Tips For Hosting A Rehearsal Dinner in Chicago

Google “How to Host a Rehearsal Dinner in Chicago” and you will find a plethora of tips, tricks, personal stories and detailed information on rehearsal dinner etiquette.  In our opinion, the rehearsal dinner should be a fun, stress – free, engaging evening to share with your closest friends and family.  Our events manager, Natalie, shares a few truly unique ideas on how to make sure that your rehearsal dinner is a wonderful welcome to the wedding weekend, without overshadowing the big day.  
Host a Low Country Boil.
With origins in the Carolinas, a Low Country Boil is the perfect way to bring some southern hospitality to the Windy City.  The meal, traditionally served on a long “king’s table”  is a family-style feast of crab, shrimp, spicy sausage and corn on the cob.  Pair it with local Chicago beer and sparkling rose and have yourself a casual, “down home-style” rehearsal dinner.  Personalize the event with custom bibs for your guests.
It’s all about the wine…
Who doesn’t love an elegant wine and cheese pairing?   Start the evening by sampling hand-selected wines paired with a beautiful spread of cheeses, baguettes, olives, fruits, and nuts.  Continue the evening with a chef’s wine paired dinner – you can be sure that your guests’ bellies and hearts will leave full.
Make it interactive.
Learn from the best.  Sushi chef Naoki Nakashima from Naoki Sushi in Lincoln Park hosts sushi rolling classes that are both informative and fun.  We invite your guests into our kitchen to roll maki, while enjoying passed appetizers, wine and cocktails.  After class, move into our dining room to enjoy your creations and a beautifully coursed Japanese meal from Chef Naoki and his team.
Love a performance?
Delight your guests with a Murder Mystery dinner, complete with a stage actors, props and of course, themed cocktails, wine and dinner.  This dinner will keep everyone entertained throughout the evening, and sparks the conversation between families.


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