New outdoor wedding space coming to Plainfield

By Madhu Mayer | 5/11/2018, 3:20 p.m.
A business owner in Plainfield received approval this week for a new outdoor wedding ceremony space near the village's downtown.

Wanting to utilize extra space when weather permits, a Plainfield business is

creating an outdoor ceremony garden area in the village's warehouse district.

The Plainfield Village Board Monday approved the special use and site plan for a

proposal by developer Clayton Olsen, who currently has a special use permit to

operate as a recreational/private club at 14903 S. Center St. The applicant wants to

extend the geographical boundary of the special use to include the vacant lot at

14916 S. Eastern Ave., south of the railroad tracks, to operate an outdoor ceremony

area that would allow its guests to congregate outside.

The applicant during the meeting said the events hosted in the outdoor ceremony area

would not extend 8 p.m. If there is any music, it will be ambient acoustic music as

not to disturb the neighbors. The proposal submitted Monday shows the applicant

plans to construct a landscaped courtyard-like space on the lot, and include a wood

deck on the east area of the property and a banquet-style seating and theatre-style

seating areas on the sod.

Village trustee Ed O"Rourke asked Police Chief John Konopek if officers were ever

called to the location regarding noise issues from weddings and private parties.

Konopek said to the best of his knowledge, police have not been dispatched there.

Village planner Jonathan Proulx also assured the trustees that the outdoor area they

were approving Monday is simply a place to hold weddings, as guests will retreat

inside the building for the reception.