Thursday, January 25, 2018

It’s Not Too Soon to Book Your 2019 Wedding Venue!

You finally announce to your friends and family you’re engaged! Not only do you get bombarded with well-wishes and congratulations, but you also get hit with the inevitable question- “Where are you going to have your wedding?!” While you may think you have all the time in the world to figure it out, booking a venue requires a lot more timing and planning than you may think.

According to the nation’s largest source for wedding news and inspiration, The Knot, people begin looking into wedding venues as early as one year to 9 months before the wedding date. So, although we just entered 2018, it’s not too soon to start looking at venues for your 2019 wedding!

Not sure where to even start? No worries! We’ve put together a quick and easy guide to booking a wedding venue.

How to Book a Wedding Venue

Start With the Basics

Before you begin your search, you’ll want to figure out a few basic things, including: your budget, your wedding date, and your wedding location. These pieces of information are among the most important and will help narrow your search, as you can rule-out the venues that aren’t available on your desired date or aren’t within your budget.

Be Aware of Popular Dates

It’s important to note that the more flexible you are with your dates, the easier it may be to find a venue. If you are planning to have your wedding around a major holiday, you’ll need to start making arrangements as soon as possible, as you’ll find yourself competing with company holiday parties and other events for those desired dates. Typically, the least popular time to get married is during the winter months, January-March. Whereas the most popular time to get married is during the summer months, June-September, which is often considered “wedding season”. So, if you have your heart set on having a romantic summer wedding, be sure to start looking early and book in advance!

Do Plenty of Research

There are many different ways to go about researching venues. Websites like WeddingWire allow you to search for spaces based on your location. People also rely on word of mouth or recommendations from friends and family. Before the research even begins, you may already have an idea of what type of wedding venue you’re looking for. For example, if you know you want an outdoor wedding, that already narrows down your search. However, you may fall in love with a venue you’ve never even heard of before during your research and decide on the spot you just have to get married there. Since you’ll come across many different venues with many different styles, accommodations, and perks, it’s important you narrow it down to your favorites. Browse their websites, read their reviews, and check them out on social media to get a better sense of their personality. Hint: Our social media sites are linked below, in case you’re interested in a behind-the-scenes look!

Reach Out and Ask Questions

Once you have a few venues in mind, it’s time to reach out to the venue personally! Reaching out will allow you to ask all the additional questions you need to figure out if this is the perfect wedding venue for you. There are many questions to ask your event venue before you book. Is the space available for your desired date? What furniture/equipment comes with the venue? How much is the deposit? Do they have a liquor license? The list goes on! Don’t be afraid to dig deep. After all, it’s your big day!

If you already know you’d like to book The Murphy Auditorium for your Chicago wedding, now is the time! Our staff at The Murphy wants to ensure your wedding day goes off without a hitch. Our historic Chicago wedding venue offers the perfect, romantic setting for your 2019 wedding. However, we book up fast, so don’t wait until last minute to get the ball rolling! We’re here to answer any questions and offer assistance to make the process easier.

To figure out if The Murphy is the perfect spot to host your 2019 wedding, check out our user’s guide and feel free to contact us directly with any and all questions! And feel free to check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to see some of our recent weddings!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Vendor Spotlight: Jewell Events Catering

Photo Courtesy of Daniela Cardili Photography

As one of Chicago’s top event venues, The Murphy is proud to work with several vendors around the area who help make the events we hold at The Murphy truly unforgettable! Our approved vendors help with everything from catering, to music, to decor and floral arrangements. The weddings and special events celebrated at our venue wouldn’t be made possible without their help, hard work, and dedication.

One of the vendors we consistently work side-by-side with is event management and catering company, Jewell Events Catering. Jewell Events Catering is one of our preferred vendors, as they have over 100 years of combined experience, bringing extensive knowledge and dedication to their work. They are the caterer of choice for many, and know everything there is to know about events! Their team of specialists work together on event planning and menu creation to provide impeccable cuisine and catering services for events big or small. They’ve also served several U.S. presidents, Queen Sophia of Sweden, and other notable guests - earning them their prestigious reputation.

Jewell Events Catering has provided their catering services for many events and weddings at The Murphy, including the Pop-Up Dinner that was hosted last summer in June. This one night only Pop-Up Dinner featured 4 of Jewell Events Catering’s top chefs who collaborated on a mouth-watering menu with contemporary twists on Chicago’s classic cuisine! We were also fortunate enough to collaborate with them on Red Haute Nights, our combined celebration of our 10th anniversary and the launch of Chicago Style Weddings Magazine. Both events were nights to remember, and they wouldn’t have been possible without Jewell Events Catering.

Jewell Events Catering is also the go-to caterer for many of the brides and grooms who celebrate their weddings with us, including couples Carolyn & Brian and Mike & Denise, who celebrated their summer weddings with us.

We wanted to take a moment to thank Jewell Events Catering for partnering with us to produce some of the most memorable events and special occasions for our clients. They’re an incredible company to work with, and their passion and commitment truly shines through each and every time we partner with them.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Carolyn and Brian's Summer Wedding at The Murphy!


Over the years, we have been fortunate enough to host hundreds of magical weddings and wedding receptions at The Murphy. We pride ourselves on establishing relationships with the couples who choose to celebrate one of the most important days of their lives with us, and often receive incredible feedback from brides who love to share and get the word out about their unforgettable time at our venue! We recently heard from a bride who was more than happy to share her Murphy wedding experience with us.

Carolyn and Brian’s summer wedding at The Murphy was a day to remember. Their photographer, Spoon and Design, recently wrote a blog about their wedding ceremony and reception - both held at The Murphy last summer! Spoon and Design (AKA Michelle Greenspoon) has known the couple for quite some time now, and was chosen by them to capture some amazing photos of their big day. Michelle captured everything from their heart-felt engagement session, to their beautiful wedding cake made by Elysia Root Cakes, to the moment they said “I Do”!

Carolyn and Brian’s wedding was carefully planned, with beautiful white and gold-themed decor. Our space was transformed to fit their vision, and of course our Tiffany doors made for a gorgeous backdrop for their wedding photos!

As always, weddings held at The Murphy wouldn’t be made possible without the help of our vendors. Companies we partnered with to make Carolyn and Brian’s wedding day one to remember included:

Browse the photos below for a behind-the-scenes look at Carolyn and Brian’s wedding!




Thursday, June 8, 2017

Denise & Mike's Wedding Reception at The Murphy!

As one of Chicago’s top wedding venues, we’re fortunate enough to host weddings at The Murphy nearly every weekend. Recently, we were the chosen venue for a gorgeous couple’s magical wedding reception.

Despite being a rainy day, Denise and Mike’s reception at The Murphy was an evening to be remembered.

Our space was set up to allow plenty of room for the couple and their guests to dance the night away to music provided by wedding DJ company, Spin Chicago. The space was transformed to match Denise and Mike’s vision, allowing for a night they’ll both remember for many years to come.

We were happy to work with Denise and Mike through every step of the wedding planning process, and are proud to say the reception went off without a hitch!

As always, no wedding held at The Murphy is possible without some incredible vendors. For Denise and Mike’s Chicago wedding, we partnered with the following companies:

For a behind-the-scenes look at Denise and Mike’s big day, browse the gorgeous photos below, taken by the talented Daniela Cardili Photography.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Murphy Named as a 'Chicago Event Venue Attendees Will Love!'

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We’re proud to announce that The Murphy Auditorium has been listed on Bizzabo’s list of “30 Chicago Event Venues That Attendees Will Love!”

We’re honored to be recognized alongside some of the most well-known event spaces in Chicago, such as The Field Museum, Navy Pier, Park West, and Soho House Chicago.

The article lists The Murphy as one of the “30 best Chicago event venues to consider” when planning your next corporate event, and they describe The Murphy as “one of Chicago’s most elegant and austere venues,” noting our French Renaissance style architecture and “classic ambiance.”

The Murphy isn’t just a wedding venue. We host all types of special events, from nonprofit fundraisers to corporate dinners. As the article points out, The Murphy is an incredibly versatile event venue and we’ve been fortunate to host some truly memorable events, such as fashion shows, commercial shoots, and sports media events.

This isn’t the first time our historic event space has been recognized as a top Chicago event venue. We were also named as one of the “Top 5 Corporate Event Venues in Chicago” by socialtables, who described us as a “top-tier corporate event venue in the city of Chicago.” Chicago Wedding Venues also listed The Murphy as a “Metropolitan Chicago Wedding Venue.”

If you’re looking for an event space that offers elegance, history, and a versatile layout, The Murphy Auditorium in Chicago is the perfect event venue for your upcoming wedding, corporate event, or fundraiser. For more information and to book our space for your upcoming special event, Contact us today!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Why Choose The Murphy As Your Chicago Wedding Venue?

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Photo courtesy of Christy Tyler Photography

Chicago is the most visited city in the Midwest and one of the most popular destinations for weddings in the United States. That’s no surprise, considering Chicago is a diverse cultural center offering outstanding cuisine and a wide variety of entertainment options.

There are thousands of wedding venues in the city and the surrounding suburbs, but The Murphy is a truly unique choice. Described by Choose Chicago as “Chicago’s most elegant venue,” The Murphy Auditorium offers stunning architecture, luxury, and attention to detail. A historical wedding venue, the original auditorium was built in 1926 and has since been renovated and restored. The Murphy is truly one of Chicago’s finest architectural jewels, and our gorgeous Tiffany doors are the perfect backdrop for gorgeous wedding photos. 

The Murphy is the right choice for your wedding because we offer plenty of space, an on-site event coordinator, and have relationships with the top wedding vendors in Chicago. Our venue can comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests and can host both the ceremony and reception if needed. Our 4-story ceiling creates a stunning open space, and our intricate French architecture sets the tone for an unforgettable ‘I Do’ moment.

We also offer a private bridal suite that allows the bride to get ready in a relaxed setting and provides the couple with a space to store their belongings in a private and secure area away from the commotion.

The Murphy also features a balcony that can be used for a cocktail hour in the summer or can serve as a space for guests to catch some fresh air.

The Murphy is one of Chicago’s top wedding venues. But don’t just take our word for it! 

The following websites have listed The Murphy as a Chicago wedding venue worth considering:

Junebug Weddings - Illinois’s Best Wedding Venues

The Knot - Wedding Reception Venues near Chicago, IL

Wedding Wire - Wedding Venues in Chicago, IL

Chicago Style Weddings - Ceremony & Reception Locations

Chicago Wedding Venues

Big City Bride

Choose Chicago

Borrowed & Blue - Chicago Ballrooms & Banquet Halls - Venues near Chicago, IL

If you’re interested in hosting your wedding at The Murphy, please contact us today. For more information about our venue, visit our website.

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Murphy Celebrates 10th Anniversary and the Launch of Chicago Style Weddings Magazine With Red Haute Nights!

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On January 12, 2017, we celebrated our 10th anniversary and the launch of Chicago Style Weddings Magazine! This combined celebration, Red Haute Nights, was a magical evening we will remember for years to come.

We were honored Chicago Style Weddings Magazine chose The Murphy as the venue for their launch party, and we enjoyed collaborating with them to create a truly incredible celebration.

Nearly 400 guests attended Red Haute Nights, including wedding planners, photographers, caterers designers, venue reps, hotel managers, catering managers, restaurant managers, and other industry professionals.

The Murphy was bathed in gorgeous tones of red, from ruby red lighting to deep red tablecloths to dozens of red roses and even red food (the chocolate covered strawberries were definitely a hit)!

Erin McDonald Design transformed our venue, bringing the Red Haute Nights theme to life with shades of red, decadent decor, and unique accents. From gorgeous lounge areas where guests could sit back, relax, and catch up with industry friends, to elegant centerpieces and floral arrangements, the decor set the tone for the evening.

Guests were able to get a first look at the new issue of Chicago Style Wedding Magazine, flipping through the pages as they enjoyed unique cocktails and delicious food from some of the best caterers in Chicago.

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We are lucky enough to work with some of the very best in the events and wedding industry, and enjoyed partnering with some of our preferred vendors to create the Red Haute Nights experience. 

The following vendors made Red Haute Nights possible:



Event Production:


The Murphy first opened its doors to the public for events in 2006, and since then we have been lucky enough to be the chosen venue for some truly spectacular events. From gorgeous weddings and fundraisers to shoots for televisions shows and NASCAR events, it has been an incredible 10 years.

Thank you to everyone involved in Red Haute Nights. We were honored to have you with us as we celebrated our 10th anniversary as one of Chicago’s top wedding venues.

To see more gorgeous photos from the event, check out #cswlaunch and #redhautenights on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!