Tacari’s Top Rehearsal Dinner Hot Spots | Chicago

There are some fantastic locations in cities across this nation that are the perfect place to host a rehearsal dinner. So, how do you choose? Over the next few months, we’re going to be featuring spots in various cities in the US. Each week will be two new cities, so you’ll want to check back in often so you don’t miss out on any of the locations. Even if you’re not having your wedding in that location, you may be visiting one day and all of these spots are great locations to have a nice dinner!


Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, RPM Steak is a modern take on the traditional steakhouse and features a contemporary, chef-driven menu, an award-winning wine list and a well-curated craft cocktail program. The sister restaurant to RPM Italian, RPM Steak marks the second collaboration between partners RJ, Jerrod and Molly Melman, celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic and acclaimed chef Doug Psaltis. The space itself is an impressive 11,000 square feet and boasts an elegant sunken dining room with classic architecture and modern design. Perfect for a night on the town, a business dinner or simply drinks with friends, RPM Steak brings approachable sophistication to every dining experience.






Instagram | @rpmsteak

Facebook | @RPMSteak



Much like the Japanese delicacy it is named for, Momotaro takes root in the vibrant Fulton Market District.  Momotaro continues the philosophy of chef driven concepts focusing on tightly executed cuisine and highly personal service.  Designed by world-renowned restaurant and experience designers, AvroKO, the main floor features distinct stations for Sushi and a dedicated Robata. Famed Washington DC Chef, Mark Hellyar leads the Robata and Contemporary sections of the kitchen with Shigero Kitano guiding the sushi station.






Instagram | @momotarochicago

Facebook | @momotaro



Housed in a Louis Sullivan building (1888), CELESTE is a refined interpretation of the classic American drinking establishment, offering three floors of hospitality with serious cocktails, fantastic food, welcome happy hours and tasty late night dining. Led by Bonhomme Hospitality (Beatnik, Beatnik On The River, Black Bull, Bordel, Café Bonhomme, DISCO, Fulton Market Kitchen), CELESTE is known for one of the most innovative cocktail programs in River North, executed with fresh ingredients and small batch spirits pulled from a carefully curated collection of over 350 bottles.



At CELESTE, your experience starts on the ground floor with the PUB, honoring the great tradition of the neighborhood public house, this space offers guests a more casual atmosphere, where delicious dishes and an elaborate beverage program can be enjoyed while watching a game on one of four televisions or listening to one of our resident DJ’s.


Seated capacity: 70

Reception capacity: 125



On the second floor is the DECO ROOM, reminiscent of a glamorous, turn-of-the-century Chicago. Here, the menus are dialed up a notch with a special focus on hand-selected barrels,limited allocations, rare vintages, and large format cocktails.


Seated capacity: 40

Reception capacity: 75



The Disco on the third floor



Once merely an outdoor rooftop, this space has been transformed for year-round enjoyment and reimagined as an English Garden, appointed with oral-patterned Victorian furniture and lush tropical plants.


Seated capacity: 48-52

Reception capacity: 70-90





Facebook | @CelesteChicago

Twitter & Instagram | @celestechicago



Eden is a new American restaurant located in Chicago’s West Loop and has three private dining rooms, Sage, Celadon and HighGround, all with a modern and airy vibe, yet warm and welcoming feel. Menus are always open to customization, whether for dietary restrictions or favorite Eden dishes, but otherwise change with the season and feature fresh ingredients from the onsite greenhouse. Number of guests: 10-120, depending on private dining room. Buy out options and chef counter experiences are also available. A dedicated service team and full AV capabilities are available.






Instagram | @edeninchicago 

Facebook: @edeninchicago



Located at 180 North Upper Wacker Drive, Beatnik On The River offers guests a 160-capacity (80-seats) riverside patio and full bar. Designed with the aesthetics and design elements of the courtyard at our original West Town location, Beatnik On The River overlooks the South Branch of the Chicago River, between Lake and Randolph Streets.






Facebook | @BeatnikontheRiver

Twitter | @beatnikontheriv

Instagram | @beatnikontheriver



The Dawson, named a “best of the best” venue by Modern Luxury Weddings for three consecutive years, is a gathering place that celebrates the art of food, drink and hospitality. With a chic vibe and welcoming atmosphere, The Dawson is the perfect place to host a polished event with a modern-day edge.  Boasting two floors and an expansive courtyard patio, this Fulton River district gem offers many versatile spaces for private events.  



Patio: 130 (seated) | 200 (cocktail reception)

Foundry:  44 (seated) | 50 (cocktail reception)

Devil’s Den:  30 (seated) | 32 (cocktail reception)



The site of The Dawson was originally connected to a cluster of buildings owned by the Dawson brothers. William and Henry Dawson operated one of the most successful fireplace mantle companies in the United States at the turn of the last century. Their elaborate works were known for both sturdy construction and intricate artistic detail. The high level of craftsmanship and artistic elements found in these pieces still fetch top dollar to this day. Today, the debate of cooking as “artform or craft” wages late into the night at many of Chicago’s most venerable watering holes. We tend to think it can be both. But, this is of little importance to us. The Dawson recreates the pioneering, artistic, and straightforward attitude of William and Henry Dawson by providing a restaurant, bar, and gathering place that celebrates the craft of food, drink and hospitality.




Instagram | @thedawsonchi

Facebook | @thedawsonchi



The Lakewood is a fabulous private venue in Chicago’s West Loop, owned by The Paramount Group. Open and modern, it provides an inviting, versatile backdrop to any event.

Some features include: 



Your menu will be anything but typical. Events at The Lakewood are catered by Paramount EventsOur onsite event kitchen offers a seasonal & elevated culinary program. Food will be freshly prepared just steps from its point of service by our talented culinary team. And just outside, you’ll soon find our urban greenhouse. This source for fresh ingredients helps us take menus to the next level.



Guests should always feel taken care of. From the beginning, clients have full access to a dedicated team of event planning experts. Fast forward to the big day, and our extensively trained service staff ensures all runs smoothly.



Comprehensive audio/visual support, including WiFi, surround sound & a projection system

Additional meeting rooms & breakout spaces

Multiple table, chair & bar options

Receiving areas for greeters, coat check, guest registration & more

A main entrance set to receive guests from busses or trolleys

Complimentary access to a private bridal suite & spacious lounge area for all wedding clients






Instagram | @thelakewoodchicago

Facebook | @thelakewoodchicago