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Michigan Avenue - 2016 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Anna Chlumsky

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A balcony at the Thompson Hotel. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE THOMPSON HOTEL (BALCONY, COUPLE) Lace and silk gown, Lela Rose ($4,995). Belle Vie Bridal Couture, 34 E. Oak St., Second Fl., 312-751-2222; belleviebridal 166 MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM The shimmering champagne walls and neutral décor in the Thompson Hotel's ball- room grant brides and grooms license to add plenty of personality. "It really allows our guests to use any color palette that they want," says assistant director of catering Mimi Lopez. "That's huge, because you go to a lot of venues and you may be stuck with something because [otherwise] it's going to clash with the cur- tains or the carpet." The wallpaper isn't the only thing that encourages couples at the Thompson to get cre- ative. Chicago foodies will appreciate the Thompson's cutting-edge culinary pro- gram, overseen by the in-house eatery, Nico Osteria, and its One Off Hospitality sister concepts: Late-night taco stations from Big Star and custom cocktails from Violet Hour served alongside Nico's seasonal fare have become wedding favorites, notes Lopez. Beyond the ball- room, bridal parties can opt for one or more of the hotel's six bi-level penthouse suites as part of their wedding package—and with pool tables in select suites and others offering outdoor ter- races, the playful perks are particularly appealing as the days (and nights) get sultry. 21 E. Bellevue Pl., 312-266- 2100; hotels/thompson-chicago . MODERN LOVE THE THOMPSON HOTEL TOASTS ONE-OF-A-KIND ROMANCE WITH CREATIVE, ON-TREND TOUCHES. Rox suede pump, Jimmy Choo ($3,750). 114 E. Oak St., 312-255-1170; 0.47 carat diamond drop earrings, A. Link & Co. ($1,970). C.D. Peacock, 172 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-571-5355; 18k white-gold 2.02 carat asher center-cut diamond ring with a diamond halo, Razny Bridal Collection (price on request). Centennial Plaza, 1501 W. Lake St., Addison, 630-932-4900; BRIDAL RECEPTION PERFECTION

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