The Galleria Unico downtown is looking like a great space for the wedding. They’re really inexpensive to rent, beautiful, and they don’t do sit-down dinners, which is just fine by us. They do passed appetizers and wine/bar service from the winery next door.
Their website isn’t all that easy to navigate, and the photos she sent me of weddings are tinyyy but this shows the vibe inside at least. Picture it just a small bit, not much, more wedding-y.
This is the most affordable venue I’ve found in Chicago so far, we’ll have to see what their capacity is and see it for real when we visit. It’s a really pretty gallery space though, and we’re thinking of having a lounge space for mingling anyway.