You asked…We answered! 11 Affordable Chicago Wedding Venues you’ll love.

Dreaming of a stylish, Chicago wedding that won’t break the bank? Here are a few practical tips that can help you have the celebration you envision and stay within your budget:

  1. Think outside the box: Places like universities, restaurants, art galleries, and historic buildings not only provide unique event spaces, their rental fees and meal pricing are frequently more competitive.
  2. Expand your geographical search beyond Chicago’s city limits. A wedding in an adjacent neighborhood or suburb often comes with unexpected benefits: a lot of great venues to choose from along with fewer travel hassles and more reasonably priced lodging for your guests.
  3. Host a Friday, Sunday or off-season wedding. Many locations will discount their rates for non-Saturday or non-peak season bookings.

Here’s a selection of venues in and around Chicago that offer affordable event options.

Downtown Chicago:

Loyola University Chicago
  • Location: 6439 N. Sheridan Road, Granada Center 340, Chicago IL
  • Style: Picturesque, elegant
  • Interesting Tidbit: Loyola University has earned a GOLD rating for its sustainability programs and performance, and they have plenty of tips for hosting a “green” event. The environment will thank you!
  • Event Space Highlights: Three campuses in downtown Chicago and the northwest suburbs provide a variety of venues, from a lakeside mansion and gardens to a glass atrium with a wraparound terrace, as well as reception rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking city or lake views.
  • Wedding Package Perks: You’ll have no trouble fine-tuning your celebration, thanks to several different packages and your choice of a plated dinner or stations-style reception. And if you book an event that takes place between November 1st and April 30th you get a 20% venue discount! Alumni can take advantage of a 10% discount year-round.
  • Catering: Provided in-house. Seasonal and organic menu options are available.

Loyola University

Loyola University

Loyola University



Keith House Chicago
  • Location: 1900 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago IL
  • Style: 1870s Victorian Châteauesque mansion
  • Interesting Tidbit: The Keith House is one of the few remaining original mansions in the heart of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Built on what is now a traffic-free cul-de-sac, it’s a quiet, serene retreat.
  • Event Space Highlights: Three distinct spaces (the art gallery, parlor and dining room) feature high ceilings, an abundance of molding, and lots of tall windows. An intimate backyard garden provides flowers and greenery for outdoor ceremonies.
  • Notable Amenities: Staff is present throughout your event to ensure that things run smoothly. And if you’re a pet owner you have another reason to rejoice—your furry loved one is allowed to serve as the ring bearer during your ceremony!
  • Catering: You can use any licensed/insured caterer.

Keith House

Keith House

Keith House Chicago



Pinstripes - Downtown Chicago
  • Location: 435 East Illinois Street, Chicago IL
  • Style: Relaxed and fun
  • Fab Feature: The lofty bistro and open kitchen, centered around a wood-burning pizza oven.
  • Event Space Highlights: Banquet rooms for 20–600, along with 18 bowling lanes and 6 bocce courts, mean a good time will be had by all.
  • Wedding Package Perks: Packages accommodate a variety of event needs and budgets, and include a champagne toast and 4-hour bar. If you want to take the activity level up a notch, add an evening of post-wedding bocce or bowling.
  • Catering: Provided in-house. They specialize in sophisticated Italian-American bistro fare, showcasing inventive small plates, homemade flatbread pizzas, and organic and free-range meats. They also serve hard-to-find local beer!

Pinstripes Chicago

Pinstripes Chicago

Pinstripes Chicago



River Roast Private Events
  • Location: 315 North LaSalle Street, Chicago IL
  • Ambiance: Historic, dramatic
  • Fab Features: Original, exposed brick walls, tall columns and pressed-tin ceilings.
  • Event Space Highlights: Sightlines to the river, bridge and glittering skyscape mean there isn’t a bad seat in any of the six indoor or outdoor event spaces.
  • Notable Services: You can upgrade your event with a fun option like a Traditional Chicago-style Hot Dog Station, or add on a late-night snack such as a Drive-thru Burger or Meatball and Pepperoncini Flatbread.
  • Catering: Provided in-house. You’ll dine on contemporary American cuisine, overseen by a James Beard Award-winning chef. A wealth of roasted items includes whole fish and chicken, beef, and rack of pork, not to mention lots of roasted veggies.

River Roast Private Events

River Roast Private Events

River Roast Private Events



Catalyst Ranch
  • Location: 656 West Randolph Street, Chicago IL
  • Style: Colorful and creative, very out-of-the-box
  • Fab Feature: They have 8 different rooms on two floors, but only book one event per floor!
  • Event Space Highlights: If you’re looking for a unique, non-traditional and totally fun event venue, this private downtown loft may be it. Designed with high ceilings and an exposed brick wall, it’s decorated throughout with vibrant art and vintage furnishings (think retro tables, chairs and couches).
  • Notable Services: They offer day-of coordination services for a reasonable fee.
  • Catering: Select from list. You have your choice of 7 handpicked catering companies, each of which is happy to customize your menu, accommodate special dietary needs, and honor your budget.

Catalyst Ranch

Catalyst Ranch

Catalyst Ranch



North Chicago Suburbs:

Wedgewood North Shore
  • Location: 4555 W. Yorkhouse Road, Wadsworth IL
  • Style: Classic with country garden flair
  • Fab Feature: The romantic lakeside ceremony gazebo near a lushly landscaped waterfall.
  • Event Space Highlights: You can get married in the venue’s own chapel (or by the lake), then dine in one of 4 gorgeous ballrooms overlooking the picturesque golf course.
  • Notable Amenity: The late-night party lounge—it’s perfect for continuing the festivities before retiring to the on-site guest rooms.
  • Wedding Package Perks: Flexible event packages allow you to mix and match services (photography, florals, invitations, DJ, etc.) to save money, time and stress!
  • Catering: Provided in-house, either a plated duet entrée or three-entrée buffet.

Wedgwood North Shore

Wedgwood North Shore

Wedgwood North Shore



Chateau Ritz
  • Location: 9100 Milwaukee Avenue, Niles IL
  • Style: Ritzy!
  • Fab Feature: If you opt for the Deluxe Sweet Table, you get to enjoy a range of pastries (fruit tarts, petit fours, chocolate mousse or lemon butterfly cups, éclairs, and cannoli for starters) along with an ice sculpture display showcasing an array of seasonal fresh fruit.
  • Event Space Highlights: Two sweeping staircases (great for the bride’s entrance), glittering chandeliers, and high, coffered ceilings bring glamour and elegance to events hosted here.
  • Wedding Package Perks: In addition to a complete dinner with unlimited wine, packages include gold Chiavari chairs, a custom-decorated wedding cake, a bridal or hospitality suite (subject to availability), free parking and much more. Even the gratuity, service charge, and room rental are covered!
  • Catering: Provided in-house. Their extensive list of entrées (there are 15 in the poultry category alone!) makes it easy to come up with the perfect menu.

Chateau Ritz

Chateau Ritz

Chateau Ritz



South/Southwest Chicago Suburbs:

Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
  • Location: 20 South Eastern Avenue, Joliet IL
  • Style: Gilded Age mansion and grounds
  • Interesting Tidbit: Built in the 1870s by wealthy railroad magnate Jacob A. Henry, the mansion’s elaborate carved interior (16,800 square feet with over 40 rooms) took a trio of German cabinet makers three years to complete. The magnificent staircase is made of solid walnut!
  • Event Space Highlights: There are two national historic landmarks on the estate and both are available for weddings. Tie the knot in the Old Central Church with its soaring rotunda-like ceiling, trio of stained-glass windows and century-old 2,000-pipe organ. Then walk through the beautiful Secret Garden to your reception in the mansion’s Victorian Ballroom. The gardens and lawn are popular for outdoor celebrations.
  • Notable Services: They specialize in buffet service and custom menu design, and their consultants will help you select everything from your menu and décor to the entertainment.
  • Catering: Provided in-house. You have your choice of a plated, buffet or family-style reception.

Jacob Henry Mansion Estate

Jacob Henry Mansion Estate

Jacob Henry Mansion Estate



Silver Lake Country Club
  • Location: 14700 82nd Avenue, Orland Park IL
  • Style: Classic comfort in a manicured garden setting
  • Interesting Tidbit: The Club has been family owned and operated since the 1930s.
  • Event Space Highlights: Outdoor ceremony sites include a dreamy lake with a fountain, or a garden patio with a trellised altar and cascading waterfall. Two Garden Rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and adjoining patios afford garden or golf course views.
  • Wedding Package Perks: They’ll create a custom package for your event.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.

Silver Lake Country Club

Silver Lake Country Club

Silver Lake Country Club



West Chicago Suburbs:

Morton Arboretum
  • Location: 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle IL
  • Style: Mother Nature at her best
  • Fab Feature: You’re surrounded by 1,700 gorgeous acres—and you can arrange guided tram tours of the grounds for your guests!
  • Event Space Highlights: There are several beautiful places to exchange vows, from the formal, triple-terraced Hedge Garden and the intimate Fragrance Garden to Thornhill Lawn, bordered in spring by blooming magnolias and hawthorn trees. Indoor ceremonies and receptions are held in the White Pine Pavilion tent or in a trio of rooms with lake or garden views.
  • Wedding Package Perks: Packages include a 4-course meal, 4-hour premium bar, champagne toast, wine service with dinner, and much more.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.

Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum



Le Meridien Chicago-Oak Brook Center
  • Location: 2100 Spring Road, Oak Brook IL
  • Style: Modern, artfully designed
  • Fab Feature: The hotel is just steps from the vibrant Oakbrook Shopping Center with over 25 restaurants and luxury boutiques. 
  • Event Space Highlights: The 9th-floor Grand Salon Ballroom boasts floor-to-ceiling windows framing spectacular views of the city spread out below.
  • Notable Services: Discounted Spa Suite Services and complimentary self-parking are extended to all wedding guests.
  • Catering: Provided in-house. Menus can be customized and incorporate the freshest and finest ingredients. Kosher and Hindu/Indian weddings are welcome.

Le Meridien Chicago-Oak Brook Center

Le Meridien Chicago-Oak Brook Center

Le Meridien Chicago-Oak Brook Center



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