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Chicago Restaurants That Will Cater Your Wedding, 2016 Edition

Foods to soothe the burliest bridezilla

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When guests recall your special day years down the road, they'll remember a few choice moments. They'll remember the first glimpse of the bride during the ceremony. They'll remember the awkward silence after a wedding speaker bombs. They may remember who was crying. But forget all of those cursory and sentimental aspects: It's all about the food. Check out the list of Chicago-area restaurants that cater weddings. It's a diverse list that will satisfy even the burliest bridezilla or the grumpiest groom.

These caterers will work with your wedding venue and ensure proper delivery, set up and in some cases offer action stations where food is prepared on site or inside the venue's own kitchen. Listed in alphabetical order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Big Star

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1531 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-4039
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Big Star's food truck is a popular late-night add on for wedding receptions, providing that pick me up after a long night of revelry. There's also a taco bar option.
Barry Brecheisen

2. Frontera Grill

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445 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 661-1434
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Rick Bayless' team promises to "send a team of chefs to your venue and cook everything on the spot." They'll even provide a Mariachi band, if that's what the couple wants. But they'll only cater if the venue has an onsite kitchen.
Barry Brecheisen

3. Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse

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33 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 828-0966
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Harry Caray's provides a Chicago touch with a selection of local favorites from the restaurants menu. The team gets extra praise from online reviewers for how they work with the venue.
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4. India House Restaurant

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59 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 645-9500
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India House has been providing a variety of food options for weddings, including Indo-Chinese and Jain (vegetarian), for more than two decades.
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5. Lula Café

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2537 N Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-9554
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Lula aims to bring an artisanal, local experience to every wedding with on-site chefs and custom menus.
Barry Brecheisen

6. Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed

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3411 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 661-6384
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Milt's offers several packages filled with smoked brisket, chicken, ribs, and even smoked seitan. And they're also Kosher.
Barry Brecheisen

7. Smoque BBQ

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3800 N Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 545-7427
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Yes, there are dangers to a bride wearing white eating barbecue. But when diners have the chance to eat Smoque's chopped brisket or ribs, the risk is well worth it. Priorities.
Barry Brecheisen

8. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

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439 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 828-9800
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Find the Lou's closest to the venue and have them bring in deep-dish pizzas, pastas and Italian beef.
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9. Greek Islands

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200 S Halsted St, Chicago
IL, 60661
(312) 782-9855
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Whole lamb and pig are some of the options, because that big, fat Greek wedding will have some hungry guests.
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10. Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe

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6501 W 79th St
Burbank, IL 60459
(708) 229-8700
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A more affordable option, Chuck's offers its famous Wagonload Buffet with a variety of barbecue favorites.
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11. Nacional 27

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325 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 664-2727
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Passed tapas, cerviche, cocktails and other items from 27 Latin American countries are available thanks to Nacional 27. They can even add Lettuce Entertain You's M Burger as a late-night snack.
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12. Publican Quality Meats

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825 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 496-0012
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PQM, the off-shoot of One Off Hospitality's Publican, provides food for a variety of ocassions. Giant seafood towers and entrees like glazed pork belly are available. [Photo: Marc Much]

13. Ruth's Chris Steak House

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431 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 321-2725
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This celebrated steakhouse chain will visit the venue and provide full service for weddings.
Barry Brecheisen

14. 90 Miles Cuban Cafe

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2540 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-2822
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This Cuban powerhouse has three locations, including its newest in suburban Lincolnwood. They can prepare almost anything from their massive menu, including their signature sandwiches.

15. Big Guys Sausage Stand

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7021 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 317-5213
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Big Guys in suburban Berwyn offers delivery and on-site catering full of Chicago classics. They need reservations in at least a week in advance and also provide barbecue service .

16. Boka Catering Group

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1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-6070
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Boka Group has its own catering arm and can serve an all-star custom menu from their family of restaurants that include GT Fish & Oyster and others. They offer action stations and passed items, as well. Email them to see if they're the right fit for your event.

17. Bolat African Cuisine

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3346 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 665-1100
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Bolat offers plated, buffet and family-style options. Bolat, in Lakeview, serves a variety of sub-Saharan African dishes, including meat pies and piri-piri shrimp.

18. Buona

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6745 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 749-2555
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If Chicago street food is your thing, find one of Buona's many locations. They'll even bring linen and flatware if needed through their Beyond Events arm.

19. Chicago Q

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1160 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 642-1160
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Over in the Gold Coast, Chicago q serves elevated barbecue, and now employs Art Smith at its pitmaster. They also offer staff to work the event if needed.

20. Dia De Los Tamales

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939 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 496-3057
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Dia De Los Tamales offers all their standard menu items. Their catering division, Get Off The Couch, offers breakfast, sliders, dips and even veggie Sloppy Joes.

21. Friendship Chinese Restaurant

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2830 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 227-0970
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One of Chicago's finest Chinese restaurants in Logan Square will create custom menus for your wedding, satisfying meat-eaters and vegetarians. Anything from a light meal to a full-course dinner full of egg rolls, noodles and more.

22. Heaven On Seven

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111 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 263-6443
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Though Heaven on Seven is known for Cajun food, their catering services go beyond that, and they also offer breakfast catering. They also offer a variety of appetizers for cocktail parties.

23. Irazu

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1865 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-5687
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Costa Rican food is veggie friendly, and Irazu in Bucktown serves some of the best in town. They offer a variety of hot bar packages, as well as options like a taco bar.

24. Marcellos Father & Son Restaurant

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645 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 654-2550
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Father & Son have really come along way from their humble pizza beginnings. Find a good, old fashioned Chicago carving station and pasta, plus an assortment of sliders.

25. Mercadito

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108 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 329-9555
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Mercadito offers totally customizable food and drink menus. Tacos and other small bites are available.

26. Pearl's Place

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3901 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 285-1000
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If you are ever in need of hand-cleaned chitterlings, Pearl's Place is your spot. If the chitterlings aren't your thing, there's also pot roast, sweet potato pie and more.

27. Reza's

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5255 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 561-1898
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This Iranian/Persian restaurant in Andersonville has been serving up kebobs for years. Choose from seven different packages.

28. Seven Lions

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130 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 880-0130
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Alpana Singh's Downtown dynamo offers and assortment of options, and can even come up with some special dishes after consultation.

29. The Halal Guys Chicago

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49 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 877-5575
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Now with three Chicagoland locations, The Halal Guys can give weddings a splash of spice with their red sauce that covers their gyros plates.

30. The Purple Pig

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500 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 464-1744
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The Purple Pig's milk-braised pork shoulder, a popular dish off Michigan Avenue, is among the dishes available through the Pig's catering services. The items come in reheatable containers.
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  • 31. The Tamale Spaceship

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    1341 N Damen Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622
    (312) 909-7009
    These luchadores are really superheroes thanks to the face that The Tamale Spaceship in Bucktown also offers drink packages. They'll will mix up Mexican cocktail to go along with their unique tamales.

    32. Wishbone Restaurant

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    1001 W Washington Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60607
    (312) 850-2663
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    Plated dinners and buffets are part of the deal over at Wishbone and their West Loop and North Center locations. Southern comfort food also comes with cocktail packages.

    1. Big Star

    1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
    Barry Brecheisen
    Big Star's food truck is a popular late-night add on for wedding receptions, providing that pick me up after a long night of revelry. There's also a taco bar option.
    1531 N Damen Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622

    2. Frontera Grill

    445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
    Barry Brecheisen
    Rick Bayless' team promises to "send a team of chefs to your venue and cook everything on the spot." They'll even provide a Mariachi band, if that's what the couple wants. But they'll only cater if the venue has an onsite kitchen.
    445 N Clark St
    Chicago, IL 60654

    3. Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse

    33 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
    Facebook
    Harry Caray's provides a Chicago touch with a selection of local favorites from the restaurants menu. The team gets extra praise from online reviewers for how they work with the venue.
    33 W Kinzie St
    Chicago, IL 60654

    4. India House Restaurant

    59 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
    Facebook
    India House has been providing a variety of food options for weddings, including Indo-Chinese and Jain (vegetarian), for more than two decades.
    59 W Grand Ave
    Chicago, IL 60610

    5. Lula Café

    2537 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647
    Barry Brecheisen
    Lula aims to bring an artisanal, local experience to every wedding with on-site chefs and custom menus.
    2537 N Kedzie Blvd
    Chicago, IL 60647

    6. Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed

    3411 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657
    Barry Brecheisen
    Milt's offers several packages filled with smoked brisket, chicken, ribs, and even smoked seitan. And they're also Kosher.
    3411 N Broadway St
    Chicago, IL 60657

    7. Smoque BBQ

    3800 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641
    Barry Brecheisen
    Yes, there are dangers to a bride wearing white eating barbecue. But when diners have the chance to eat Smoque's chopped brisket or ribs, the risk is well worth it. Priorities.
    3800 N Pulaski Rd
    Chicago, IL 60641

    8. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

    439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610
    Facebook
    Find the Lou's closest to the venue and have them bring in deep-dish pizzas, pastas and Italian beef.
    439 N Wells St
    Chicago, IL 60610

    9. Greek Islands

    200 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL, 60661
    Facebook
    Whole lamb and pig are some of the options, because that big, fat Greek wedding will have some hungry guests.
    200 S Halsted St, Chicago
    IL, 60661

    10. Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe

    6501 W 79th St, Burbank, IL 60459