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Kick off your wedding week by treating your closest family and friends, and yourselves to an evening of fun at these 5 Chicago eateries that are sure to excite for a great rehearsal dinner!

Your rehearsal dinner is a chance for your families to get acquainted, celebrate you, and relax before the big day.

From tapas served family style in Lincoln Park to beach house ambience near Millennium Park, we’re certain each of these locations will be a great place to start creating lasting memories together.

Tapas, Pintxos, and Sangria in Lincoln Park at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Gather around the table surrounded by beautiful exposed brick at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba while enjoying a menu of Spanish tapas and pintxos designed by you.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba can accommodate parties between 10-160 people with private and semi-private room options. Customize your reservation by choosing a lunch, brunch, seated dinner, cocktail reception or combination of both.

Entertain your guests by choosing to incorporate a paella cooking demonstration, live music by a Spanish guitarist, a Flamenco dance instruction, or sangria making demonstration. With a variety of added accommodations that include allowing you to bring your own centerpieces and cake, this selection offers tremendous value.

Tropical escape in River North at Three Dots and a Dash

Don’t let the secret alley entrance to this underground tiki bar deter you, we promise Three Dots and a Dash will provide all the oohh’s and aahh’s necessary to impress your guests. Original cocktails are made with fresh fruit and cold pressed juices and are all served in tiki mugs that you and your guests can purchase as a memento.

The shareable drinks served in unique vessels surrounding dry ice are where the fun begins and are guaranteed to make for great photos.

Three Dots and a Dash can accommodate between 16-250 people in private rooms with hors d’oeuvre style food options like Thai fried chicken, tuna poke, mango sorbet, and many others. Trust us when we say the tropical ambience at Three Dots and a Dash is sure to be a sweet escape before your big day.

Arcade and Mini Golf Down the Block from Navy Pier at FTW

Enjoy rows of nostalgic carnival and arcade games, and Chicago themed indoor mini golf at For The Win Chicago. Book a private room to mingle and enjoy classic American pub fare while your guests enjoy some friendly competition.

FTW can accommodate up to 600 people and are open late every night so the fun doesn’t end.

Equipped with a photo booth and an activity sure to please each of your guests, FTW is just the right place to break the ice before formally gathering on your wedding day.

FTW is a half mile down from Navy Pier at Grand Ave. and provides a great opportunity to gather at the lake for a beautiful view and even more beautiful family photos.

Aerial Performances at Carnivale in Fulton River District

If it’s a party you seek, look no further than Carnivale. Carnivale’s space can adapt to your dreams whether you seek to hire a dj, band, performance artist, or even aerial dancers.

Carnivale can accommodate up to 200 guests in private rooms with catering options such as plated, family style, buffet, or passed hors d’oeuvre’s.

Enjoy Latin fusion from ceviche to ribeye surrounded by colorful interiors that are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests.

Open-Air Terrace at Cindy’s Overlooking the Lake

Sit back and enjoy the view atop The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel at Cindy’s Rooftop.

Host your guests for a seated dinner or cocktail reception in Cindy’s Library space or host a cozy gathering on the Lakeview Couches located under the vaulted glass and steel rooftop atrium.

Opt to include the ½ hour terrace reception and take in Chicago’s most beautiful view while your guests toast to you! Cindy’s can accommodate up to 15 of your guests on the Lakeview Couches and up to 40 in the Library space.

Fresh menu options reflected in both food and drink for lunch, brunch, and dinner service seven days a week make for a good opportunity to dine here even before your event. Your rehearsal dinner is sure to feel like a beach house escape at Cindy’s Rooftop.

The Takeaway

Chicago is a restaurant metropolis and there is sure to be a location here to fit your rehearsal dinner needs. We hope you’ll consider these five fun locations and wish you the very best with your search!

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