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Reviewed On 6/18/2022 by Anne S
Ovation is THE place to have a wedding/wedding reception in Chicago. We knew Ovation was amazing as soon as we went to go see it. It's the perfect blend of urban industrial and modern, which is exactly what we wanted. You don't have to decorate...
anything at Ovation because it is that perfect already! The best part of having our reception at Ovation was getting to work with Spencer, Brian, and Margot. Spencer is so communicative and makes planning out the day so easy, plus he is the best Rolls Royce driver! He offered the best suggestions to our photographers for where to take pictures after the wedding. Brian was so helpful making sure everything went well on the day and put together an amazing slideshow and visual seat assignment board (which we got rave comments about)! Margot was an excellent DJ, and our friends and family loved the music selection and fun dance floor! We cannot recommend Ovation enough for your special day!
Reviewed On 6/08/2022 by Robyn S
First - the space is beautiful and just such a fun environment to have a wedding (and a great party!) Everything from Spencer to our DJ services from Style Matters with Mike was perfect. We had such a fun time and cannot thank them both enough ...
for helping make it such a fun night that we will never forget!
Reviewed On 6/02/2022 by Maria R
Where do I begin? Hosting our wedding at Ovation was the best decision ever!! Not only is the venue space drop-dead gorgeous, but the amenities they include and working with Spencer, Brian, and Margot at Style Matters takes the cake! First of a...
ll, Spencer is one of the most responsive vendors I've worked with. We had a ton of questions that we emailed him throughout our engagement, and I always received a clear, kind answer in an incredibly fast amount of time. You can tell he loves working with people and loves hosting amazing parties because he treated us so genuinely. This was especially the case when I walked down the aisle -- he helped coordinate those final moments and reminded me to just breathe and be in the moment. I appreciated him so much!
Brian helped coordinate the first half of the day and he helped create wonderful digital signage for us. I was in awe at his quick and elegant work that truly tied the vibe of the event together. I was also able to think a little less about the decor knowing I could trust Brian and his graphic design work! During the first half of the day, I barely got to work with him since we were off getting ready at another location. But when I arrived, he was SO sweet and introduced himself -- I knew the day was in great hands with him being there while our vendors shuffled in and out.
Finally, one of the best parts about Ovation is that the DJ is included in the experience. Spencer recommended Margot for us, and I'm EXTREMELY glad he did. We loved Margot from the first Zoom call we had with her. She made sure to take time to understand exactly what style we wanted our wedding to be. Then, on the day, she pulled everything together and the dancing was my favorite part of the day! We had a lot of people spanning multiple generations on the dance floor. After the wedding was over, several folks came up to us saying the party was amazing and the music made them wish the night never ended!
BOOK OVATION FOR YOUR WEDDING!! It was the best experience I think we could have had with a venue and I feel so blessed about the beautiful day we had there!
Reviewed On 3/31/2022 by Chris R
Just had our wedding at Ovation and it was a truly amazing experience! Spencer and Brian were so great and easy to work with. The space is so gorgeous that all we really needed to worry about was our table decor and they provide the most beauti...
ful tables and chairs that fit the space really well. Plus you get a Rolls Royce ride around West Town/West Loop after your ceremony that just gives you a really stylish way to unwind with your partner before diving into the reception. One of the best parts though is that the venue also includes a DJ. We had DJ Duke for our special day and he just killed it. I'm pretty sure he managed to mix every song we asked him to and he got everyone out on the floor dancing. I hope our friends get married here so we can come back! Can't recommend this venue and crew enough
Reviewed On 3/22/2022 by Lauren M
We could not have picked a better venue in Chicago. Top notch location service and staff. Everything went perfect thanks to their attention to detail, and willingness to work closely with all the vendors we selected.
Reviewed On 3/11/2022 by Katie S
We attended our friend's wedding at Ovation a couple years ago and knew when our time came it would be at the top of our list! Spencer was transparent, honest, and reassuring throughout the entire process! Wedding planning can be stressful, but...
working with him really gives you the confidence that your day will be everything you hope for!
Reviewed On 1/20/2022 by Rocio Z
Ovation was everything! Spencer made our wedding planning experience a smooth and joyful experience. The venue provides all you could possibly need for a magical event (sound system, dj, photo booth, in house graphic design, classic car for tra...
nsportation, bridal suite, small game room in the back room, etc. Not to mention the venue is absolutely gorgeous and has such a romantic allure. We were beyond impressed and satisfied with Ovation is our wedding venue.
Reviewed On 12/13/2021 by Lilly V
Let me just start by saying if you’ve found this place look no further! We decided on this venue after meeting with Spencer for the first time. He made us feel so comfortable with any and all questions we asked, and gave us our space to look ar...
ound privately. He is quick to respond to emails, no matter how many you send! Lol. He is open to ideas and really allowed us to have the wedding of our dreams! The amenities were what really sold us, from the venue being BYOB (which is hard to find with that “modern loft” setting in the city, not to mention you can choose what you want to serve!), to the gorgeous Rolls Royce that picked us up from our ceremony, to the personalized graphics on the projector and tv screens, we truly felt like we gave our guests a different unique experience that they would enjoy! We felt our DJ was a perfect fit to our style and did an awesome job keeping the dance floor full! Despite COVID restrictions, we received so many compliments. Security comes as part of the contract, and they were great as well! I can go on and on about Ovation and Spencer but I truly cannot recommend them enough! In fact, our friends will be having their wedding at Ovation’s sister loft, and my husband and I told them they are in great hands with Spencer!
Reviewed On 12/01/2021 by Christine M
Spencer at Ovation was the best to work with. He was approachable, communicative, responsive and to the point. We booked a date for November 2020, and due to COViD we had to postpone. Spencer made it so simple, and stuck with us till November 2...
021. His team is just wonderful. We were so happy with the turn out and everything. We would do it all over again. We love you Ovation!
Reviewed On 11/13/2021 by Julia P
Ovation Chicago is the perfect place to have your wedding! It’s a cool space that looks good even without decorations. Their team is remarkable - they provide everything you might need - from the fantastic DJ, to awesome graphic design, and eve...
n a Rolls Royce to get you around and take photos in! There is an on site manager provided for the day, and their photobooth was a huge hit with our guests. Their prices are very reasonable for all the amenities they provide. Look no further for your venue - go with Ovation Chicago!
Reviewed On 9/15/2021 by Samantha C
WOW is all I have to say about Ovation. Planning a wedding during a pandemic hasn't been easy, but through date changes, changing mask mandates and guest counts and all the normal wedding things in between, Spencer and Brian were incredible par...
tners to work with to throw what was truly the party of our dreams. They're so responsive and kept the day running flawlessly. Some highlights: the GORGEOUS space that my guests couldn't stop talking about, the DJ (Hey Major Taylor!) who kept guests on the dance floor the whole night with a set that felt like us, post-ceremony photos in the Rolls Royce and the old school photobooth. If you're looking for a space that brings the good vibes and thinks through every detail, Ovation is for you!
Reviewed On 8/09/2021 by Mara S
While we had a couple of funky communication issues, Ultimately this was a wonderful venue! We like many others had to postpone our wedding, and Spencer was very flexible with us. We were originally at his other venue, but given how booked up t...
hat venue was, Spencer allowed us to do our wedding at Ovation with at no extra cost. They worked well and quickly with our vendors and coordinators, and were extremely responsive. Its also a BEAUTIFUL venue with great sound, and Spencer did everything to make the night awesome!
Reviewed On 7/04/2021 by Hanh H
I finally had my dream wedding on 6/27/2021, Spencer and Jason (my DJ) were the absolutely best! They both made sure my day went as smoothly as possible! Spencer, the owner, wonderful communication, so genuine, and above all else not arrogant b...
ut cool!!!! During the day, of course as the bride, I was beyond stressed, Spencer made sure everything was good and even said bye to me toward the end of the wedding!
Ovation, the venue itself, I mean speechless. Very modern/rustic twist to it! The layout is soooo spacious. Parking is so easy, and the photo booth is such a wonderful addition!
Jason! Dude!! After filling out the questionnaire, we were paired with Dj Intel (Jason)! He is so awesome! Nothing but compliments from my guests, and let me tell you, they are picky people when it comes to music. He listened to everything I wanted from the ceremony music, to cocktails hour, and the reception/dancing! He made sure I was ready to move on to the next event, and I really appreciated that! I recommend him, and I will definitely hire him for any future private events!
Now, one complaint I do have is, many of my family and friends complained about Brian, I believe is his name. I mean I wouldn't know because he didn't even introduce himself to me when we arrived. I think he was suppose to be the event coordinator. Now, I don't know what his job title entails, but to be honest, I didn't like his attitude/mood. One of my friend asked him to help with something, and he responded, "well that's not really my job." He just acted like he didn't want to be there. He was very absence to me. Anyways, I did get super drunk at my wedding :/ and left many of my stuff at the event. I do believe Brian met with my friend the next day to grab the items, so I appreciate that!
Regardless, Spencer and Jason, thank you so much for going above and beyond for us! Ovation was beyond beautiful, and if I can do all this over, Ovation will be my choice every time!
Reviewed On 5/25/2021 by Francesca P
Spencer and Brian were wonderful to work with, and we were so fortunate to have them as part of our wedding team. Planning a wedding during a pandemic was not easy but they were supportive and flexible. We ended up having the wedding of our dre...
ams, and they were able to make it work with two weeks notice when capacity guidelines changed in the city. Ovation itself is an amazing venue that is not only romantic but also fun. The Rolls Royce, photobooth, piano, and new game room are just an added bonus!
Reviewed On 11/04/2020 by Amanda P
We've been working with Spencer and his team to plan our wedding at Ovation since 2018, and then COVID-19 hit... we were two months away from our big day. Spencer was on top of it and immediately helped us weigh our options and we decided to pl...
an a smaller, micro wedding for this fall and move our large reception to next summer (still at Ovation). We just had our micro wedding yesterday and it went off without a hitch. His team helped make sure guests felt safe as we followed social distancing and mask wearing when not eating it drinking. His team even took care of music cues and playing playlists, as well as recording our ceremony via Zoom for everyone who couldn't be there. Thank you Spencer for helping us navigate the process through these uncertain times--we still had the BEST day ever.
Reviewed On 2/04/2020 by Emma B
I cannot say enough great things about this space. We held our ceremony and reception here and wanted the opportunity to customize as much as possible while staying within budget, which is possible here and is a rarity in Chicago. Spencer and t...
heir entire team was phenomenal to work with and made our day SO seamless and beyond what we could have imagined. Also, they have the best DJs! Would have my wedding here 1,000 times over.
Reviewed On 1/20/2020 by Lauren S
Choosing our venue was definitely the most difficult part of wedding planning. Mostly because Ovation wasn't available for our chosen date. When they magically were available again... we knew we needed to hop on it. It's clear that Spencer and...
his team thought of everything when they created Ovation. It was great getting guidance on the DJ, and the rest of the amenities were such great value as well (photo booth, candle treatment, ROLLS ROYCE!, video/visual creation, furniture). Spencer is so great to work with - responsive, professional, totally chill. Just wants you to have the best time. And we did. If you're looking for modern, industrial, or just a great freaking party - this place is definitely for you.
Reviewed On 1/18/2020 by Kaleigh H
We had our wedding at Ovation in early December, and it was magical! Spencer, Brian and the whole Ovation staff were awesome to work with. Spencer was so helpful in the planning process: responding quickly to emails, recommending (but never req...
uiring) other awesome vendors to work with, and connecting us with the best style matters DJ and drummer! Oh and the wedding day also went off without a hitch.
We knew what we wanted in a venue- somewhere in the city, where we could bring in our own food and beverage preferences, and not have to plan or spend a lot on decorations. Check, check, check, and so much more.
It can be difficult to find an indoor venue that doesn't feel cookie cutter or sterile, but the exposed brick, metal beams, reclaimed wood, and overall industrial vibe of Ovation were far from it. All we needed were candles and a few eucalyptus branches to make it feel warm and intimate (while it was freezing outside). Every inch of the space was backdrop worthy and our pictures came out amazing!
The candle package, upstairs private space (used by the groom and groomsmen to get ready) photobooth (great for a guestbook), digital designer for welcome sign/slide show/seating chart and Rolls Royce were icing on the cake.
Go check out Ovation for yourself, and hope its available for your date!
Reviewed On 11/29/2019 by Jillian D
I had my wedding at Ovation in October and it was an amazing experience! Spencer and the team could not have been more helpful, both leading up to the event and the day-of. The venue itself is beautiful and comes with so many cool extras from t...
he photobooth, game tables, upstairs wedding suite, a private bathroom for the wedding party, television screens, and a Rolls Royce for photos! Plus, having the tables, chairs, lighting, and DJ all included is great- less vendors to research! If you are looking for a cool urban vibe for your wedding that is pretty low stress, definitely check-out Ovation!
Reviewed On 10/23/2019 by Rebecca P
I've worked two fabulous weddings at Ovation and it's just so easy. The space is gorgeous with the urban loft-chic style and incredible amenities like an in-house DJ, Rolls Royce house car, built in bar, easy curtain wall to close off the cerem...
ony/reception space for a flip, spacious kitchen for your caterer to load in appliances and prep and a super handy bridal suite upstairs that gives our couples a chance to escape. I highly recommend Spencer and the team, they'll take great care of you and we love working with them!
Reviewed On 10/23/2019 by Paulina N
This place is a hidden gem in Chicago! Spencer at Ovation is a wedding pro and has a great team! The space has everything from a photobooth, TV screens (so you can be eco friendly—forget welcoming signs, wedding programs, seating charts, etc. i...
t can all be visually displayed—customized by Brian who was extremely patient with our vision), DJ included (we were so happy with Max, plus one less vendor to research), rustic/modern tables and chairs (which are well maintained), plus a Rolls Royce! Our bridal party loved the private bridal suite/bathroom, something we didn’t really value until the day of. I won’t lie that we originally had sticker shock after touring the venue, but after some other venue tours and number crunching, the amenities and flexibility at Ovation could not be beat! We got so many compliments on our selection of a unique wedding venue, but we can’t take the credit. Cannot recommend this space and Spencer/team enough!
Reviewed On 10/21/2019 by Erin M
Ovation was the perfect venue for us and we can't keep it a secret any longer! Spencer was very accommodating with all of our requests from letting us hang up 1000 origami crane garland to having multiple caterers for our wide range of food nee...
ds. Our wedding was absolutely spectacular! Ovation includes everything you need from a video and projection wall to reduce paper waste (i.e. seating chart, ceremony program, thank you message to guests, etc.) to even including a graphic designer for use of the video and projection walls. Ovation even includes your DJ! And the quality of DJ is remarkable! The venue is absolutely beautiful and the Rolls Royce Ride made it so much more special! We just can't stop talking about how amazing our wedding was and we could not have done it without Ovation's help!
Reviewed On 5/14/2019 by Kyle K
My husband and I saw several venues while looking for the perfect spot to get married in Chicago and the second we walked into Ovation our search was over. The venue is a combination of industrial and minimalist - with a perfect setup for both ...
ceremony and reception able to be in one place. It was really a blank slate that we could do as much or as little with as we wanted to truly make it our own. Plus the staff was so easy to work with - they made us feel right at home. Spencer and his team were extremely responsive as we were deciding to book the venue and kept us very informed on how quickly they were being booked/what they had available for us to chose from. Plus so much is included in the price that takes away some of the stress - we didn't have to rent any tables/chairs because those are included and are absolutely gorgeous so we were able to skip renting table linens. Candle treatments, microphones, a photobooth, and more are included as well. A DJ is also included in the overall cost and after filling out a thorough questionnaire, we were paired with Ryan - he did an incredible job and took the vibe we were hoping for and ran with it. On the day, one of our favorite moment together following the ceremony was in the vintage Rolls Royce that the venue owns. Brian was onsite with us and drove the Rolls - he took care of everything and was so easy to work with. He knew of a few spots near by for us to take some photos as well. Overall every person from Ovation that we interacted with was extremely helpful and made the process easy. That coupled with the fact that the venue was absolutely stunning makes Ovation a great choice.
Reviewed On 1/15/2019 by Gwen P
When my husband and I were looking for a venue for our wedding, immediately we knew we wanted a place where we could make it our own and weren’t bound by preferred lists with companies that usually charged more for weddings. After some research...
we found Ovation and after visiting we thought it would be the perfect place. Here we’d be able to bring in any vendors we wanted and it’s so pretty that you don’t need to waste money on a lot of extra decor. The owner, Spencer Lokken, is great to work with and is extremely diligent in answering emails. Anytime I emailed him, he would email back within about 30 minutes. He also offers so much with the rental: a DJ from their company, a ride in a Rolls Royce (which looks amazing in photos!), an old school photobooth (you get digital copies of all the photos taken), tables, chairs, and a grand piano (which my husband used as a surprise). It is on the pricey side ($9000 in 2018), but you save on everything else since you can bring in all your other vendors (we were able to only spend $5000 on food for 200 people). All of this makes me so happy we went with Ovation and I would not have picked anywhere else, but I would maybe suggest getting your own DJ if they allow that and if you don’t mind spending the extra money. They pair you with one of their DJs that is available for your date, but I would have preferred finding my own as I had done a lot of research and carefully picked all of our other vendors and was happy with them. Our DJ, Dustin Harris, went against some of the things we had outlined in our meeting and instructions. For example, I said in person and then wrote in all caps, not to remix the songs; I wanted the radio edit and then to fade in and out of each song. But he remixed some of the songs so the radio version didn’t play and that was one of the things I absolutely hate. My husband was also upset he played a song 20 seconds past the start of the song at the end of the ceremony when he was planning a surprise for me; he had timed exactly how long it would take from the start of the song to the part he wanted the surprise to happen and he ended up having to try to speed walk with me down the aisle. He didn’t cut off the song for my father-daughter dance where I had said to cut it off and that took both my dad and I off guard and we had to improvise which was exactly what I didn’t want to worry about doing the day of. Music was one of the most important things, which was why we stayed up picking out all the different songs that were must plays, and more general songs to play, so for us this was a bit disappointing. I would still definitely recommend booking with Ovation without a doubt, but I would maybe say to research DJs a bit more if that is really important to you.
Reviewed On 12/03/2018 by Dorotea V
Not only is the venue amazing, but the staff will also go above and beyond to make sure your wedding runs smoothly! There were so many little details that I hadn’t thought of for the ceremony and Ovation took care of it! The DJ did a good job o...
f playing an equal amount of Albanian, Latin and English music during the reception. We loved having the vintage car for photo shoots and for a ride back to the hotel. The staff is laid back, professional and easy to work with! I am grateful to have found Ovation and I highly recommend this little gem in Chicago!
Reviewed On 10/26/2018 by Haley F
My husband and I got married at Ovation this October and we could not have been happier with our venue choice. The space is expertly decorated and laid out, making the transition from cocktail hour to dinner to dancing smooth and natural. Our g...
uests could not get enough of the atmosphere and felt extremely comfortable the whole night. Between the market lights strung above the dance floor, the candles lighting the windowsills, the built-in surround sound, and the vintage photobooth, Ovation truly is a show-stopper. We loved pulling up to cocktail hour in the 1959 Rolls Royce-it made for quite the entrance! Overall, Spencer and his team are phenomenal people to work with. They were extremely attentive to emails leading up to the event and the staff working day of were friendly and accommodating. They seemed like they genuinely enjoyed working there. We could not recommend Ovation enough for a wedding or special events venue!
Reviewed On 8/13/2018 by Blair S
Ovation was amazing! If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. Spencer and his crew took care of us like we were VIPs. From the vintage car to the photo booth and every other little detail in between, Ovation deserves a standing ovation! We'v...
e had so many people mention how great the space was and we completely agree! Spencer was so easy to work with, both leading up to and on the big day. Major shout out to Ovation for literally making dreams come true!
Reviewed On 7/24/2018 by Anna S
We received so many compliments on Ovation as the wedding venue! After visiting about 12 venues in the city, I was tired of going to venues that catering restrictions and required tablecloth and/or chair rentals. Ovation may seem more pricey t...
han other vendors, but they truly fit the bill for everything. They've thought of everything and it really is the complete package! We did very minimal table settings (table stands and votives) and the guests thought it was the perfect ambiance. Spencer and his team are a class act! I felt so unprepared and Spencer sent over the wedding questionnaire and his team was around to help with the coordination and arrival of all vendors. His team are so prepared and professional. Nikki and Brian assisted throughout the evening and were attentive to every detail. I can't thank them enough - highly recommend!
Reviewed On 6/18/2018 by Jacquie P
Spencer and the team at Ovation deserve 10/5 stars. We held our wedding at Ovation this spring and it was the best decision we made to hold it there. The venue was perfect and not only fit our aesthetic, but was one of the most convenient weddi...
ng venues we've ever been to. I don't think Spencer puts his phone down because if we ever had a question about logistics, measurements, etc, Spencer would reply within a few minutes and never got annoyed by our continuous stream of questions. We got so many compliments from our guests on the venue and it doesn't hurt that they have a sick Rolls Royce that you can take for a spin! Spencer and team - thank you for everything to make our day so special!
Reviewed On 12/28/2017 by Katie J
When we were looking for a venue, we wanted to find somewhere that would let us bring in our own caterer. While there are a few locations in Chicago that allow you to do so, Ovation stood out to us. The space was beautiful and unique, the price...
included amenities that weren't included anywhere else, and Spencer was amazing to work with! From planning to day-of, the Ovation team was responsive, organized, and a pleasure to work with. They go above and beyond to make sure that every detail has been thought of and are on site to make sure everything runs smoothly. They were also very flexible with us stopping by to show off the space to our parents as well as to do a walk through with our vendors. The ride in the Rolls Royce after the ceremony was a highlight for us. Our guests were on the dance floor all night thanks to our amazing DJ. We wish we could throw another party to use the space again! Thank you to Spencer and the entire Ovation team for helping to ensure that our day was perfect!
Reviewed On 10/09/2017 by Julie Z
Where to even begin? We held our wedding at Ovation in September 2017 and have already sung their praises more times than we can number. We knew when we first toured the space that this was our perfect fit, and Spencer and his staff went well o...
ut of their way to make sure every detail of the night mirrored our style. We were struck by the value of the venue, and the myriad of services included in the cost of the space:
cocktail and reception tables/chairs, a Styles Matters DJ with a top of the line sound system in-house, a Rolls Royce shuttle for the bride and groom, window and table candle treatments, the perfect photo booth, a green room/private bathroom for us to steal a few moments away). Having Ovation's "one-stop-shop" for so many ticket-items that would have meant more vendors to coordinate, simplified so much of the planning process and left us priceless peace of mind the day of the wedding. We found every element of the the space to be well thought out, perfectly executed, and it ultimately required very few additional touches on our part for decor. Ovation was the perfect space for throwing a cozy-feeling wedding with a bumping party that followed. Brian, Ovation's designer wowed us with amazing visuals for our seating chart and gave a polished feel to the whole event; he even surprised us with a breathtaking digital welcome image that greeted our guests the instant they entered the venue. So many guests have shared with us how stunning Ovation was, how seamless and inconspicuous the ceremony-space was flipped, and how Ovation set a higher bar for the weddings that they've attended. For all of that and then some, we couldn't agree more. Do yourself, your family and friends, your pocketbook, and your wedding photographer a favor and trust Ovation for your special day.
Reviewed On 9/19/2017 by Alyssa W
What a beautiful, raw space! Spencer and his team are really laid back and accommodating. He gave us good advice and was really flexible with touring the venue with our caterer and wedding planner.
The space itself is gorgeous on its own and d...
oesn't need much décor to make it amazing. The perks that came with it were great and we LOVED out DJ through StyleMatters which was included in the price. It was nice to bring in our own caterer (we did pizza) and bartenders. I would definitely recommend Ovation for not just weddings but all kinds of events.
Thank you, Ovation for making our wedding day so special!
Reviewed On 8/11/2017 by Emily S
Choosing Ovation as our venue was easily our best decision during the entire wedding prep process. From the start, Spencer was more accommodating than you could imagine. He allowed us to come see the beautiful venue several times to help with o...
ur planning. He was always quick to reply to any questions or requests. On the day of the wedding, he was there early and made sure everything went perfectly. He worked seamlessly with all of our vendors and helped orchestrate a flawless wedding. We could write paragraphs on how great it was to work with Spencer and how beautiful the space is. His venue has a great set up for a wedding with less than 200 guests. Great dance floor, very nice sound system for music and speeches, large bar, photo booth, couches for lounging (and for kids to sleep on at night), complimentary ride in his vintage Rolls Royce. Seriously, we can't say enough great things about this place.
Reviewed On 7/14/2017 by Micah M
I'm not the first to say this (literally, see the posts below) but Ovation is hands down the best venue in Chicago. Peter and I looked at a few venues around the city when we initially got to engaged -- to be honest, most felt a little outdated...
, over priced and had an absurd preferred vendor list. Then we toured Ovation. From the beautiful design of the space to the farm tables to the Rolls Royce ride and awesome owner (what's up, Spencer!), we knew that this was where we wanted to hold our wedding reception. From the time we booked Ovation, vendors had an ecstatic reaction when we told them where we were getting married. Literally, my mom thought I paid them to have such an enthusiastic response about the venue.
Throughout the entire planning process, Spencer was always extremely responsive to any and all wedding related questions, often responding to e-mails within minutes. It was kind of incredible. Spencer has an awesome team of people who help run the show at Ovation, including Brian. Brian helped us create a unique digital seating chart and graphic for the photo booth strip using provided assets and he KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK. If I could include the praise hand emojis in Yelp reviews to describe Spencer and his team, I would insert them here. Seriously, the Ovation has the nicest, most talented people in the business and we're so lucky we were able to work with them.
One of the other awesome perks of Ovation is that you get to use a Styles Matters DJ for the reception. Not going to lie, it's hard to decide which one to go with because there are so many talented artists but, after a search on Yelp, we went with Max. To anyone reading this review let me just say... Max is the absolute best. I literally feel emotional writing this post because I was impressed with his work. We met with him about a week before the wedding and he was first off one of the nicest guys we've ever met and also fully understood the vibe we were going for during the reception. The night of the wedding he completely blew our minds -- Peter and I and honestly all of our guests were in awe of how great the music was - we couldn't get off the dance floor even if we tried!
Long story short... Ovation is the absolute best and you'd be silly not to have your event/wedding there.
Reviewed On 6/08/2017 by Scott F
Look no further - Ovation is the real deal. We had our wedding ceremony, cocktails, and reception at Ovation and could not be happier with our decision. The venue is beautiful AND designed logistically to handle events. Spencer goes above and b...
eyond what is expected of a host - we visited Ovation multiple times before our wedding to work on our vision - he was always accommodating (and he responds to questions/emails quickly). We loved that we could bring in our own catering and decor... really making our big day, "ours." Thank you Ovation and Spencer!
Reviewed On 5/25/2017 by Rebecca A
My husband and I loved Ovation from the moment we walked in, It had such a different vibe than any other wedding venue I had been to. I was so tired of looking at the usual banquet style places and this was such a breath of fresh air. The owner...
Spencer is very easy to work with and you meet with him close to the wedding to do a final walkthrough. He makes sure you understand everything the venue has to offer and use it to the full capacity. We had our wedding ceremony and reception here and the "flip" went very smoothly. We had many many guests compliment the space and we have no regrets. Ovation comes with so many great things, amazing DJ, Rolls Royce for the day, built in photo booth, bridal/groom suite, and use of background screens. Spencer is great at recommending other vendors but you can use whomever you want as there is no official list. He recommended the catering company we ended up using and loved! Ovation lets you use outside alcohol so we used Binnys and saved some money that way. I recommend this venue for any couple in Chicago that wants to make their wedding night unique and carefree! The space seems expensive at first but when you add in all the extras it comes with while comparing it to similar loft like spaces, it is an easy choice!
Reviewed On 4/22/2017 by Kristi K
"Tell only your closest friends," is what they say, but I can't help but tell everyone I possibly can about how incredible this venue is!!! From the moment we stepped inside we knew we didn't need to look any further! Spencer and his team wer...
e so awesome to work with and he made the entire planning process so incredibly easy and stress free. When they designed this space, there was no detail overlooked - they seriously thought of everything! Our guests are still talking about how much they loved Ovation, and so are we!!
As part of our package Spencer matched us with our DJ, Max, from the Style Matters team, and Max brought the house down!! The dance floor was never empty! He was the best!!
Reviewed On 4/08/2017 by Kelsey M
I can not say enough how perfect our day was and so much of that was because of Spencer and his team! Not only is the space beautiful and sound quality amazing, but Spencer and his team are truly one of a kind! The day was so special, fun and j...
oyful. Spencer is such a warm and calming presence and is so attentive to detail- from working the curtains, suggesting the best location for speeches and layout of tables, to having old videos playing during the dancing. They have really thought of everything! It was raining the day of our wedding, and the team was there to greet guests with umbrellas when they arrived- how thoughtful! The set up and transitions throughout were flawless and every continued to comment on how much they loved the Rolls Royce, unique tables, and digital designs- and how can I forget the photobooth!
Not only is Ovation staffed with amazing, caring, and attentive people, but they are also so talented! Ryan was our DJ(and I am sure the entire team is amazing!) and at one point my sister came up to me and said, I don't have time to sit down because every song is a "banger." We loved working with Ryan and he even set up time to meet with us as well prior to the big day and walked through how things would be set up. He is so passionate about music and so great at getting everyone out on the dance floor.
Leading up to the big day, Spencer was so responsive to emails, let my mom come and see the place, sent us a great survey to fill out to help prepare for the day, set up a final walk through with us and the cater to help organize the day. When he asked us about how we wanted the ceremony and speeches to go, we said we weren't sure and he was so willing to help out! One more thing I thought was really nice was Spencer texted us the morning of our wedding ensuring us everything would go great and to let us know if we needed anything extra. Small, but I just feel like it emphasizing how much the Ovation team really values their clients and loves what they do.
We can not thank Spencer and his team enough for such an amazing day! The space is beautiful, sound system amazing, and the people working there are wonderful, caring, and know how to keep the party going! We feel so lucky to have met them.
You will not be able to find a better place for your wedding or any other event.
Reviewed On 4/03/2017 by Alex A
I can not say enough good things about Ovation. Spencer and his team are amazing and made everything so simple and stress-free. I love that their price is all inclusive even covering a photo booth and DJ. Greatest deal ever!! We looked at about...
5 or 6 venues before Ovation but nothing else compares. The space doesn't even need decorations because it is just so awesome by itself. I am so glad we chose this venue and will recommend it to everyone I know.
Reviewed On 3/25/2017 by Jessica F
It has been difficult for me to get started on this review, because I feel there is SO much I want to say, and just too many overwhelmingly wonderful emotions that go with it! Ovation. Is. EVERYTHING. My husband and I looked at only one venue b...
efore Ovation, and as soon as we walked into the space, we knew it was perfect for us. We met with Spencer (the owner of Ovation) and couldn't help ourselves from gushing with glee. The size was perfect for our 150-200 projected guest count. The refurbished wood floors, high ceiling, stunning ceiling joist architecture/skylight extending through the center of the space, a 20' wood bar, state of the art speaker system, I could go on and on and on. We booked the venue immediately and everything from that moment fell perfectly into place. Spencer and his team were not only some of the most capable, communicative, accommodating people I've ever worked alongside, but even more importantly, they had the best positive energy and made every meeting and interaction feel productive, fun, positive and hopeful. They all "got it" - every question or concern I had multiple immediate solutions, they had previously worked with almost every single vendor I hired (from catering, to lighting, to my day of coordinator), which made everything feel seamless. They left me feeling like I was in the best hands possible. And they did not disappoint. Our ceremony and reception were 100% perfect. They had everything under control the entire time, and I was fully able to enjoy every moment of the day. As a designer, I was very particular about how I wanted everything to look; from the TV screens, projection images, layout, etc; and they nailed everything to a T. All while having fun and keeping things feeling relaxed. The vibe was perfect. The aesthetic was perfect. I just wish I could live it all again.
One final note, because it's super important: the DJ we worked with (through the venue) was amazing. We had most people telling us after the reception that that was by far, the BEST DJ they had ever experienced. And we fully agree. He (Max) knew exactly what to play and fed off the vibe of the crowd perfectly. It was a hell of a dance party and the energy just kept building. He helped take both our tastes in music and wove them together to create the ultimate party playlist. It was absolutely the best party I've ever been to! I wish I could work with Ovation (and most importantly, with the people who worked there!) over and over again. I would recommend Ovation to anyone and everyone.
Reviewed On 2/16/2017 by Kathryn B
I wish I could give Ovation 10 stars! Spencer, Brian and team were amazing from start to finish. It’s no wonder the space is booked solid… the venue is incredible and the staff is kind, professional, creative and know how to throw a party! Our ...
January wedding was perfect thanks to all of Ovation’s hard work. It was wonderful working with Spencer! Throughout the entire process, he was always extremely responsive and answered as many questions as I had (which sometimes was a lot). He was also super laid back and accommodating to ensure our wedding was what we wanted and not just another standard one. And we can’t forget about his perfect pick for our DJ and our amazing Rolls Royce ride and getting to know more about him on a personal level. We love Spencer! Brian was also a huge contributor to our wedding’s success! He was super informative on our final walkthrough and made sure we had everything we needed. And I can’t forget to give him a shout out for the amazing slideshow visuals and imagery he put together for us! Wedding planning was stressful to say the least but I never felt nervous or worried that things would go wrong. I could tell that the Ovation team knew what they were doing and I was right. They went above and beyond our expectations in every way possible and we can’t thank them enough for making our day so special! I could go on and on for hours about the gorgeous space, variety of stellar amenities included, the killer staff or just the uniqueness of Ovation’s vibe… but I’ll just leave it with …do yourself a favor a BOOK OVATION!!!! You won’t be disappointed! Thank you Ovation!