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<p>Hello everyone,</p>
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<p>I have to plan a baby shower for my sister-in-law in chicago from out of state and I have no idea where to start.  She is due the same week as I am except this is her first.  The guest list is 20 people that she is for sure going to make it... she was wanting a place for a brunch or lunch... something nice but my pocket book is more on a country budget than big city  I need you Chicago mamma's to give me some good tip, please I'm begging.<img alt="bow2.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bow2.gif"></p>
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<p>Any suggestions would be oh so helpful!</p>
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<p>Does she have any friends here who would be willing to host?  That's what my out of state planners did.  I had a local friend who was willing to host and two out of state planners.  To make it easier on the physical hostess, the used a catering service.  With this, you're obviously only looking at food costs as opposed to food and location.  And Whole Foods has a great catering department which may be less pricey than using a restaurant.  HTH!</p>
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<p>Alternatively, can you get in touch with a local friend who would at least be willing to help you with the leg work for finding the location?  Maybe there is a room for rent at a reasonable fee at her local neighborhood park district house.  Or at her place of worship?</p>
 
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