What You'll Get
OK, we’re the first to admit it: today’s Groupon isn’t for everyone. But if it is for you (or someone you know), then this is the best deal we’ve ever offered, and you won’t want to pass it up.
If you’ve ever planned a wedding, corporate event, fundraising event, antique sword show, or type of large, catered event, you probably know that renting a beautiful space that can comfortably fit up to 600 people can cost anywhere from $8,000-$30,000. Renting a good space is what makes big events expensive.
If you were thinking of putting off your wedding or non-profit fundraiser for 3 years until the economy improves, today’s Groupon will make you think again: EnVent Chicago is offering an enormous discount on their beautiful 600-person event space at 344 N Ogden. Reserve any Sunday through Wednesday for just $800, or for an additional $1,000, hold your event on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday. To put that in perspective, EnVent’s normal weekday price is $3,000, and weekends go for $5,000 to $8,000. So depending on the day you choose, you’ll be saving anywhere from $2,200 to $6,200. And even EnVent’s normal prices are very affordable compared to similar event spaces in Chicago, which cost anywhere from $3,000 to $20,000 more. One could say that Groupon is the kitana blade with which Envent is slashing through a pile of bricks, representing thousands of dollars. Today’s Groupon even includes the on-site services of a staff operations coordinator and security, if needed. You can use any licensed caterer you choose, unlike other spaces that require you to pay hundreds of dollars in fees if you use a caterer that’s not on their preferred list. Your Groupon will remain valid for 2 years, so if you’re planning several events, stock up on the savings. And you better believe that Groupon eats its own dog food - we’ll be buying a weekend spot for our “Taste of Groupon” party later this year.
While we’ll be featuring a new deal on Groupon tomorrow, you have until Monday to buy - it will remain open until 3/30 at midnight. To come back and join later just click here. So if you want to check out the space in person before putting money down, call EnVent at 877.368.3681 to set up a time to visit or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You’ve got all weekend to drop by and make sure this space meets your needs.
Located at 344 N Ogden in the West Loop, EnVent’s space is a former commercial loft building, transformed into a vast, beautiful space featuring historic indoor architecture, exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, timber-wood ceilings, and pillars. Click here for pictures. For wedding planners, art show curators, or corporate event planners, EnVent’s flexible space is an blank canvas for realizing their artistic vision of an event (see below for technical specifications). EnVent’s friendly team will happily provide creative consultation on how to best design and layout the space to take advantage of all amenities. Types of events EnVent has held in the past include:
- Weddings Ceremonies and/or Receptions
- Banquets, Dinners, Cocktail Parties
- Non-Profit Fundraisers
- Corporate Events
- Film or Photo Shoots
- Art Exhibitions
- Bar Mitvahs
- CD Launches
- Fashion Show
- Birthday or Retirement Parties
- Guest Speaker Event
- Stage Performance
- Sword Swallowing Exposition
- Sword Throwing Tournament to the Death
- Swords-R-Us Grand Opening (please God let this happen)
Brides and non-profit organizations can’t wait 3 years for the recession to end to have their respective weddings and fundraisers. Brides: think of all the extra ice sculptures you’ll be able to afford with the savings you’ll snag on this Groupon. Non-Profits: think of all the money you’d pay to rent a hotel banquet hall for your annual dinner - at EnVent you’ll get about 5 times the space, a more unique experience, and you’ll save thousands to pour back into your services. You could even try to raise $800 on The Point (the site that powers Groupon), by Monday and buy the Groupon if you reach your fundraising goal.
The space can accommodate large gatherings of up to 600 guests, but also works for more intimate settings. If you’d rather hold a seated event - an antique sword auction, perhaps - EnVent seats up to 350. You know what else would go well in this space, actually, is Antique Road Show. Somebody tell them about this deal. I want to see some old swords getting evaluated before my eyes in a loft space with historic flare. Scratch that: I want to see some swords getting used by experts in a loft space with historic flare… and there’s no reason it can’t happen, because EnVent is a great space for film and production shoots. When Chow Young Fat films his next Crouching Tiger-style movie, he should shoot the flying sword fighting scene in Envent. The high ceilings provide ample flying room, and the pillars are great for blocking swords, provided they haven’t been smithed with titanium blessed by a child emperor. Somebody call up Chow - tell him “Mr. Young Fat, nobody’s going to see your movies during this recession anyway, so you might as well save a few grand in production with today’s Groupon.” Actually, I changed my mind; how I’d really like to see today’s Groupon redeemed is for a sword-themed wedding. There must be a Chicago couple out there who would love to do this, but is too embarrassed to admit it. Show yourselves proudly, sword lovers! Get your Groupon, and I will preside over your ceremony by waiving my sword about wildly and pronouncing you hitched before we hit the open bar and everyone admires EnVent’s historic flair. Why not? The Sci-Fi Channel held a party at Envent and they decorated the place with futuristic fiber optic tubular floral growths and translucent floating space chairs (see pic below).
Anyone can transform Envent to make their dream event a reality, so whether your dream event involves an indoor gauntlet of broadswords or a traditional wedding, Groupon will get you there for thousands less.
Space: 6,000 sq ft indoor loft space: 48’ 2” x 121’ 6”. Ceiling heights: 12’x10’. 5 East windows (front): 43.5” x 82”. 2 West windows (back): 5’7” x 6’10”. 2-person women’s restrooms and 2-person men’s restrooms. Dock Storage: 16’8” x 14’. Communal Space: 16’8” x 31’.
Access: Located in the West Loop, at 344 Ogden at Carroll. Handicapped accessible. Lobby Entrance:16’6” x 17’ with a handicap lift 2’-9” x 5’. Outdoor entrance : 7’7” x 27’,8” (Side walk); 3’ x 8’ (Door frame size). Loading dock freight door: 7’4.5” x 9’11”. 24 hour access, easy load in/out. Complimentary onsite lot, street parking.
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And in other news…
Congratulations to Dennis Cooper for winning yesterday’s ‘Guess how many Groupons we’ll sell’ contest! Dennis will be receiving three free Groupons to Sultan’s Market - way to go! Want to get in on the contest fun? Follow us on Twitter!
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. For Thurs, Fri or Sat, extra $1000. Includes operations coordinator staff on site and security if needed. No limit on days one can book. Specific date subject to availability. Must sign Contract with Envent. Includes use of Studio A, Studio B (Event Roo Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.