The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Catered by Design brings you the finest in wedding catering and planning with its elegant wedding venue in Morton Grove, Illinois, where the Morton Grove Civic Center opens its doors to wedding ceremonies and receptions. Within this spacious and historical building and outside on the grounds, you and your guests can enjoy all the comforts and amenities you want for your wedding day. Catered by Design is a renowned wedding caterer in the Chicago area and these professionals specialize in producing gala wedding receptions.
The Foyer. As you enter the civic center, the foyer welcomes you in all its stunning elegance. A spiral staircase with a brass chandelier overhead sets an ideal stage for your entrance and for first-look photos.
The Main Hall. Soaring ceilings with exposed wood beams greet you in the main banquet hall. This space features an entertainment stage, dance floor and state-of-the-art sound system. From the main hall, you can exit onto the paved patio. The caterer's kitchen sits just off the Main Hall. The full banquet room accommodates 250 guests for a cocktail reception and 170 guests for a seated dinner. For a reception with dancing and portable bar, this space accommodate 130 guests.
The Patio. The brick patio is a private area for you to celebrate your wedding. The patio is furnished with umbrellas and chairs.
What You Should Know
The Catered by Design event team consults with you to learn your tastes and wishes as they plan your menu. All setup and breakdown, as well as reception service, is performed and managed by courteous and uniformed service staff.
The consultations extend far beyond the menu, though. The team also helps you choose a number of items for your reception. From china and linens to ice sculptures and your wedding cake, you have all the assistance you need to ensure that your wedding is flawless.
The standard wedding package includes progressive passed hors d'oeuvres and a three-course meal. Butlers pass the hors d'oeuvres during the cocktail hour. You can also add display hors d'oeuvres to the festivities. The meal includes soup, salad, entrees, vegetables, sides, artisan breads and coffee and tea service. The culinary team creates a custom-designed wedding cake for you or you can opt for other desserts instead. If you choose a wedding cake, Catered by Design cuts and serves it for you.
Beverage packages are available. Catered by Design offers several tiers of bar service, including premium, prestige and platinum brands. You can also opt for a tiered wine and beer bar service. A non-alcoholic bar package is available.
Catered by Design is happy to assist with recommendations for additional vendors for services such as floral arrangements.
An unforgettable wedding rests in the details that go into it. Catered by Design at the Morton Grove Civic Center offers several extra perks that can be added to your wedding package to personalize your day.
- Children's meals and boxed vendor meals
- Enhancements by the caterer, including themed decor, fabric treatments and floral arrangements
- Lighting and props
- Lounge furnishings for the event space
- Linen and place setting upgrades
- Extra bar services such as a gourmet coffee bar, frozen drinks and cordials
- A triple-branch champagne tree
- Ice bars and luges
From the Vendor
The Knot Best of Weddings
Catered by Design is among the exclusive & preferred caterers at top event venues in the city and suburbs including The Skydeck at Willis Tower, The Chicago Cultural Center, Architectural Artifacts, The Winnetka Community House, The Historic Wagner Farm The East Wing Lakeview Room & many more.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$ – Inexpensive
Ballroom, Barn, Waterfront, Cruise, Museum, Historic Venue, Loft, Park, Tented
Food + Catering, Planning
Catered by Design made planning our wedding so much easier and smoother than I thought it would be! We worked with Nikee Fellows and her team at Catered by Design for our wedding in September at the Winnetka Community House. From the very first meeting all the way through to the event itself, everyone we worked with with organized, detail-oriented, responsive, very flexible, and genuinely excited for us! The food was delicious and displayed beautifully (with lots of unique options to pick from), and the staff working at our wedding was so friendly and professional. With this group on board, you don't need a wedding coordinator! Nikee and our day-of contact, Laura, happily coordinated and directed our other vendors for set up, take down, and answered any questions they had directly. They helped my fiance and I draw up with a realistic timeline for the day, gave us various options for furniture set up in the space, stored decorations we wanted to drop off early (and set them up however we wanted), and kept things running smoothly and on time. They even thought of the really little things too - like saving some extra hors d'oeuvres from cocktail hour for us to snack on at the head table during toasts. Honestly, this team made the entire difference when it came to wedding planning. Catered by Design was an easy and really pleasant to work with one-stop shop for our food, bar, cake, and venue coordination. I'll recommend them to all of my friends getting married in the Chicago area! Thanks again, Nikee and team for making our wedding day so great!
We had our wedding in October in Glenview, IL and Catered by Design did an amazing job hosting our wedding reception. We worked with Sam as we planned our wedding from California, he was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, genuine, and a great communicator. Everyone thought the food was amazing and the service and staff were always on top of things. Everything turned out really beautiful, we would definitely recommend the venue, the food, the staff and its exceptional service!
We hired Catered by Designs for our wedding in September and they were so wonderful. Nikee and her team were so friendly and wonderful to work with. They made everything so smooth and easy throughout the entire process. They food was amazing as well. Plus our guests loved their wine trees. I would highly recommend Catered by Designs!
WOW!Reviewed on 12/15/2015 Elizabeth R
We used Catered by Design for our November 28, 2015 wedding reception and worked Nikee Fellows and Mallory Peck. WOW (did I say that yet)! The team of Nikee and Mallory was by far the most helpful, fun, thoughtful team that we worked with during the wedding planning process. We knew from the moment we walked into their Morton Grove office for our tasting with Mallory that it was going to be a great experience. Everything that we tried tasted amazing and the entire team was so personable that it was such an easy decision to go with them. On the night of the wedding, the venue looked beautiful, much thanks to the suggestions that Nikee and Mallory made on linens and layout of the room. Guest have continued to tell us how amazing all of the food was! Thank you again for making our night so wonderful!
Catered by Design recently catered my daughter's wedding and I would highly recommend them. Sam Gray was great to work with - he was very responsive and worked hard in the months leading up to the wedding to accommodate everything the bride and groom wanted, from food choices to linens. The food was wonderful, probably the best I've had at any wedding or large event, and we had many, many compliments from our guests about the variety and quality of appetizers, salad and main course entrees. Again, I highly recommend Sam and Catered by Design.
Incredible. Absolutely incredible!Reviewed on 5/16/2015 Lyndsey M
We worked with Catered by Design for our December 31st, 2014 wedding. Our wedding could not have been possible without them! We worked with Nikee Fellows, culinary & event specialist, and Mallory Peck, executive assistant & staffing manager. Never in my life have I worked with more accommodating, kind, funny, thoughtful, and productive people than Nikee and Mallory. They helped us with every single detail, big and small, of our wedding catering. From helping us pick the right linens in our budget to food that even the pickiest child or vegan would love, they were there on our side. We ended up having a fantastic menu and chose buffet style. For our hors d'oeuvres, we had passed around butternut squash soup shooters, chesapeake bay crab cakes, bruschetta, thai chicken satay, and caprese bites. For dinner, we had a wintery salad as our salad choice. For meat, we had mediterranean chicken and beef with bordelaise. Our vegetarian option was quartered stuffed portobello mushrooms. We had hearth baked artisan rolls and a side dish of rotini with marinara sauce. They pointed us to a great bakery in the area for our wedding cake (included in the cost), but also provided additional desserts of cheesecake lollipops, chocolate espresso cups, and key lime tartlets. Each and every food was amazing and cooked/baked/prepared to perfection. Many of our guests, young and old, raved that it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding! We had a full bar service that included Bud Lite, Goose Island, and Blue Moon Belgian as our beers. For wine, we had riesling, pinot noir, and chardonnay. Our champagne toast was held at midnight to accommodate our NYE wedding! Catered by Design has an incredible champagne tree where guests walk up to it and grab their glass of champagne. It was incredible and beautiful, please go to their website and look at pictures of it! It's absolutely gorgeous! Lastly, we ended the night with the aforementioned desserts as well as spiced hot apple cider. Catered by Design staff at the wedding were kind and at the top of their game! During cocktail hour, a staff member came up to my wife and I with the passed hors d'oeuvres. We took one or two and thanked her, commenting on how we had yet to try them since we were so busy taking photos. She then went back to the kitchen and brought us our own personal tray of hor d'oeuvres for just the two of us to enjoy! It was such an incredibly kind gesture. Our event coordinator for the night was Laura and she was great! She kept everything moving and helped make sure our night was one to remember. Talking about linens and table arrangements with the planners is one thing, while seeing them is something else entirely. While we obviously knew what things would look like, seeing them in person the day of the wedding was amazing. The venue looked astonishingly beautiful down to every detail. I cannot say more positive things about this point specifically. Everything was incredibley designed and each table looked perfect! Thank you so much, Catered by Design. You helped us make our wedding memorable for the rest of our lives. Another thank you, especially, to Nikee and Mallory!