An Elite 8: Luxury Downtown Chicago Wedding Venues

Luxury comes in many forms, and these downtown Chicago hotels showcase them all. From gold leaf detailing and crystal chandeliers to hand-painted ceilings and rich, wood paneling, the event spaces in the following venues are both stunning and unique. Add exceptional services to the mix (think in-room spa treatments, afternoon tea and customized everything!) as well as plush accommodations and you’ve got all the elements for an unforgettable upscale celebration.

Waldorf Astoria Chicago
  • Location: 11 East Walton Street, Chicago IL
  • Style: Refined, elegant
  • Fab Feature: The hotel is like an intimate museum, showcasing works by dozens of internationally renowned artists.
  • Event Space Highlights: The glamorous Sinclair Ballroom brings to mind Paris of the 1920s, while the Hemingway Salon makes you feel like you’re in a formal estate room in a manor house. Another favorite is the Faulkner Salon, which has a detailed pen-and-ink recreation of the interior of the Titanic.
  • Notable Service: The afternoon tea serves up savory sandwiches (made with delectable ingredients like pancetta, smoked salmon, dill mascarpone, lobster, and tarragon aioli) and sweets (such as Blood Orange Panna Cotta, Key Lime French Macaron, and Chocolate Luxardo Cherry Tart).
  • Catering: Provided in-house.
  • Accommodations: 215 rooms and suites.

Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Waldorf Astoria Chicago


Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
  • Location: 120 East Delaware Place, Chicago IL
  • Style: Chic, sophisticated
  • Fab Feature: Located in the heart of the Miracle Mile, this Four Seasons is within walking distance of parks, museums, shopping, and dining. Inside the hotel you’ll find a world-class art collection.
  • Event Space Highlights: A dramatic staircase takes you to the Grand Ballroom, which has champagne-colored silk wall coverings and soft pastel accents throughout. The Lakeview Room impresses with enormous windows framing spectacular Lake Michigan views. Several more beautifully designed smaller venues are also available.
  • Notable Services: They offer post-wedding snacks that include Chicago favorites like deep dish pizza and a street corner hot dog cart.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.
  • Accommodations: 345 guest rooms and 1- and 2-bedroom suites.

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago


Hotel Allegro – A Kimpton Hotel
  • Location: 171 West Randolph Street, Chicago IL
  • Style: Art Deco gem
  • Fab Feature: After a stunning $15 million renovation, the venue recaptures the Art Deco glamour of the 1920s—with a modern flair.
  • Event Space Highlights: The historic Walnut Ballroom—one of the most spectacular in the city—offers a soaring 15-foot ceiling, expansive windows with urban views, and nickel-plated chandeliers that are the focal point of the space.
  • Notable Amenities: The award-winning culinary team can customize a package exclusively for you, and their Kimpton craft cocktails are a must-have. The updated accommodations provide a luxe retreat after an incredible celebration.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.
  • Accommodations: 483 guest rooms and suites.

Hotel Allegro

Hotel Allegro

Hotel Allegro


The Blackstone, A Renaissance Hotel
  • Location: 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL
  • Style: Lakefront, French Beaux-Arts landmark
  • Fab Feature: The Blackstone puts the best of Chicago at your fingertips—the fabulous Chicago Art Institute is just 3 blocks away, and the Field Museum, McCormick Place, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Soldier Field, and the United Center are mere minutes from the hotel.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Crystal Ballroom, with its ornate, 1910 detailing and gorgeous crystal chandeliers, is a stunning place for a more formal wedding.
  • Notable Services: Marriott Certified Wedding Planners can coordinate weddings of all types—including ethnic and military—and will help you plan and execute every detail of your big day.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.
  • Accommodations: 328 guest rooms and 4 suites.

The Blackstone, A Renaissance Hotel

The Blackstone, A Renaissance Hotel


W Chicago Lakeshore
  • Location: 644 North Lakeshore Drive, Chicago IL
  • Style: Luxury with a contemporary edge
  • Fab Feature: They deliver LUXE right to your room! Their Whatever/Whenever services are available for your every post-wedding whim, from a bottle of bubbly to in-room spa treatments and more.
  • Event Space Highlights: Altitude, the rooftop banquet room, has an outstanding view of Lake Michigan, the Navy Pier, and the glittering night skyline through unique, cantilevered windows.
  • Notable Amenities: They provide a custom-created Wow Vows website to share with your guests (so they can book their rooms directly), a Personal Wedding Specialist, deluxe accommodations for the wedding night, and valet guest parking—plus, the hotel is pet-friendly!
  • Catering: Provided in-house.
  • Accommodations: 520 guest rooms and suites.

W Chicago Lakeshore

W Chicago Lakeshore


InterContinental Chicago
  • Location: 505 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL
  • Style: Old World opulence
  • Fab Feature: Their attention to detail is extraordinary! Reception dinners are truly elegant affairs with restaurant-style dining that includes table-side order selection and printed menu cards, Rene Ozorio bone china, Schott Zwiesel stemware and Fortessa flatware.
  • Event Space Highlights: The unique, elliptical Grand Ballroom dazzles with marble columns, a Baccarat crystal chandelier hanging from the gold-leaf domed ceiling, and a sweeping balcony. In the splendid Renaissance Ballroom, you’ll find five Baccarat crystal chandeliers, ornately painted ceiing beams, and elm burlwood-paneled walls. King Arthur’s Court Ballroom is highlighted by a wall of stained glass that makes a luminous backdrop for a ceremony or reception.
  • Wedding Package Perks: The list is long! For starters, there are complimentary wedding-night deluxe suite accommodations for the couple, 2 complimentary suites for the couple’s parents, and reduced-rate rooms for wedding guests. The dinner itself comes with unlimited wine service, a 4-hour open bar, 3-course meal and butler-passed hors d’oeuvres.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.
  • Accommodations: 792 guest rooms and suites.

InterContinental Chicago

InterContinental Chicago

InterContinental Chicago


Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
  • Location: 540 Michigan Street, Chicago IL
  • Style: Sophistication with a vibrant, modern twist
  • Fab Feature: The Grand Staircase, which wraps around the lobby bar, is an ideal spot for you and your wedding party to pose for photos.
  • Event Space Highlights: There are four ballrooms of varying sizes; the lobby and lobby bar; and the 9th-floor rooftop sundeck.
  • Wedding Package Perks: Catering packages include a 5-hour premium open bar, champagne toast, 5 hors d’oeuvres per person, and unlimited wine service during dinner. They also offer special South Asian wedding menus.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.
  • Accommodations: 1,200 guest rooms and suites.

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile


The Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center
  • Location: 520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL
  • Style: Historic charm meets contemporary comfort
  • Fab Feature: Its location in the heart of downtown Chicago puts you just minutes away from some of the most prominent attractions in the city.
  • Event Space Highlights: Evoking Renaissance-style elegance and panache, the Gold Room has been a glittering backdrop for Chicago events for more than a century. The Florentine Room is an impressive venue for receptions and formal banquets, while the Great Hall is a dignified setting for graduation and award ceremonies.
  • Notable Services: On-site catering managers will help make your wedding an unforgettable experience. You’ll also enjoy special pricing on guest accommodations, and a customizable wedding menu along with complimentary tastings for your reception dinner and cake.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.
  • Accommodations: 804 guest rooms and 35 suites.

The Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

The Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

The Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center




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