A Breath of Fresh Air: 8 of the Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in Chicago

Chicago is fortunate to have a wealth of outdoor wedding venues. Want to get married in a gorgeous garden? On a yacht? At a historic private estate? Here are just a few of the al fresco ceremony and reception options you’ll find in and around the Windy City.

Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Location: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe IL
  • Style: Nature at its glorious best
  • Fab Feature: This 385-acre horticultural wonderland boasts 26 display gardens and four natural areas spread over nine islands surrounded by lakes.
  • Event Space Highlights: Outdoor venues like the English Walled Garden and fragrant Rose Terrace are perfect for ceremonies, while receptions unfold in the canopied, waterfront McGinley Pavilion. Indoor choices range from the grand Nichols Hall with its striking two-story skylight to the Krehbiel Gallery, set off by a stone reflecting pool.
  • Notable Services: Complimentary parking for all guests.
  • Catering: Provided in-house by Culinary Landscape.

Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden



Wandering Tree Estate
  • Location: North Barrington, IL. Address withheld to ensure privacy.
  • Style: Serene, romantic private estate
  • Fab Features: They only allow one wedding per weekend, so you have plenty of time to enjoy the endless photo ops, from the mirror-like reflecting lake and quaint red Japanese bridge to the numerous rock waterfalls and blooming flowerbeds. 
  • Event Space Highlights: Have your ceremony at the delightful garden gazebo, surrounded by rose gardens. Then, host a cocktail reception at the Garden Railway, set up a sushi station in the Shabui Japanese Stroll Garden, and follow with a lakeside dinner reception.
  • Notable Amenities: The Train Museum is available for cocktail receptions, and private ride-on train rentals for children can be arranged.
  • Catering: Select from list or bring your own (must be licensed and pre-approved).

Wandering Tree Estate

Wandering Tree Estate

Wandering Tree Estate



Millennium Park
  • Location: 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago IL
  • Style: An intriguing mix of cutting-edge architecture and Mother Nature
  • Fab Feature: The iconic, stainless steel “Cloud Gate” sculpture by Anish Kapoor, which is named for the Chicago skyline it reflects, makes an amazing backdrop for wedding photos.
  • Event Space Highlights: 5 fantastic venues include the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage with its dramatic steel-and-glass “ceiling” and breathtaking views of the Chicago cityscape…and the Rooftop Terrace, which overlooks the city skyline and the park’s many architectural and cultural elements. 
  • Notable Services: Although you may bring in your own vendors (subject to approval), they provide a list of recommended event professionals that are also experienced with the venue.
  • Catering: Select from list.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park

Millennium Park



Odyssey Cruises at Navy Pier
  • Location: 600 East Grand Navy Pier, Chicago IL
  • Style: Relaxed, refreshing, inviting
  • Fab Feature: The sea air, glimmering water, and stunning vistas are a treat for all your senses.
  • Event Space Highlights: Exchange vows on the open-air skydeck and then dine and dance onboard—wherever you are you’ll enjoy the same spectacular Chicago skyline views.
  • Wedding Package Perks: All-inclusive packages come with a professional wedding coordinator, and cover butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, the meal, linens, votives, the DJ, and much more. There are even extras like chocolate-covered strawberries served with your wedding cake and a complimentary anniversary cruise!
  • Catering: Provided in-house.

Odyssey Cruises at Navy Pier

Odyssey Cruises at Navy Pier

Odyssey Cruises at Navy Pier




MileNorth Hotel Chicago/52EIGHTY Rooftop Lounge

  • Location: 166 East Superior Street, Chicago IL
  • Style: Modern, casual urban-chic
  • Fab Feature: Its convenient location along the famous Magnificent Mile puts the hotel just a short walk from Navy Pier and the Water Tower, and mere blocks from the Wrigley Building. 
  • Event Space Highlights: Two ballrooms feature expansive “Chicago” windows that let natural light flow in, and the Superior Ballroom offers a great view of the city lights at night. Up on the 29th floor, the sophisticated 52Eighty Rooftop Lounge is an indoor/outdoor space that’s perfect for a ceremony or reception with breathtaking downtown Chicago vistas.
  • Wedding Package Perks: You can choose from three reasonably priced packages, all of which include hors d’oeuvres, bar service, a 3-course meal, wine with dinner a complimentary wedding-night suite for the couple, and more. Packages can be customized, too.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.

MileNorth Hotel Chicago/52EIGHTY Rooftop Lounge

MileNorth Hotel Chicago/52EIGHTY Rooftop Lounge

MileNorth Hotel Chicago/52EIGHTY Rooftop Lounge



Chapel in the Pines Weddings and Banquet Center
  • Location: 15165 Quigley Road, Sycamore IL
  • Style: Picturesque chapel and grounds
  • Interesting Tidbit: Owner Howard Petersen hand-built the chapel in 1994 as a 30th wedding anniversary gift for his wife Donna, but it’s been so popular with couples they’ve conducted over 1,000 wedding ceremonies in it!
  • Event Space Highlights: A classic white gazebo on an expansive lawn is perfect for a garden ceremony. You can also tie the knot in their Victorian Wedding Chapel, and then dine and dance in the Banquet Hall.
  • Wedding Package Perks: Every wedding package includes a non-denominational wedding officiant and a coordinator as well as ceremony music, a personalized brick, photo booth, and media projector.
  • Catering: Select from list or BYO.

Chapel in the Pines Weddings and Banquet Center

Chapel in the Pines Weddings and Banquet Center

Chapel in the Pines Weddings and Banquet Center



The Grove Redfield Estate
  • Location: 1421 Milwaukee Avenue, Glenview IL
  • Style: Historic country estate
  • Interesting Tidbit: Built in 1929 and originally named “Windy Pines,” the home calls to mind a Northern European country house. In 1976 it was designated a National Historic Landmark.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Great Room conveys the charm of a bygone era with its fireplace, cathedral ceiling, chandeliers and magnificent two-story leaded-glass window. Ceremonies and receptions can also take place in the gardens and in the covered pavilion.
  • Notable Amenities: You have exclusive use of the entire property, so privacy is guaranteed. They also provide an extensive list of vendors who have experience working at the venue.
  • Catering: Select from list.

The Grove Redfield Estate

The Grove Redfield Estate

The Grove Redfield Estate



Eaglewood Resort and Spa
  • Location: 1401 Nordic Road, Itasca IL
  • Style: Casual elegance
  • Fab Feature: The lovely setting! 106 acres of rolling hills, trees, lakes, and landscaped grounds surround this expansive resort, which includes a championship golf course.
  • Event Space Highlights: The Pavilion, a unique tent-like-structure with a white-draped interior, arched ceiling, and five chandeliers, hosts ceremonies and receptions. For an open-air celebration under the the sun or stars, the rooftop Wisteria Terrace treats guests to panoramic views of the grounds. In addition, two gracious ballrooms overlook the golf course through floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • Wedding Package Perks: Their all-inclusive packages take care of just about everything, and also offer some great complimentary extras like a menu tasting and custom wedding cake, plus a wedding-night suite and 1-year anniversary stay for the wedding couple!
  • Catering: Provided in-house.

Eaglewood Resort

Eaglewood Resort

Eaglewood Resort



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