7 Intimate Chicago Wedding Venues That Will Fit Your Event Just Right!

If you’re planning a small wedding, you may feel a little like Goldilocks as you try to find a place that fits your event “just right”. But if you’re searching in Chicago you’re in luck! The Windy City offers plenty of options for hosting an intimate wedding, from a private mansion or vintage loft to a sleek yacht or Italian restaurant. While some of the venues we’ve listed also have spaces that are great for larger groups, all of them happily accommodate cozier celebrations.

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 Chicago

Keith House Chicago

Keith House Chicago




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




Sepia

  • Location: 135 North Jefferson, Chicago IL
  • Style: Vintage meets contemporary
  • Fab Feature: Their topnotch food and drinks! Executive Chef Andrew Zimmerman has received a James Beard Foundation Award nomination for “Best Chef: Great Lakes” for several years, and the restaurant has earned a rare Michelin star every year since 2011.
  • Event Space Highlights: High ceilings, an open layout, and deep neutral tones create a stylish and sophisticated private dining room that’s ideal for both black-tie and more casual celebrations.
  • Notable Services: A personal mixologist is available to custom-design a signature cocktail to your liking, using only the highest quality and freshest ingredients.
  • Catering: Provided in-house. Sepia’s innovative American cuisine supports local farmers and winemakers, and is based on seasonal, organic, and sustainable foods.

Sepia

Sepia

Sepia




Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

  • Location: Michigan Avenue & Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
  • Style: Romantic, nautical
  • Fab Feature: You can add a fireworks display over Lake Michigan to end the night with a truly grand finale.
  • Event Space Highlights: Choose from six private boats, complete with open-air decks for dancing and enjoying the view. Have your ceremony dockside, or anywhere you like on Chicago’s waterways. The glittering lights of Chicago’s cityscape provide all the decoration you need for a nighttime wedding cruise.
  • Wedding Package Perks: The professional staff takes care of all the details, and you can up the fun ante with several package add-ons, including a captain whistle salute at sunset and a post-reception cigar and scotch celebration.
  • Catering: Select from list. Chicago’s First Lady’s Cruises’ four catering partners offer fresh and creative options, and will work with you to personalize your menu and cocktail selection.

Chicago's First Lady Cruises

Chicago's First Lady Cruises

Chicago's First Lady Cruises




Creativo Loft

  • Location: 1105 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL
  • Style: Vintage loft
  • Fab Feature: It occupies the top (3rd) floor of an 1887 brick building in the heart of the city less than two miles from Michigan Ave.
  • Event Space Highlights: The historic space has great architectural elements, like 16-foot tin ceilings, arched windows, and gleaming wood floors. You may also rent the 78-seat theatre downstairs for your ceremony, or an additional raised loft for a dressing or cocktail area.
  • Notable Services: They provide all-inclusive event management services and specialize in small, non-traditional weddings.
  • Catering: You can use any licensed/insured caterer.

Creativo Loft

Creativo Loft

Creativo Loft




Newberry Library

  • Location: 60 West Walton Street, Chicago IL
  • Style: Turn-of-the-century elegance
  • Fab Feature: The fully restored Lobby wows with its romanesque entryway, Art Nouveau chandelier, and 20-foot ceiling. Plus, the sweeping marble staircase is custom-made for a grand entrance or classic photos.
  • Event Space Highlights: Intimate gatherings are held in the Lobby and in the oak-paneled Towner Fellows’ Lounge, where a grand piano, grandfather organ clock, and tall built-in bookshelves convey a cozy library feel. 
  • Notable Amenity: There’s complimentary parking in the on-site lot for after-hours events, with a discount arrangement for overflow parking at a nearby garage.
  • Catering: Select from list.

Newberry Library

Newberry Library

Newberry Library




Salvatore’s Ristorante

  • Location: 525 West Arlington Place, Chicago IL
  • Style: Old World, warm, inviting
  • Fab Feature: The Classico and Pasta Vino Dining Rooms open to a lovely patio that faces a European-style courtyard full of trees, fountains and a white pergola.
  • Event Space Highlights: Your event may flow between several charming spaces, starting in the Grand Lobby with its black & white marble floor. Then you’ll move into the combined mahogany-walled Classico Room and airy Pasta Vino Dining Room and Bar to dine. The West Room, outfitted with French windows and an antique baby grand piano, is perfect for cocktails and dancing.
  • Wedding Package Perks: They offer a variety of menu packages to suit your event, whether you’re planning an elegant sit-down dinner or a family-style meal. Salvatore’s is always happy to customize your menu, and every wedding package includes a wedding cake.
  • Catering: Provided in-house.

Salvatores Ristorante

Salvatores Ristorante

Salvatores Ristorante



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