If you’re planning an event in Chicago, you’re not alone. Experts predict there will be more than 55,000 weddings in Chicago this year — and, of course, that figure just includes nuptials and receptions, not work events, parties, or other gatherings.
As you start to put together your event, one of the first things you’ll consider is where you’ll have it. Of course, there are lots of great places to host your party in the Chicagoland area. But the city has some beautiful outdoor landscapes, too, and you can take advantage of them with a party held outside.
We suggest you consider a Chicago tent rental for your big day if you choose this option. Here’s why.
1. Chicago’s Weather is Unpredictable
“Lake Effect Weather.” Anyone who has lived in Chicago has heard this phrase countless times. We are lucky to live near Lake Michigan, but it can, indeed, have an effect on the wind and precipitation that the city experiences.
On average, Chicago has precipitation 125 days every year. You can plan your event to a T, but you can’t control the weather. Having a tent rental ensures that you won’t have to worry about the elements.
Keep in mind that a tent is even nice to have on a sunny day, too. It can get very hot standing in the sun for hours, so having a tent rental can keep everyone shaded and cool.
2. Tents Turn Nature into Venues
Envision a beautiful stretch of land by the lake. It’s a great place to walk through or picnic in, but it doesn’t have the facilities for a wedding or another type of outdoor event.
Bringing in a tent rental gives you the ability to turn just about any natural area into a party venue. Not only will you have a covered party space, but you will have plenty of room for the other features you will need for your gathering. You can pop a dance floor rental under your tent, as well as tables, chairs, and everything else you’d have at a traditional indoor venue.
You can also use tents to turn unexpected spaces into venues, too. Many people will rent small tents to put in their backyard, for example, to transform a beloved space into the perfect personal spot to say “I do.”
As such, tent rentals give you the chance to turn any space into a venue. So, your favorite outdoor area in Chicago can be where you hold your party, wedding reception, or work gathering.
3. Tent Rentals Are a Blank Canvas
The problem with many indoor venues is that they already have a design scheme. When you have a wedding or party, you can’t repaint a venue space to make it match your wedding’s theme or color scheme. You simply have to make what’s there work for you.
The same can’t be said for a tent rental — and that’s a good thing! Your tent rental will be a blank canvas with clean lines and neutral colors. As such, you can decorate it as you wish, and the venue won’t take away from your vision.
4. A Tent Gives Your Event a Focus
At weddings, guests spend their time in the designated reception area to celebrate the bride and groom. But not all outdoor events are weddings, and many outdoor events have activities spread across a large swathe of outdoor space.
Having a tent at such a party gives the entire thing cohesion. The tent makes it clear where people can go and relax and grab a cool drink, for example, before returning to the activities and entertainment outside of the tent.
It will also make it easier for you to organize the layout of your outdoor event. Putting a tent at the center of it all will make it easy to figure out where the rest of your activities will go.
5. Tents Provide Privacy
Let’s say you want to have your event in a Chicago park or on the beach. You can’t reserve these spaces for your wedding or event, but you also want to feel like you have them all to yourself.
Investing in a tent rental will ensure that you have the same level of privacy that you’d get in an indoor venue. You can choose a tent with the perfect level of privacy for you. Some are completely open at the sides, while others have sidewalls and doors for complete privacy.
6. You Can Add Comforting Extras, Too
You might be thinking, if I rent a tent with walls and doors, won’t everyone be hot? Turns out, tent rentals can be customized in ways that bring all of the comforts of the indoors to your dream outdoor location.
The main thing to consider is that your tent can have heating or air-conditioning, depending on the time of year you’re holding your party. In Chicago, this is a must-have, considering our cold summers (and springs and autumn), and the very warm summer season. You want your guests to be comfortable, and a tent can provide that.
You can further customize your tent with lighting options. That way, you can celebrate late into the evening and not find yourself in the middle of the dark Chicagoland wilderness.
Ready to Reserve a Chicago Tent Rental?
With all of this information in mind, you may be ready to reserve your own Chicago tent rental for your upcoming wedding or event. If that’s the case, we’ve got you covered!
Click here to contact us about your event rental needs. We provide tents, tables, and chairs, as well as planning advice for your big day.