So you might be wondering how in the world this venue seemed to have appeared out of thin air...? Here is the short version:
My parents purchased this warehouse building a few years ago, and have been working very hard to rehabilitate the building for rental spaces, and also to improve the eye sore of a property just a couple blocks from where they still live in our childhood home.
First starting with the Eastern Avenue building, they undertook a complete gut and renovation. Each space was rented out one by one. A few months later, my parents and their great team of helpers started in on the other half of the property, on Center Street. Once again, the previous spaces were demolished to reveal the natural charm of the bow-truss building, the roof was replaced, and necessary changes were made to accommodate some pretty cool tenants including a Dog Trial Course (Lucky Dog Academy), a brewery (Chicago Brew Werks), and a Distillery (Tailwinds Distilling). We kept one large unit for storage of our motorhome and a few antique vehicles.
Then... it was October 2012 and I had an idea to throw an Engagement Party for my sister Cerena and her husband Greg, in the middle of this raw warehouse space. It turned out pretty cool! We served a meal at one long table, and spun some records in our make-shift lounge. I wish I had more photos!
Fast forward one year and some months. I got engaged myself, and started to plan our own wedding. My fiance and I had already decided to travel somewhere interesting for the smallish wedding (40 people) and we decided on Portugal! We still wanted to celebrate our marriage with our friends and families stateside but couldn't find a local venue that we loved. That's when I asked my parents if we could hold our Wedding Celebration at the Warehouse! I offered my design services (and my fiance's manual labor) in order to get the space in working order for the party, but also for their own use beyond that.
Of course, one idea led to another, and before we knew it we had built a pretty cool space fully equipped with a Vintage Bar, a custom Motorcycle Display and a very fun Airstream Lounge! It took many weekends and many dumpsters to rebuild the space to our liking. We had a blast at the Wedding Celebration and everyone could not say enough about how great they thought the space was. We had a couple inquiries that night about renting the space, which really got our minds going... what did we just create??
The space is a huge asset to Plainfield, and we're excited to be able to share our hard working efforts with others. We have more plans and improvements underway, to make it an even better venue. Stay tuned for the next chapter of Warehouse:109! We hope you like it!