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Newberry Library

Chicago Wedding Venue
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Contact: Director of Events
Phone: 312/255-3595

Special Offer or Discount

Book any remaining open 2017 date and receive a $500–1,500 discount off the standard pricing. Offer applies to new bookings only; the discount varies depending on the date and is subject to availability.

Why We Like This Place

  • The Newberry is so much more than a famous library! With its architectural details, spacious halls and grand pianos, this historic 1893 venue is also great place to host a wedding or private celebration.
  • The fully restored Lobby is a showstopper. Featuring a romanesque entryway, Art Nouveau chandelier, 20-foot ceiling and broad marble staircase (great for photos and a grand entrance) it lends itself beautifully to cocktail receptions, dinner parties or wedding ceremonies.
  • With views of Washington Square Park and the lights of the Hancock building twinkling just beyond, Ruggles Hall hosts larger groups in a warm and inviting space. And if you’re planning a more intimate gathering, the oak-paneled Towner Fellows’ Lounge is an excellent choice with a cozy library feel.
  • Although the Newberry was founded to share 600 years’ worth of rare books, maps, music and much more, you don’t need to be a book or music lover to appreciate the building’s turn-of-the-century elegance. Complimentary parking in the on-site lot is available for after-hours events, with a discount arrangement for overflow parking at a nearby garage.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 200
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 200
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 300
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 0


  • Max. Seated: 0

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

One third of the rental fee along with a signed contract is required to reserve your date, and the balance is due 10 days prior to the event. The rental fee ranges $7,000–8,000 depending on the season, date reserved, holidays, and the duration of the event. There is an additional $500 charge for an on-site ceremony in conjunction with a reception rental (includes cuing and rehearsal).

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Venue Type

Historic/Landmark Building

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