Tiffany and JJ’s Wedding Reception at River Roast in Downtown Chicago

We recently had the honor of working with Tiffany and JJ for their unique wedding with some fun covid adjustments! 

The couple had plans for their wedding of 200 people at River Roast, located in River North in Downtown Chicago this November. However, as we know, 2020 hasn’t panned out exactly as expected for anyone’s plans. This couple wasn’t going to let this hold them back from getting married, so they moved their wedding up a month to October to be able to take advantage of the Chicago weather.

To comply with the current (at the time) covid guidelines and regulations from the City of Chicago, the couple shortened their guest list to under 50 for the first part of the wedding at River Roast, and then had some additional guests for the second part of the wedding (more to come on that!).

Tiffany and JJ held their ceremony at St Alphonsus Church in Chicago. After the beautiful ceremony, the guests all made their way to the outdoor (but heated) patio at River Roast for cocktail hour with DJ Paul Michaels. After a nice dinner (with a few great speeches) all the guests transitioned once again to the couple’s condo association’s parking lot where DJ Shannon was ready to rock with them for an outdoor celebration!

We really love how this couple adjusted their plans throughout the year so they could celebrate their marriage safely with their family and friends!

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Chicago Wedding Reception DJ, Chicago Wedding Ceremony DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:

Venue: River Roast in Chicago, IL
Photography: Cedar and Moss
Florist: Bella Flora
Cake/Bakery: Bittersweet Bakery
Transportation: 312 Limo

Check out some of our candid pictures below! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Venue Spotlight: River Roast

Picture from River Roast in Chicago

Situated in downtown Chicago, perched on the iconic Chicago River, you’ll find the lively restaurant which is a firm favorite with locals and tourists alike. River Roast is a restaurant that specializes in contemporary popular US foods done in a way that pays a true testament to these beloved national dishes.


This top Chicago river hot spot has a menu that is the very definition of a crowd-pleaser. It reads like a list of the nation’s favorites, and that’s what we absolutely love about it. Thanks to the extremely talented Executive Chef Cedric Harden, everything from succulent ribs and meat that is carved table side, to game changing roast corn and fried chicken (of course!) is up for grabs – so there’s no worries when it comes to bringing guests here, you know everyone will be spoilt for choice!


Choosing this spot for your wedding reception dinner is a sure fire way to provide your day with a vibe that is charming and truly heart-warming, and this restaurant will certainly breathe old fashioned charm and quintessentially American family feel into your celebrations.


River Roast also provides guests with the perfect spot to gaze out at stunning views of both the city and an outlook over the river too. The whole venue is designed with these views in mind, meaning for the diners, both inside and out, the backdrop to your meal is dramatic and magnificent.


We wanted to spotlight this gorgeous restaurant in our blog because our clients have always found that it makes for the perfect spot for their celebrations. It combines ‘soul warming’ (as they describe their intentions behind their dishes) food which brings all of your loved ones together, with an atmosphere that is warm, friendly and intimate.


If you’re drawn to this venue, whether it be the sound of its happy vibe or even just the read of the menu, we’ve worked alongside the team at River Roast so we can wholeheartedly recommend their services to you.


Now that you’ve got the food sorted, we can give you a hand with the entertainment for your wedding too. At Paul Michaels Events, we are Chicago’s most trusted DJ and entertainment company. Our fantastic levels of customer satisfaction comes from the way in which we work to really get to know each of our clients personally, because we know that this is the best way for us to achieve perfection for them on their wedding day. If you’d like to get to know us or find out a little bit more about what we do, just get in touch, we’d be delighted to hear from you!