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Naperville’s CityGate Centre is home to two 2019 “Best of Weddings” award winners

With Christmas and the start of the new year just behind us, and Valentine’s Day approaching, we are in the midst of the busiest time of year for couples to become engaged. As they begin planning their special day many turn to, the nation’s leading wedding-planning site, for help.

To help them along, recently named its 2019 Best of Weddings winners including two Naperville wedding spots, Hotel Arista and CityGate Grille, both located in CityGate Centre at Route 59 and Ferry Rd. The Best of Weddings designation is based on user reviews and bestowed upon only 3 percent of the more than a quarter-million wedding professionals, suppliers and venues listed on the site.

Hotel Arista, which has been named to the Best of Weddings seven times and is a member of Hall of Fame, invites guests to “write your own story” with a selection of three elegant private spaces: the Grand Ballroom accommodating weddings of up to 300 guests, the Santorini Room for up to 200, or the Cyprus Room with access to its top-floor outdoor terrace for gatherings of up to 50.

“At Hotel Arista, we have an unscripted approach,” said Katie Jones, wedding designer and catering manager. “Sure we offer selections to choose from, but we also listen. We truly believe the day is yours and that our job is to make it effortless.”

According to Jones, the “unexpected city feel” stands out for many couples when they first come to Hotel Arista.

“There’s a fashionable, ‘Chicago chic’ that a lot of couples get excited about," she said. “Plus, the campus amenities – the spa, the fitness center and the restaurants – offer them and their guests a complete experience with a town-center feel.”

The hotel also offers luxury overnight accommodations at event pricing whether a wedding is held at Hotel Arista, neighboring CityGate Grille or another venue.

Across the way, two-time Best of Weddings winner CityGate Grille’s Terrace Room accommodates weddings of up to 180 guests with both indoor and outdoor dining. Its outdoor patio setting is strung with ambient Edison lights and features a fire pit. Inside, with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Terrace Room overlooks natural foliage and a pond, ideal for ceremonies, cocktail receptions and wedding-day photographs.

“Many couples also use the main restaurant’s semi-private rooms for rehearsal dinners which is super convenient for their guests,” said Barb Spall CityGate Grille’s wedding designer and catering manager. “We work with couples to customize our services, which range from our simply elegant standard package to a very complete package that involves connecting them with our preferred resources for flowers, photography, décor, music and other related needs.

“Couples love our outdoor patio, privacy and excellent food,” added Spall.

To schedule tours of Hotel Arista or CityGate Grille, or to learn more about wedding packages, contact Jones for Hotel Arista at 630-579-7828,, or Spall for CityGate Grille at 630-579-7823,


Photo credits: Miller+Miller Photography, Timothy Whaley & Associates, Katherine Salvatori Photography



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