Waldorf Astoria Chicago

11 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611
312-646-1300

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Average Base Cost: $47,000

Our average base cost for a Waldorf Astoria Chicago wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a Saturday ceremony/reception using a food/beverage cost of $350/pp plus associated fees. Entertainment, flowers, furniture, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are NOT included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and sales tax is included.

*Prices subject to change

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How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: There are three wedding packages to choose from, listed below. All of them including the following:

  • Complimentary Suite the Night of your Wedding
  • Suite Upgrades for the Parents of the Bride and Groom
  • Preferred Parking Rate for Event Parking
  • Complimentary Manicure for the Bride at the Spa
  • Preferred Rate for Sleeping Room Block
  • Wedding Menu Tasting for up to Four Guests
  • Fine Dining Style Cuisine
  • Personalized Menu Cards
  • Floor Length Designer Linens
  • Black Chiavari Chairs
  • Votive Candles for Cocktail Hour and Dinner
  • Black Glass Charger Plates
  • Table Numbers
  • Dance Floor
  • Microphone for the Ceremony

IMPORTANT INFO: In addition to the packages below there is a $1,500 ceremony fee as well as food and beverage minimums. For example on a Saturday night for a 150-guest wedding in the Sinclair ballroom there is a $40,000 food and beverage minimum.

PACKAGE ONE: $295/pp (includes tax and gratuity)

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

  • Six Passed Hors d’oeuvres
  • Four Hour Premium Bar Service
  • Passed Sparkling Wine

DINNER AND DANCING

  • Sparkling Toast
  • First Course
  • Chicken Entrée
  • Wedding Cake or Dessert
  • Coffee and Herbal Tea Service
  • Sommelier’s Selection of Wine with Dinner

PACKAGE TWO $350/pp (includes tax and gratuity)

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

  • Six Passed Hors d’oeuvres
  • Five Hour Premium Bar Service
  • Passed Sparkling Wine

DINNER AND DANCING

  • Sparkling Toast
  • First Course
  • Intermezzo
  • Duet Entrée of Beef and Fish
  • Wedding Cake or Dessert
  • Coffee and Herbal Tea Service
  • Sommelier’s Selection of Wine with Dinner

PACKAGE THREE $425/pp

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

  • Eight Passed Hors d’oeuvres
  • Five Hour Premium Bar Service
  • Passed Sparkling Wine

DINNER AND DANCING

  • Sparkling Toast
  • First Course
  • Second Course
  • Intermezzo
  • Beef or Fish Entrée–Tableside Choice
  • Wedding Cake
  • Dessert Table or Late Night Snacks
  • Coffee and Herbal Tea Service
  • Sommelier’s Selection of Wine with Dinner

NOTE: For all packages there are also wedding enhancements you can add on such as a signature cocktail ($13/pp) or champagne toast (starting at $15/pp)

What’s Included: See above

Extras: Coat check, which runs $150.00 per 50 guests as well as Chef attendant fees for $150 each

Food and Beverage: You must use their in-house catering team by choosing one of the packages above.

Other Vendors: You may use outside vendors for everything other than catering, however a final vendor list must be submitted at least two weeks prior to your event.

Bonus: You’ll want to become a Hilton Honors member since you’ll be able to receive 2 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent for a qualifying event. Eligible revenue will include catering revenue for wedding food and beverage, exclusive of tax, labor, and service charges, and any guest rooms charged to the Master Account, exclusive of tax.

More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside

Most receptions take place in the Sinclair ballroom, with the ceremony and cocktail hour on the same floor in the Fitzgerald, Faulkner or Hemingway Salons. Note that you have exclusive use of the entire floor for your wedding day, so you won’t have to worry about sharing.

Size: Up to 150 guests with a dance floor

Bridal Suite: This would be your complimentary hotel room

Parking: Valet parking is available for your guests at the rate of $20 and $70 for overnight parking

How Will Grandma Get There? Ideally she would stay at the hotel. The venue is located in the posh Gold Coast neighborhood, which is close to a ton of upscale boutiques, restaurants, and lodging. The venue/hotel is located approximately 40 minutes from O’Hare International Airport.

Party On! Events can go until 2 a.m.

The Report: 

Formerly the Elysian Hotel Chicago, the 188-room, 60-story hotel was designed by Chicago architect Lucien Lagrange and opened as a Waldorf Astoria in 2012. Conde Nast Traveler has rated their spa #3 in the U.S., so you’ll definitely want to pamper yourself before the wedding (and after!) there.

Woman Getting Married Says:

If you’re dreaming of a modern city hotel that is ultra luxurious, this is it. The Sinclair Ballroom (and the whole hotel, really) takes a page from 1920’s Paris with a gray and white color palette, silk walls, a coffered ceiling, and hand blown glass and crystal chandeliers inspired by vintage jewelry. We love that you have the entire fifth floor to yourself when you host a wedding, which means you won’t see other hotel or wedding guests. In the warmer months you can also have your ceremony in their cobblestone courtyard, which is a great option if you’re looking for an inside/outside wedding venue. Guests will also love staying in the hotel (we’ve stayed there and they are some of the largest city hotel rooms we’ve seen), and suites even come with their own fireplace and balconies. (Also the bathrooms are super luxe with marble finishes and a deep soaking tub. Swoon.) The only thing to keep in mind is that some brides have noted that they were happier there with a smaller guest list (under 125), which is perfect if you’re looking to host a good size wedding that feels a bit more intimate (vs. the standard hotel ballrooms that you can feel swallowed up in). While the budget is definitely on the higher side, almost everything is inclusive so you won’t have to bring in a ton of decor or rentals, which might end up saving you more money in the long run.

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Our Rating

10 Amenities/What’s Included

10 Convenient for Grandma

8 Layout

10 Location

8 Overall Charm

8 Venue Value

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