Rachel Kelly & David Unger are getting married!

August 11, 2018

Chicago

Details

We're excited to celebrate our wedding with you! Logistics are below. We'll add more as we confirm things. If you have any questions, email us!

The Wedding Mass

  • Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Semiformal Attire
  • All Are Welcome

The Reception

  • Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • 5pm Cocktails / 6pm Dinner / 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Dancing
  • Semiformal Attire
  • By Invitation Only

Transportation & Parking

Chicago is served by O'Hare and Midway international airports. Bridgeport is on the city's southwest side, easily accessible via the Halsted stop on the Orange Line of the Chicago 'L'. The Chicago Transit Authority's No. 8 Halsted Bus will get you even closer to the wedding and reception. If you're driving, the neighborhood is right off the Stevenson Expressway (I55) and the Dan Ryan Expressway (I90). See map below. Free parking for the ceremony and reception is available in the lot just behind (south) of the church next to the De La Salle Institute. There's usually a good amount of street parking in the area, too.

Accommodations

A limited number of rooms have been set aside on our behalf at the Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown and at the Hilton Chicago. Call 855-268-1763 for more details or to book a room at the Holiday Inn. Click here to book online at the Hilton.

Registry

We are registered on Zola and Anthropologie.

Explore

Bridgeport (a.k.a. Hardscrabble) is a lovely, historic neighborhood on Chicago's southwest side – home to 5(!) Chicago mayors – and one of our favorite places in the city. We hope you'll have some time to explore some of what this community has to offer.

To eat

  • The Polo Inn

    One of a kind. Don't miss the Sunday Gospel Brunch where the "Eggs Benedicto XVI" comes standard with a candelight procession, singing, and live organ music!

  • Bridgeport Restaurant

    Our go-to post-church greasy spoon for great diner staples.

  • Kimski

    Nothing says Chicago more than a counter-service mashup of Korean and Polish cuisine. This "KoPo" joint is adjacent to Maria's (cf. To drink) so you can eat your Kimchi Poutine while sipping on a Hardscrabble Sazerac.

  • The Duck Inn

    Great patio, expectedly delicious duck dishes, and the best cocktails in Bridgeport. Try the Duck Fat Dog, a modern take on a Chicago classic.

  • Nana

    Family-owned (by matriarch Nana Solis), farm-to-table, stylish but homey American-Mexican cuisine serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Outdoor patio!

  • Zaytune

    Excellent Middle Eastern fare, including platters and wraps of falafel, grilled vegetables, grilled chicken, shawarma (chicken or steak), lamb, shrimp, and kafta.

To drink

  • Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar

    Tavern that combines the hipster bar with the neighborhood bar. Bar features delicious cocktails (including on tap) and craft beers, such as from the local Bridgeport brewery, Marz. Connected to Kimski in case you get hungry (cf. To eat).

  • Bridgeport Coffee

    Your quintessential neighborhood coffee shop at its best. Get a spot in the window for some neighborhood people watching. Also serves smoothies, pastries, and sandwiches.

  • Bernice's Tavern

    Everything you want in a great dive bar. Cheap Polish and other domestics and imports ($2 PBR). One time Rachel asked the bartender if he had anything to nibble on, and he took out a big bag of Tostitos and poured some into a bowl for her free of charge. Cash only, ATM on site.

To do/see

  • Palmisano Park

    Beautiful 27-acre park with wetlands, trails, a sledding hill, boardwalk paths, a fishing pond, and spectacular views of the city. Opened in 2009. Was a lime quarry in the 19th century and a coral reef 400 million years ago.

  • Park 571

    Designed by the renowned Studio Gang and built in 2016. Part of the ecological and infrastructural revitalization of the south branch of the Chicago River. Buildings represent the motion of rowing, and rowing teams practice and courses are taught inside.

  • Bridgeport Art Center

    Art center with three curated galleries and rotating exhibits, as well as a fashion design center and a ceramic center. It is located in the Spiegel Catalog Warehouse, a 500,000 square foot building with high ceilings with wood beams, exposed brick, and large windows with incredible views of the city.

  • Zhou B Art Center

    Founded in 2004 by internationally acclaimed artists, the Zhou Brothers, the center serves as an exchange between local and global artists and promotes the contemporary convergence of Eastern and Western visual arts. Features galleries and rotating exhibitions.

  • The Stockyards

    Chicago was once "hog butcher for the world" (Rachel knows – she worked on this great UChicago Press book about it!). The infamous meatpacking district is now a non-descript industrial park, but you can still drive through to see the old gate and imagine what it looked like when 18 million livestock were slaughtered here each year.

  • The Archer Ballroom

    David lived in this former ballroom from 2009 to 2010. It's still sort of(?) being used as an informal performance space so you might be able to do something here but don't get your hopes up. Also, it's supposedly haunted.

About

We first met in college, where we were friends. In the years during and after, we bonded electronically over experiences abroad and a fondness for a certain professor of Southern US literature.

In 2012, Rachel moved to Somerville, MA. Almost simultaneously, David did the same. They lived just around the corner from one another, united by old, loving Oberlin friends. Long before we started dating, Rachel invited David to take a Zipcar to the Staples on the Alewife Brook Parkway to buy a printer. We platonically settled on an HP Photosmart 5520, which remains a reliable workhorse in our home office today (we used it more or less successfully to print the envelope for your save-the-date).

Love – for one another, for music and language and laughter, for The Big Questions – led us both to Chicago where our relationship could finally grow into Something Even More. David proposed on Dec. 23, 2017, outside St. Joseph Church in Lancaster, PA, Rachel's hometown. We'll be married this year at St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church in Chicago, a much-loved home to us in both old ways and new.

We are deeply grateful for the many large and small ways that all of you have shaped us as individuals and as a pair journeying together!

Love,

The Kellys

  • Marianne Kelly
  • Michael Kelly
  • Deirdre Loughridge

The Ungers

  • Diane Unger
  • Donald Unger
  • Mary Unger

Bridesmaids

  • Deirdre Loughridge
  • Matron of Honor
  • Gorana Draguljic
  • Helen Paulson
  • Indra Raj
  • Mary Unger
  • Marie Yearick

Groomsmen

  • Scott Melamed
  • Best Man
  • Nathan Carley
  • Marc Eaton
  • Conor Loughridge
  • Tim McCormack
  • Mike Perisho

Officiant

  • Fr. Thomas Aschenbrener

Caterer

Flowers

Printer

In Conclusion:
A hand-selected collection of very fine

Depicting Rachel and David and the various places they roam
for you to (hopefully) enjoy!

OBERLIN, OH

OBERLIN, OH

IRELAND

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

CHICAGO, IL

CHICAGO, IL

NEW GLARUS, WI

CHASE LAKE, ND

CHICAGO, IL #gocubs!

IN THE AIRSPACE ABOVE CHICAGO, IL

NEW ORLEANS, LA

NEW ORLEANS, LA

MILWAUKEE, WI

NACHUSA GRASSLANDS, IL

AMERICAN PRAIRIE RESERVE, MT

AMERICAN PRAIRIE RESERVE, MT

AMERICAN PRAIRIE RESERVE, MT

JAMESTOWN, ND

AMERICAN PRAIRIE RESERVE, MT

TEDDY ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, ND

CHICAGO, IL

CHICAGO, IL

CHICAGO, IL