The Chicago Athenaeum came to us wanting to shine a spotlight on creative talents and reward their accomplishments. They trusted our team with decades of experience fostering priceless memories to treat their guests to the most delicious food in one of our beautiful event spaces. Sure enough, each and every one of the 160 guests enjoyed an incredible experience at Galleria Marchetti on October 3.
We invite you to see how the Chicago Athenaeum worked with our creative planners to recognize international architects and their recent achievements in our stunning Chicago event spaces.
Our team prides itself on its attention to detail and flexibility. So when we learned that the Chicago Athenaeum needed to delay the start of the event by an hour, we were ready to adapt. With our experts hard at work long before guests began to arrive at 6:00pm, our outdoor tented Pavilion and gorgeous courtyard welcomed them exactly how the Chicago Athenaeum imagined.
Both spaces were filled with personal touches that integrated the Chicago Athenaeum’s style into our venue’s old-world European charm. As all our clients know, it is this exceptional attention to detail that makes for unforgettable events. Books, including New International Architecture, were displayed at the check-in table, and custom banners hung behind the stage. Add in the innovative menu and every aspect of the awards ceremony reflected the purpose of the event—to feature and treat creative talents.
At 6:30pm, guests gathered in the courtyard surrounded by trees and lush green grass. Lighting had a key role in creating an energetic and celebratory yet incredibly upscale and classy atmosphere. As guests enjoyed the fresh air, many chose to visit the bar and snag a few photos with other guests. This was a fantastic opportunity to mix and mingle in a relaxed setting.
While guests were busy meeting and greeting, our servers circulated with these artistic passed hors d’oeuvres:
When guests stepped into The Pavilion, our magnificent 6,900 square foot state-of-the-art event tent, the first things they noticed were the beautiful table sets and immaculate stage. Amid a fresh white color scheme, the black stage with custom backdrop grabbed guests’ attention. But one look up at the elegant chandeliers or across the tables with colorful flower centerpieces and fresh leaves and they also knew dinner service would be top-notch.
When the impressive speakers and award recipients stepped on stage, everyone was captivated by their words and presence. Programs on the dinner tables and the custom AV package we set up ensured guests could follow along without a single glitch. And flawless it was—the hour-long ceremony was filled with smiles and laughter.
Our chefs and servers made sure guests enjoyed the most delicious food perfectly prepared. Because the event started an hour later than originally planned, we adjusted our plans so the quality of food and service were uncompromised. Guests enjoyed wine and a custom menu that included a Caesar salad followed by baked chicken roulades with sides of roasted vegetables and vesuvio potatoes.
After dinner, guests had plenty of time to relax by our newly installed fire pits while enjoying espresso brownies and limoncello cheesecake squares. Desserts were served family-style—the perfect choice for mingling and socializing in an unstructured setting. The fire pits and sweet treats kept many guests around sharing stories and making future plans until the event ended at 11pm. And we are pretty sure some will be back soon for an event of their own!
Decades of experience and an unwavering commitment to superior food and service continue to create unforgettable memories at Galleria Marchetti. To start working with our expert event planners on your next celebration, contact us online or give us a call at (312) 563-0495.
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