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.

 

 

 

 

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, the possibilities are endless. 

 

Meetings

With a convenient location in downtown Milwaukee, 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! The ambiance will create lifelong memories of your wedding day. The hall accommodates up to 250 guests for a sit-down meal.

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.

Rental Costs:

Friday: $175/hr
Saturday: $220/hr
Sunday: $125/hr
Monday-Thursday: $100/hr

*These rates are for non-wedding reception events. For wedding reception pricing, please email Tabitha Weber at tweber@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 weekends 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.

Rental rate:
$60/hr

*See regulations regarding use

Let us help you plan

Need help determining which space would best suit your event needs? Contact Tabitha Weber, 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. Not only are these caterers recommended by the Grace Center due to their quality in food, these caterers also assist in 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, but it is not required. We have 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.

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. 

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. Parking is free after 6 p.m. during the week and on Saturdays, and all day on Sundays. There is also a lot, owned by MSOE, located directly behind the Grace Center off Juneau Ave., where guests can park for a nominal fee. 

 

 

 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.

If staff needs to be present outside of standard hours then a rate of $50/hour will be charged to cover the cost of building use and having the staff member present.

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.

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 and world.

The Grace pastors are available to serve the spiritual needs of users who desire religious activity.

Contact Us

events@gracedowntown.org | 414-271-3006