Grace Center
forEvents
and Celebrations

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“The Grace Center is great! We have been holding a weekly business meeting there and the attendees love the location and facility. It's a hidden gem downtown.” – Michael B.

Response to COVID-19

In an effort to combat and slow the spread of COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus), the Grace Center is not taking any new inquiries for anything sooner than June 2020. Our events staff is working around the clock to connect with clients whose events are directly affected by the recent bans on large group gatherings, and is giving them top priority to re-schedule any of their events first. For those with events coming up, we also want to thank you for your understanding and patience as our events team is doing its best to provide extra care and special attention to each individual event and its needs. If you have an event coming up in March, April, or May, and haven't already connected with the events team, please reach out via email to vbrewer@gracedowntown.org as soon as possible. Events will be addressed in chronological order, with the soonest scheduled events being contacted first.

Again, we thank you for your patience as we work diligently to serve you, and all of our clients and rentals, to the best of our ability. Again, thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Veronica Brewer, Events Director and The Grace Center Events Team

Possibilities

Every event held at the Grace Center is met with the same Christian caring philosophy of going above and beyond to help you create the event you envision.

Wedding Receptions

Along with providing day-of event staff, the Grace Center provides high quality bar service and partners with the best caterers in the area to ensure your wedding reception is as fun and as special as it can be.

Celebrations

The Grace Center allows for celebrations of all sizes and styles. From proms to gala dinners, to fashion shows and baby showers, the possibilities are endless. 

 

Meetings

With a convenient location in downtown Milwaukee, and a fantastic catering list, let the Grace Center host your next business meeting or lunch. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The staff of the Grace Center have been extremely professional and so accommodating, always accessible, and going out of their way to make our events very special.
- Beverly J.

Rentals

The Grace Center has three spaces available for rent, each with a unique atmosphere for your guests.

Great Hall

The Grace Center Great hall is a magnificent venue. With the capability to accommodate up to 250 guests for a sit-down meal, this wonderful and modern space is perfect for your next event.

Rental includes:

  • Use of all tables/chairs (24 guest rounds that can seat up to 10 guests; banquet tables for head table/food/beverage/gifts/etc.)
  • Sound system with device/computer connections for background music (you would need a DJ for dancing music), as well as a wireless microphone
  • Catering kitchen (you choose a caterer from our preferred list and contract with them for food service)
  • Dance floor, 10 underground parking spaces and 15 surface lot parking spaces
  • Any decoration/centerpiece materials we have available
  • A full-time events representative is provided to oversee and coordinate your event as it happens.

For pricing, please email Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org.

 

Grace Place Coffee

A trendy space for 20-24 people to gather for a presentation, workshop, or small group gathering. Use of the atrium can be included for cocktail receptions or informal gatherings.

Rental of Grace Place Coffee can take place when the shop is closed from its typical hours. It is open to the public weekdays 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Sundays 7 a.m. - noon.

Service Options:

  • Cash bar - One barista for 1.5 hours with three pots of brewed coffee included. Guests purchase specialty drinks on their own.
  • Open bar - Two baristas for the duration of your event. Tab is settled after your event has completed.

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Classroom

This modern, multi-purpose space is perfect for an intimate gathering of up to 40 people. Enjoy a seated meal, lecture or meeting. Includes use of the projector and screen, tables and chairs, a staging area with fridge, sink, and microwave, and a full-time events staff person.

Contact Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org for rates.

 

Let us help you plan

Need help determining which space would best suit your event needs? Contact Veronica Brewer, Events Director, to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

FAQs

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Can we bring in our own food?
All food for events in the Grace Center must be provided by a licensed and insured caterer from the Grace Center's preferred caterers' list.

Can we use any caterer?
Caterers must be chosen from the Grace Center's list of preferred caterers. These caterers are recommended by the Grace Center due to their quality in food and service, as well as assisting with providing services that other caterers often charge for, such as decor and table set up, cutting the cake, and more.

Do you allow alcohol?
Yes, events are more than welcome to serve alcoholic beverages for their guests. We have rental packages that can accommodate both alcoholic and non-alcoholic bar service.

Can we bring in our own alcohol?
All alcohol must be provided through DJ Enterprises per the City of Milwaukee code.

CELEBRATION

Do you allow dancing?
Yes, a dance floor is included in the rental costs.
DJs and bands are also welcome in the Grace Center.

What are the hours available for rental?
Regardless of start time, rental hours are as follows:

Music and beverage service must end at 11:30 p.m.
Guests need to leave the space by midnight.
Vendors (DJ, caterers, etc.) and clean up need to be done by 12:30 a.m.

DECOR

Are we allowed to set up the day before?
At the time of your event walk through (about two weeks before your event) if the space has not been booked on the day before your event you are welcome to come and set up during our standard office hours when a staff person is on site.
Our standard office hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Are balloons allowed?
Yes, with the exception of helium balloons, which are not allowed in the Great Hall due to the high vaulted ceilings. Balloon arches and other decor made with non-helium balloons are permitted. Helium balloons are allowed in the classroom or Grace Place Coffee shop where they are under a low ceiling and can be easily retrieved.

Are candles allowed?
Yes - real candles are allowed, as long as they are enclosed in glass or some form of a container. Candles with open flames (not contained) are not allowed.

PARKING

Do you offer onsite parking?
There is a small surface parking lot located between the Grace Center and Grace Lutheran Church that is available for use during events. There is also an underground parking garage, with 10 spots available for use during event rentals.

What parking is available in the area?
Over 100 spots are available on the streets surrounding the Grace Center, along Broadway, Juneau, McKinley, Knapp, and Market. There are also neighboring public parking lots, where guests can park for a nominal fee or for free, depending on the day of the week. 

 

 

Non-Grace Member Rental Policy

Since our congregation's facilities are closely connected to our mission, the permission to use church facilities will not be given to persons or groups holding, advancing, or advocating beliefs or practices that conflict or are inconsistent with the faith or teachings of Grace Lutheran Church.

Business activities, social events, and general non-religious use by groups or individuals are allowed and encouraged in the Grace Center as an extension of Christian hospitality and service to our neighbors in the community.

The Grace pastors are available to serve the spiritual needs of those who desire to rent a Grace Center space for a event with a religious component.