South Branch Tavern & Grille

Chicago, IL

Capacity: 300+ | WEBSITE | PHONE

About this Vendor

Our Venue - Your Vision

Chicago's boldest riverside event space. Envision a lavish outdoor wedding in the warm summer sun on our Pavilion Patio; an oasis in the heart of the city. In colder months, imagine sprawling views of snow falling on the Chicago River to accentuate your occasion. Click to reserve your date.

Amenities + Details

  • Handicap Accessible

  • Liability Insurance

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor - Not Covered

  • Reception Area

  • Wireless Internet

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$ – Affordable

Venue Capacity



Waterfront, Restaurant

Wedding Categories

Bar + Drinks, Food + Catering


Contact Info

100 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL (312) 546-6177

Reviewed on 9/07/2016 Caroline B

What a perfect venue! My husband and I had our first date at South Branch so it was only logical we get married there when we found out they also did weddings. We worked with Gaby from the start. She wound up going to work corporate events and Christina took over. The... Read More transition was seamless! Both did an amazing job at coordinating the day. Everything was perfect. If you're looking for a place that takes care of everything, South Branch is it. There is very little decorating that needs to be done. The venue is beautiful as is. Where else can you have an outdoor wedding in the city on the river for what South Branch has to offer? Nowhere else.

Reviewed on 7/30/2016

Working with Christina and the South Branch team was seriously the best experience and made our wedding day perfect! From the beginning stages of touring the venue to the last drink at the end of our wedding night everything went off without a "hitch", except for us getting... Read More hitched of course :) The planning process was a dream and the whole event team assisted with everything from suggestions for ceremony/reception timeline to building out the look and feel for the entire night. They really helped out with details and I felt truly so comfortable with them running the show the day of our wedding. We knew as a bride and groom that we could rest easy and could not have been more right! Thanks again for an amazing night that we will forever remember!

Reviewed on 6/24/2016 Amethyst C

South Branch was a perfect venue from start to finish. You get an on-site coordinator built in which makes everything so much easier. The venue itself is well decorated and we didn't need to add too much extra which is good for lower-budget weddings. The service was quick,... Read More friendly and very helpful. Would absolutely recommend to any bride or groom looking for a gorgeous Chicago location right by the river with a big patio and huge indoor space :)

Perfect Chicago Wedding at South Branch

Reviewed on 9/08/2015 Dana G

We used South Branch for our wedding on August 15, 2015. Jennifer Williams and her team are completely amazing. The entire event was flawless, from the ceremony, to dinner, to the reception afterwards. Throughout the planning process, it was a pleasure to work with Jennifer to... Read More finalize any and all details before the big day. I met with her 3-4 times throughout the past year for walk-throughs, food tastings, and pre-event meetings. She always had an answer for any of my questions. One of the reasons we picked South Branch as our venue was due to her confidence, calm demeanor, and organizational skills. She assured us that everything would go perfectly on our big day and she was exactly right. Our guests commented that the food was outstanding, the service was excellent, and even the security guards were friendly. We made a last-minute decision to extend our event from 11pm to midnight and her whole team graciously accommodated our request. Compared to other venues in downtown Chicago, South Branch is relatively affordable for an outdoor, Chicago Loop wedding. The value of the event compared to the cost was on point. We cannot say enough good things about the events team at South Branch.

The Perfect Setting for a Downtown Wedding

Reviewed on 8/18/2015 Nicole P

With so many out of town guests, we knew we wanted a venue that would highlight the city we love while also providing an atomsphere where guests could casually chat and catch up with one another. From the moment we stepped foot in South Branch, we knew it was the perfect setting... Read More for our mingling reception. Being able to utilize the riverfront patio for cocktails, dinner, and the dance floor was an absolute dream come true, and our guests are still commenting on how it was the most fun wedding they have ever been to thanks to the fun ambiance, amazing food, and incredible service. The night itself easily exceeded all of our high expectations, but after meeting and working with Jennifer, we were not surprised. She was the kindest, most attentive event coordinator throughout the entire planning process. Her response time is unparalleled, and despite wedding planning being a stressful experience, she was always available to calm our nerves and make us feel confident that our day would be perfect. She really helped us take our vision and turn it into a reality. We cannot say enough good things about our experience with Jennifer and South Branch; you will not regret booking this stunning venue for your big day!

Exceeded Expectations

Reviewed on 8/13/2015 Nicole S

We were thrilled and impressed with South Branch from beginning to end. The organization was flawless, and Christina was wonderful in every way possible. Attention to detail was not missed and I felt very confident with the planning from the beginning. And our guests could... Read More not have been more impressed with this unique urban location. The space truly speaks for itself.

Reviewed on 7/23/2015

My daughter Ashley/Robby had their wedding here. Jennifer was great. Everything was perfect the set up for the wedding was beautiful food was great. The staff was always around to assist with all our needs. Thank You for making this a perfect day. Margaret Eppolito

Incredible Service

Reviewed on 7/11/2015

We were so pleased to have found South Branch Tavern for our wedding and reception. The moment we met with the event planners Christina and Jennifer, we knew that we had made the right choice for our wedding. Everything was absolutely perfect from start to finish. The venue,... Read More food and professionalism of the staff was outstanding. We felt completely comfortable and supported by the staff. The day of our wedding was so easy for us. Everything was in place when we arrived for our event. The food was incredible and the staff was perfect. There were no flaws or hiccups for the entire event. I would recommend South Branch Tavern to everyone.

HIGHLY recommended!!

Reviewed on 7/10/2015 Ashley D

South Branch was an absolute amazing venue located in the heart of Downtown Chicago with beautiful views of the river and city skyline. Jennifer was incredible to work with and helped to make our day PERFECT!! She was so incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, and very responsive. I... Read More was speechless when I arrived on my wedding day and saw how gorgeous the venue looked. Our guests are still raving about the décor, food, drinks and service. We wouldn't change a thing about our special day, and we thank the team at South Branch for making it happen! HIGHLY recommended!

Couldn't be happier!

Reviewed on 10/25/2014 Katie T

We held our ceremony and reception at South Branch Tavern & Grille last weekend, and we couldn't be happier. Our South Branch coordinator, Jennifer Williams, was a dream to work with from the very beginning. She was there for us every step of the way and was so attentive,... Read More organized and extremely accomodating. South Branch is the perfect city venue with extremely reasonable pricing, the best food and a premium bar package that is worth every penny. We held our ceremony outside, and the backdrop was stunning. Unfortunately, because of the chilly weather, we weren't able to utilize the fabulous outdoor patio, but the reception inside was amazing. Our guests are still raving about the decor, food, drinks and service. We wouldn't change a thing about our amazing day, and we thank the team at South Branch for making it happen! HIGHLY recommended!

Very cool, downtown Chicago wedding venue

Reviewed on 10/10/2014 Kimberly B

We are so happy we had our wedding ceremony and reception at South Branch Tavern and Grille. The location is stunning: right on the river with great views of the city and an excellent bar and restaurant for us and our guests to enjoy. A special mention must go to Erin Carroll... Read More (events manager) who was so easy to work with and was always quick to reply to our questions that we knew the day was in safe hands every step of the way. Erin and her whole team were just great. Our guests, many of whom were from out of state and country, had a great time and seemed to really appreciate the cool Chicago location and vibe. Last but by no means least, the food is stunning. It's seriously good! Thank you, Erin and South Branch, for such an awesome day!

perfect chicago wedding

Reviewed on 11/16/2013 Bethany G

without the cooperation of mother nature, this place is still very city chic, but the 4000 sq ft patio really gave the feel we were looking for. having your guests outside on the river surrounded by all the buildings downtown constantly reminds people that they are part of the... Read More skyline in the greatest city in the world. plus, it will look like you cost a fortune to ensure they have a good time! because south branch is set in the business district, being a saturday night, everything surrounding us was pretty quiet. when we left to take nighttime pictures, all we could hear through the whole neighborhood was our band rockin it out. it was more important to us that we have good food rather than pretty food, so for us, the only option for our reception was a restaurant. the staff is great and manager erin will make sure that everything is going smoothly every step of the way.

Erin Carroll was AMAZING!

Reviewed on 9/28/2013 Natalie P

Not only was South Branch an amazing venue, but the wedding coordinator, Erin Carroll, was so amazing, we couldn't be happier with our choice! Erin was so easy to work with, was so accomodating every step of the way, and was very responsive. I appreciated her quick replies to my... Read More emails and how she worked with us on every request we had. All of our guests were so awed by the fact that our wedding wasn't in just another typical banquet hall. It was a classy, unique Chicago wedding and guests loved being outside. Everything was perfect, including the amazing food. Thank you South Branch!


Reviewed on 8/20/2013 Kelly

My husband and I recently were married and chose SBT for our ceremony and reception venue. We had an absolutely wonderful experience working with Erin Carroll and her staff. They were professional, attentive and went above and beyond for our day. We could not have asked for a... Read More better venue and experience! From the food, to service and everything in between it exceed our expectations!

Exceeded my expectations! Perfect day & night!

Reviewed on 8/15/2013 Kirsten B

We planned an August wedding for just over 120 people and had both our ceremony and reception on site. From the initial meeting and visit to the restaurant, to the night of wedding, Erin handled everything perfectly and beyond what I could have ever imagined. The outdoor patio... Read More is a beautiful setting with gorgeous pots of flowers, trees, and plenty of seating, all along side the river and under the amazing cityscape. The restaurant has great decor, and all the service was exceptional! The food was great, and there are plenty of options in the wedding packages to chose from. I loved the idea of an indoor/outdoor wedding, which is why we chose South Branch, and the weather was perfect on our wedding... I'll give credit to Erin for that, too. Even if the weather is less than perfect, there are indoor options and the setting is much more unique than a typical banquet hall or hotel. The photos of everything in my wedding are stunning and all my guests commented on what a fantastic place this is! We were lucky to book our wedding about 6 months out, but hurry up, this place will catch on and be another that needs to get booked over a year in advance, especially in the summer. I would give my wedding experience 10 stars if I could!

Perfect City Setting

Reviewed on 4/30/2013 Katelyn T

My husband and I hosted a cocktail party here for approximately 200 friends and family following our destination wedding. I could not have imagined a more perfect setting for this celebration! Having the whole restaurant to ourselves was great. We did drinks and appetizers --... Read More the food was delicious (plenty of it), service was wonderful (you didn't have to wait for drinks) and the amazing event planner on staff made pulling together an absolute breeze. Highly recommend it!

2013-05-01T16:31:19 Response from the vendor

Thank you SO much for your review! We truly appreciate you taking the time to do that. It helps other brides learn from your experience. We are so delighted to hear that you had such a great time at South Branch! Cheers to many years... Read Less Read More

Amazing Reception!

Reviewed on 10/06/2012 Leslie S

We had the most amazing reception at South Branch! Our guests enjoyed a phenomenal meal inside. The party outside was incredible. Everyone was dancing on the outdoor dance floor with the skyline of Chicago in the background and the river just a few steps away. Many guests... Read More said it was the best wedding they had ever been to and most said it was the most fun they had had in a long time. South Branch did everything was eager to give us everything we wanted from the cocktail hour to the last dance.