A Formal Hotel Wedding at the Chicago Athletic Association in Chicago, Illinois

Michael Corrigan (and a publicist) and Eric Evenskaas (an associate director of development for a theater) met in Chicago, Illinois, while playing in

Michael Corrigan (and a publicist) and Eric Evenskaas (an associate director of development for a theater) met in Chicago, Illinois, while playing in the same kickball league after college, though that first meeting was a little fuzzy for Michael. A mutual friend was convinced they were meant to be, though, so he introduced them (again) during a casual game of flip cup at a friend’s house. The second time was the charm, and “we’ve been together ever since,” says Michael, who jokes, “many, many, many subsequent flip-cup games have followed, but the jury is still out on who is the better player.” With family in Ohio and California, the couple wanted a venue that showcased the best of Chicago—the city where they met and fell in love. “The moment we saw the Chicago Athletic Association, we knew it was perfect,” Michael says. “We booked it on the spot.” Overlooking Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, the venue is in the heart of downtown Chicago, mixing modern sophistication with authentic 19th-century glamour. The couple pulled wedding inspiration from the opulence of the landmark building, with its intricate scalloped teardrop ceiling, mahogany walls and marble floors. “We focused a lot of time making sure we captivated the elegance of the 1920s without being overly literal or vintage,” Michael says. But in the end, the most "Chicago" part of the day was something they never could have planned. As the wedding week approached, the grooms began to realize that if the Cubs won the World Series, their victory parade could end up happening the day of their wedding — possibly running outside the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.  "As fate would have it, these events did collide but in an amazingly fun way," says Michael. "Fortunately, nothing about the parade interfered with our wedding, it only added to the celebration. Many of our favorite photos of that day were us out and about with parade goers and the wedding party having the time of our lives." —Chrissy Sorenson

Lindsay Brown of L Brown Design and Paperie was able to "encapsulate the sophisticated whimsy of the affair," Michael says.
Michael wore a gray Burberry suit and accessories from the Tie Bar; Eric wore a gray plaid suit from SuitSupply with accessories from the Tie Bar.
Autumn Chicago Wedding Reception
Since the Cubs' victory parade was on the day of the wedding, it made sense to join the fun. "Many of our favorite photos of that day were us out and about with parade-goers and the wedding party, having the time of our lives," Michael says.
A black-and-white shoeshine photo fit in with the 1920s theme of the wedding at the Chicago Athletic Association in Chicago, Illinois.
Chicago Athletic Association Wedding Ceremony
A framed photo of the couple—signed by guests—took the place of a traditional guest book.
The White City Ballroom features multiple fireplaces, vintage stained-glass windows and 151 plaster stalactite embellishments with individual filament bulbs, casting a warm glow on the room.
Large elephant ear leaves added a dramatic statement to the tablescapes.
Menu cards donned classic black bow ties, which was perfect since Michael works at the Tie Bar. Greeting guests at the dinner table was the menu card tucked into a crisp black tuxedo folded napkin and a fabric floral pin attached to the lapel, creating a kitschy suited look guests will not soon forget.
"Eric really wanted the perfect cake, and we got it," Michael says of the chocolate fudge and orange almond cake with layers of salted caramel and passion fruit mixed with buttercream.
High-fashion sketches by local artist Kristine Steiner were a popular gift for guests.