Throwback Thursday: Brenda & Joe

Throwback Thursday: Brenda & Joe

Early fall is a harmonious time. It makes a person think of symphonies, of orchestras, all these disparate parts and players coming together to make something beautiful. It makes a person think of the past and present converging into something altogether new. Brenda and Joe got married on 9/10/11, a great date for those who like harmonious dates, and also, by a stroke of luck, the first time we've thrown back to a wedding reasonably close to the anniversary of that wedding! Harmonious convergence all around. Can you feel the harmony? Can you? CAN YOU?

Ahem. Brenda and Joe vowed never-ending love to one another five years ago at one of our very favorite Gallery 1028 events. Clementine Custom Events were the puppet masters behind the evening, and they mastered the puppetry better than if they were an old-school Metallica record. (OK, I understand that in the Venn diagram of Gallery 1028 blog readers and old-school Metallica fans, there is probably not a lot of overlap. But I wanted to make the joke anyways. Incidentally, the record has a lot of harmonious guitar solos.)

If love is a symphony, there are sure to be some sour notes, but on a day like today it's good to reflect on the harmony and delight that it brings to the world. 

(See? I'm capable of real feelings, too. Sincerely yours, ThrowbackBot221221331)

Cover photo credit J. Brown Photo

Hotels Series: The Kinzie Hotel

Hotels Series: The Kinzie Hotel

For the first article in this series, see The James

The next stop on the Gallery 1028 team’s adventure around the city found us in the middle of State and Dearborn, gazing up in wonder at the lovely, six story, just renovated, Kinzie Hotel.

The hotel makes a distinctive first impression. The lobby is filled with interesting art pieces, modern furniture, and harmonious geometries. We were greeted warmly by the doorman and front desk and started the tour on this high note.

Stopping on the third floor, we viewed a one-bedroom suite. The room was stunning, with a curved bay window, wardrobe that perfectly fits a wedding dress, and impeccable décor.

One of my favorite aspects about the room is how the geometric patterns subtly enhance the charm of the space. These kinds of patterns are often overwhelming, even garish, but the Kinzie executes with class and elegance. The floor is a dark blue carpet with hexagons accented with a beautiful backdrop of the Chicago map. It is hard to explain as to how well the décor actually fits the space; you must see it for yourself ;)

The next great thing we learned about The Kinzie Hotel is the interesting take on breakfast service. You always hear about the typical breakfast service that occurs in hotels where there is a huge open buffet in one main room. However, The Kinzie one-upped everyone by offering a breakfast service on EACH floor of their hotel. All you have to do is roll out of bed, put on a comfy pair of Kinzie Hotel slippers, and walk a few feet to get yourself a hearty, nutritious breakfast.

Another great feature of the hotel is that they have a lounge that serves hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to refresh after a long day out in the city, or a long day of last minute wedding planning. This space can also be used for a day after brunch space, too. It is a great intimate space that can be transformed to have your wedding party together one last time before they make the trip back home.

Lastly, attrition. There is no attrition for up to 10 rooms. This means that you will not have to pay a fee if you block 10 rooms for your guests and only 9 get filled.

Overall, the Kinzie Hotel is a great option for a room block if you are looking for one. The renovated rooms, modern touches, and location are perfect for your guests!

Throwback Thursday: Megan and Mike

Throwback Thursday: Megan and Mike

Lately I've been thinking. Well, no, that's not exactly true. I haven't been thinking, I've been feeling, which is what real Americans do. I've been feeling about two of my favorite Americans, Megan and Mike, who had themselves a dynamite wedding here at Gallery 1028. The Ruffled blog has extensive coverage of this dynamite wedding, including a gallery full of photos and an interview with the bride. Point your browser their way, but be careful lest the dynamite-ness of this wedding explode your eyes forever. Protective eyewear is recommended. (To the best of my feeling, no actual dynamite was used in this wedding. But don't let that deter you, my fellow Americans.) 


cover photo credit: Ruffled

Throwback Thursday: Lauren & Sam

Throwback Thursday: Lauren & Sam

Well, well, well, what have we here? Another Thursday! Thought you could just sneak right by us, did you, eh, Thursday? Thought you might catch us sleeping? Not likely! We are the most diligent Throwbackers in all Throwbackdom! Now bring us all a sandwich. Just one. We'll split it amongst ourselves.

On the docket today, it's Lauren and Sam! Good old Lauren and Sam. Who couldn't love Lauren and Sam? Amanda Hein Photography loves Lauren and Sam. G1028 loves Lauren and Sam. And if the beautiful, delightful, wonderful, super special wedding they had is any indication, we're guessing Lauren and Sam and Lauren and Sam's family and friends love Lauren and Sam, too. Browse to the link there and fall in love with Lauren and Sam yourself. Don't be shy. Everyone's doing it. 

Throwback Thursday: Lisa & Scott

Throwback Thursday: Lisa & Scott

Webster's dictionary describes a wedding as: "the process of removing weeds from one's garden." -Homer Simpson

I'm not one to get sentimental, but when I think about just about anything that involves sentiment, I start to uncontrollably cry. So you can imagine how I felt when looking through the photos that Studio Starling took of Lisa & Scott on the day when they removed the weeds from their shared garden of love. Am I singlehandedly keeping the facial tissue companies in business? Well, no, they are huge multinational corporations. That's a weird question. Did I go through a year's supply just trying to keep my face dry after viewing all that beautiful sentiment? Yes, I absolutely did. And you will too, dear Throwback Thursday compatriot of mine. Or my name isn't Sentimental Jones. 

cover photo credit Studio Starling

Your Engagement Timeline: Part 1

Your Engagement Timeline: Part 1

You just got engaged? Awesome! Now what? 

The planning process for your big day can be stressful and time consuming. But, lucky for you, we created a timeline that will guide you through the first phase. We'll dive into the details of each checklist item in future posts, but it's good to have a handy list like this for reference. You’ll have to check back later for the last 6 months ;)

Upon Engagement:

  • Talk with your fiancé about what type of wedding you would like
  • Establish a budget
  • Pick a timeframe
  • Start a guest list

If this seems overwhelming for you, now is the time to book a wedding planner!


10-12 months before:

  • Select your bridal party and invite them to be a part of your wedding!
  • Choose your ceremony and reception site based on your budget.
  • Make sure you factor in what vendors are allowed to be at your selected venues and that you factor this into your budget.
  • Have an engagement party thrown for you!


8-10 months before:

  • Book the caterer if you haven’t already.
  • Order your wedding cake or start tasting cakes to figure out what combinations you like.
  • Make sure the wedding gown is selected and ordered. Allow AT LEAST 6 months for this.
  • Book your band or DJ, photographer, videographer, and floral company.
  • Reserve any room blocks at suggested hotels for out of town guests. (We have a few preferred hotels we can get you in contact with, just ask!)
  • Register at your favorite home goods stores! Crate and Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, Williams Sonoma, and Macy’s to name a few…


6-8 months before:

  • Send your “save the date” cards
  • Order bridesmaid dresses
  • Check on availability for additional vendors, such as cake, transportation, and musicians.
  • Plan your honeymoon!

Throwback Thursday: Jen & Dan

Throwback Thursday: Jen & Dan

Jen & Dan pledged eternal love to one another on November 1 2014. Unlike most people, who pledge eternal love to one another in a darkened tunnel far away from everyone they know and care about, Jen & Dan thought, "You know what? Let's do it in public, and invite all our family and friends to bear witness and help us celebrate. I think that might be an even better way to do it." And they did. And they were right: it was better. Hooray for their outside-the-tunnel thinking! Hopefully this wedding inspires other people to try it this way instead, so we can get back to using darkened tunnels for their original purpose: hiding all our bootleg liquor.  

You Me Photography was working the shutter for this one, and a selection of the fine results is up at Modwedding. Take the nearest darkened tunnel over to one or both sites and you will be rewarded. 

Throwback Thursday: Venue Safari

Throwback Thursday: Venue Safari

Bah, humbug, another boring Thursday and another boring throwback. Hashtag, smashtag, right? SAID NOBODY EVER! (Incidentally, smash tag was a variant of tag we used to play in the alleys of the neighborhood where I grew up. You'd ride your bikes around and the person who was "it" would leap out and smash you into a garbage can. Later on I found out that this wasn't a real game at all, just a guy who lived behind the garbage cans and really didn't like me. Ah, childhood!) 

This week we're fondly reminiscing about the nice writeup Gallery 1028 got from venue writeup champions Venue Safari. They have a few choice photos of the space all bedazzled and bejeweled and bepersoned and whatnot, so don't delay -- get over there now. Now now now!

Throwback Thursday: Julie & Andrew

Throwback Thursday: Julie & Andrew

Today we're throwin' back to the first wedding ever, of Crggg and Qrta! Unfortunately it took place millennia before the invention of the photograph so we'll just have to imagine the lovely couple, who tied the knot at our great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother's first event venue, Cavern 1028. At that time they hadn't invented knots, so they didn't know they were tying the knot, but they ceremonially mashed each other on the head with clubs and that brought a tear to everyone's eye, you betcha. 

If you insist on a wedding with some visual imagery, fine -- how about Julie & Andrew's from October 2011? (Of course, if you read the title you knew I was gonna give you what you wanted eventually, didn't you, you smart person you.) Erica Rose Photography took lovely photographs of the lovely couple and their lovely wedding and put them up on her lovely blog, so why don't you lovely people use your lovely fingers to touch or click lovingly on that link and check them out love love love love love?

photos courtesy of Erica Rose Photography

Hotels Series: The James

Hotels Series: The James

Once upon a time a bunch of clients showed up asking questions about hotels and we didn't know all the answers. Here's a dramatic reenactment:


“What hotels are nearby?”

“How far away is it?”

“What are their price points?”

“Do they have room blocks?”

G1028 TEAM:

“Let me check on that for you.”

We hate not knowing all the answers, so we decided to change things. We set out on a little adventure on the streets of Chicago, via horse drawn carriage, and received information from a few hotels for our clients! And by horse drawn carriage, we mean Uber and Lyft… we were just trying to sound fancy.

One of our hotels on the day trip was The James, a boutique hotel on the corner of Rush and Ontario in the heart of downtown Chicago. The first thing we noticed when we walked in the door was the impeccable hospitality of the doorman, Lucas. He offered us a bottle of water right away while we waited for our lovely tour guides, Erin and Rachael, to meet us in the lobby.

From there, we started the tour. One of the first things I noticed was the stacked antique luggage art piece in the lobby. We learned this is one of the most popular photo ops in the hotel, and it is absolutely gorgeous!

Then, we toured some of the guest rooms. The James employs a unique naming convention for their rooms, calling them not by their bed sizes but by styles: studios, lofts, apartments, and penthouse lofts. No matter which style you choose, the bathrooms can accommodate an elaborate bridal gown, and they all feature a wardrobe too! Additionally, each room comes equipped with a lovely full bar.

Their penthouse loft room is plenty big for a bridal party! It features dark hardwood flooring, comfy couches, a HUGE bathroom, and a dining area.

Following our tour, the hospitality level increased even more and we wined and dined at their restaurant with Erin Hertzel, their Special Events Manager, Rachael Ballas, their Group Sales Manager, and Dan Wheeler, their National Sales Director. Their restaurant, David Burke’s Steakhouse, is perfect for the day after brunch or for casual dining. The service and meal were fantastic!

Another benefit about using The James as the hotel for your room blocks: They only have attrition after 10 rooms, and only on the rooms you do not use. If you're not familiar, many hotels charge a fee for rooms you block off, but The James's policy is liberal and forgiving. 

Time to talk pricing. Currently the rooms range from $200 up to $1000 a night. Obviously, the $1000 is for the penthouse… This is also Chicago’s peak season, so the rates are very reasonable.

Overall, it was a lovely experience. From the tour, to the people, to the food, it was just too amazing. If you would like more information about The James, please feel free to reach out. We hope this article will lead you into the right direction, and stay tuned for more info on Chicago hotels! ;)


Throwback Thursday: Katlyn & Kevin

Throwback Thursday: Katlyn & Kevin

Today is a day that puts me in a frame of mind to think about other days. Past days. Days where cool things happened, where we met interesting people, where we danced interesting dances. Days where life felt bursting with possibility, instead of like an interminable crushing weight bearing down on you. That's what Throwback Thursday is all about, people! Avoiding the crushing weight of reality!* 

Katlyn and Kevin are two lovely humans who decided a while back to spend the rest of their earthly lives together. Which is sweet. They held the ceremony where they told everyone they know and love about this decision right here at Gallery 1028, which is also sweet. Studio Finch used advanced technology to preserve special moments from the day in digitized amber, which are available for viewing every second Thursday after the full moon from 8:51AM to 9:22AM.**

Click/touch/mindmeld with the link and you'll be rewarded with a treasure trove of delightful imagery. I guarantee it.***

*Sorry, don't know what happened here. Our blog-writing bots must've become sentient and read too much Sartre. We're rewiring them now. 

**Update: they are available for viewing anytime.

***This guarantee holds zero legal weight.

cover photo credit Studio Finch

First in Flight Entertainment

First in Flight Entertainment

One of the most common questions we receive at Gallery 1028 is about entertainment options. Well, we have a ton of answers for you. Today, we will be discussing the different types of options that First in Flight Entertainment can provide for you at your next G1028 event to steer you in the right direction.

We spoke with Lisa Jaroscak, an Executive Director at First in Flight Entertainment.

Here is a quick bit from Lisa:

“First In Flight Entertainment has been providing entertainment of all varieties all over the country for almost 10 years now including all over the Chicagoland area. We specialize in providing full service entertainment experiences at events ranging from street fests to corporate events, weddings, social gatherings, fundraisers, tradeshows, music festivals, etc. No event is too big or too small. We enjoy working with our clients to make the planning of entertainment seamless. We like to think of ourselves as a one stop shop for clients because we can provide them with sound, lighting, variety artists, walk around characters, tribute acts, DJs, bands of all sizes and genres, photo booths, and so much more. We help to coordinate all the entertainers to make sure that they within budget and make sure that execution is seamless, and it is a wonderful and easy experience for everyone involved.”

We hope this helps clear up some of the questions that you may have, and if you have any more questions or want to inquire about First in Flight Entertainment, feel free to travel to

photos courtesy First in Flight Entertainment

Throwback Thursday: Hello Darling Event Design

Throwback Thursday: Hello Darling Event Design

Something just a touch different this Thursday... wait, wait, don't go! It's not THAT different. We're still going to be throwing back to some glorious times gone by. Calm down. Jeez. Instead of focusing on a particular couple, though, we're taking a look at Hello Darling Event Design's past work transforming G1028 into a piece of ambient art. This is from a wedding they designed with a theme called "Indie Rock Chic", which is both a sweet pun and a great theme in its own right. On their blog they run through some design decisions in detail, and of course there are a plethora of pixel-rich photographs to accompany the post. Travel as fast as you can through the Interwebs to their site to get a cool behind-the-scenes look at what goes into designing a wedding aesthetic. Happy Throwbacking! See, aren't you happy you stuck around? 

cover photo credit Hello Darling Event Design

Throwback Thursday: Jen & Jimmy

Throwback Thursday: Jen & Jimmy

Hear ye, hear ye! It is hereby decreed that Thursday has arrived once again! It is furthermore decreed, per the Throwbacking charter, that we must throw it back to a most splendid wedding from Gallery 1028 lore. So I guess we'll go with Jen & Jimmy, seeing as how their wedding certainly qualifies. Robyn Rachel Photography were the wizard-historians tasked with documenting the evening, and it is hereby decreed that they didst rock it. Head to the RRP blog for evidence of said rocking-it. I command you to witness the rocking-it! /drops town crier bell 

cover photo credit Robyn Rachel Photography

Throwback Thursday: Ida & Patrick

Throwback Thursday: Ida & Patrick

It's Thursday once again, and you know what that means... time to spin up the flux capacitors and dial in a date.

This time I think I'll go for summer 2014, when Ida and Patrick graced Gallery 1028 with their lovely presences. Orange2 Photography (that's Orange^2, Orange Squared, but I don't know how to superscript) was there and just happened to have a camera, so they were all like, "you guys don't mind if we take some gorgeous snaps of you, do you?" and Ida and Patrick were all like, "Heck no!" Head to their site to see the fruit of that non-imaginary conversation which definitely took place. (See what I did there? Orange? Fruit? OK, I'll go home now.)

images courtesy of Orange2 Photography / Gerber Scarpelli Weddings

Things to Know about Gallery 1028

Things to Know about Gallery 1028

When selecting a venue there are a few things you need to consider. How close is the venue in relation to the guests?  How will guests get to and from the venue? How can I decorate this rustic space? Is this even suitable for a corporate event? And lastly, what are my catered options? Well… we have all the answers for you if you are thinking about G1028 as the venue for your next event.

How close is the venue in relation to the guests, and how will they get there?

G1028 is practically in the center of everything happening in Chicago. We are located between Lincoln Park and the Loop, and just west of the Magnificent Mile. This means we are pretty close to the plethora of hotels, the Lincoln Parker inhabitants, and the largest business district in the city. It's only about a 10-15 minute car ride from any of these hot spots. Additionally, we can easily be reached via public transportation too! We are just off Halsted Street which has a great bus route, and there is easy access from both the Blue Line and Red Line train stops.

Can I even decorate this rustic space?

Great question… and yes, you absolutely can decorate G1028.  The venue's rustic floors, exposed brick, and towering wood beams have a charm all their own, and yet G1028 can be decorated and transformed into anything that you want. We have been the lucky hosts of some spectacular themed events from the traditional wedding theme, vintage, chic, farm, and more. You can truly decorate the space as much or as little as you like. Think of it as a blank canvas that comes with a rustic frame… What goes on the canvas is your vision.


Is G1028 suitable for a corporate event?

Absolutely. We have done corporate events for many clients.  Like I have mentioned before, it truly does not take much to make our space lively. Our space features exposed brick, aged hardwood floors, and 16 foot vaulted ceilings. We also have two moveable bars, a farm table, 4 wood highboy tables with hooks underneath, and a speaker that can be used at your discretion.

We have been the host of many corporate holiday parties so it may be a good idea to start securing your date…

Who is the caterer?

Calihan Catering is our exclusive caterer. Calihan has been designing creative and innovative menu options for over 30 years and continues to get the praise they deserve.  Just recently, the National Association of Catering and Events nominated them for Best Event Production for the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards. With that being said, we are lucky to have them as our exclusive caterer; they bring an entire new level to the catering world.


Remember, if you have any other questions about G1028, please feel free to reach out.  We love a good chat. Additionally, if you would like to see the space, get in contact with Jeffery Bartlett, our Venue Representative, at and he would be happy to set up an appointment for you.  BUT, please stop in to our bi-weekly get together for Gallery Gatherings from 4:30 - 7:00. The next one is this Thursday, June 23, 2016. Get a lovely glass of Rose and get a tour of our space. We hope to see you soon (;

A Word From the President

A Word From the President

As you may know, Gallery 1028 has the privilege of having Calihan Catering as our partner and exclusive caterer. Calihan Catering has been around for over 30 years putting on flawless events with perfect execution like the James Beard Foundation Awards, Butterfly Ball, and other world-class events. Today, we have the treat of sharing a timeline created by our very own president, Nash Calihan. When Nash isn’t drinking a bottle of San Pellegrino water and strutting around the office in his ‘sockies’, he is working hard making Gallery 1028 and Calihan great. Now on to to Nash’s wise words:


The initial inquiry:

When you first inquire of our catering services, we start assembling a proposal. This proposal is tailored directly to your tastes, vision, and style. We can have a chat over the phone or in person to tweak the proposal. Just let us know whatever works best for you.


Confirm the venue:

In order to have an accurate proposal, we must know where the event will be taking place. This is crucial because some venues have equipment, which means less equipment in the long run and the money saving emoji for you. Some venues even let us set up the day before, some don’t have a kitchen, and some have flights of stairs you have to run up. All of these factors come into play when creating your proposal.


Confirm Calihan Catering:

To confirm our catering services, you have to sign a contract with a 25% deposit. At this point, you should also start contacting and signing contracts with other vendors like floral design, entertainment, photographers, etc.


Tasting 3-6 months out:

We typically schedule tastings 3 to 6 months out. This allows for consistency with seasonality or discussion of what we would adjust on the menu.

At a tasting we suggest picking 8 to 10 hors d’oeuvres, 2 to 3 first courses and entrees, pick up sweets, and a late night snack option. This is also the time to mention any specific wine, specialty drinks, linen, tables, or chairs so we can showcase them for you.

In addition to tasting our delicious food, we will also develop floor plans, timelines, and a bunch of other exciting details.


3 months out:

A 75% deposit of the balance is due.


1 month out:

 Check in with us in regards to the guest count and the timeline of the event. If anything is changed, we can easily adjust it.


2 weeks out:

This would be the time for a final walkthrough. It is always great to see the space once more after equipment is ordered. This allows our Account Executives to envision the event and overcome any challenges beforehand.


Week prior:

Guest counts and final payments are due at this point. It would also be great to know of any last minute planning changes, as well.


The Day Of:

Our function director will be in charge of the entire event. Many of our function directors have been with us for over 15 years and are able to do this with their eyes closed. They will be your point of contact throughout the entire event and make sure that you have nothing to worry about while you are thanking all of your lovely guests for coming.


Hope you gained some useful info from Nash's timeline. If you have any more questions or would like to inquire about catering, feel free to reach out. We love a good chat. Also, stop into our next Gallery Gathering at Gallery 1028 on June 23rd 2016 from 4:30 to 7pm to chat with representatives from both Calihan Catering and Gallery 1028.

Throwback Thursday: Alexis & Pat

Throwback Thursday: Alexis & Pat

Thursday is definitely one of the days of the week, but it's also so much more, isn't it? Thursdays are like birdsong, poetry, and a light summer breeze, in day form. If they could package up the feeling of a Thursday and sell it, would you buy it? I know I would. And I'd judge anyone who didn't. Oh how I'd judge them.


This week we're throwing back to the snowy November day when Alexis & Pat decided to tie the knot. This wedding is like a refreshing iced beverage after a day in the sun, so head over to Artistrie Co. and drink it all in. 


cover photo from artistrie co

Throwback Thursday: Robyn & Michelle

Throwback Thursday: Robyn & Michelle

Thursdays, man, aren't they the best? Don't answer, you don't have to. We both know that, yes, they are. Here is a song about Thursdays I wrote because I love them so much: 

Oh Thursdays Oh Thursdays Oh how I love thee

You're the best days ever now let's drink some tea

That's intellectual property, don't steal that. This week we're throwing back to the epic wedding of Robyn & Michelle, which took place on a fine December day two years back. Head over to Equal & Forever to check out the pics and get inspired. Maybe you'll even write a song of your own.


(cover photo from equal and forever)

Tips For Your Holiday Party

Tips For Your Holiday Party

I know, I know. It's finally summer in Chicago, and you're asking me to think about Christmas? But the reality of the situation is that great holiday venues are already booking up fast, and if you want to throw a classic holiday party this year, now's the time to get your mind on snowflakes and tinsel. So let's put on our Santa hats (even if we're sweating through the fuzz) and take a look at a few tips for throwing a holiday smash at G1028.


Determine how much you want to allocate to venue rental, catering, and décor. This of course will dictate the rest of your event. It will determine what type of space is available, what types of food and the quantity that can be served and what types of creative holiday décor you can incorporate into your event.


Book in advance

It is never too early to secure a date for your holiday party. Often times, people wait last minute to secure a venue, which leaves them with very few choices. To be able to secure your date at G1028, you just have to sign a contract and put down a 50% deposit on the rental fee. We can also put a complimentary hold on your date for two to three weeks.



There are many routes you can choose when you invite people to a holiday party. If you were planning a corporate holiday party, a budget friendly method would be to send a corporate email to all your staff or a free online invitation. Systems that provide online invitations sometimes have RSVP counts as well, which can ease the process when providing final guest counts.



Décor is entirely up to you. You can go as holiday themed as you want, but just be careful to not overdo it. We have some sample pictures of holiday parties at G1028 in the past, so see the picture gallery below for some inspiration. We would also be more than happy to get you in touch with décor vendors we have worked with in the past.


The Style of Service

Holiday parties tend to be more cocktail reception orientated. This makes the environment more fun, open, and less structured. It allows for guests to mingle wherever they want and with whomever they want. However, if you are looking for a more traditional seated dinner, you can do that too! Just keep in mind that the type of reception you are looking for will affect the budget, as seated dinners tend to be a bit more expensive.



Calihan Catering, our exclusive caterer, has some unique options that fit right into the holiday party theme:



If any of these tips and options spark your interest, please don’t hesitate to send us an email or give us a call. Holidays are a great time to bring people together, and what better way to do it than over drinks, great food, and even better company?