The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Renaissance Chicago North Shore is a hotel and special events venue located in Northbrook, Illinois. This is a peaceful suburb just outside of Chicago and just minutes away from Northwestern University. There is a bus stop within walking distance for those who want to explore more of the city. The hotel itself features contemporary architecture and subtle, yet elegant, decorative touches. There are multiple event spaces available for ceremonies and receptions with anywhere between 50 and 400 guests.
The Winnetka Ballroom is large enough to accommodate up to 400 standing guests or 360 seated guests, which makes it the biggest event space at this venue. It is on the ground floor of the hotel and it is easy to access from the main lobby. It also has a private side entrance. The venue can split the space into up to three smaller sections.
The Northbrook Ballroom is slightly smaller than the Winnetka Ballroom. It has enough space for up to 380 standing guests or 350 seated guests. This space has a carpeted floor, but you can have a portable hardwood dance floor. The venue can also split it into three smaller sections.
The Wilmette is ideal for groups with between 100 and 125 guests. It has a fairly neutral color scheme that consists of shades of ivory and light brown. This makes it easy to bring in your own decorations and customize the space.
The Skokie. If you are looking for a more intimate space, the Skokie is a good choice. This space works well for between 40 and 80 guests. It has sizable windows that overlook the hotel grounds.
What You Should Know
Renaissance Chicago North Shore has an on-site catering team that provides all food and beverage services for weddings. This team can create a wide variety of dishes ranging from casual fare to fine dining style meals. It can also accommodate nearly any dietary restriction with advanced notice. After booking a space for your wedding, you can schedule a complimentary menu tasting so that you can get a better idea of what this catering team has to offer.
There are on-site accommodations for you and your wedding guests available at this venue. Your guests can book individual rooms or you can book a block of up to 30 rooms so that everyone can stay in the same area of the hotel. As well as standard guest rooms, there are suites and multi-room suites available.
This venue provides all necessary chairs and tables for weddings, including extra tables for a cake-cutting station and gift station. It also provides standard place settings and white table linens.
Renaissance Chicago North Shore is a versatile place to host a wedding. It even offers some unique extra perks that can enhance your overall wedding experience.
- High-speed wireless Internet access
- Built-in projection equipment
- Photo booth rentals available
- Indoor heated swimming pool
- Fitness center
From the Vendor
Newly Renovated Hotel!
Prepare for inspiring moments at this AAA Four Diamond Hotel. Our award winning chef captivates guests with innovative menus. Renaissance certified wedding planners help create your vision with unique floral displays, specialty linens and dramatic lighting. It is your day, made magical.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Food + Catering
Felt like it was made for me!Reviewed on 11/04/2015
When I walked in the Renaissance hotel it was like the place was made for my wedding. Everything in the lobby was purple and silver which were the colors of my wedding. The Northbrook ballroom was perfect size for my guest list and I loved the large hallway outside for the cocktail hour with the cute furniture and stairs down to the room with the arched doorways. Everyone was very friendly at the hotel. Kristin was a joy to work with as she is on top of everything and so sweet! I highly recommend working with her. I forget his name but the man who stayed all night in the room running the staff was awesome. He was kind and always asking me and my parents if we needed anything and if everything was good. The tech guy (Mike I think) was so helpful in setting up our video slideshow, especially because it wasn't working last minute with our projector, but he came to the rescue and the video was perfect. The room was decorated and so gorgeous. The food was absolutely delicious, even the late night snacks! I had my ceremony in the same room and it was put together so nicely and the staff did an amazing job transforming the room during the cocktail hour while letting us quickly take photos at the alter while they were tearing down the ceremony to put up the reception. We took a shuttle to the Chicago Botanic Garden for photos and it was so beautiful, even with the trees mostly bare! Our wedding night had the first snow of 2014 and it was beautiful seeing the snow covered ground at night outside. We love the hotel so much we are going back next weekend for our one year anniversary and spending the night there again. The photos we took in the hotel are beautiful, especially the ones in the lobby with the matching purple and silver! I knew the Renaissance was the place we should get married the minute we walked in it! I definitely recommend having your wedding at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel! The bar in the hotel stayed open until 2am for us and the beds were so comfortable to sleep in, even my guests told me that! Having a brides room all morning to have our hair and makeup done in their and food and drinks was awesome!
Once we saw Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel for the first time, we knew the search for our wedding reception venue was over! My now, husband and I planned to get married 4-5 months after the first time we visited Renaissance. Our contact was Mariya who we communicated with over e-mail, as I was still living in Canada at the time. We were able to meet Mariya in March 2016 and she was a pleasure to work with, welcomed all our questions and concerns and was very understanding that my family and in-laws were out of towners, only my then, fiance, lived in the area. Mariya was very punctual and detailed in her responses as most of the communication was done on email and phone. It helped that Renaissance had many contacts for the cake, table decor, photobooth, which made it so much easier with the planning process! We loved Renaissance, some advantages and highlights we found: - Modern design and classy atmosphere - Uplighting available - Beautiful ballroom - Room blocks for guests - Ample parking - Delicious variety of food - Getting ready rooms for bridal party - Complimentary suite for bride and groom and much more! Now, 5 months later, our family and guests continue to share with us how much they enjoyed our reception venue and how friendly all the staff were! Thankful for Mariya who was always so patient with us and always had a smile on her face! Bill in the lobby was very friendly and always welcoming! By the first day we met, he already knew us on a first-name basis! We could not have had a better team, Mariya and staff, helping us and our reception looked more beautiful than we ever imagined!
Mariya is best! She is very professional and helpful! Always so quick for the response to your email, message, phone call. We cannot make the wedding happen without her help. The price is very good, especially among the rich Northshore neighborhood. We had the cocktail party and the reception in seperate room, which having people on the eight floor with petio for the cocktail, and first floor big ballroom for the reception, which is awesome! Thanks Mariya again for making this hapeen. Even the preparing room for our bridal party are so nice , high end. The cake included is very delicious and pretty. Ps, Oak Mill is the bakery vendor. One thing want to point out. The food is not that perfect. When we did the tasting, the beef is over cooked; so we asked it medium. But on the wedding day, it was too raw. That is the only thing not that perfect. I understand it's hard to make dinner for so many people all together. May need more communicating with the Chef. Overall, our wedding is amazing. :)
Mariya and the staff at the Renaissance were wonderful. They had great ideas and everything about our reception was beautiful. The small details they recommended really brought everything together. We got so many compliments on how delicious the food was and how beautiful the room looked. Each person we worked with to plan the day was responsive and helpful. Our day was perfect from start to finish. I would recommend this venue to anyone looking for a wedding location in the northern suburbs.
Wonderful venue to host all your guests for your wedding!Reviewed on 9/23/2015 Gilliam W
Everyone here was so lovely! If I needed anything the faculty were there in a heartbeat to help me out. Not to mention the room I stayed in was great! Comfortable, clean and spacious. Definitely would recommend! -The bride 😃
I would NOT book here again!Reviewed on 7/13/2015 Alecia T
To make a long story short, I was told by my contact that they would "let me know when my room block was approaching full", which of course they did not. I had guests who didn't want to "bother me" going to other hotels to book. This was a problem for me because we had booked transportation to our venue from the hotel. When I called them, they said "oh yeah, I see your hotel block is full, and there is nothing we can do about it because we are full that weekend". The contact between myself and the hotel was often slow, lagging, and responses would come days later. I wanted to cancel the block, but it was weeks before the wedding and I couldn't do it. I will say that the service during our wedding weekend was AMAZING. The hotel staff was great and they did everything to make us happy (including removing the fee for internet access for the presidential suite). If you have to book here due to the closeness to the CBT for your wedding, I would sit down and underline your terms and conditiosn IN PERSON before booking a contract.
NYE weddingReviewed on 1/17/2012 Dezerae M
The hotel is gorgeous. The food was amazing. All my family and friends thought we spent a lot more than we did. The only down side was a new Carering Director that is seriously struggling with learning her job. Everyone else I worked with at the hotel was fantastic and made the process easy.
Amazing ExperienceReviewed on 7/06/2011 Sarah H
I can not rave enough about the Renaissance North Shore and Jeaneatte Ocampo. I visited many venues before choosing the Renaissance and none compared in value. Jeanette was great to work with and very responsive. You could tell she truly cared about how well my day would go. She was there for every step of the process. We chose stations instead of a plated meal (mashedpotatoes, carving, pasta, fiesta, and ice cream sundae). Our guests were raving about the food and the experience. They said it was some of the best food they ever had let alone best wedding food. It was absolutely delicious. The staff was hospitable and kind the entire night. The room (The Northbrook Ballroom) was gorgeous and just as I had envisioned it. When looking for a venue no other place provided a as large or a cocktail area and ballroom. My husband and I do not drink and Jeanette was willing to work with this unique aspect to our reception, which many venues turned us down because of. She helped us create a perfect evening that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Thank you so much Jeanette!