The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Situated just a block from the Chicago River, InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is an elegant venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. This 1929 building has constantly been renovated to reflect the changing tastes and preferences of modern-day brides. In addition, this venue combines the classical Illinois charm with present-day amenities hence providing a spectacular guest experience. The beautiful ballrooms at InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, each located on different floors, provides privacy and exclusivity for celebrations.
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile has ideally attuned decor designed for warm and colorful events. Couples are allowed to further customize the event spaces to a specific theme setting. In addition, a wedding at InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile guarantees the use of amenities, such as brocade linens, china, crystal stemware and flatware. The following spaces are options for ceremonies and receptions in the property.
The grand ballroom is uniquely designed with a stunning elliptical shape. This room blends the beauty of marble columns with the Baccarat chandelier thus creating a superb space location ideal for both weddings and receptions. Moreover, this ballroom has a strategically positioned balcony that can be used during the cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 400 seated guests.
The Renaissance ballroom exudes opulence from its ornately painted ceilings, elm paneled walls and 5 Baccarat chandeliers. Couples may choose to adjust the furniture arrangements of this room so as to create adequate dance floor space.
King Arthur’s court ballroom is decorated with stained glass and a number of antiques. As a result of its unique lighting, King Arthur’s court ballroom is suitable for romantic and intimate weddings.
What You Should Know
All foods, beverages and alcoholic drinks must be handled by the venue’s culinary team. Couples are permitted to customize their menu selections to their own liking. Also, to facilitate detailed customization, adequate planning and price harmonization; couples are expected to schedule an appointment with the catering manager.
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile does not charge rental fees for receptions at the venue. However, couples and guests are expected to meet a specified foods and beverages minimum.
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile allocates six hours of event time, excluding set-up and take-down times. Event setup can start at 5 p.m. The set-up fee for the wedding is billed separately and may range from $500 to $750. Upon request, the venue may extend time allocation at an extra charge. However, all events must end by 2 a.m.
For the comfort of all the guests, InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile does not permit smoking in its indoor spaces. Guests are expected to smoke only in the designated areas. Other restrictions include the use of unapproved decorations, such as confetti, rice and birdseed.
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile has a fully equipped state of the art fitness center. This facility allows couples and guests to relax and stay fit before and after the wedding. Other notable perks offered by InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile include:
- Spa and health club
- Concierge services
- Dog-friendly accommodation
- Luxury bath amenities
- In-room dining
- Safety deposit box
- Vehicle charging stations
- Laundry service
- Currency exchange
- Gift shop
- Wi-Fi available dressing rooms
- Reduced-rate guest rooms
- Private photography room for pre-ceremony photos
- Easy access to Lincoln Park Zoo
From the Vendor
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.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Historic Venue, Hotel
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Service Staff
Out of town wedding - June 15, 2013Reviewed on 7/14/2013 Brenda M
For our wedding, The Intercontinental Hotel served an exquisite 4-course meal consisting of Soup Exotic Mushroom Consommé Flavored with Lemongrass and Galangal with a Porcini Flan Salad Bibb Salad with Grilled Pear, Stilton Cheese and Caramelized Pecans, Dressed with a Dark Balsamic Vinaigrette Entrée Petite Filet Mignon Paired with Crab Cake and Garlic Pesto Mashed Potatoes, accented with Asparagus, Carrots and Broccolini Dessert 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.
Steve, the Catering Sales Manager, is one of the most organized, responsive, and friendly venue coordinators I have had the pleasure of working with. I am a wedding planner in the Chicago area and recently had a wedding at the Intercontinental. Steve was so helpful in making the day run smoothly. As a planner it is so incredibly helpful to have another person on site that knows the venue and schedule inside and out. I also have to rave about the staff, the event captains and wait staff were polite and efficient. The bride and groom were so incredibly happy with how everything turned out. (Also the food was amazing!!) Over all great event! Thank you Steve and the team at the InterContinental!
Chris and his staff were so courteous. My wedding was better than I ever imagined it could be. Everyone was impressed and said it was the best wedding they have ever attended. I definitely have the staff at the Intercontinental to thank for that. My food was beyond delicious. We had so much fun planning, and it just turned out perfect. Thank you, Chris!
Getting married here was like being married in a fairytale castle. Everything, from the bridal suite, to the rooms we used for the wedding, to the service was simply unreal. If you want or need the convenience of a hotel, there is no better hotel. The guests were awed, I was awed, it was amazing. Also the ballroom is by far the best in the city. Even though it's big the ovular space with the balcony feels so intimate and is really just the best space ever for a party! The Renaissance room for the ceremony was perfect as well. Chris at the Intercontinental is an incredible person to work with. He's a professional who will work with you to make your wedding dream a reality!!
Amazing Place!Reviewed on 7/07/2015 Kelly O
Chris at the InterCon was wonderful throughout the entire process. The service was incredible from top to bottom at the hotel. We used the Grand Ballroom and could not have been more pleased. We have gotten so many compliments on the food and service. You really can't beat the location of this venue. Your guests are right on Michigan and have walking access to all major tourist attractions in the city. Another perk was the wonderful rate they gave us for our wedding block. The rate was so great that all of our wedding guests stayed at the hotel. I would recommend this venue to anyone looking to have a downtown venue!
Absolutely Stunning Venue (All Aspects)Reviewed on 1/05/2015 Emily B
In our search for our venue, my wife and I wanted a ballroom that didn't require a whole lot added to it in terms of flowers, up lighting, etc. The King Arthur Court Ballroom delivered just that! Our initial wedding corespondent left midway through our working with the venue, she left us in great hands with Chris Schmidt who really delivered as far as being responsive, working with our budget and being in attendance to aid us the day of. He even arranged us our same room for a rehearsal the day before, which was much needed. Roughly 120 of the 140 guests we had flew into Chicago for the wedding and you really cannot beat the location on Michigan Ave, near the river, near trump tower, 3 block walk to the red line train, a 6 block walk to Millenium park one way and the Hancock Observatory the other way! The accommodations in the rooms were lovely and our parents were both upgraded to suites for their stays. While the elevator did break down on one side of the tower leaving only 1 out of 4 working, that is an issue that could not be controlled by the hotel and our guests were able to make other arrangements to get to where they needed to be in a timely fashion. Bob, the concierge, was extremely knowledgeable giving our guests information about the city and attractions/restaurants. As for the venue itself and the way the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and reception all were held were absolutely perfect. The wait staff was very friendly and answered requests quickly. The set up was flawless (especially for having only 60 minutes to flip the entire room from ceremony to reception). The maitre 'd and Chris both worked with us when our dinner ran long to extend the open bar, therefore keeping us and our guests very happy. Everything ran smoothly with the exception of one of our guests dropping a glass on the dance floor; but it was quickly cleaned up by some of the waitstaff causing only a minor delay in the amazing party we were able to have there. All of our guests claimed it was the most beautiful wedding they have been to and everything was perfect! We would not have changed a single thing!
Amazing night!Reviewed on 10/23/2014 Cristina M
My wedding couldn't have been more of a dream, it was better than I had imagined. Beautiful grand ballroom and amazing location. I could't have asked for more!
Our Guests Were WOW-EDReviewed on 10/09/2014 Ellen L
My husband and I chose the InterContinental Michigan Avenue because we wanted a hotel where absolutely everything would be taken care of with first class quality. Our expectations were exceeded! The catering team was very easy to work with, proactive in helping us and accommodating to our needs. Our dog was able to be in the wedding!!! We did NOT want a venue that looked like another hotel ballroom. The IC's historic tower was built in the 1930's, and it feels like a castle with old world decor. It also gave us lots of fabulous options for photos. Our guests were WOW-ed. Some told me it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever attended. I wanted a breath taking wedding that would WOW guests - and I got it!! Absolutely everything was perfect. My husband and I would not change a thing for the whole day.
Absolutely PerfectReviewed on 10/07/2014 Noelle D
Everything was absolutely perfect. My husband and I could not have picked a better venue for our wedding. The hotel is beautiful and the Gran Ballroom is the most perfect layout for an engaging yet not stuffy feel. The director of events was a pleasure to work with and involved in our night to ensure everything went smoothly. My husband and I even went back to our suite afterwards to find a very gracious note from him. The wait staff was impeccable. The food was delicious and we received endless compliments on the food and service. I would highly recommend the Intercontinental for a fun yet elegant and classy affair.
Beautiful and timeless venueReviewed on 11/04/2012 Jessica M
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.
Poor managementReviewed on 10/07/2012 Renee F
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.
JoyceAshReviewed on 9/10/2012 Joyce A
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!
Awesome!Reviewed on 10/13/2011 Anne O
Wonderful venue for a reception. The food was delicious and the staff was helpful and easy to work with.