Kitchen Chicago – Atypical Venue
Kitchen Chicago refers to itself as a “shared use kitchen.” It’s basically a kitchen that anyone can rent out and use on a one time, or regular basis. I imagine this would be great for a catering company who doesn’t want to pay monthly rent for a permanent location. I’m surprised I haven’t stumbled upon one of these before! Check out this from the Kitchen Chicago website:
Alternatively referred to as a kitchen incubator, cooperative kitchen, commissary kitchen, or test kitchen, Kitchen Chicago provides a fully equipped, commercially licensed shared-use kitchen available for rent by the hour. We’ve taken the considerable financial risk of opening and operating a commercial kitchen and reduced it to a fixed cost on which to base your business plans. Plus, our hourly rates mean you only pay for what you use, removing the burden of long leases from young businesses. You can start with us, grow with us, and when the time is right, move from our kitchen into your own.
Cool, right? The best part about Kitchen Chicago is that they also have a great room for any sort of celebration! The wedding I worked at had over 100 people and didn’t feel cramped at all.
Party Time at Kitchen Chicago
This particular wedding I played at Kitchen Chicago was actually for a couple I knew when I was in college. They hadn’t dated in college, but met again a few years later and fell in love! We started chatting when they got engaged and they hired Felix and Fingers for their wedding. Smart!
It was a unique wedding for me in that I actually knew a few of the people who were guests. I do close to 100 weddings a year and rarely do I know anyone.
Kitchen Chicago was a great venue for the wedding. They have a large open space that had plenty of room for dancing and dining. There was a set of stairs at the end that led to a loft that overlooked the entire room. I’m pretty sure they were playing cornhole (or bags for the Chicago folks) up there. I never actually went to look.
Everyone danced all night. We finally shut it down so everyone could head off to the after party, but I’m sure everyone would have danced well into the next morning.
Until Next Time Kitchen Chicago
I definitely recommend that you check out Kitchen Chicago. It’s right in Chicago, but far enough away from downtown that there is still plenty of parking. It has a modern and but slightly rustic feel to it. I can’t wait for the chance to play there again! Maybe it will be for your wedding! And if you are tying the knot, get in touch with us today for the best wedding entertainment you can imagine!