The Knot 2018 Best of Weddings Winner!

Planning at Solar Arts in 2021

We are thrilled to welcome guests back to Solar Arts this summer, guided by state mandates, CDC and MDH recommendations, as well as our internal safety standards. Our biggest priority is keeping guests, event partners, and our own staff safe.

We are now booking events for the remainder of 2021 and would be honored to host your gathering in our space this year. We’re pleased to offer personalized in-person tours for up to 2 people, or a virtual tour via Facetime, Zoom, or Google Hangouts.

2021 will be our last year operating our event space in the Solar Arts Building. Inquire

A Venue With Character

Steeped in historic details, Chowgirls at Solar Arts is like no other venue you’ll experience in the Twin Cities and features novelties that tell a delicious story. As you enter the building, you’ll be greeted by the rich smell of hops that will leave you hankering for a pint. Enjoy a short trip in the elevator, wrapped in an image of the North Shore skyline at night. As the doors open on the third floor, you’ll be embraced by the warm and intimate loft-like space of Chowgirls at Solar Arts, featuring natural light, hard wood floors, wooden beams, and exposed brick walls. To the left you’ll find a gorgeous bar crafted by a local artist and finished with reclaimed wood from the Harley Davidson plant in Milwaukee. Follow the wall-to-wall windows and you’ll view a historic boilerplate door resting grandly in the corner. To the right is the Duluth Room, a floor-to-ceiling glass-enclosed space featuring an original boardroom table from the Duluth Railroad Company and a decadent, hand-carved antique sideboard from Johnny Cash’s estate.

Steeped in historic details, Chowgirls at Solar Arts is like no other venue you’ll experience in the Twin Cities and features novelties that tell a delicious story. Warm and intimate, this third floor space features natural light, hard wood floors, wooden beams, exposed brick walls, and a gorgeous bar crafted by a local artist.

The Knot Magazine Best of Weddings 2019 Pick
(Wedding Reception Venue)

Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award Winner 2018
(Couple’s Choice)

The Knot Magazine Best of Weddings 2018 Pick
(Wedding Reception Venue)

Minneapolis St. Paul Weddings Diamond Award: Outstanding Venue 2017
(People’s & Judge’s Choice)

Minneapolis St. Paul Weddings Diamond Award: Outstanding Venue 2016
(People’s & Judge’s Choice)

Minnesota Meetings + Events: Best New Venue 2016
(Editor’s Choice)

Minnesota Bride Member 2020

Choose Your Event


Corporate / Social




Sprinkled with romantic details and available for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hour, and receptions, guests enjoy the thoughtful hospitality of the Chowgirls Catering staff and award-winning seasonal fare.

“If we could give Chowgirls at Solar Arts a hundred stars we would! Our daughter’s wedding was flawless! Food was exceptional. All our guest loved the venue and having everything in one building.”

- Mother of Bride

“Our wedding day turned out more perfect than I ever could have imagined, and I want to thank the entire Chowgirls team for helping to make that happen!”

- Bailey

“This is a beautiful space and the staff is incredible. If you’re looking for a venue, stop looking. This is the place.”

- Sarah

Food & Beverage Minimums

At Chowgirls at Solar Arts, couples typically spend an average of $175 to $200 per guest on venue rental, catering, bar, staffing, linens, and place settings. We customize proposals for each couple based on taste and budget. To ensure the best possible experience for your guests, it is our recommendation that couples take this budget into consideration when planning their wedding at Solar Arts.

Average price does not include: Floral, Custom Decor Rentals, Wedding Planner Fees, Dessert, AV

Corporate / Social

From meetings to galas, fundraisers to holiday parties, Chowgirls at Solar Arts shines when it comes to corporate and social events. Our open-concept space allows for a seamless party flow from cocktails to dinner. Business and social clients find the space ideal for setting individual vignettes and atmospheres within the same party. Need a little privacy? Our glass-enclosed Duluth Room offers the perfect haven for team breakouts or small group meetings.

Another distinction? At Solar Arts you’ll enjoy elevated catering, cocktails, and service by Chowgirls. With 16 years of experience, thousands of happy clients and numerous industry awards, Chowgirls takes pride in crafting wonderful food, ambience, meetings, and celebrations that will have your guests raving.

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Non-Profit Events

Our non-profit events are treated with the love and care they deserve to meet your objectives and bolster passion for your organization. Our dedicated venue team supports planning, set up, and outside vendor coordination to create a seamless event. From galas to fundraisers, we provide the winning combination of stylish space, savory fare, and sociable hospitality to make your event a standout experience.

Public Events

Our central location, open-concept space, and connection to the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association makes Chowgirls at Solar Arts a standout spot for hosting a public event. From farmers markets to fundraisers, curated pop-up shops to community gatherings, our stylish and artistic venue will draw the crowds.


Looking for a clean slate to set up your next photo or video shoot? Chowgirls at Solar Arts is a terrific space for it--natural light, a dressing room, loading dock and elevator access, plus plenty of room to follow social and physical distancing guidelines with your team. Give us a call to discuss our reasonable hourly rates.


Venue Features Include:

  • Exclusive catering and bar by Chowgirls
  • Central location in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District
  • 6,713 square foot open-concept space
  • Natural light, hardwood floors, exposed brick, and wood beams
  • Access to a 15-20 car lot adjacent to the building and a 30 car lot (Friday/Saturday’s) about a 1/2 a block away. Off-street parking is available at no charge and Indeed has a paid lot available for you and your guests if need be.
  • Loading dock
  • On-site security
  • On-site venue manager
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 17 foot artist-designed bar
  • Floor-to-ceiling glass-enclosed conference room
  • Historic artifacts, such as the Duluth Depot conference table and antique Johnny Cash bar
  • Black chiavari chairs
  • Assorted tables, including round, rectangular, and high-top
  • Unique rental decor
  • Handicap Accessible

Our professional event specialists will assist with the following:

  • Create food and beverage menu recommendations, quantities, and timeline
  • Develop venue layout
  • Coordinate valet, linens, furniture, pipe & drape, lighting and A/V services
  • Welcome deliveries from outside vendors
  • Be present on-site through the duration of your event
  • Wedding ceremony rehearsal
  • Ceremony set up, support and transition to reception

Venue Capacity


Seated Event




Duluth Room

Award-Winning Catering

Chowgirls Catering focuses on fresh ingredients from our local farmers, reflecting the tastes of each season and staying true to our values, resources, and Midwest regional roots. Our commitment to seasonality and our expertise in both old-world and on-trend cooking guarantees the best dining experience for our clients. To quote one happy customer, “It’s not just good catered food, it’s good food food.”

Bar Service

Chowgirls offers an extensive list of well-renowned spirits, wines, and beers, as well as favorites from our local distilleries and breweries. Whether you desire a handcrafted signature cocktail, a curated wine & bites experience, or a hoppy brew to go with your party food, Chowgirls will create a fantastic experience for you and your guests. Our professional bartenders and Certified Cicerone® take care in choosing libations based on approachability, seasonality, and flavor. We work with our clients to create a customized bar and beverage menu that will delight your palate and accommodate your budget. View Menus


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Chowgirls at
Solar Arts

711 15th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
612 . 203 . 0786

About Chowgirls

Chowgirls Catering is a women-owned, award-winning Minneapolis catering company delivering good taste via sustainable, approachable fare and thoughtful hospitality. Email us at to discuss your next event!

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