The Lytle House is an intimate, family-owned gathering space with a capacity of 80 for a seated or cocktail style reception. We have a preferred list of vendors that we highly recommend, and an approved list of caterers for you to choose from.
Our goal is to offer a unique backdrop for your celebration and to make the planning process as smooth as possible.
With over 2800 square feet of free flowing indoor-outdoor space and featuring high ceilings, exposed brick, factory windows, and original industrial features, The Lytle House is available for weddings, private ceremonies, bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, baby showers, professional events, photoshoots, workshops and more.
CAN I HAVE A SEATED CEREMONY? We offer limited seating for ceremonies (reserved row for immediate family etc) with majority of our ceremonies being gathered. Most ceremonies are 15-20 minutes allowing for an intimate and casual semi circle to form around you as you exchange vows.
WHERE CAN I HAVE MY CEREMONY TAKE PLACE? Majority of ceremonies take place in the courtyard in front of one of the ivy walls, in front of our large cityscape mural, or on our patio with the courtyard in the background. In the case of inclement weather, ceremonies take place inside in front of our large glass garage door with the courtyard in the background.
CAN OUR DOG COME? Yes! Dogs are allowed for the ceremony only and must exit the space before cocktail hour in order for food and beverage to be served. We also ask that you make sure that they've been able to use the bathroom prior to coming into the courtyard in order to avoid any accidents.
CAN I USE ANY CATERER? If your event has over 30 guests then we require you to choose a caterer from our approved list.
When we first started opening our studio up to events, we thought allowing people to choose any caterer they wanted was a nice policy. It only took a couple events to realize that was a mistake.
Everyone on our approved list offers a smooth experience. They have worked in our space many, many times. They know our requirements and are familiar with our process but most importantly, they are awesome. If they weren't awesome, they wouldn't be on the list. They'll respond to your emails and they'll do everything they can to make your planning process as easy as it can be. They'll prepare an incredible meal and yes, they'll even let you do BYOB.
HOW DOES BYOB WORK? If you opt for BYOB then you will work directly with your caterer on how much booze to buy. Your caterer will supply the mixer package, plus ice, garnishes and a licensed bartender. All of our caterers also offer full bar packages. BYOB is merely an option.
WHAT CATERING STYLE WORKS BEST IN YOUR SPACE? We recommend buffet, food stations, or food truck catering for events with 50 guests or more. If you have 50 guests or less, we would also recommend family style or plated. Please note there are exceptions based on your menu selections and what caterer you are working with. Please reach out to us for specific recommendations.
CAN I BRING IN A HOMEMADE APPETIZER OR DESSERT? This is considered on a case by case basis but the answer is typically no. Caterers are the ones handling and serving the food so for liability reasons, they can't handle and serve food that was not prepared by them.
If you have a talented friend or family member who wants to make your wedding cake or cupcakes, this is usually approved by the caterers.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT FOOD TRUCKS? WILL WE ALL END UP STARVING? There are two types of food trucks: a basic food truck and a full service food truck.
A basic food truck just serves food our of the truck and then leaves. This requires you to partner with a traditional caterer to take care of things like bar services, rentals, staffing, and extra food (appetizers during cocktail hour etc).
A full service food truck does everything a traditional caterer does, plus serves food off the truck. A full service food truck can offer rentals, staffing, full bar packages, complementary food stations, passed appetizers, dessert, and coffee stations. Your guests are definitely well fed with a food truck. It's a fun way to experience the Chicago food scene and have something different that your guests will always remember.
Before booking any food truck, make sure to confirm the truck will fit in the courtyard and be able to meet our requirements.
HOW MANY GUESTS CAN I INVITE? Our max capacity is 80 guests. Under no circumstance can we allow 81.
CAN I INVITE CHILDREN? Children under the age of 10 are not allowed onsite unless you have discussed it with us and been approved beforehand.
This isn't because we hate children (we have two of our own) but rather based on a series of bad experiences. Our space is full of hard surfaces and too many design elements that inexplicably cause young children to want to climb them and jump off. The landscaping in the courtyard is delicate and chemically treated. This is our home. We care for the property and every plant in our courtyard ourselves and we know how hard it is to monitor children at all times when you're also trying to just do fun adult things. For these reasons we implement a strict policy.
CAN I HAVE A LIVE BAND? We do not recommend a large, live band due to the space they take up. Trios or quartets can be nice for the ceremony and/or cocktail hour but most often our couples opt for a DJ.
CAN MY FRIEND/COUSIN/NEIGHBOR BE MY DJ/PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER? Yes! If your friend/cousin/neighbor is able to provide us with a COI prior to the event date.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE FULL RENTAL PRICE? 10 tables, 80 chairs, a lounge set (love seat + tree stump coffee table), 4 high boys, 3 extra floating tables (if needed), custom lighting, SONOS sound system, shelf decor, lawn furniture, Scotty Photobooth, anything listed here we didn't already mention and an onsite event manager who will act as a "day of" contact for you and your vendors. The onsite event manager is there from the morning of your event all the way until the clean up is complete. They will accept your deliveries, manage your vendors, your timeline, handle any decor set up you might need, and coordinate packing up your personal items at the end of the night. Yes, the rental price includes all taxes and fees but does not include a 300% COVID surcharge. Just kidding.
DO YOU KEEP THE HEAT/AC ON WHEN THE GARAGE DOOR IS OPEN? We do! Of course, the garage door creates a 10' x 16' hole in one wall when it is opened so when the temperature is above 80 degrees or below 55 we recommend closing the garage door to help maintain the temperature inside.
CAN I SMOKE IN THE COURTYARD? Nope. It's against city ordinance.
CAN I HAVE A SPARKLER EXIT? Nope. Sparklers melt the artificial turf unfortunately.
DO YOU HAVE ANY DECOR RULES? Yes we do!
Glitter, confetti, fake flower petals, balloon releases...pretty much anything that ultimately just turns into litter is no go.
We also require candles are contained in a glass votive. Tea light candles in plastic votives that may or may not show up first in an Amazon search are not allowed as they are fire hazards and will spontaneously combust. Seriously.
If you need to hang something on an interior walls, we ask that you bring command hooks or use painters tape. If you're unsure, just asks us.
HOW LATE CAN MY EVENT GO? Events must end at 11:00pm due to city noise ordinance. This means that the bar closes at 10:45pm and music is off no later than 11:00pm.
We are very respectful of our neighbors and we ask that guests depart in a quiet manner. From two doors down to a couple blocks away, there are plenty of great places to schedule a private after party. If you need some suggestions just let us know.
DO YOU OFFER PARKING? We are located on Broadway which offers metered parking on both sides at $2.25/HR. This parking is readily available on Fridays + Saturdays.
All other surrounding streets are free, no permit required, no time restrictions, and no confusing signage. West of Broadway typically has easy street parking that is readily available on Fridays + Saturdays.
Sunday parking can get tricky with the church across the street. You may want to look into a trolley, shuttle, valet, or SpotHero options.
WHEN CAN I TOUR? Due to our wedding schedule, we offer tours Monday-Thursday from 8:00am-6:00pm and limited tours Fridays + Saturdays before 10:30am.
ARE YOU WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE? Yes. There are no stairs in our space and we have two ADA bathrooms.
DO YOU TAKE KICKBACKS OR COMMISSIONS FROM VENDORS? No. We definitely do not. The vendors on our preferred list and the caterers on our approved list are chosen for their professionalism and our personal experience working with each of them. We highly recommend each vendor on our list, but we are not paid to say that.