Do you allow candles?
Yes. Candles must be in a votive or other container. No open flames
Do you allow sparklers?
No, not inside the venue or in the Courtyard. If you choose to have sparklers outside in front of the venue, that is City of Chicago property.
Do you allow Chinese lanterns?
Is a day of coordinator included or available?
A dedicated Venue Manager will work with you and your vendors leading up to the day of your event. This is not the same as a wedding planner. We recommend you secure a wedding planner. We recommend a walk-through 2-4 weeks out from your event date with your vendors and planner to finalize event logistics.
Do you have climate control / air conditioning?
Yes, we have full climate control – heating and air conditioning.
Do you have 2 events at the same time? What about noise?
Yes, there are 2 distinct sides to the venue. The North/Atrium side and the South/Loft side. Each side has its own entrance and restrooms, so there aren’t any shared spaces. The 2 access points that connect the spaces have garage doors to separate the spaces and block noise.
What is the parking situation?
There is ample free street parking along Ravenswood Ave. You are welcome to secure valet if you would like as well.
Who will be here the day of my event?
Venue Manager will be onsite during setup and can direct vendors for load in. During the event you will have an onsite manager as well as pre-determined staff – security, porter and bar staff.
What should I put on our invitation?
If you have booked the North or South Side only, please note the side of your event, for example:
Artifact Events North Entrance
4325 N Ravenswood Ave Chicago, IL 60613
Artifact Events South Entrance
4325 N Ravenswood Ave Chicago, IL 60613
– If you booked the full venue, select an entrance you would like guests to use.
I’ve heard of Architectural Artifacts the store, are you the same business?
No! We are both tenants in the building. We operate independently of each other.
Can I use artifacts/items from the store Architectural Artifacts?
You can rent pieces from the retail store in the building, Architectural Artifacts, for décor at your event. The best process is to come in 2 weeks out from your event date, take photos of the pieces you are interested in renting and email that list of items and photos to your venue contact, who will then get this to the store owner to review and price. Not all items are approved so we don’t recommend relying on store pieces as your main décor. ie. Small things that can be stolen, items of high value or very fragile items. Note that Architectural Artifacts makes these decision solely.
Are you pet friendly?
Can I bring in my own alcohol?
No, we are not a BYOB venue. Non-profits may bring in donated alcohol, which needs to be accompanied by a donation letter from the supplier and be delivered directly to Artifact Events.
Can I have my rehearsal at the venue the day before my wedding?
Yes, we allow rehearsals to take place. You can schedule a 1 hour time slot with your venue manager. If an event is booked the day before, you’ll need to pick a time that doesn’t interfere with the event.
Can I get ready at Artifact Events?
We do not have the full accommodations for hair and make up that a hotel or home would have; however, we do offer suites on each side of the space designated for touch-ups and storing personal belongings for the duration of your rental”
Can I extend past a 6 hour rental? How much does it cost?
Yes, an additional charge of $900 per hour for the first additional hour and $500 per hour for additional hours past the 1 hour. This is chargeable in 30 minute increments. Additional charges for the bar package and staff are also required.
Do you provide Wi-Fi?
We have Wi-Fi available, however, you should speak with your venue manager to determine if it’ll work for your needs.
What is the latest we can have the event go to?
Are you handicap accessible?
How many bathrooms do you have?
The North/Atrium side has 9 women’s stalls and the men’s has 2 stalls and 3 urinals. The South/Loft side has 5 women’s stalls and the men’s has 3 stalls and 4 urnials.
Can I change the bar package after I book?
Yes, your final decisions on the bar package are due 2 weeks prior to your event date.
Where can I get my special event insurance?
Special event insurance requirements are listed on your contract. You can secure this through one of your current insurance providers or through WedSafe or Markel online.
Can I bring in my own decor?
Yes, however, please discuss with your venue manager. Café lighting/String lights be must be installed by a licensed vendor. Items must be dropped off the day of the event. Our staff is not responsible for the placement of these items. All items must be cleaned up/taken home the same night of the event.
Does Artifact Events provide decor?
Artifact Events has a naturally interesting and beautiful character throughout the building, however, additional event decor such as lighting, candles and flowers can be brought in through an outside vendor of your choice. This would include things like table linens, glassware, flatware, plates, and tables beyond what we have in-house, etc.