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You’re engaged, congratulations! We’re so excited to hear that you’re starting your wedding journey. One of the first things that you’ll need to check off of your list is the location of your Chicago wedding. Should you go with a loft, a hotel, a museum or a restaurant? Here’s what you need to know and why to select a restaurant for your wedding:


Restaurant:  At Osteria Via Stato, the ambiance has already been expertly designed, so all you have to do is add personal touches to complete your rustic, Italian wedding.  Your guests will be transported to a romantic, candlelit Italian tavern in the center of downtown Chicago – no passports required.

long wooden table under archway with flowers and candles decorated for a wedding

Traditional Venue: Many stand-alone venues are blank canvases. This is a great option for couples who want to have a themed wedding or want to have an abundance of custom decor. The options are endless, but the downside is that you have to have a clear vision or the venue can feel a little flat (and that shows in your wedding photos).  Also, this option can become extremely expensive.

round and log tables in dining room, set for wedding with black linens, gold favor boxes and orange and red floral centerpieces


You will look back and remember how you felt on your wedding day, but your guests will remember how the food tasted.

Restaurant:  If you’ve been to Osteria Via Stato, you already know that the food is incredible.  And, we serve the exact same menu for weddings of up to 225 guests, including choice of entree, tableside.  Our expert catering staff will work with you to create a custom menu to fit all of your needs, tastes and budget. Plus, our experienced and gracious wait staff will take extra special care of your guests.

Dietary restrictions?  Our chef can accommodate any requests and is happy to prepare a meal that is gluten-free, lactose-free or vegan.

Looking for a “wow” factor?  How about a Prosciutto La Quercia and Parmigiana Chef Station or a Hand-made Gelato Bar – otherwise known as our “Adult Ice Cream Bar”.  More sweets never hurt!

gelato bar and ice sculpture

Osteria Gelato Bar

apothocary jars of candies and toppings for gelato bar

Osteria Wedding Planner Reception and Gelato Bar

Plus, Osteria Via Stato is part of the Lettuce Entertain You family of restaurants.    With over 100 restaurants and a stellar reputation, you can be sure that your guests will only receive the best in cuisine and service.  Bonus:  As a Frequent Diner member, you will earn points for your wedding – free dinners out for the first few month of wedding bliss? Sounds great to us!

Traditional Venue:  Most stand-alone venues have a preferred caterer list, which can limit your options for food.  Also, many  do not provide as much flexibility as Osteria Via Stato.  For example, we allow you to choose the wines within your package and allow your guests a choice of entree, at the table, for up to 225 guests.

Ceremony Location

Restaurant:  Osteria Via Stato hosts many ceremonies under our romantic archways.  Your guests are treated to a beautiful, intimate ceremony, which leads right into the cocktail reception (no down time needed!).

couple smiling and laughing while getting married stone wall in back

Traditional Venue:  Finding a ceremony location outside of your wedding venue can be trickey.  Churches tend to book quickly, Chicago weather makes outdoor parks and gardens quite unreliable and many venues charge exorbitant fees for ceremony set-up and tear down.  A “one stop shop” ceremony and reception option makes everyone, including the couple, more relaxed and able to enjoy the day.

couple getting married under archways in restaurant


Restaurant:  Osteria Via Stato offers many complimentary amenities, which saves you money and time. We include votive candles, linens, printed menus, guest favors and even and on-site day of wedding planner (WOW!!).

Traditional Venue:  It’s amazing how all of these little details can add up to a big expense. ..and a lot of thought and organization.  Let the Osteria Via Stato team take a few things off of your list – we are happy to!

place cards on table in wine corks for wedding seating with large floral arrangement

What do you think?

Osteria Via Stato offers the downtown Chicago location that you’re dreaming of for your wedding day. We host over 40 weddings each year, and our staff are experts in their field. Allow us to show you how easy it is to say “yes” to Osteria Via Stato for your Chicago wedding reception.  Learn more here.