Baby on the way, or helping to host a shower? Get ready to wow everyone. From an art center to a bakery to a rustic-chic office space (really!), we found venues that Mom-to-be and her guests will remember forever. Scroll down to see all of our picks — and start planning!
Beverly Arts Center
We'll let you in on a little southside secret: This is truly a gorgeous building that not enough people know about. On staff are wonderful party planners that pretty much do everything, including budgeting, working with your vendors, decorating and more. Parking is plentiful and there are several rooms within the space that will change the vibe of your event (including an art gallery -- fun!). Plus, they have in-house bartenders.
2407 W. 111th St.
You'll "ooh" and "aah" when you walk in -- promise. Catalyst Ranch is a unique space with a variety of rooms. It’s super-versatile, fun, large but not cavernous, cozy, bright and cheerful. In other words: everything you want in a baby shower spot. Also, it's perfect for people coming from the 'burbs, as it’s right off of the Kennedy.
656 W. Randolph St.
Free Range Office
Yep, a baby shower in an office -- and one you'll always remember for it's flexibility and rustic-chic appeal. You can bring in your own food and drinks, so it's the most reasonably priced of the bunch. They have tables, chairs, a sofa lounge area, outdoor terrace, kitchen and an assistant to help with your bash. This private loft space is a great option for those who want room to roam and a creative vibe.
2141 W. North Ave.
High Tea With Gerri
Give your guests the Princess Kate treatment at this Long Grove charmer. It has a beautiful English tea theme. The private rooms are decorated with fresh flowers and there are even hats available for your guests to wear. Can’t get much girlier than this. Pinkies up, ladies!
144 Old McHenry Rd.
Blue Sky Bakery
This adorable café/bakery has excellent brunch and afternoon tea options. Food is served family style and perfect for a cozy gaggle of ladies. You can also feel good about booking as they provide homeless and at-risk youth with jobs.
3720 N. Lincoln Ave.
All Natural Chicago Catering
Calling all foodies! Check out this lofty, open-air kitchen space that is perfect for an intimate baby shower. From a pasta-palooza to a low-country boil, they can do it and most likely within your budget.
2000 W. Fulton St.
Big, bold and club-y like no other, Oakbrook's go-to has a whopping six private dining rooms. The menu choice is vast, with a wide variety of platters, stations, buffets, and plated meals (think steaks, bacon-wrapped scallops and the like). This is definitely “the spot” if price is no object.
298 Oakbrook Center
If you're looking for bright and cheerful, this ray of sunshine in Bucktown is your spot. Total bonus that you can have an incredibly beautiful — and delicious — cake waiting for you when you arrive. They'll even help with the logistics of catering, decorations, setup and all those little tiny details that go into making an event memorable for mama-to-be.
1944 N. Damen Ave.
The Keith House
This southside gem is one of the few remaining original mansions in the beloved Prairie Avenue Historic District that was once home to legendary Chicago families like Pullman, Field and Kimball. It also overlooks the Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens with its intricate pathways, ornate flower beds and fountain, making for a gorgeous setting to get excited for baby. Their event space accommodates up to 75 people and includes table and chairs.
1900 S. Prairie Ave.
Do you know a place that would be amazing for a baby shower? Let us know in the Comments!
— Maria Chambers & Christa Reed