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Now Booking 2024 and 2025 Events!

The possibilities are endless

A Center for Events and Celebrations

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.

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 and chairs

  • 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 approved list and contract with them for food service)

  • Dance floor
  • 10 underground parking spaces
  • Any decoration/centerpiece materials we have available
  • An events representative is provided to oversee and coordinate your event as it happens.

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

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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 on weekdays 8 a.m. – noon and Sundays 8:30 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.
Grace classroom

Classroom

This modern, multi-purpose space is perfect for an intimate gathering of up to 30 people. Enjoy a seated meal, lecture, or meeting. Includes use of the projector and screen, tables and chairs, and an on-site events representative.

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.

414-271-3006

Frequently Asked Questions

Food and Beverage

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.

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.

Yes, events are more than welcome to serve alcoholic beverages for their guests. 

All alcoholic beverage service must be provided by the bar service (licensed and insured professional bartending service) that holds the liquor license for the Grace Center. No outside alcohol is allowed,

Celebration

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

Regardless of start time, rental hours are as follows:

All events at the Grace Center must be cleanup and out of the building by midnight. Reservations will be unavailable for events that extend past that time. Music must end and bar services must close at 11:30 pm at the latest.

Parking

There is an underground parking garage, with 10 spots available for use during event rentals.

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.

Decor

At the time of your event walkthrough (three 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.

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.

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.

Additional

We do not provide linens or chair covers. You can get them through the caterer or a decorator, and some local rental services also supply them.

Because we are also a nonprofit organization, we cannot offer discounts.

Because we are part of Grace Lutheran Church, we do not hold any ceremonies in the hall, but in the church. We do rent our church for wedding ceremonies, and all ceremonies must be officiated by a Wisconsin Synod Lutheran Pastor. If you do not have a WELS pastor, one of our pastors would be happy to talk with you about the next steps!

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.

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