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For our wedding, The Intercontinental Hotel served an exquisite 4-course meal consisting of
Exotic Mushroom Consommé Flavored with Lemongrass and Galangal with a Porcini Flan
Bibb Salad with Grilled Pear, Stilton Cheese and Caramelized Pecans, Dressed with a Dark Balsamic Vinaigrette
Petite Filet Mignon Paired with Crab Cake and Garlic Pesto Mashed Potatoes, accented with Asparagus, Carrots and Broccolini
Wedding Cake and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
We received so many compliments on how wonderful the menu was, and how delicious the food was at our cocktail hour and our reception. Everything was prepared and presented perfectly thanks to the Chris Schmidt who handled the catering for our wedding at the InternContinental Hotel which is where we had our wedding and reception. Chris made sure everything was handled so professionally, and the wait staff was incredible - going above and beyond offering our guests last minute alternatives for those who had not specified dietary restrictions or preferences. They are the best of the best and I would highly recommend Chris and his group if you want to present your guests with an amazing meal. They are true professionals which is what you want for your special day. Give Chris a call for your special day - they will not disappoint you.
Although we had a few unexpected issues with the IC, I am so happy to say our wedding was flawless. The catering manager we were working with at the hotel left a few weeks before our wedding, but we were lucky to have Chris Schmidt take over and step in and along with our wedding planner ( Crystal Moriarty @ Big City Bride ). They worked together to make sure all of our planning and expectations were met. As a result of a convention also booked the week of our wedding, we did not receive the room blocks we were promised for our guests and this was disappointing since we were having our wedding ceremony, and our reception at the IC. Again, although this problem occurred before Chris took over our wedding coordination, he assured us that moving forward, we would not have any issues, and he was true to his word. I would make sure that if you do need room blocks for out of town guests at the hotel, I would follow up and make sure you have reservation numbers and get the room block commitment in writing. Between Chris and Crystal, we did not have any other issues. The food at the wedding was fabulous and we received many compliments about how wonderful it was. The Renaissance Ballroom was spectacular as our venue for both the ceremony and the reception. It is great that the ballroom was a private venue with a private elevator that separated our wedding and our guests from the other patrons at the hotel so we had complete privacy for our special day. The hotel also lends itself to so many beautiful areas for photography within the hotel- our pictures in our hotel suite and throughout the hotel are stunning. Their service is top notch from the bellman, to the Front Desk, the Concierge, as well as all the servers at the restaurants and the bar area. For us, the IC is a Five Star Hotel and will always be our first choice when traveling to Chicago!
We held our ceremony and reception at their Renaissance Ballroom. The food was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. The venue was romantic and our guests were awe struck by the venue. Plus the wedding consultant we worked with - Budi Tanzil - was AMAZING. No regrets - our wedding was magnificent.
My initial experience with the hotel was pretty positive. I was impressed by the rooms I saw and by the sales staff. They were accommodating and gave me great rates. There was some confusion when we were booking our rooms and I completely forgot the date that they release rooms (a reminder would be nice) but they worked with me on that.
When we checked in, I was really impressed because they upgraded us to the vice presidential suite. After that, things went down hill. We came back late from rehearsal dinner and found out that the groom's mother who was supposed to have a one bedroom suite was put into a double room. This was problematic because that was the room where the groom an groomsmen would get ready the following morning. I talked to the hotel that night and they couldn't do anything until the morning because they were sold out. In the morning, it took some back and forth on the phone while I was getting my hair done and there was more confusion, but they got them in a one bedroom suite around 11, which was in time for people to arrive at noon.
As we were leaving, the porter dropped the entire cart filled with our wedding presents and other stuff and my wedding dress was laying in a heap in the street. Then, somehow the billing got screwed up for the rooms and we got charged for the groom's family's 1 bedroom suite even though one of the groom's family asked them to charge her card. When I brought this to the attention of my sales contacts, they didn't respond.
So, overall it was a mixed experience. The vice presidential suite was amazing but it didn't make up for all the night before and morning of headaches or the problems we had after the fact.
My wedding was held in the grand ballroom and it was simply amazing!! Chris was absolutely wonderful to work with and I am still getting compliments on the food and service! Thanks, Chris!
Wonderful venue for a reception. The food was delicious and the staff was helpful and easy to work with.
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Our stylish atmosphere features breathtaking venues & views overlooking the Mag Mile and are evocative of magnificent eras past, accommodating 20-550 guests. Let us help you create your vision while offering the exclusivity and elegance you expect from Chicago's most sought after downtown location.
- Price Range: $$$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liability Insurance, Liquor License, Onsite Catering, Onsite Overnight Accommodations, Onsite Parking, Outside Caterers Allowed, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: More than 400
- Style: Hotel/Resort, Mansion/Historic Site