For many years now, we have regularly performed at all the most prestigious locations in the Chicagoland area: the Drake Hotel, Chicago Hilton & Towers, Peninsula, Ritz-Carleton, the Field Museum, Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium, Planetarium…the list goes on. Each of these places has a particular elegance, charm or unique quality. When you think about a beautiful location, you probably think about the City.
Of course, we perform a great deal in the suburbs as well. Not only with our Social/Private Party work, but with our Corporate Clients. However, it has been awhile since ventured out to Joliet. And I’m so glad we did.
Last weekend, we performed for a wedding at the Patrick Haley Mansion (patrickhaleymansion.com), built in the late 1800’s by Patrick Haley, then the Mayor, commissioning the nationally known architect & Egyptologist Frank Shaver Allen. The old building has been fabulously restored, utilizing much of the original hardwood artistry & stained glass, all done with exquisite taste. They added a fantastic party room to the back of the facility, with a conservatoire feel, floor to ceiling windows looking out at the beautiful garden & gazebo & a glass ceiling over the dance floor that reminds you a little of heaven.
We provided Ceremony music out in the garden for the Wedding Service, then guests moved in to the mansion for cocktails, moving easily throughout the elegant yet warmly inviting rooms. The staff could not have been friendlier or more accommodating, not only for the Client & the guests, but also for those of us working there. It is a reminder that we ALL have one thing to do: make sure our Client has the most enjoyable event & we should all work together to make sure that happens. In this case, not only was it accomplished with finesse, we all had a great time making it so.
Additionally, there was ample parking immediately adjacent to the facility (also beautifully landscaped) & with the addition to I355 to the south, it is quite convenient to get to from all directions.
If you are thinking about a suburban event & you want something different, private, beautiful, welcoming & well run, think about the Patrick Haley Mansion.