We worked with Doug Leuthold who is amazing. He responded in a timely manner to all my inquiries and if I suggested something that was not executable on Carnivale’s end he came up with a solution that was just as perfect (if not better) than my original idea.
Doug and his team at the reception kept the timeline of events on schedule, made sure the guests always had a drink in their hands and are arguably one of the best event teams in Chicago. – Brigid (Wedding Wire)
We personally had worked with Doug for the entire planning process. His attention to detail and incredible work ethic is reason enough to book Carnivale on the spot. In addition to his professionalism, he is completely down to earth and relatable to make the entire planning process very pleasant. Doug basically treats your wedding as if it was his own. He’ll provide plenty of ideas to fit under your budget while making sure that everything still looks fantastic. Since he also works as the day of coordinator, he’ll make sure that everything goes smoothly to add icing to the cake. -Chris (Wedding Wire & The Knot)
My husband and I had to plan out of-state and were seriously overwhelmed by all of the different rental companies, caterers, and bartending vendors to choose from. Then we met Melissa at Carnivale and she was a fairy godmother of wedding planning. She was flexible with my very limited trips to Chicago and always answered my questions super super quick – whether by email, phone, or literally when we would just drop by on a whim. She is amazing. We negotiated a few things with the menu and bar options and I was completely comfortable with how transparent she was about every financial decision. -Erin (Wedding Wire)
If you want the perfect night for your wedding, contact DOUG! -Jessica W (The Knot)
I emailed Doug and he was very responsive! He made this whole planning process so easy. He let us talk about what we wanted and made it happen. I cannot give any more stars on this review but Doug alone deserves 5 stars! -Private User (Wedding Wire)
We initially worked with Ally, (who later resigned to pursue being a stay at home Mom) to which we were then introduced to Doug. We were skeptical because we laid the ground-work with Ally and almost felt as if we were starting over with Doug. When I tell you this guy is fantastic, WOW! He was EXTREMELY thorough and worked so hard to make sure we had everything we needed. He was so accommodating and he made planning a wedding as painless as possible. We LOVED his worth ethic, responsiveness, professionalism, and his down to earth personality.
Doug is also good at getting a feel for your budget and will recommend great ideas based on what he’s experienced with other weddings. We are BEGGING for another reason to have to work with Doug just because he’s so damn GOOD. He also serves as a day of coordinator to ensure everything runs smoothly. -Andrew (Wedding Wire)
But what really stood out was the service we received, especially from events manager, Tiffany. Tiffany reduced or stress levels every step of the way, and went above and beyond to make sure every detail was taken care of. I would recommend Carnivale and tiffany to anyone consider it for their wedding ceremony and/or reception. -mikegit (Wedding Wire)
Working with Molly Nienhaus was a pleasure. She was very easy to contact and would provide suggestions, if asked. She was able to give us a very accurate guide as to how many appetizers to serve, etc. On the night of the dinner, traffic was horrible and we knew that the bus with the entire bridal party would miss most of the appetizers. One phone call to Molly solved our problem. She immediately contacted the chef to slow everything down. -Mary M (The Knot)
The staff was wonderful to work with too and really catered to our needs. Ali was a pleasure to coordinate and work with. – Erica L (The Knot)
We worked closely with Ali, who was so patient with us – she’s truly wonderful. She made sure every detail was perfect for us. -Krissy B (The Knot)
Alison was great to work with!! Answers all of your questions. -Monique, 06.20.2014 (Wedding Wire)
We worked with Ali and she took care of everything. She was on top of all the logistics, and there was never a moment when I worried that something would slip through the cracks. A lot of people get stressed out over wedding planning, but our planning process was a breeze and Ali was a huge reason why. -Valerie K (The Knot)
Ali Polzin is the events coordinator at Carnivale. Before meeting Ali, we loved the place. But after meeting her, we absolutely ADORE it! Ali made the experience of planning our wedding fun. She even arranged for us to come see the venue set up for another wedding so that we could get a feel for what our day would be like. The menu tasting allowed us to experience what our guests were in store for: PURE HEAVEN.
Ali was available any time we needed to ask a question, and she made us feel like her only clients because she was so attentive. – Private User (Wedding Wire)
Alison is amazing!!!!!! Did you notice all the exclamation marks? Yes… amazing. The only negative to the whole planning process was that our first two coordinators left (which worked out in the end). Alison was the third person to be assigned to our wedding, and we were, not surprisingly, a bit frustrated at first. However, she handled it wonderfully and with professionalism. She understood the process, costs, and had great suggestions to make sure everything went smoothly. Any time I called or emailed her, she got back to me within the day. She also helped coordinate everyone the day of. She queued the music guy, signaled us for when we were supposed to walk out, where to stand, etc… Everything went off without a hitch. -Eric S (The Knot)
After looking into other spaces and options around Chicago, we had the pleasure to meet with Ali, who showed us around and who was such a pleasure to work with while we planned and coordinated the event.
Coordinating the wedding from the East Coast threw up so many obstacles– some anticipated, some not– but Ali’s professional and prompt responses to all of my (many) queries, as well as the simply perfect backdrop that the space provided, always allowed us to take a sigh of relief knowing that even if everything else failed, everyone would eat and drink well in a beautiful venue. -Annie (Wedding Wire)
Our planner, Ali Polzin was incredible and worked to make our day so special and memorable. Ali worked around all of our unique needs and we felt so lucky to have worked with her! -Ashley (Wedding Wire)
Ali was great to work with and answered all the questions I kept coming up with -Kristin G (The Knot)
Jesus was my coordinator, and he was awesome!! He took care of everything and answered every question I sent him. I cannot say enough about how much I loved this venue. -Valerie (Wedding Wire)
However, Megan, our final coordinator, really took initiative in helping us plan during the final weeks before the reception. Without her, I don’t think the day would have come together, as she thought of so many little details that made the day amazing. She was even able to upgrade us to the Samba Room at the last minute, which made our evening so much more special. -lostinmadrid28 (Wedding Wire)
I worked with Alyssa and she was so amazing and helpful- she was always accessible and extremely helpful. I planned my wedding from afar (in NYC) and it could have been difficult, but with her organization, it was simple. -Melissa O (The Knot)
The staff was wonderful to work with too and really catered to our needs. Ali was a pleasure to coordinate and work with. -Erica L (The Knot)
Every Chicagoan must try this restaurant at least once. The catch is that you’ll be going back for more! The ambiance is incredible. I love the cuisine, which is a South American fusion with a Brazilian flare. Excellent venue for large parties, as well. -Michael R. (Google+)
Was here for a Cinco de Mayo event….great appetizers and delicious cocktails. Have always seen this place from the freeway and wanted to try it out. Inside is very nice and glad that I had the opportunity to stop in. Next time will have to be for a full meal. -Brian F. (Google+)
Went to Carnivale for the first time with my boyfriend as a surprise for his birthday and the whole experience was perfect! Made the reservation through OpenTable and even though we arrived a little late, we were seated right away. As many people have said, the main dining room where we sat is beautifully decorated…definitely the place you want to be seated if you can. It’s so bright and vibrant which makes the ambiance great! Our server Javier was amazing and great for recommendations but also good for letting you enjoy your time and meals. -MB T. (Yelp)
Without exaggeration, picking Carnivale for our wedding (May 31) was one of the best decisions we ever made. For starters: the venue is beautiful. You can see how colorful it is in pictures, but unless you go there in person, you can’t get an appreciation for how vibrant the inside of the restaurant looks. It’s really stunning. I bought small centerpieces for each table, but other than that I didn’t have to worry about decorating anything at all. Already taken care of.
Second: the food. The food is amazing. Multiple people told us that it was the best wedding food they’ve ever had, and I agree with them. Portions are huge. No one will leave hungry. Great drinks, too (I believe that all of the drink packages come with sangria, mojitos and margaritas – really fun and festive drink options in addition to all of the “normal” stuff).
Lastly: the service. We worked with Ali and she took care of everything. She was on top of all the logistics, and there was never a moment when I worried that something would slip through the cracks. A lot of people get stressed out over wedding planning, but our planning process was a breeze and Ali was a huge reason why. The bartenders and wait staff were wonderful, too. During the cocktail reception, one of my guests asks the server if any of the appetizers contained dairy (she has a dairy allergy). The server brought my guest her own plate of non-dairy appetizers so she would have enough to eat (which means, unfortunately, that the server was more attentive to my guests’ needs than I was!!).
I can’t recommend Carnivale highly enough. We couldn’t be happier with our choice. -vek1979 (TheKnot)