I had the pleasure of helping a friend arrange her wedding at the Kenilworth Club this summer. First and foremost, I was impressed by the simple beauty of the space, which is an arts-and-crafts style interior full of wood and warmth. Rather than looking like a lodge or a rustic place, though, it feels upscale and classy without being pretentious or gaudy. The location also worked well because the guest list was a mix of well-heeled people from the North Shore suburbs along with young professionals who live in the city. Since it is accessible by Metra (very close to the Kenilworth stop), the location is convenient for everyone but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of a typical city location. As for the details of the wedding arrangements, the staff were very accommodating of special requests. For instance, this was a ceremony that involved an on-stage choir. In addition, the room with the stage (where the ceremony was held) was able to be quickly turned over into the reception space, and during the interim, the other half of the building functioned as a cocktail area. I felt that the staff made the transition fairly seamlessly considering the large number of people in attendance relative to the capacity. Instead of a hotel or a typical banquet hall that treats events in a very formulaic way, the staff at Kenilworth really worked with the bride's vision for the wedding and paid fantastic attention to getting the details just right and answering the many, many questions she had. They also recommended an excellent caterer from their pre-approved list, and the service aspect was minimally invasive despite the ceremony and reception being in the same building. I was worried about how well that would work, but it was splendid.