Average Base Cost: $32,000
Average base cost for a Skyline Loft wedding is calculated by figuring a 125–person guest list on a Saturday night and an average catering cost of $100/pp for food and $32/pp for the premium bar package option for 5 hours. Transportation to venue, entertainment, decorations, additional rentals, valet, DJ, and photography are not included. Average price includes gratuity and state sales tax. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand.
*Prices subject to change
How it breaks down:
Facility Rental Fee:
The pricing for up to 300 guests is as follows:
- Sunday: $5,500
- Monday – Thursday: $7,500
- Friday: $8,500
- Saturday: $9,500
- 3-moveable metal bars repurposed from floor plates originally in the building
- 1-moveable repurposed wooden crate bar
- 25-66” rounds for up to 10 guests each
- 250 french country chairs
- 10 tables each – 6’, 8’, high tops, 36” cabaret, 4’ square
- 8 chocolate brown drapery panels
- 120 feet of portable taupe draping
- Free Parking available
- Building Staff: Event supervisor, building engineer, maintenance personal, parking attendant, and elevator attendant
Extras: You can opt to “green” your wedding by electing the services of a company called Special E, who will come and get all your leftover food and decor to deliver to family shelters, soup kitchens, hospitals, and nursing homes (among other places) for a fee of $995. This is totally optional.
You must use the Skyline Loft’s beverage service. The prices for the various setups available are below. Please note the prices fluctuate based on the number of hours you choose to have an open bar for. I’ve listed prices for a 5-hour open bar. They include a variety of spirits, house white and red wines, and beer. I’ve noted two spirits included in each to give you an idea of what’s offered:
- Standard Bar package (Smirnoff Vodka, Jim Beam Bourbon): $27/pp:
- Premium Bar package (Tito’s Vodka, Jack Daniels Bourbon): $32/pp
- Luxury Bar package (Grey Goose, Woodford Bourbon): $37/pp
- Sustainable Bar package (Koval Rye Organic Vodka, Few Bourbon): $37/pp
Venue Logic will provide cocktail napkins, stirrers, bar fruit, bar hardware and coolers of ice to chill and serve. For the mutual protection of both the Host and Venue Logic, Bar Set Up costs include Dram Shop Insurance, which is mandated by law when alcoholic beverages are served.
You may also cut costs with a Beer package or Beer and Wine-only package. Prices range from $26-28/pp for 5-hours.
Note: Prices do not include bar staff, which will run you $37/hour for a Supervisor and $27/hour for a bartender. Figure you will need one supervisor and one bartender per 75 guests.
Space Type: Inside
- Cocktail parties: 100 to 1500
- Sit-down: 100 to 900
Bridal Suite: Yes
Food Service Type: Depends on caterer
How Will Grandma Get There? The Skyline Loft is located 5.5 miles from the center of downtown where there are a ton of hotel options, including The Hilton and the classic Drake Hotel. If you are not shuttling out-of-town or non-driving guests from their hotels, I would recommend arranging for a car service to be available to pick guests up after the event.
Party On! The venue rental fee covers a 12-hour period and events can go as late as 1 a.m. if needed.
Housed in the former Spiegel Catalog Warehouse in the historic Bridgeport neighborhood, the 18,000 sq. foot open loft on the top floor of the Brideport Art Center features tinder construction, exposed brick and high ceilings along with a view of the Chicago skyline.
Woman Getting Married Says:
If you’re looking for a wide open space with lots of industrial chic detail, this is it! 18,000 sq. feet is A LOT, which means you have the ability to make your wedding as elaborate OR intimate as you want by dividing the space into different sections for your ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and dancing. With that said I think this venue would work best with a larger group of people (over 125), because otherwise you’re going to run into the rare problem of having TOO much space (a problem we should all be so lucky having, right?). The venue fee is definitely pricey, but in the city or any urban area this much space is going to come at a premium. Which is why having a smaller wedding here just doesn’t make sense. The other downside would be the lack of outside space, however the same company that runs this venue just opened up a Sculpture Garden in the same building, with 10,000 sq. feet of inside space and 4,500 sq. feet of outside space, which I’ll write about in a separate entry shortly! If you’re interested in the Skyline Loft, you should know that the venue rents out fast, so act quickly if you think it might work for you.