*COVID-19 Update: Due to the current pandemic, we are currently only scheduling small outdoor weddings starting at the end of May 2021. The amount of guests will be determined by the current tier the State of Illinois is in at that time. As of March 2021, we are not booking any large events, including receptions or parties, for the year 2021. We will update our website should this change. Thank you.
If you are hosting a wedding or planning an event, we invite you to consider our architecturally beautiful building and stunning grounds looking out at Lake Michigan. We offer a variety of event spaces from traditional to modern, each with endless options to personalize.
Of course, food is also a consideration for an event. We provide an option for our in-house caterer, Circle of Life Catering to provide the perfect menu to meet your needs.
From a casual or elegant dinner to a themed b’nai mitzvah party or a wonderful wedding reception, Beth El offers a variety of venues for your upcoming simachot! Host your event with us and use our own in-house Circle of Life Catering or one of our approved outside caterers (there is a charge for use of an outside caterer.) Please contact Kathy Stinson at email@example.com or call 847-432-8981 for room availability, to schedule a walk-through of the room and pricing.
The Harold and Ruby Blumberg Auditorium – Featuring magnificent windows that overlook our beautifully landscaped garden and tea house, this room is perfect for weddings, b’nai mitzvah and anniversary parties, bris or baby naming, or any large function. By adding beautiful linens, chairs, centerpieces, and décor, the Blumberg Auditorium easily transforms into an elegant, playful, or trendy space. Its impressive 19 foot floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views of Lake Michigan can easily seat up to 300 people including a large 30′ x 30′ dance floor. With our movable walls opened, it expands to seat up to 450. Additionally, our Paset Lounge, adjacent to the auditorium, provides an exceptional area for a pre-event gathering. The Blumberg also is an ideal setting for lectures, luncheons, or large group events.
Porch, Patio, Lawn, and Tea House – Looking for a great outdoor venue? In addition to our sanctuary, our synagogue offers a beautifully landscaped yard and garden that overlooks Lake Michigan and provides an amazing backdrop for your wedding or event. Located behind our Blumberg Auditorium, we have a beautifully paved patio, perfect for your cocktail hour or a summer time dinner. Our renovated tea house, located on our back lawn is original to the mansion, and is a uniquely charming structure. it offers a perfect location for a wide array of activities from a small gathering to a center for appetizers and a bar.
The Field Family Sanctuary – Our large sanctuary offers a beautiful location for your wedding or b’nai mitzvah. Our sanctuary has seats for up to 375 people and we have the ability to open our wall and set up more chairs for your special day.
Grossinger Brickman Activity Center – This unique event space is carpeted and includes a balcony and stage that reflect some of the architecture of the original mansion on our property. This room accommodates up to 120 people for a theater-style event. For a dinner, 60 to 70 people would fit comfortably. If you need to schedule a location for a lecture, movie, meeting or a birthday party or if you are looking to accommodate a pre-wedding bride’s reception or Bedeken, a groom’s Tish, a Bris or a baby naming, this room will meet your needs perfectly.
The Natkin Seminar Room – This is a well-appointed large classroom that seats up to 60 people. It is equipped with a Smart board for digital presentations and the room can be arranged in classroom, boardroom, or any style necessary for a small to medium sized group. Great for professional development, lectures, or presentations.
Kaye Reading Room – The stunning staircase from the original mansion, around which Beth El was built, provides a beautiful centerpiece for an event or reception. From views of Lake Michigan and warm paneled walls, to double doors that lead out to the newly refurbished portico, this room reflects a graceful architecture that offers an historic and cozy feel. A one-of a kind room for receptions and small gatherings.
Maxwell Abbell Library – Nestled amidst an amazing Jewish book collection surrounding a marble fireplace original to the mansion, the Abbell Library contains a long boardroom style table that seats up to 20 people. An iRover can be brought in for digital presentations.