accommodating.
The Ivy Room is an amazing venue for a downtown Chicago event. It is elegant, fun and the staff are so gracious and Read more...
The Ivy Room is an amazing venue for a downtown Chicago event. It is elegant, fun and the staff are so gracious and accommodating. Read less
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Stacey
Wedding:
5/11/2013
4.8/5.0
We had our wedding at The Ivy Room on May 11, 2013. I had wanted an outdoor ceremony, but really wanted a convenient location for our guests who would mostly be coming from out of town. Lakeside was too windy, so when my then-fiance sent me the link for The Ivy Room we knew it was exactly what we had been looking for. We worked with Christy who is just the nicest, most cheerful person you've ever met. She made everything so easy, and worked wonderfully with our coordinator to make sure every detail was taken care of.

The venue itself is just beautiful. Most of our guests couldn't believe that incredible space was tucked in the middle of the city. I called it our "Secret Garden", and it truly was. The courtyard gets beautiful light, even into the early evening. Inside, the beautiful wood moldings just say "Chicago". And once dancing has started and the room gets a little hot, those french doors are a life saver!

Thank you to Christy and the whole team at The Ivy Room. We truly can't imagine having had our wedding anywhere else.
We had our wedding at The Ivy Room on May 11, 2013. I had wanted an outdoor ceremony, but really wanted a convenient Read more...
We had our wedding at The Ivy Room on May 11, 2013. I had wanted an outdoor ceremony, but really wanted a convenient location for our guests who would mostly be coming from out of town. Lakeside was too windy, so when my then-fiance sent me the link for The Ivy Room we knew it was exactly what we had been looking for. We worked with Christy who is just the nicest, most cheerful person you've ever met. She made everything so easy, and worked wonderfully with our coordinator to make sure every detail was taken care of.

The venue itself is just beautiful. Most of our guests couldn't believe that incredible space was tucked in the middle of the city. I called it our "Secret Garden", and it truly was. The courtyard gets beautiful light, even into the early evening. Inside, the beautiful wood moldings just say "Chicago". And once dancing has started and the room gets a little hot, those french doors are a life saver!

Thank you to Christy and the whole team at The Ivy Room. We truly can't imagine having had our wedding anywhere else. Read less
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Dilshad
Wedding:
8/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Our choice to have our wedding and reception at the Ivy Room was the best decision we have made other than choosing each other :) Michael and I did not want to get married at a hotel and we wanted to find a special place that was in the city of Chicago. I came across their website while researching venue's in Chicago. We both recently moved from Los Angeles and did not know too much about the city. The Ivy Room was the first and last place we visited. As soon as we saw the beautiful courtyard we knew this is where we wanted to share our special day with our friends and family. From beginning to end, Christy and Donna were with us through all details of our special day. We were planning this wedding on our own and since our family does not live in Chicago, we needed guidance and help with the do's and don't's of weddings. They were very understanding and answered all 100 million questions that I had :) Its refreshing to have people really take a vested interest in you and provide top notch customer service. Our wedding was October 26th and although it was a bit chilly outside we had the wedding outside. Throughout the whole night, Donna and Christy both would come to Michael and myself asking if everything was ok. The best thing they could have done was after the wedding was over and right before we went out to see our guests for cocktail hour, they brought hors d'ourves from our wedding 2 of each. From what I know now, I didn't get a moments rest during the cocktail hour let alone be able to eat or enjoy any of the food. Alot of bride/grooms say they never eat anything at their wedding and I really thought it was thoughtful of them to think of us. The whole night we felt catered to, they made sure we were content all night. Also, they worked great with all of our vendors and were so organized throughout the whole night. We were both extremely pleased with their help and many of our family members stated how attentive they were to our needs. We have been to many w
Our choice to have our wedding and reception at the Ivy Room was the best decision we have made other than choosing each Read more...
Our choice to have our wedding and reception at the Ivy Room was the best decision we have made other than choosing each other :) Michael and I did not want to get married at a hotel and we wanted to find a special place that was in the city of Chicago. I came across their website while researching venue's in Chicago. We both recently moved from Los Angeles and did not know too much about the city. The Ivy Room was the first and last place we visited. As soon as we saw the beautiful courtyard we knew this is where we wanted to share our special day with our friends and family. From beginning to end, Christy and Donna were with us through all details of our special day. We were planning this wedding on our own and since our family does not live in Chicago, we needed guidance and help with the do's and don't's of weddings. They were very understanding and answered all 100 million questions that I had :) Its refreshing to have people really take a vested interest in you and provide top notch customer service. Our wedding was October 26th and although it was a bit chilly outside we had the wedding outside. Throughout the whole night, Donna and Christy both would come to Michael and myself asking if everything was ok. The best thing they could have done was after the wedding was over and right before we went out to see our guests for cocktail hour, they brought hors d'ourves from our wedding 2 of each. From what I know now, I didn't get a moments rest during the cocktail hour let alone be able to eat or enjoy any of the food. Alot of bride/grooms say they never eat anything at their wedding and I really thought it was thoughtful of them to think of us. The whole night we felt catered to, they made sure we were content all night. Also, they worked great with all of our vendors and were so organized throughout the whole night. We were both extremely pleased with their help and many of our family members stated how attentive they were to our needs. We have been to many w Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
7/7/2012
5.0/5.0
I had July wedding at the Ivy Room, and I could not have had a better experience! The space speaks for itself (hardwood, balcony doors, gorgeous courtyard filled with flowers and twinkling lights in the trees). Just two weeks after getting engaged, my then-fiance and I were looking for alternative spaces for our wedding (we just weren’t into the idea of a hotel), and we came across the Ivy Room. After having seen The Peggy Noteabart, The Newberry Library, West Loop Studio, and A New Leaf, we came to the Ivy Room. As soon as I walked into the space, I knew it was exactly what we were looking for. The ballroom and courtyard are truly elegant, but it still has an urban feel with store fronts facing the courtyard and high rises highlighting the sky view and peering over the building.

In addition to planning the wedding, Christy and Donna were an absolute pleasure to work with. They worked closely with my wedding planner (reviewed Katie Kozlowski of Bliss Weddings) to ensure every detail the day of the wedding was taken care of. During my walk-through, Donna and Christy provided invaluable insight as to what floor plan looks best in the space, how to best hang lanterns in the ceiling from the hidden rafters, where to put the DJ table, etc.

The Ivy Room is a bit pricey as compared to some other venues, but the space and service you will receive from these ladies in unparalleled! I highly recommend the Ivy Room if you are looking if you are looking for an alternative space or urban venue for your Chicago wedding!
I had July wedding at the Ivy Room, and I could not have had a better experience! The space speaks for itself (hardwood, Read more...
I had July wedding at the Ivy Room, and I could not have had a better experience! The space speaks for itself (hardwood, balcony doors, gorgeous courtyard filled with flowers and twinkling lights in the trees). Just two weeks after getting engaged, my then-fiance and I were looking for alternative spaces for our wedding (we just weren’t into the idea of a hotel), and we came across the Ivy Room. After having seen The Peggy Noteabart, The Newberry Library, West Loop Studio, and A New Leaf, we came to the Ivy Room. As soon as I walked into the space, I knew it was exactly what we were looking for. The ballroom and courtyard are truly elegant, but it still has an urban feel with store fronts facing the courtyard and high rises highlighting the sky view and peering over the building.

In addition to planning the wedding, Christy and Donna were an absolute pleasure to work with. They worked closely with my wedding planner (reviewed Katie Kozlowski of Bliss Weddings) to ensure every detail the day of the wedding was taken care of. During my walk-through, Donna and Christy provided invaluable insight as to what floor plan looks best in the space, how to best hang lanterns in the ceiling from the hidden rafters, where to put the DJ table, etc.

The Ivy Room is a bit pricey as compared to some other venues, but the space and service you will receive from these ladies in unparalleled! I highly recommend the Ivy Room if you are looking if you are looking for an alternative space or urban venue for your Chicago wedding! Read less
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jkeefe
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
I just got married at The Ivy Room a couple weeks ago and cannot stop smiling. Everything about the venue exceeded my expectations!! The setting is so beautiful. We got married in the courtyard and it is like a hidden garden in the middle of the city. The brick aisle, the luscious ivy covering the buildings, the little nook to exchange vows, and the picturesque surrounding landscape is something you won’t find elsewhere. I looked at a lot of Chicago venues and once I saw The Ivy Room I knew this is where I wanted to have my wedding. I wanted an urban setting, but with a twist, and that’s exactly what The Ivy Room offers. After the ceremony and cocktail hour outside the reception was inside. The room is so elegant. It’s classic in many ways and gives you the opportunity to make it what you want. Beautiful French doors offer guests a peek at the courtyard. We strung paper lanterns and brought in centerpieces and décor to create a vintage look. Everything about the room and lobby area is very well taken care of.

But what I most want people to know about The Ivy Room is how wonderful it is to work with its staff. It’s so important to really enjoy working with your vendors. Christy and Donna are so easy to work with and made planning my wedding and the wedding day so special. They really care about making your day perfect, easy and seamless. They have every single detail covered and make sure that you know this. I walked into my wedding day knowing that I didn’t need to worry about anything because they gave me that confidence. They brought up suggestions, offered recommendations on vendors or décor ideas and were very responsive to any of my questions. They went the extra step to make sure I was happy on the wedding day, constantly checking in with me. But even more, they are so encouraging and excited for you about your wedding. You’re not just another number to them, or another event to check off. Your wedding will be treated like something special, which it is.
I just got married at The Ivy Room a couple weeks ago and cannot stop smiling. Everything about the venue exceeded my Read more...
I just got married at The Ivy Room a couple weeks ago and cannot stop smiling. Everything about the venue exceeded my expectations!! The setting is so beautiful. We got married in the courtyard and it is like a hidden garden in the middle of the city. The brick aisle, the luscious ivy covering the buildings, the little nook to exchange vows, and the picturesque surrounding landscape is something you won’t find elsewhere. I looked at a lot of Chicago venues and once I saw The Ivy Room I knew this is where I wanted to have my wedding. I wanted an urban setting, but with a twist, and that’s exactly what The Ivy Room offers. After the ceremony and cocktail hour outside the reception was inside. The room is so elegant. It’s classic in many ways and gives you the opportunity to make it what you want. Beautiful French doors offer guests a peek at the courtyard. We strung paper lanterns and brought in centerpieces and décor to create a vintage look. Everything about the room and lobby area is very well taken care of.

But what I most want people to know about The Ivy Room is how wonderful it is to work with its staff. It’s so important to really enjoy working with your vendors. Christy and Donna are so easy to work with and made planning my wedding and the wedding day so special. They really care about making your day perfect, easy and seamless. They have every single detail covered and make sure that you know this. I walked into my wedding day knowing that I didn’t need to worry about anything because they gave me that confidence. They brought up suggestions, offered recommendations on vendors or décor ideas and were very responsive to any of my questions. They went the extra step to make sure I was happy on the wedding day, constantly checking in with me. But even more, they are so encouraging and excited for you about your wedding. You’re not just another number to them, or another event to check off. Your wedding will be treated like something special, which it is. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
From the moment we met with Matt, he sold us on the Ivy Room. It's like a ball of clay that can be turned into whatever your heart desires. He showed us pictures of how the main room had been transformed into a variety of different event spaces. We were sold after meeting with him. Unfortunately he moved on to other endeavors, but lucky for us Donna has been with the Ivy Room for a while and jumped right in and made sure my wedding was everything I had imagined. From organizing my vendors and making sure that they knew when to arrive for setup and break down to helping with getting the wedding party organized to begin their processional. She was there for us from the beginning of the evening to the end. Our wedding was so memorable and all of our guests are still talking about how great the Ivy Room is. I highly recommend holding your event here if you have the opportunity!
From the moment we met with Matt, he sold us on the Ivy Room. It's like a ball of clay that can be turned into whatever Read more...
From the moment we met with Matt, he sold us on the Ivy Room. It's like a ball of clay that can be turned into whatever your heart desires. He showed us pictures of how the main room had been transformed into a variety of different event spaces. We were sold after meeting with him. Unfortunately he moved on to other endeavors, but lucky for us Donna has been with the Ivy Room for a while and jumped right in and made sure my wedding was everything I had imagined. From organizing my vendors and making sure that they knew when to arrive for setup and break down to helping with getting the wedding party organized to begin their processional. She was there for us from the beginning of the evening to the end. Our wedding was so memorable and all of our guests are still talking about how great the Ivy Room is. I highly recommend holding your event here if you have the opportunity! Read less
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Nadia
Wedding:
9/30/2011
5.0/5.0
If you like bullet points, here is why the Ivy Room is so awesome:

- Donna, Christy, and Matt (who has since left) are AWESOME to work with
- The venue is equally beautiful on the inside as it is in the courtyard.
- The location is perfect. It is right in the heart of the city; if you want a city wedding, it really doesn’t get better than this.
- The venue is well-established, and vendors will have worked there before. When planning a wedding you will want the various vendors to enjoy harmonious synergy. This is all but assured at the Ivy Room, and it makes planning for your wedding far less stressful and far more enjoyable.
- Prices are mid-range, but there are NO hidden costs. There is a flat fee to use the space, and the contract is very straightforward and easy to understand. You can pay with a credit card.

Here is our story:
We looked for the perfect venue for a long time. We had decided on one that we loved, only to have a terrible experience with the venue manager. I happened upon The Ivy Room on Yelp, and based on the outstanding reviews, gorgeous online pictures, and chatting with Diana B., we decided to check it out.

We immediately fell in love with the courtyard (you will, too) and Donna. She was awesome, and made us feel right at home, quite unlike several of the other places we considered. Donna and Matt guided us through all of the ins and outs of what we needed to do to pull our wedding together. They also provided great recommendations. For example, Donna recommended our caterer, Ted Grady at J&L, a consummate professional that shares a great working relationship with the folks at the Ivy Room.

Sadly, a month before our wedding, Matt left The Ivy Room, and we were informed that the newly hired Christy would run our wedding. We were a little apprehensive at first, but she was fantastic, making the transition seamless. She was on top of the entire evening, and Donna and Christy took excellent care of everything (including me) all night. I cannot say enough wonderful things about The Ivy Room – especially Donna and Christy – and would HIGHLY recommend this venue to anyone looking to have their wedding (or other special event) in Chicago.
If you like bullet points, here is why the Ivy Room is so awesome:

- Donna, Christy, and Matt (who has since Read more...
If you like bullet points, here is why the Ivy Room is so awesome:

- Donna, Christy, and Matt (who has since left) are AWESOME to work with
- The venue is equally beautiful on the inside as it is in the courtyard.
- The location is perfect. It is right in the heart of the city; if you want a city wedding, it really doesn’t get better than this.
- The venue is well-established, and vendors will have worked there before. When planning a wedding you will want the various vendors to enjoy harmonious synergy. This is all but assured at the Ivy Room, and it makes planning for your wedding far less stressful and far more enjoyable.
- Prices are mid-range, but there are NO hidden costs. There is a flat fee to use the space, and the contract is very straightforward and easy to understand. You can pay with a credit card.

Here is our story:
We looked for the perfect venue for a long time. We had decided on one that we loved, only to have a terrible experience with the venue manager. I happened upon The Ivy Room on Yelp, and based on the outstanding reviews, gorgeous online pictures, and chatting with Diana B., we decided to check it out.

We immediately fell in love with the courtyard (you will, too) and Donna. She was awesome, and made us feel right at home, quite unlike several of the other places we considered. Donna and Matt guided us through all of the ins and outs of what we needed to do to pull our wedding together. They also provided great recommendations. For example, Donna recommended our caterer, Ted Grady at J&L, a consummate professional that shares a great working relationship with the folks at the Ivy Room.

Sadly, a month before our wedding, Matt left The Ivy Room, and we were informed that the newly hired Christy would run our wedding. We were a little apprehensive at first, but she was fantastic, making the transition seamless. She was on top of the entire evening, and Donna and Christy took excellent care of everything (including me) all night. I cannot say enough wonderful things about The Ivy Room – especially Donna and Christy – and would HIGHLY recommend this venue to anyone looking to have their wedding (or other special event) in Chicago. Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
9/9/2011
5.0/5.0
This is the most amazing space in the city. In the middle of a large busy city, you have a outdoor courtyard that has the feel of being in the suburbs.


Working with the Ivy Room from the first meeting to the day of the wedding, we were made to feel like our event was the most important of the year. They were a great group to work with, they were helpful from everything from the cater, event company and even the ceremony officiant.


If I had to do everything all over I would still pick the Ivy Room.
This is the most amazing space in the city. In the middle of a large busy city, you have a outdoor courtyard that has the Read more...
This is the most amazing space in the city. In the middle of a large busy city, you have a outdoor courtyard that has the feel of being in the suburbs.


Working with the Ivy Room from the first meeting to the day of the wedding, we were made to feel like our event was the most important of the year. They were a great group to work with, they were helpful from everything from the cater, event company and even the ceremony officiant.


If I had to do everything all over I would still pick the Ivy Room. Read less
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kkerestes
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Amazing, beautiful, unique, elegant...I can't use enough words to describe The Ivy Room! We had our wedding here recently and it was just perfect. From the beginning, Matt made us feel so welcomed and important and although the place sold itself, he really made us want to have our wedding here! Their whole team (Donna, Matt & Christy) was amazing and very accommodating to our needs. They recommended superb vendors as well as offered their opinions on specifics. They took care of everything on the day of, and Matt was there throughout the whole reception for anything we needed (i.e. safety pins for a broken bustle). The space is so exquisite from the courtyard to the indoor main room. We had our cocktail hour in the courtyard and it was perfectly shaded with lights on the trees and plenty of room for our guests to mingle. You really do forget that you are in the middle of Downtown Chicago! With help from our wonderful caterer & florist, Food for Thought & GNG Designs, they set up everything from the place card table to the dinner tables perfectly! We also has FROST lighting illuminate the walls with one of their many patterns, and that really made the room pop! The main room is so beautiful with the mother of pearl above the glass windows and doors and hardwood floor throughout, and is the perfect canvas for any theme you would desire. Just look at their blog! Every wedding and party brings a new and different look to the room and that was what I loved most about the space! I was truly overwhelmed with how beautiful everything turned out and it was a dream wedding for us! This place is absolutely amazing, worth every penny, and I am really going to miss it! Hopefully someone I know will have their wedding/reception here as well because I am already dying to go back!
Amazing, beautiful, unique, elegant...I can't use enough words to describe The Ivy Room! We had our wedding here recently Read more...
Amazing, beautiful, unique, elegant...I can't use enough words to describe The Ivy Room! We had our wedding here recently and it was just perfect. From the beginning, Matt made us feel so welcomed and important and although the place sold itself, he really made us want to have our wedding here! Their whole team (Donna, Matt & Christy) was amazing and very accommodating to our needs. They recommended superb vendors as well as offered their opinions on specifics. They took care of everything on the day of, and Matt was there throughout the whole reception for anything we needed (i.e. safety pins for a broken bustle). The space is so exquisite from the courtyard to the indoor main room. We had our cocktail hour in the courtyard and it was perfectly shaded with lights on the trees and plenty of room for our guests to mingle. You really do forget that you are in the middle of Downtown Chicago! With help from our wonderful caterer & florist, Food for Thought & GNG Designs, they set up everything from the place card table to the dinner tables perfectly! We also has FROST lighting illuminate the walls with one of their many patterns, and that really made the room pop! The main room is so beautiful with the mother of pearl above the glass windows and doors and hardwood floor throughout, and is the perfect canvas for any theme you would desire. Just look at their blog! Every wedding and party brings a new and different look to the room and that was what I loved most about the space! I was truly overwhelmed with how beautiful everything turned out and it was a dream wedding for us! This place is absolutely amazing, worth every penny, and I am really going to miss it! Hopefully someone I know will have their wedding/reception here as well because I am already dying to go back! Read less
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Jada
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
MAGICAL. There is no other way to describe the Ivy Room. After pouring over dozens and dozens of venues in Chicago and the burbs online, this was only place I was interested in getting married. Visiting and seeing the place in person, and meeting Donna and Matt sealed the deal. This venue is class, class, class all the way. From the breathtaking courtyard and ballroom with french doors overlooking the courtyard, to the their outstanding vendor list, to Matt, Donna and Christy's invaluable guidance, this place is PERFECTION for the discriminating city bride who can't bear to get married in a generic banquet hall or hotel. And it's worth every penny. People can't stop talking about our wedding, and we owe a lot of that to the Ivy Room and the fantastic vendors Matt and Donna personally recommended -- Toast and Jam DJ Laura, I Do Films, Emily Johnston Anderson Photography (albeit indirectly through David Wittig --also amazing!), Cornelia McNamara Flowers, Berghoff, BCR events and Bruce Otto. Since our wedding, I actually miss this place--and am seriously hoping someone we know gets married there so I have an excuse to go back :).

P.S. -- for all you Ivy Room Brides dying to get married in the gorgeous courtyard, don't be devastated if it rains. I was so looking forward to my courtyard ceremony, but it rained and we had to go to plan B -- and I couldn't be happier. Everyone bent over backwards to make the ballroom look gorgeous and the lighting by Chicago Lighting Design really made everything look great. We opened the french doors to let a little twilight light in and provide a view of the dewy courtyard, and in the end, the indoor ceremony was very intimate and special. Inside or out, the Ivy Room is unbeatable!!
MAGICAL. There is no other way to describe the Ivy Room. After pouring over dozens and dozens of venues in Chicago and the Read more...
MAGICAL. There is no other way to describe the Ivy Room. After pouring over dozens and dozens of venues in Chicago and the burbs online, this was only place I was interested in getting married. Visiting and seeing the place in person, and meeting Donna and Matt sealed the deal. This venue is class, class, class all the way. From the breathtaking courtyard and ballroom with french doors overlooking the courtyard, to the their outstanding vendor list, to Matt, Donna and Christy's invaluable guidance, this place is PERFECTION for the discriminating city bride who can't bear to get married in a generic banquet hall or hotel. And it's worth every penny. People can't stop talking about our wedding, and we owe a lot of that to the Ivy Room and the fantastic vendors Matt and Donna personally recommended -- Toast and Jam DJ Laura, I Do Films, Emily Johnston Anderson Photography (albeit indirectly through David Wittig --also amazing!), Cornelia McNamara Flowers, Berghoff, BCR events and Bruce Otto. Since our wedding, I actually miss this place--and am seriously hoping someone we know gets married there so I have an excuse to go back :).

P.S. -- for all you Ivy Room Brides dying to get married in the gorgeous courtyard, don't be devastated if it rains. I was so looking forward to my courtyard ceremony, but it rained and we had to go to plan B -- and I couldn't be happier. Everyone bent over backwards to make the ballroom look gorgeous and the lighting by Chicago Lighting Design really made everything look great. We opened the french doors to let a little twilight light in and provide a view of the dewy courtyard, and in the end, the indoor ceremony was very intimate and special. Inside or out, the Ivy Room is unbeatable!! Read less
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Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Donna and Matt were an absolute delight to work with for our wedding. Having found the Ivy Room almost 15 months before our actual wedding, we could have been "just another couple" renting the space. Instead, Donna and Matt kept engaged in our planning and even welcomed our crazy family members who would drop by the venue unannounced - numerous times! The professionalism and event expertise are beyond expectation and the space is simply gorgeous.
Donna and Matt were an absolute delight to work with for our wedding. Having found the Ivy Room almost 15 months before Read more...
Donna and Matt were an absolute delight to work with for our wedding. Having found the Ivy Room almost 15 months before our actual wedding, we could have been "just another couple" renting the space. Instead, Donna and Matt kept engaged in our planning and even welcomed our crazy family members who would drop by the venue unannounced - numerous times! The professionalism and event expertise are beyond expectation and the space is simply gorgeous. Read less
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db
Wedding:
10/4/2009
5.0/5.0
Okay, so by now, anyone reading this has learned that it is difficult to find a venue that ?fits? when you are looking for a place to get married. I found it to be really frustrating, visiting places that didn?t look the way we wanted, or that had food you couldn?t try beforehand, or finding a great place that is booked YEARS out?. I spent weeks driving downtown to go to several places in a day, and every day but one was a huge exercise in frustration and felt like a waste of time?..

Until I visited the Ivy Room at Tree Studios and met Donna. I wasn?t sure we could afford to have our wedding there, but figured that for the sake of looking into everything and gauging the value of the wedding venues I had seen, it was worth a try. I fell in love as soon as I walked in the door. The space is pretty big and can hold many more people than we had for our wedding, but it doesn?t feel impersonal or overly grand. It is simple and beautiful. The wood floors are extremely pretty and refined. The ceiling is really high, and there is already a great lighting scheme in the room. The French doors to the courtyard are timeless and lovely, and let in the most gorgeous natural light during the day. There are sections of mother of pearl tiles that are luminous and delicate?. And the courtyard is a dream of brick, ivy, cool light posts. It brings together a delicate garden and the beautiful city of Chicago, with the urban feel touch of cool fire escapes and building views overhead?. There?s a downstairs that is elegantly appointed and even the bathrooms are a great blend of style and comfort?.It was everything I wanted, but I was pretty sure that we couldn?t afford it?.so I was a little sad.

But then I started talking with Donna, and everything turned around. She didn?t shun me due to my small budget! She actually (gasp!) helped me! Although many of the weddings that take place at the Ivy Room are larger budget operations, my limitations were absolutely not a deterrent at all. As it turns out, Sundays are a little cheaper. And Donna helped me to find truly excellent vendors that made our wedding a HUGE and beautiful success. I could not have done nearly as well planning our wedding had it not been for Donna?s keen insights about vendors, layout, timing?. She really was the first person who was genuinely kind to me, and who completely intended to help us make our wedding what we wanted it to be. After my now-husband saw it and liked it, too, we committed to having our wedding at the Ivy Room and were sooooo excited about it. Planning a wedding is trying and I was, to be perfectly honest, surprised that Donna continued to be available to me and helpful to me throughout the 10 or so months that I had to put the day together. Her professionalism and, I think, her genuine pleasure in helping others through her experience and resources, made her an invaluable asset both to me and to the Ivy Room?her kindness and helpfulness made me LOVE this place even more than I already did.

On the day of our wedding, Donna and Matt outdid even my optimistic expectations about their ability to coordinate the vendors and take care of the details, bringing together all of the things I had worked on and making our wedding stress-free and lovely. They are so incredibly competent, helpful, and detail oriented. Everyone loved our party and our wedding and it was, in large part, due to Donna (and Matt! I can?t forget him! He?s super, too!). I wouldn?t have found the incredible vendors that I found without her help. I wouldn?t have rethought the layout I?d planned if it weren?t for her. I wouldn?t have had the help of two kind, caring people on the day of our wedding?. And I wouldn?t have such great memories of the experience, and of the place and of working with them, if it weren?t for their magnanimous attitudes and kindness of heart.

I recommend the Ivy Room at Tree Studios with enthusiasm and fondness.
Okay, so by now, anyone reading this has learned that it is difficult to find a venue that ?fits? when you are looking for Read more...
Okay, so by now, anyone reading this has learned that it is difficult to find a venue that ?fits? when you are looking for a place to get married. I found it to be really frustrating, visiting places that didn?t look the way we wanted, or that had food you couldn?t try beforehand, or finding a great place that is booked YEARS out?. I spent weeks driving downtown to go to several places in a day, and every day but one was a huge exercise in frustration and felt like a waste of time?..

Until I visited the Ivy Room at Tree Studios and met Donna. I wasn?t sure we could afford to have our wedding there, but figured that for the sake of looking into everything and gauging the value of the wedding venues I had seen, it was worth a try. I fell in love as soon as I walked in the door. The space is pretty big and can hold many more people than we had for our wedding, but it doesn?t feel impersonal or overly grand. It is simple and beautiful. The wood floors are extremely pretty and refined. The ceiling is really high, and there is already a great lighting scheme in the room. The French doors to the courtyard are timeless and lovely, and let in the most gorgeous natural light during the day. There are sections of mother of pearl tiles that are luminous and delicate?. And the courtyard is a dream of brick, ivy, cool light posts. It brings together a delicate garden and the beautiful city of Chicago, with the urban feel touch of cool fire escapes and building views overhead?. There?s a downstairs that is elegantly appointed and even the bathrooms are a great blend of style and comfort?.It was everything I wanted, but I was pretty sure that we couldn?t afford it?.so I was a little sad.

But then I started talking with Donna, and everything turned around. She didn?t shun me due to my small budget! She actually (gasp!) helped me! Although many of the weddings that take place at the Ivy Room are larger budget operations, my limitations were absolutely not a deterrent at all. As it turns out, Sundays are a little cheaper. And Donna helped me to find truly excellent vendors that made our wedding a HUGE and beautiful success. I could not have done nearly as well planning our wedding had it not been for Donna?s keen insights about vendors, layout, timing?. She really was the first person who was genuinely kind to me, and who completely intended to help us make our wedding what we wanted it to be. After my now-husband saw it and liked it, too, we committed to having our wedding at the Ivy Room and were sooooo excited about it. Planning a wedding is trying and I was, to be perfectly honest, surprised that Donna continued to be available to me and helpful to me throughout the 10 or so months that I had to put the day together. Her professionalism and, I think, her genuine pleasure in helping others through her experience and resources, made her an invaluable asset both to me and to the Ivy Room?her kindness and helpfulness made me LOVE this place even more than I already did.

On the day of our wedding, Donna and Matt outdid even my optimistic expectations about their ability to coordinate the vendors and take care of the details, bringing together all of the things I had worked on and making our wedding stress-free and lovely. They are so incredibly competent, helpful, and detail oriented. Everyone loved our party and our wedding and it was, in large part, due to Donna (and Matt! I can?t forget him! He?s super, too!). I wouldn?t have found the incredible vendors that I found without her help. I wouldn?t have rethought the layout I?d planned if it weren?t for her. I wouldn?t have had the help of two kind, caring people on the day of our wedding?. And I wouldn?t have such great memories of the experience, and of the place and of working with them, if it weren?t for their magnanimous attitudes and kindness of heart.

I recommend the Ivy Room at Tree Studios with enthusiasm and fondness. Read less
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rslinn
Wedding:
6/21/2009
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about the Ivy Room. It was perfect--beautiful, open, convenient. All my guests were happy, especially with the unique courtyard. Donna was such a lovely person and very helpful.
I added that this was a good value, but that is because we had a Sunday wedding--much less expensive. It's definitely on the high end for Saturdays.
I cannot say enough good things about the Ivy Room. It was perfect--beautiful, open, convenient. All my guests were happy, Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about the Ivy Room. It was perfect--beautiful, open, convenient. All my guests were happy, especially with the unique courtyard. Donna was such a lovely person and very helpful.
I added that this was a good value, but that is because we had a Sunday wedding--much less expensive. It's definitely on the high end for Saturdays. Read less
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nicolesisson
Wedding:
5/30/2009
5.0/5.0
The Ivy Room has been open for functions for just a couple of years now, so it was a little bit a treasure to find. We were floored what the space looked like when we stepped off of the busy streets of Chicago into the serene courtyard, with brick walls covered with blooming Ivy. The room itself is plain - it the most elegant, simple, chic way possible. It's a blank canvass. We opted to not decorate with anything other than our table settings because the space spoke for itself, but others have done the room up.

The stafff is amazing. I can't say enough about how well the handled everything. They kept everything simple, straight forward, organized. They were there when needed them and not when you didn't. They know how to read their audiences.

Our guests asked about the space from the moment the ceremony finished until the last dance. "Where did you find this place?" "This is amazing!" blah blah blah.

The night pulled together perfectly with the space and the staff.
The Ivy Room has been open for functions for just a couple of years now, so it was a little bit a treasure to find. We Read more...
The Ivy Room has been open for functions for just a couple of years now, so it was a little bit a treasure to find. We were floored what the space looked like when we stepped off of the busy streets of Chicago into the serene courtyard, with brick walls covered with blooming Ivy. The room itself is plain - it the most elegant, simple, chic way possible. It's a blank canvass. We opted to not decorate with anything other than our table settings because the space spoke for itself, but others have done the room up.

The stafff is amazing. I can't say enough about how well the handled everything. They kept everything simple, straight forward, organized. They were there when needed them and not when you didn't. They know how to read their audiences.

Our guests asked about the space from the moment the ceremony finished until the last dance. "Where did you find this place?" "This is amazing!" blah blah blah.

The night pulled together perfectly with the space and the staff. Read less
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jar
Wedding:
5/17/2009
4.6/5.0
I couldn't of asked for a better venue, it was unique and classy, my guests loved it. Donna was great at setting everything up and helping with the layout so I felt very confident with her. If you are looking for a great outside venue this should be a strong consideration.
I couldn't of asked for a better venue, it was unique and classy, my guests loved it. Donna was great at setting Read more...
I couldn't of asked for a better venue, it was unique and classy, my guests loved it. Donna was great at setting everything up and helping with the layout so I felt very confident with her. If you are looking for a great outside venue this should be a strong consideration. Read less
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