14 Illinois Wedding Venues with Charming Backyard Vibes

Dreaming of a laid-back wedding celebration with cozy backyard vibes and a ton of charm? Illinois offers an array of enchanting venues that capture that warm, inviting atmosphere – minus the logistical headaches and limitations that come with VRBOs and AirBnBs. These beautiful estate-like properties have dedicated event spaces, flexible catering options, and amenities specifically designed to handle weddings, ensuring a smooth and stress-free experience for you and your guests. We've curated a selection of our favorite Illinois wedding venues with a sense of homey comfort, perfect for creating a truly personal and unforgettable celebration. From picturesque gardens bursting with blooms to charming ranches steeped in history, these hidden gems will make you feel right at ease as you say "I do."


Cheney Mansion

Oak Park, Illinois

Venue Superpowers:

Historic Charm

Tented Receptions

Intimate Events

Fab Features: reminiscent of an English country home • full of gorgeous options for indoor receptions, as well as 2.5 acres of landscaped grounds, a greenhouse patio • tentable lawn for picture-perfect outdoor events

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$
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Camp Wokanda

Chillicothe, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Picturesque Setting

Late Night Celebrations

Charming Cabins

Fab Features: a serene escape set on Davis Lake and surrounded by 300 acres of woodland • hold your romantic outdoor ceremony in the lush and natural setting • make this beautiful campground yours for the weekend as your entire guest list can be accommodated in the sleeping cabins and campgrounds

Catering: BYO
Price: $
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The Lytle House

Chicago, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Industrial-Chic

Modern Gardens

Elopements

Fab Features: a vibrant and modern space with an indoor/outdoor flow • say ‘I do’ in the industrial-chic space • treat your guests to fun food truck catering in the connecting tree-lined courtyard

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$
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Rosewood Farm

Sugar Grove, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Charming Working Farm

Lush Garden Ceremonies

Romantic Elopements

Fab Features: pastoral 6-acre farm boasting organic vegetable and flower gardens, an orchard, and a collection of friendly farm animals • ceremonies in the colorful gardens, followed by tented receptions overlooking the pretty pond and grounds • darling red barn with warm wood flooring, an open-rafter ceiling, and oversized, multi-paned windows

Catering: BYO
Price: $
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The Lodge at Katherine Legge Memorial Park

Hinsdale, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Lovely Landscaping

Historic Details

Secluded Setting

Fab Features: a historic lodge surrounded by 52 beautiful acres of parkland • hold your romantic outdoor ceremony under the cover of towering pines • celebrate in the elegant second floor ballroom

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $
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Historic Bell Hill

Cobden, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Picturesque Panoramas

Rustic

Weekend Weddings

Fab Features: breathtaking panoramic views of the Shawnee National Forest • say “I do” on the manicured lawn or with a pre-Civil War barn backdrop • multiple event spaces can accommodate intimate to large-scale celebrations

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$
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Pleasant Home

Oak Park, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Non-Profit

Unique Details

Late Night Celebrations

Fab Features: a turn-of-the-century gem designed by renowned architect George Washington Maher • prep for your special day in the two opulent upstairs suites • enjoy the entire first floor and expansive wraparound porch that are yours for the day

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$
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Dragonfly

Herrin, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Natural Beauty

Picturesque

On-Site Accommodations

Fab Features: whimsical property set on 36 gorgeous acres • endless photo ops next to the 1-acre pond, a cascading waterfall, the flower swing, a boho tiny house, and the wonderland woods • forested ceremonies followed by fun receptions in the rustic barn or in the covered pavilion with is large stone fireplace

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$
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Oak Hill Farm

Apple River, Illinois

Venue Superpowers:

Secluded Setting

All-Inclusive

Late Night Celebrations

Fab Features: private estate set on 172 verdant acres • outdoor ceremonies on the sweeping lawn or in St. John’s Chapel with its graceful steeple • unique event enhancements range from cocktails in the 1950s one-room schoolhouse to a DIY sundae and penny candy buffet served at the Country Store

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$
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The Joinery

Chicago, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Massive Skylight

Adorable On-Site Lodging

Open-Air Courtyard

Fab Features: cool vintage vibes-meets-industrial chic blank canvas event space, located on the south edge of Logan Square • the interior boasts a massive beamed skylight, exposed brick walls, and a cool "Safe Room" cocktail lounge • the pretty open-air courtyard is strung with bistro lights and accented by modern details and lush greenery

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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Hoosier Grove Barn

Streamwood, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Working Farm

Historic Charm

Late Night Celebrations

Fab Features: intimate celebrations in the restored schoolhouse • variety of outdoor ceremonies locations from the lush garden with a stone water fountain to the semi-wooded Silo • tented celebrations on the expansive lawn

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$
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Colvin House

Chicago, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Prairie-Style Architecture

Opulent Styling

Waterfront Location

Fab Features: 1909 treasure lovingly restored to its turn-of-the-century glory, with beautiful Prairie-style details like geometric and nature-inspired motifs • ceremonies in the dreamy herringbone brick courtyard, followed by receptions in the breathtaking main room, with Art Nouveau chandeliers sparkling above • photo ops beside the lake

Catering: In-house, BYO
Price: $ • $$
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Vrooman Mansion

Bloomington, IL

Venue Superpowers:

All-Inclusive

Late Night Celebrations

Luxe Overnight Accommodations

Fab Features: historic 1860s mansion with dramatic, Romanesque design and lovingly resorted interiors • intimate ceremonies in the lush gardens followed by dreamy dinners in the Main House or on the pretty grounds • luxe overnight B&B accommodations in the rooms, suites, and charming Carriage House (perfect for a honeymoon!)

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$
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Bloomfield Barn

Chrisman, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Lush Grounds

Romantically Rustic

All-Inclusive

Fab Features: a charming venue in a quiet country setting • say “I do” with the tree-lined pond and blooming gardens as your backdrop • dance the night away in the rustic barn or under a starlit sky

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $
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