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Chicago Institute of Art Wedding

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Project Title: Chicago Institute of Art Wedding

Category: Private Tent Rental

Completion Date: October 14, 2017

Approximate Size: 17000

Unit of Measurement: Square Feet

Project Location: Chicago, Illinois

Fabric Name: Vinyl, Clear

Fabric Producer: Serge Ferrari North America Inc.

Fabric Supplier: Serge Ferrari North America Inc.


One of our clients produced a wedding at a historical site on the South Garden grounds of the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois.


The client wanted to build a 17,000 sq. ft. enclosed structure with views of the historical gardens at The Art Institute of Chicago. Their goal was to create an enclosed and climate controlled space, while still allowing guests to take in the magic of the South Gardens. Roofing panels and walls were all required to be clear. The client also wanted a sleek, modern look to the structure, and requested that we stay away from the standard A-Framed look.

What's unique:

One of the difficulties of this project was the use of so much clear material. From experience, we know that the greenhouse effect becomes a major player when trying to cool down the area with HVAC. Even though the wedding reception was in the evening, there was a lot of concern about utilizing such a high quantity of clear panels. To minimize the open surface area, we steered the client toward using larger reinforcement strips on the edges of each roofing panel.

The primary complexity, however, was the difficulty of installation. Being a historical site, we were not allowed to make any alterations to the site, natural or manmade. This meant that we would not be able to stake the structure, nor be able to trim the garden of trees to allow us to raise our arches. We also were weight limited on the type of heavy equipment we could use to lift the tent.

To overcome the tree and heavy equipment issue, we used multiple cranes to help erect the arches. We also used a spider boom lift from a very far away position to get purlins attached. Installing the structure took almost double the amount of time that it typically does for this size of tent.


Even with all of the restrictions, we were able to get the structure built and installed in time. We also were able to eliminate the potency of the greenhouse effect. The client was ecstatic with the end product, and the venue was very appreciative for ability to maintain their space without any damage.

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