A rehearsal dinner is a time for the bride and groom to take a moment to thank everyone involved in their wedding festivities. Typically this includes your wedding party, immediate family, officiant and out of town guests. When you spend countless hours uncovering the perfect wedding venue and pinpointing the cutest bridesmaid gifts, you might overlook the rehearsal dinner. Not the fear.  We’ve picked out a few locations with great amenities for your consideration! Our picks for a rehearsal dinner spot in the Champaign-Urbana area:

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Hamilton Walker’s, Downtown Champaign

The chic atmosphere of Hamilton Walker’s is unique to Downtown Champaign. It has a 1940’s Hollywood vibe with elegant cocktails and thoughtfully prepared menus. The private room seats about 70. Make a visit and enjoy a dirty martini for us! Hamilton Walker’s is located at 201 N Neil Street in Champaign, IL. Their is no private dining page available for Hamilton Walker’s, so you’ll want to email their general manager at gm@hamiltonwalkers.com.

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Big Grove Tavern, Downtown Champaign

If local craft beers and a farm-to-table menu is more your style, check out Big Grove Tavern. A warm and inviting atmosphere awaits you at this modern tavern. There are three private dining areas with seating up to 100. They have a list of room layouts and menus available on their private dining page. Go see for yourself at 1 Main Street in Champaign.

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Papa Del’s Pizza, Near UIUC Campus

A Champaign-Urbana staple! Papa Del’s new location 1201 South Neil Street in Champaign is HUGE! The entire upstairs is dedicated to private dining with seating up to 250. There is also a smaller room upstairs for a more intimate party. Having recently been to a rehearsal dinner at Papa Del’s, we can personally vouch for the helpful staff, nice bartenders and incredible food. Bonus: plenty of parking! For more information, give them a call at (217) 359-7700.

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Silver Creek, Urbana

There’s nothing quite like the Greenhouse at Silver Creek.  It’s simply magical and elegant. You can seat up to 85 in the Greenhouse. Discover unparalleled service, beautiful china and gourmet dinner options. We recommend checking out the space on a Friday during happy hour to enjoy a romantic atmosphere with live music. Silver Creek is located at 402 N. Race Street in Urbana.

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Crane Alley, Downtown Urbana

Crane Alley is a treasure in Downtown Urbana. This relaxed gastropub has a creative food selection and the area’s largest beer menu. The upstairs mezzanine level is available for private parties. It’s overlooks the pub, so you can still enjoy the atmosphere! It’s on the smaller side – seating about 40. Learn more on their private events page.

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Riggs Brewery, Urbana

The Riggs Brewery taproom seats up to 95 inside, however the outside seats up to 200. Riggs has a playful atmosphere with plenty of space, parking and beer! You also have the freedom to bring in your own food – which can really help if you’re worried about costs. Check out the brewery Thursday-Sunday at 1901 S High Cross Road in Urbana.

JT Walkers Brewery & Restaurant, Downtown Mahomet

Located just outside of Champaign, JT Walker’s is a great rehearsal dinner option in Mahomet. You can rent either the private barrel room, rooftop patio, upstairs bar area or brewery (across the street). A variety of food options are available, and their staff is super helpful. JT Walker’s is located at 401 E. Main Street in Mahomet.


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