The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Couples can celebrate with their guests surrounded by chic modern elegance at The Kimpton Gray Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. The hotel occupies the historic 1894 New York Life Insurance building and features ornate Georgia gray marble and granite architecture and art-deco fixtures, while the contemporary decor and furniture gives the space an eclectic feel. The Kimpton Gray Hotel is available to host wedding ceremonies and receptions, with space for up to 280 guests.
Robie Room. Located on the second floor, the Robie Room can accommodate up to 100 guests for a cocktail reception and up to 60 banquet guests. Outfitted with a billiards table, the flexible game room is ideal for a semi-casual reception.
Boleo. With 4,000 square feet of space and located on the top floor, Boleo can accommodate up to 250 reception guests or 150 banquet guests. The retractable glass roof can transform this space from an indoor to an outdoor area, making it an ideal room for the ceremony. Guests can celebrate under the stars and enjoy views of the Chicago skyline—including a clear view of the Willis Tower.
Rookery Ballroom. With room for 160 reception guests and 170 banquet guests, the Rookery Ballroom offers 2,094 square feet of space. This space can also be split into two smaller rooms for more intimate events.
Alder Ballroom. Located on the top floor of the hotel, the Alder Ballroom is the largest event space at the hotel with 2,798 square feet of space. It can accommodate up to 280 reception guests, 220 banquet guests or 180 banquet guests with a dance floor. Contemporary chandeliers decorate the room, which includes large windows to provide a stunning view of the city.
What You Should Know
Catering is provided by The Kimpton Gray Hotel. Couples can work with the personal service manager and executive chef to create the menu for the event. Service staff and bartending service is included with the wedding package. Other services included in the wedding package are:
- Champagne toast
- Passed hor d'oeuvres
- Three-course dinner
- Table side wine pour service during dinner
- Four-hour open bar
Conveniently located in Chicago's Loop, The Kimpton Gray Hotel is close enough to the airport, theaters, shopping and other attractions that out-of-town guests don't need to rent a car during their stay in the city. Discounted accommodations are available for groups at the hotel, so the couple's wedding guests can continue the party. Some amenities offered to overnight guests include:
- Salon and day spa
- Pet-friendly rooms
- Fitness center open 24-hours
- In-house restaurants and bars
From the Vendor
The Kimpton Gray Hotel
Like a perfectly-fitted, bespoke suit from Savile Row, every detail of The Kimpton Gray Hotel has been thoughtfully considered for our guests. Our highly modern sensibilities are in perfect harmony with this great landmark building in Chicago's central business district, The Loop. Our style is elevated and our design is highly refined. Step inside from The Loop's bustling streets and slip into the sublime. Welcome to The Kimpton Gray, where compromise is not an option.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Historic Venue, Hotel, Rooftop
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering
My wedding in September 2017 will be at the Kimpton Gray Hotel and my review is based on my experience with planning so far. Shannon & her team are amazing - very detailed, responsive, flexible, and really want to help make this a perfect day for us. The ballroom itself where the ceremony & reception will be is beautiful and spacious. The Boleo room for cocktail hour is also incredibly unique and a very cool space. We love that this is more of a boutique hotel. I highly recommend checking out the Kimpton Gray Hotel for a wedding venue!
The event spaces at the Kimpton Gray are beautiful, particularly Boleo, the on-site restaurant where you can host you cocktail hour, welcome reception, etc. This review, however, is a reflection of my experience communicating with the events team at Kimpton Gray. My fiancé and I ultimately decided to host our wedding at another venue, but we were still very interested in having our rehearsal dinner and welcome reception at Boleo. The moment I told Veronica that we would not be having the main event at Kimpton Gray, she became completely unresponsive. I understand not receiving quite the level of service as a bride that is having the main event there, but found it rude that the team was completely uninterested in helping us as soon as they found out it would be smaller-scale. After several follow-up attempts with no response, we have given up on hosting our event at Boleo, which is too bad since the space is truly unique and beautiful. Be advised that responsiveness may be an issue if you are interested in having your event at Kimpton Gray. Hopefully they get the kinks worked out moving forward, as it is a newer venue.
Meet The Director of Catering
The Catering and Events Team at The Kimpton Gray Hotel welcomes you to experience unexpected delights, unparalleled service, and dedicated attention to ensure your celebration is the talk of the town! Whether you seek an intimate gathering or a party to rock the night away, the team at The Gray is ready and waiting to meet you!