WELCOME TO LOFT ON LAKE | THE QUINTESSENTIAL CHICAGO LOFT SPACE
Loft on Lake is Chicago’s premier destination for any event, perfect for those seeking the ultimate alternative experience. The Loft's interior 4,870 sq. ft. boasts of raw architectural elements such as exposed brick and warm oak timber beams, 20ft. tall ceilings, and its most distinguished feature – a 65ft. skylight unique to all of Chicago! During the daytime the Grand Loft space is bathed in warm natural sunlight. In the evening, the skylight reflects the interior decor of the night’s event.
What kind of Event are You Planning?
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Urban Elegance with an Industrial Edge
| Warm & Intimate Loft Space
A True Chicago Loft
Brick, Timber Beams & Skylight
The interior boasts raw architectural elements such as beautiful exposed brick and vintage oak timber beams, warm stained concrete floor, 12-20ft. ceilings, a bow truss roof and it's most distinguished feature; a 65ft. long skylight that is unique to all of Chicago. Exposed metal ducting, venting and conduits for an urban industrial aesthetic. Guests love the warm feel and ambiance both day and night. We do not have an outdoor space.
“Loft on Lake was the perfect venue for our wedding. The setting was gorgeous and because of its natural urban beauty, required very little additional decoration.” -Rachel
Enter the private suite through french doors - the room is 19 X 15 FT. with couches, a full length mirror, mirror/sink combo and surface areas. This room is used as a private suite to use to freshen up, fashion show dressing room or backstage greenroom.
Access to full Kitchen & Wet Bar
A prep kitchen is a key component for any event since it allows for fresh food to be prepared, plated and served here at Loft on Lake! The kitchen area in our space is so unique, not many venues offer one! We have beautiful granite countertops, an island, two ovens with stovetops, a utility sized double door refrigerator, sink, dishwasher, microwave, storage and a wet bar area on the East wall. We have a vent hood and ventilation system to ensure the space doesn't get too stuffy or fragrant of cooking fumes. Our kitchen is covered by drapes so you have the option to hide or expose.
"Their kitchen is just top-notch." -yelp user
Cocktail Lounge/ /Breakout space
Smaller Room Separate from the Grand Loft
We have a smaller room off to the left of the main entrance. This room is 18 X 24 FT. and can be used for any purpose. For weddings, this space is used for cocktail hour and for corporate events, this area is used as a smaller breakout space.
| Accessibility in the City
Easy Load in & out
Hassle Free Accessibility
Our rear entrance of double wide doors at street level is incredibly easy to access. Bring a dolly and load items in and out with ease. If you are loading through the back, we don't have a buzzer so you have to go around front to ring the bell or call our office line at (312)738-2437 and someone will let you in (please schedule ahead of time so we know when to expect you). Loft on Lake's loading zone on Lake st. in front of the building is reserved for tour parking and clients on the day of their event!
"The location was really easy for everybody to get to and really impressed our friends and family." -John
Street Parking & Parking Lot
Loft on Lake is located in the West Loop/Fulton Market District where FREE street parking exists! There is ample parking on surrounding streets (depending on the day and time) where your guests may park for free, even overnight. There is a public parking lot next door, with entrances off of Ogden Ave. and Fulton St. This lot is only $8 per car, $10 a day and $15 overnight payable by pay station. Valet (pictured) is arranged by client, not Loft on Lake. Download Parking map for reference.
"I went to a Fashion Show here, the place was exquisite and I was really impressed with the parking." -Damian
| Cars & Cameras & Chicago
1-3 Cars Fit Nicely Inside
For those seeking an urban auto warehouse or showroom, we can accommodate a few cars inside ranging in size for auto related events. Focus testing, new car model launches, auto show after parties... our double-wide rear doors are street level a car can drive in and out. We have track lighting that can adjust to shine on the vehicle. Our 60ft skylight can be covered to shade daylight. Line up your cars outside - parking is free!
"The space is a loft with a huge beautiful skylight and big wood beams. There is brick and exposed duct work. You can truly transform the space into your vision." -Ashley
Use the Natural Light or Shade the Skylight
The studio is perfect for natural light photo shoots. Alternatively, shade the skylight for artificial lighting. Grip and Pro gear available for rent on-site, see full list here. We have a full working kitchen complete with appliances and supplies for food shoots! Clients love the inspirational nature of our space and can work remotely during the photoshoot if they choose. If you're in need of an experienced studio Assistant, we can provide!
"We loved the atmosphere and lighting. I think the value was exceptional compared to other similar spaces in the area. Everyone is very flexible and helpful!" -Rebekah
| Experienced In- House Photo & Video Team
Lofty Weddings Photography & Video
In House Wedding Photo & Video
Our in-house wedding photo team is excellent and affordable. Lofty Weddings offers special pricing for bookings exclusively with Loft on Lake! The team's easy going approach and vast photographic knowledge has delivered consistent captures of wedding day moments.
"They were extremely considerate, flexible, professional and focused on making us happy. In the end, we came away with some beautiful photographs that capture how happy this day was for us and our families, and we are exceedingly grateful to Steve and his team for everything they did for us!" -Miranda
In House Event Photography
Father & Son team at Garrett Photographic are professional, technical and equipped to take on any photo or video job your company needs. Whether you are having your event at Loft on Lake or elsewhere; Steve & Evan are a team that can handle large or small jobs. From photo/video documentation of your event, professional headshots to time lapse videos, iphone, DSLR or cinematic equipment quality and etc. Stephen has 25+ years of professional commercial photography experience while Evan has 5+ years of professional video and photo assisting experience.
"We felt that he had top notch gear and a good eye, and it showed through his photos." -John
| We Stand For The Issues
We fought for Marriage Equality
We support Marriage Equality and host more and more same sex marriages each year. The Garrett family participated in the creation of Stand Up for Equality in 2012, an organization for people in all professions to show their support for marriage equality through open dialogue, positive perspectives and viral video projects for increased awareness. The effort has been recognized nationally for its bold stance and has received two Davey Awards, (Big Ideas from Small Agencies). Shortly after our efforts, Marriage Equality became a right in Illinois!
Earth 1st Philosophy
Green & Growing
Our building is constructed with natural materials; timber ceilings, exposed brick walls, and concrete floors providing for a natural ambiance. Natural, renewable resources and products are used whenever possible. We utilize environmentally safe cleaning products, and recycle paper, plastic and metal from every event. We benefit from natural light through our expansive skylight roof and are able to conserve substantially on electricity daily. Loft on Lake is a member of the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance.
"The facilities were very clean and inviting for both vendors and guests, and I was very pleased that the staff there for the day of worked well with our other vendors." -Sarah
| Flexible on the Policies
OUR Loft is YOUR Creative Canvas
For those that choose to embellish with their own decor touches, the more unique each experience can be. Whether you are coordinating a corporate gathering or private event, the space is completely transformable to meet the most demanding specifications. Loft on Lake is a natural beauty all on its own requiring very little if you choose to go minimal!
"My husband and I were married at Loft on Lake, and they were so easy to work with. I wanted a DIY wedding and the space allowed us to make it our own. The intimate atmosphere and soft lighting really set the perfect mood. The day couldn't have been more perfect." - Katie R.
If you want your pet to be a part of your special day and are having trouble finding a space that allows it - Look no further since Loft on Lake is and always has been a pet friendly venue! We love animals and believe pet's are family, so how could you leave them out of your special day? Most days you'll find our own dogs in the office with us. Couples have incorporated pets in their wedding and we've even had celebrity pets in the space for commercial shoots.
"Unlike all the other venues we had seen, Joel greeted us with his dog (yes, this venue is dog friendly) and he congratulated us on our engagement! He was so personable and helped us through booking the venue." -Shawna
| Established by Creative Professionals in 2008
Branding & Design Services in-house
We Are Creative Professionals
If your event needs printed and/or digital materials, photography, logos... we can design in-house! Cher & Jessica Garrett together have extensive professional design experience qualified to create the needed marketing materials regarding your event. Steve & Evan Garrett head up the motion/still Photography sector. Resourceful to say the least!
"The space was the perfect size for our 150 person wedding and was extremely versatile, we were able to make the space look exactly how we wanted! Highly recommend checking out this wedding venue!" -Nick
Loft on Lake is Family Owned & Operated
Meet Steve & Cher Garrett
Husband & Wife team Cher & Steve Garrett have operated successful photography and graphic design businesses in the Fulton Market area for nearly 30 years – among the first creatives to call this colorful part of the city our professional home! Rooted in the culture of the area, Loft on Lake offers creative opportunities for like-minded individuals. Hoping everyone has an inspired experience and appreciates this unique venue as much as we do!
"[The Garrett's] are among the most warm and accommodating people I've ever run into in this industry." -Yelp user
West Loop | Fulton Market District Neighborhood
Loft on Lake is located downtown Chicago on the North side of Lake St. just east of Ogden Ave. in the West loop/Fulton Market district neighborhood. Nearby CTA stops include the Green and Pink Line station at Lake & Ashland and also Morgan St. The nearest CTA Bus route is Bus #9 Ashland Ave.
Guest Parking Reference Map
Refer to the parking map below! Ample free street parking is available on surrounding streets. A public parking lot is located northwest of the venue within walking distance, this lot is accessible via Ogden Ave. and Fulton St. for $8 per car, $15 overnight (86 spots in total, pay at pay station. To reserve the entire lot, contact lot owner). Limited permit parking is located directly behind the building in our private lot, reserve for $15 per available spot. Two parking spots in our private parking lot reserved for Client & Caterer. Valet is also a great option if you are concerned with guest parking. VIP Valet and 5 Star Valet companies are familiar with the area.
HANDICAP PARKING: Handicap parking spots are not clearly marked, but these spots are reserved on Lake st. in our loading zone, and in our private parking lot behind the venue. See map highlighted in yellow.
Meet Loft on Lake's Beholden Caretakers the Garrett's
Cher is co-owner and founder of Loft on Lake and oversees all efforts. She is very involved in our corporate event division since her background is heading an advertising and branding firm, KGA. She heads all of Loft on Lake's advertising, marketing, business strategy and is the on-site supervisor for nearly every event.
Jessie is Loft on Lake's Director of Sales & Marketing, Venue Liaison, and Day-of Coordinator. She's also the representative for Lofty Weddings Photography & Videography. Her professional background is in Graphic Design, Photography & Digital Marketing. Jessie is on top of day-to-day operations from day 1 to day-of!
Steve is our in-house Photographer, also Co-Owner of Loft on Lake. He's in attendance at most events until closing time. He heads up our wedding photography team Lofty Weddings, also corporate event photography team Garrett Photographic. Steve's services are available off-site!
Evan is a Videographer, Photographers Assistant, and head of tech and logistics at Loft on Lake. He helps facilitate our rented tech for your event and can assist on photoshoots or provide studio management on the photo studio rental side. Evan is partners with Steve with Garrett Photographic.
Joel Garrett was Vice President of Customer Engagement and Sales from 2011-2015, He was married at Loft on Lake in May of 2014 - See gallery images of his wedding held at Loft on Lake photographed by LoftyWeddings! Joel has since moved on to a great job with a tech company, and has a new baby boy!
Award Winning Event Venue
Loft on Lake has become one of Chicago’s premier destinations for any event since our start in 2008. We captured the coveted "Best New Chicago Venue Award" from the event industry forecaster BizBash a year after opening, and the Chicago Events industry so kindly embraced us. We have set the trend and led the way in standards and has offered consistent and exceptional services proven to be the tried and true answer for urbanites seeking the ultimate alternative experience. We've received countless accolades from third parties and stellar reviews on Loft on Lake listings across the web by past clientele.
"Best New Venue"
2017 "People Love Us" on Yelp
2017 "Best Event Venues in the Country" The Salonnaire
2017 "Real Weddings" Feature on 100 Layer Cake
2016 "Best Event Rental Companies Chicago" Expertise
2016 "Best of 2016" Best Venue on The Wedding Spot
2015 Wedding Featured On Style Me Pretty
2014 "Real Weddings" Feature on 100 Layer Cake
2014 Wedding Featured On Style Me Pretty
2014 "People Love Us" on Yelp
2013 Wedding Featured On Style Me Pretty
2013 "People Love Us" on Yelp
2012 "Best Venue Manager" BizBash Finalist
2012 "Best of Chicago" Award Venue and Event Space
2012 "People Love Us" on Yelp
2011 "People Love Us" on Yelp
2011 "Best Venue Manager" BizBash Finalist
2009 "Chicago Event Style Awards" BizBash BEST NEW VENUE
Loft on Lake
STAND UP for Marriage Equality
Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau
Chicago Green Wedding Alliance
Randolph Fulton Market Association
The West Loop Wedding Walk