Frequently asked questions
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN GREENHOUSE LOFT ACCOMMODATE FOR EVENTS?
We can create an intimate gathering for groups as small as 25, or design a sit-down meal for 175. At our maximum capacity, we can host events such as a cocktail party reception for up to 225 people.
DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED OR EXCLUSIVE CATERING LIST?
No. We have an open catering list because we think you’ll appreciate having a choice. Select any licensed and insured caterer you’d like and we will work hand-in-hand with them to achieve the highest standard of responsible and sustainable catering.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK OUR EVENT AT GREENHOUSE LOFT?
January - March
April - December
Saturday Rate Applies to NYE as well as Sundays of Memorial & Labor Day Weekends
Corporate/NPO/Weekday (M-TH) Rates Available
All State & Federal Taxes Included
The rate includes access to the space at 12:00 noon with a hard stop of 12:00 am
WHAT's INCLUDEd IN THE RENTAL RATE?
Use of our entire loft space + adjacent 8000sf outdoor garden + art gallery space
Open catering list
25 8’x30” custom farm tables
10 28” custom cocktail tables
200 white Tolix chairs (indoors) + 200 natural wood folding chairs (outdoors)
25’ custom permanent bar + BYOB
custom bars on casters for use in the outdoor space & art gallery space
DJ Services from Style Matters DJs
Custom DJ booth with in-house VOID sound system indoors and out
Custom vintage photobooth
Private bridal suite/green room
Videowall/projector with graphic design services
30 car parking lot
Track & drape system
A dedicated Greenhouse Loft Venue Manager that will work with you and your vendors personally leading up to and on the day of your event.
A final walk-through led by your Greenhouse Loft Event Manager, Caterer and Wedding Planner, if you are using one. Approximately one month before your event, we’ll review all the details of your wedding day and build out a timeline. This includes arrival, set-up, and breakdown times for all vendors, as well as timing for introductions, speeches, dinner/dessert service and other special moments. The walk-through gives you the chance to visualize every detail, finalize a floor plan, confirm any add-ons and coordinate with your vendors so you feel at ease and excited for your wedding day.
IS THE GREENHOUSE LOFT VENUE MANAGER THE SAME AS AN EVENT PLANNER OR COORDINATOR?
Greenhouse Loft offers both a Venue Manager and an Assistant Venue Manager at every event. Most people find this to be very helpful leading up to the event and the day of. The Venue Manager roles are many, but should not be mistaken for a wedding coordinator or planner. Some couples find it helpful to have someone dedicated to them during the event. Greenhouse Loft venue manager is more of a liaison between the couple and the vendors. If you are looking to hire a wedding planner or day of planner, we have some great planners listed on our preferred vendors list.
Greenhouse Loft EVENTS MANAGER ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIEs
Schedules and leads final walk through one month before wedding with couple & caterer. If there is not a planner we will help create a timeline, agree on a floor plan, and discuss drop-off and pick-up timing
Creates final details sheet with timeline and floor plan to be shared with all vendors prior to wedding. Vendors are responsible for following the timeline and working with the other vendors
Work alongside the GHL assistant venue manager to set-up the space (placing candles on ledges, setting out signage, making sure all tables, chairs, and lounge furniture needed for event is in loft prior to caterer arrival (per agreed upon floor plan), check to make sure all trash, recycling, and compost bins are in garbage room and kitchen is clean and ready for caterers, adjust lighting and temperature)
Ensure all of couple’s personal decor items (dropped off on Friday) are in wedding suite and notify catering manager upon arrival so they can assign staff to set-up
Ensure couple’s alcohol is out in the loft space for bartenders to set up bars
Check in with each vendor as they arrive so they know where to set-up per the floor plan
Can do one installation with 2 points of contact
Ensure that the ceremony space is set-up per the floor plan previously decided upon and ready to open for guests to find seats 30 minutes prior to ceremony
Chat with DJ/ceremony musicians about the songs for the processional (i.e. song for family, song for wedding party, song for bride) and coordinate cues for music changes if needed
Ensure ceremony starts on-time (if couple is ready to go and most guests are present)
Lights candles and ensures caterer ‘flips’ the room from ceremony to reception layout during cocktail hour, so that the reception can begin on time
Checks in on reception periodically (every 15-30 minutes) to ensure that everything is running smoothly throughout the evening (speeches, dinner & dessert service, dancing)
Adjusts (lower) lighting after first dances to set the mood a bit darker for the rest of dancing
Ensures DJ/band finishes playing music at time agreed to on schedule
Ensures that all guests have departed loft space after music has ended and bar has been closed for 30 minutes
Work alongside the GHL assistant venue manager to clean-up the space
Ensures couple’s leftover alcohol is sorted and secured for a later pickup.
DOES GREENHOUSE LOFT PROVIDE ANY DECOR?
Aside from Greenhouse Loft’s natural beauty, event decor is not provided but can be rented or brought in.
IS GREENHOUSE LOFT BYOB?
Yes, we are BYOB. You can purchase your alcohol through an outside source, we highly recommend Prestige. A Prestige representative will work with you on choices and quantities, arrange for a drop-off and pick-up any can even refund your account for any unopened and previously un-chilled alcohol.
WHERE IS GREENHOUSE LOFT LOCATED?
Our address is 2545 W. Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647. Greenhouse Loft is located on the second floor of the Green Exchange building, conveniently located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.
We’re 1 block east of the I-90/94 Diversey exit. When driving southeast (toward downtown) it’s exit 46A, when driving northwest (away from the downtown high rises) it’s exit 46B. We’re approximately 10 minutes from downtown via car, not accounting for traffic.
By public transit:
Train - the Logan Square blue line station is a 12 minute walk from us
Bus - #76 Diversey bus stops in front of the building at Diversey/Rockwell
Bus - #49 Western bus stops 3 blocks east of us at Western/Diversey
Divvy Bike Sharing - Nearest docking station is an 8 minute walk east of us at the corner of Logan Blvd and Elston. www.divvybikes.com
Chicago is serviced by O’Hare International Airport (ORD) which is 12 miles from Greenhouse Loft, and Midway International Airport (MDW) which is 15 miles from Greenhouse Loft.
CAN I HAVE MY WEDDING REHEARSAL AT GREENHOUSE LOFT?
We cannot accommodate rehearsals due to photo shoots and meetings that are often booked last-minute in our space. While your venue manager will be here on-site during your wedding day and we will help couples get down the aisle, most couples end up doing their rehearsals off-site. We'll also talk through these details in the final walk-through.
DO WE NEED TO TAKE OUT AN INSURANCE POLICY TO HAVE OUR WEDDING IN YOUR LOFT? DO ANY OF OUR VENDORS NEED TO HAVE INSURANCE?
We do not require couples to take out a day-of insurance policy. We do require all bands or DJs who perform in our space to have insurance.