12 Spots for Bridal Showers on Chicago’s North Shore
Your favorite bride is ready to say “I do,” so it’s time to celebrate her before the big day. And what’s the best way to do so? By gathering her loved ones and enjoying time together over good food. These North Shore restaurants offer private and/or semi-private event spaces, so you can enjoy a beautiful space and all of the delicious fare while showering the bride to be. Best of all, they’ll make sure your event is picture perfect.
Celebrate over sushi and Chinese food at Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge (624 Davis St.). This restaurant has two private dining rooms for events with a guest list of 10-250. Order sushi platters with rolls like Chicago Maki (salmon, avocado, cream cheese, spicy tuna, crab, tobiko, scallion, and chili soy) and Mexican Maki (crabmeat, avocado, cucumber, spicy tuna, tomato, cilantro, onions, jalapeño, and red salsa) or dishes perfect for sharing like Stir Fried Broccoli with Beef, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Garlic Shrimp, Braised Pork Belly, and Lo Mein Noodles. At Firehouse Grill (750 Chicago Ave.), you'll have the entire second floor all for your party and can choose Family Style, Buffet, or A La Carte. The seated family-style dinner includes three entrees (try the Spinach Ravioli, Mac n' Cheese, and BBQ Chicken), two salads (options include Chopped and Cesar), two sides (Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Mixed Vegetables, Broccoli with Lemon, or Rice), and two desserts (maybe New York Style Cheesecake, Apple Crisp, or Triple Chocolate Cake?), plus beverage packages. A La Carte offers a wide variety of options ranging from small bites to tacos and skewers. Or for the beer-loving bride, head to Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. (1615 Oak Ave.), which offers two private event spaces. The Mezzanine features a full bar, a fireplace, and couches, while the Private Dining Room has tall windows that look out onto Oak Avenue. Food is served buffet style and the menu features platters like Artisanal Cheese and Charcuterie, appetizers like Avocado Crostini and Candied Bourbon Bacon, sliders like Pulled Pork and Veggie Burger, wood fired pizzas like Spinach Artichoke and Soppressata & Honey, and more.
Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge, Evanston
The elegant and chic Guildhall (694 Vernon Ave.) is a perfect bridal shower venue. The dining room is semi-private and can hold up to 36 seated guests, or use the pub room for smaller events (up to 18 seated guests) with raised tables. The Guildhall events staff will help with every part of the planning process, and the culinary team will even work with you to customize the menu. The family-style brunch menu includes entrees like Baked Frittata with seasonal vegetables and Housemade Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast, plus cocktails like Piccola Pesca Bellini and Guildhall Mimosa. The private event dinner menu features entrees like Idaho Rainbow Trout with eggplant puree, honey braised turnips, and roasted pepper jam and Steak Frites with shallot marmalade, fermented garlic butter, arugula, and pommes frites.
For a bridal shower featuring delicious Irish fare, head to The Curragh (1800 Tower Drive). There is a private party room available at this pub and restaurant (with no room rental fee), or you can host your event in a larger semi-private space. The Curragh offers a variety of private event menus, including the Finest Fayre Buffet with entree choices Mostaccioli Al Forno, Guinness Fish & Chips, Corned Beef & Cabbage, and Barbecued Baby Back Ribs or the Brunch Buffet with Irish Bacon Rashers & American Bacon, Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, Vanilla French Toast, and more. The tagline of Gusto Italiano (1834 Glenview Road) is "Great food. Great friends." Experience all of the delicious Italian food and great company with a bridal shower at this restaurant. Whether you go with family style dinner with Chicken Vesuvio, Eggplant Rollatini, and Penne Pasta or individually plated options like Chicken Marsala, White Fish Piccante, or Filet Mignon, everyone will have a delicious meal. And of course, don't forget about cocktails or beer and wine.
Gusto Italiano, Glenview
The Alba Room at Francesca's North (1145 Church St.) seats 40 guests for delicious family-style lunch or dinner, or choose a plated package. For lunch, start with appetizers like Bruschette Alla Romana (garlic toast with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil) or Tenderloin Skewers (grilled beef tenderloin tips with horseradish cream sauce) before moving on to main courses like Rigatoni Con Pollo (pasta with grilled chicken breast, spinach, and pine nuts with a basil cream sauce) or Gnocchi Con Ricotta (potato dumplings with a tomato-basil sauce, spinach, and fresh ricotta). Di Pescara (Northbrook Court, Northbrook) is another great option in Northbrook for private parties. The team here will work with you to create a custom menu, but the pre-set Bridal Shower menu includes main course options like Traditional Eggs Benedict with Canadian Bacon, Vegetable Quiche with Arugula Salad as well as Almond-Crusted Whitefish. The package also includes a manicure certificate for the bride.
Granite City Brewery, Northbrook
Booking your event at Maggiano's Little Italy (Westfield Old Orchard) means you'll have personalized planning assistance, access to customizable private halls and rooms, versatile lighting, audio/visual equipment, and more. Plus, you'll find a variety of menus to choose from, including Plated Lunch. Choose a salad (Chopped, Chopped Apple & Walnut, or Caesar), an optional pasta (Baked Ziti & Sausage, Four-Cheese Ravioli with Pesto Alfredo Sauce, or Rigatoni "D"), an entree (Chicken Francese, Salmon with Lemon and Herb, or Eggplant Parmesan), and dessert (Miniature Cheesecake, Vera's Lemon Cookies, and Chocolate Zuccotto Bite).
Maggiano's Little Italy, Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
Tuscany Wheeling (550 S. Milwaukee Ave.) has three private event spaces: the Montecantini Private Dining Room for up to 25 guests, the Sienna Lucca Private Dining Room for up to 35 guests, and the Florence Private Dining Room for up to 80 guests. Tuscany can create your perfect menu, but offers menus for family-style lunch and dinner, plated lunch and dinner, or a cocktail party. No matter what you choose, expect delicious fare like Fettuccine Alfredo, Pollo Marsala, Roasted Potatoes, and Cannoli. And you don't have to travel far in order to host your event at a winery. At Lynfred Winery (971 N . Milwaukee Ave.) you can rent out the upstairs space and enjoy wines like Chardonnay 2018, Pinot Noir 2016, Spiced Apple, and Cherry.
For a fine dining experience featuring modern French food, turn to Silencieux (64 Green Bay Road) for your bridal shower. You will select food from the menu or work with Chef Michael to create custom dishes, and the sommelier will help you pick the best wine and drink pairings. The menu here features first course options like Raviolo of Lobster and Roasted Wild Mushroom Soup while main course selections include Burgundy Braised Beef Short Ribs, Grilled Quail, and Roast Rack of Suffolk Lamb. End the event with Warm Chocolate Tarte with toasted coconut ice cream and almond tuile.