Testimonials

When first looking at venues, Carnivale was my dream location and it did not disappoint! The interior alone is breathtaking and the fun colors and set-up really matched our personalities and vision for the day. We worked with Tiffany who was great at answering all of our questions. It was apparent that she knew what she was doing and would be a good resource for us. During the cocktail hour we did a receiving line and they had servers waiting for guests so that they all had a drink before they even went down the line into the room. Everyone loved that and it really helped with crowd control at the bar. The food – holy cow!! A big reason we chose Carnivale was for the food and it was phenomenal!!! We did family style and were able to have a very different food selection for both dinner and cocktail hour than your standard wedding. I only wish I had taken more time to really enjoy the meal. Highly recommend if you are looking for something a little different. I want to do the whole day again!
-Katherine on 1/13/2019 (The Knot)

As soon as we stepped in to Carnivale, still searching for venues, my husband said this is the place for our wedding and reception. I’m so glad he did. Carnivale is beautiful and the look is so unique compared to other venues. Also, everything you need for your wedding, they can provide or you refer you to their list of preferred vendors. And, the food is amazing, so good and so many choices! Finally, brides feel free to have your bridzilla moment on your big day (like me). Tiffany (our Carnivale event manager) will be there to save the day.
-Susan E. on 11/27/2018 (The Knot)

Chicago brides-this is the place for you. Working with Tiffany Junta made planning our wedding so easy. She is responsive and goes out of her way to make sure that you are comfortable through the entire process. She is great at answering questions, working with outside vendors, and calming anxious brides. Be sure to ask for her by name. The food and drinks at Carnivale are still being raved about by our guests. The space is beautifully decorated and is easy to compliment with simple flowers and decorations. This is not your cookie cutter banquet hall. The eclectic artwork and colors of the main dining hall are carried up through the Samba room creating a truly unique wedding experience. This is complimented further by the amazing staff, food, drinks, and Tiffany. Do yourself a favor and host your wedding here. You won’t regret it.
-Cara P. on 11/26/2018 (The Knot)

I can’t express enough how fantastic working with the wedding planner at Carnivale was! He was very thorough, professional, and exceptional! We had the wedding of our dreams and all our friends and family enjoyed themselves!
-Rachel W. on 10/31/2018 (The Knot)

I had my daughter’s bridal shower here! Everyone loved it and the food was incredible and the staff was awesome. LOVED IT!
-Ashley C. on 10/31/2018 (The Knot)

The staff at Carnivale were very professional and helpful in every way. The staff was always on hand. They checked in with us multiple times throughout the night. The food was delicious and we couldn’t have created a better ambiance. We had a great time and we highly recommend hosting a wedding here.
-Erika R. on 10/31/2018 (The Knot)

We got married at Carnivale on October 20, 2018, and had the most perfect wedding. Much of this can be attributed to the fact that we selected Carnivale as our venue. The space is beautiful, fun and lively. I don’t like to decorate and Carnivale is already decorated, so adding decor to the space is really not even necessary. The food was delicious and the service was top-notch. Throughout the planning process, we worked with Serena, who was wonderful, delightful and extremely competent! She promptly answered my questions and emails, helped us make important decisions and went above and beyond to take the lead on the bridal party & ceremony logistics during the rehearsal and on the day of the wedding. She accommodated our unique requests and was attentive to detail. Serena remembered my husband’s favorite drink (Pisco Sour from Peru–not an easy cocktail to make) and handed it to him as soon as the ceremony ended. During the reception, Serena and Luis, the banquet manager, made sure everything ran smoothly. Luis and his staff were attentive to all the guests. Carnivale had a chuppah that someone had left behind from a previous wedding and kindly stored the big structure in their office for months so that we could use it at our wedding. Serena measured it for me and even had it assembled prior to the ceremony. We had guests from Chicago, all over the United States and Peru; everyone had a blast and can’t stop talking about it, saying that it was the best wedding and venue (with the best food & drinks). This is a huge compliment coming from people who have been to weddings at the most high-end places. We wouldn’t have changed a thing.
-Dana M. on 10/29/2018 (The Knot)

For them moment we first walked I to the Tango room we new it was the right venue for us! Our event coordinator, Molly, helped us plan every detail. We are so grateful to the staff for providing everything we needed and making the night unforgettable for our guests!!!
-Erika G. on 10/08/2018 (The Knot)

We could not have chosen a better venue than Carnivale to host our wedding and reception! Doug is hands down the best wedding coordinator of all time and you can tell he genuinely loves what he does. He made sure everything went off without a hitch and checked in with us regularly. The prices were way better than what I thought they would be and every single one of our guests said it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to! The food, the decor, the service, all impeccable. My heart is swelling with gratitude <3 thank you guys soooo much! -Christine R. on 9/19/2018 (The Knot)

Working with Doug at Carnivale has been a dream from start to finish. He is so attentive and detailed oriented! My husband and I planned our entire wedding, ceremony and reception, in the large private room on the second floor. We chose Carnivale because we knew the food was great, they have great service and we didn’t have to fuss with decor/lighting/linnens as they were already there and the space is so vibrant! Doug helped us with every detail and even completed some of our items for us. When I arrived at the venue for the ceremony, I didn’t have to make any decisions or change a thing. Everything was set up perfectly, in exactly the way we specified. The night was PERFECT. The food was wonderful, service was timely and our guests had a great time! It’s been almost two weeks and we are still hearing from our guests about the fabulous time they had at Carnivale! Book this for your wedding NOW!
-Chris K. on 9/19/2018 (The Knot)

Carnivale was the most amazing venue to hold our wedding. Doug was so helpful throughout the entire wedding process, taking the time to answer our MANY questions, providing his own expertise and ideas, and working to adapt the venue to our ideas and requests. The space itself is amazing- so colorful and exciting without even having to worry about bringing our own decorations. Our guests could not stop raving about the colorful atmosphere and of course the amazing food. Although our wedding is over, we will definitely be back at Carnivale soon!
-John T. on 6/21/2018 (The Knot)

We hosted our daughter and new son-in-laws wedding ceremony and reception at Carnivale. Doug was amazing to work with from the planning stage to the final moments of our celebration. He went above and beyond to make our event a dream come true. He thought of every detail and maximized our budget to include everything we needed. Doug is so creative and his team at Carnivale is extremely talented. The restaurant is beautiful and so colorful, the food is delicious, and the staff so well trained. We can’t say enough good things about Doug and his team. Thank You Carnivale for making Stephanie & Tyler’s wedding a modern day Fairy Tale.
-Dolores T. on 6/12/2018 (The Knot)

Tiffany Junta and her team at Carnivale made my reception the talk of my guests for days afterward, nothing but compliments from everyone that attended. Tiffany is the Catering manager, and together with my wedding planner, ensured that the reception flowed and that our guests were entertained and comfortable, I let them handle it, and had not one thing to worry about the entire afternoon! Tiffany even suggested a photographer that she had worked with to me for the wedding, and he was outstanding!! Tiffany is upbeat, orgainized, and so much fun to work with. And it showed during the reception, she was there every step of the way making sure that all our planning was executed, the tables were beautiful with our flowers and Mexican tile coasters that we used as table favors. Tiffany even helped bustle my dress before the reception started, with my wedding planner and my Mom working on it too, sometimes it takes a village! She even dropped off our cake and cake topper on her way home, we were staying nearby for the wedding night and forgot to grab it before we left. Tiffany made sure that every guest with any need or dietary restriction was accommodated, and the food at Carnivale is WONDERFUL!! Flavorful, and delicious , as well as presented beautifully on the plate, my guests loved it!! Carnivale is a fun, trendy place with just a bit of quirky thrown in. Tiffany is a consumate professional, and whole lot like me in personality, we had an absolute blast working together, right down to getting me the invoices in an effcient and timely manner, which I really appreciated!. Tiffany also suggested another venue for a last minute pre-wedding cocktail party for our guests, which we retained, and thoroughly enjoyed after the rehearsal dinner. If you want a fun, Latin influenced vibe for your reception, look no further than Carnivale, and of course Tiffany Junta in Chicago, IL.
-Cynthia S. on 5/25/2018 (The Knot)

I honestly cannot say enough good things about Carnivale, and specifically, the event coordinator, Doug. My husband and I ended up having a change of plans and had to plan our wedding with only about 6 weeks notice. We were very stressed out about this and worried about finding a venue. Form the very beginning Doug and the Carnivale staff made the process so much. They were able to be so flexible with what we wanted to do and the budget we were working with, and basically said they could make everything we wanted happen on short notice and within budget. Doug was such a dream to work with and made what was a stressful process so much fun. He took care of literally everything. We stayed within budget, Doug thought of literally everything that we needed. The venue was amazing and beautiful and the food was unbelievable. Almost every guest said it was by far the best wedding food they had ever had. We had so much fun on our wedding night and it was honestly better than I could have ever expected even if I had a year to plan (and we only used 4 of the 6 weeks to plan this one!). I would highly recommend this venue to anyone in Chicago. I wouldn’t have changed a thing and am so grateful to Doug and his staff for making our wedding the best day ever.
-Amy H. on 5/15/2018 (The Knot)

Carnivale was an absolute joy to work with. Tiffany made everything seamless and the day went so well. Whenever we needed anything, the entire staff at Carnivale was responsive and did an excellent job. The venue was perfect for our wedding of ~160 and the food was absolutely incredible. Guests could not stop raving about how unique the venue was and how fantastic the food was. Multiple people have told us it was the best wedding food they had ever had. We were so pleased with how everything went and how attentive and responsive everyone was at Carnivale. We are absolutely thrilled and cannot recommend it enough. If you are looking for a break from the chicken/beef/hotel weddings you have been to multiple times, book your wedding here. You will not regret it. Thank you again, Tiffany and team!
-Allison F. on 11/15/2017 (The Knot)

Working with Doug at Carnivale has been a dream from start to finish. He is so attentive and detailed oriented! My husband and I planned our entire wedding, ceremony and reception, in the large private room on the second floor. We chose Carnivale because we knew the food was great, they have great service and we didn’t have to fuss with decor/lighting/linnens as they were already there and the space is so vibrant! Doug helped us with every detail and even completed some of our items for us. When I arrived at the venue for the ceremony, I didn’t have to make any decisions or change a thing. Everything was set up perfectly, in exactly the way we specified. The night was PERFECT. The food was wonderful, service was timely and our guests had a great time! It’s been almost two weeks and we are still hearing from our guests about the fabulous time they had at Carnivale! Book this for your wedding NOW!
-Rebecca B. 10/24/2017 (The Knot)

Best, best, best place to have a party! The ambiance was great, the food was amazing and Doug was so organized and helped keep everyone from losing it! Wish I had more kids to marry off so I could have another party there!
-Judy C. on 1/22/2017 (The Knot)

I was lucky enough to have the wedding of a lifetime at Carnivale summer of 2015. It was a unique experience and unlike any wedding my guests have ever attended. Not only was the food top notch, but the service was impeccable as well. Carnivale has always been my families go to restaurant for special occasions. We came here for dinner after my college graduation from Columbia College, many Valentine’s Days have been spent in the funky dining room, and birthday martinis drank in celebration at the bar. Having my wedding reception here was a no brainer. After drinking our signature cocktail all night and eating the fabulous food we danced the night away! Best day of my life! Thanks Carnivale for helping make the best memories.
-Rachel P. on 10/29/2016 (The Knot)

Our wedding reception at Carnivale was flawless. As a publicist attention to detail, communication and creativity is super important to me when working events and all three of these attributes shine at Carnivale. 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. And the food! I can’t tell you how many times I have heard from our friends and family how delicious the food was. I could not have asked for a better venue, team and lead event planner to work with. I now know why people renew their vows because I want to do this all over again at Carnivale!
-Brigid D. on 10/04/2016 (The Knot)

Carnivale is an amazing place to have a wedding! It really captured our personalities. A side from the wonderful event planning and banquet staff, the venue is perfect because it is a one-stop-shop; food, beverage, linens, chairs… All in one location. I cannot say enough about the amazing staff, without them, I would not have been so stress-free before and on my wedding day. I would highly recommend Carnivale for any event, including a wedding!
-Maggie A. 8/30/2016 (The Knot)

We chose Carnivale for our son’s Rehearsal Dinner and it was great! It’s very colorful and requires minimum decoration. You really need to see it at night, with all the lights, to appreciate the atmosphere. And the large windows look out onto the city. Their soundtrack created a party vibe. We got raves all night about the food, which included appetizers, taco bar (great!), paella station, and sweet table. 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. The catering manager was available throughout the entire night to make sure all was going well and according to our wishes. I highly recommend Carnivale and believe it would also be a wonderful, fun venue for a wedding.
-Mary M. 928/2015 (The Knot)