Serene Escapes: 12 of the Best Weekend Wedding Venues Within a 3-Hour Drive of Chicago

Planning a Chicago-area wedding, but want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? A short drive will have you surrounded by rolling vineyards, serene farmland dotted with rustic barns, and forested hillsides. From a luxurious log cabin surrounded by trees to a family-owned estate winery, we've gathered a handful of serene venues where you can just kick back and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.



NORTHWEST | ROCKFORD



Pine Creek Escape

Oregon, IL

Fab Features: cozy cabin getaway tucked away among the woods • exquisite al fresco ceremony options include the Cobblestone Canyon, with its ivy-draped limestone columns, and the romantic Enchanted Forest • receptions in the elegant Pavilion Tent or the rustic White Pine Lodge

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms - Exclusive Catering by Henrici's

Rockton, Illinois

Fab Features: a charming private estate on 130 acres just outside the village of Rockton • the Pavilion offers a rustic-chic setting with windows overlooking the rolling hills, a towering masonry fireplace, and chandeliers hanging from timber beams • the Copperstone Inn, a bed and breakfast located on the grounds, provides luxurious accommodations for family and friends

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

The Barn at Allen Acres

Rock Falls, Illinois

Fab Features: restored 1920s dairy barn on a 3.5-acre farm • the interior sports a high vaulted ceiling, buttressed walls, and twinkle lights • fun photo ops in the cornfield, the Craftsman-style guest house, or out on the porch

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


SOUTHERN ILLINOIS



Von Jakob Winery and Brewery

Alto Pass, IL

Fab Features: family-run winery, brewery, and B&B nestled in the Shawnee National Forest • ceremonies on the brick patio overlooking rolling hills, orchards, and vineyards • the ballrooms reflect their German heritage and have a rustic yet elegant feel

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


WEST CHICAGO



Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook

Oak Brook, Illinois

Fab Features: luxurious hotel nestled on 88 acres of stunning natural scenery just outside the city • the versatile event space can accommodate everything from sophisticated ballroom soirée or an open-air lakeside ceremony • the Grand Oaks Pavilion brings the outside in thanks to panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Acquaviva Winery

Maple Park, Illinois

Fab Features: a family-owned 85-acre estate vineyard and full-service winery • exchange vows backed by rolling vines or next to a sparkling estate pool • 6 private suites are delightfully appointed with modern amenities

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


CENTRAL ILLINOIS | PEORIA



Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

Utica, IL

Fab Features: relaxing resort surrounded by nature • variety of event spaces from the Grand Ballroom to the outdoor pavilion to the canyon deck • endless amenities like an indoor waterpark, cave arcade, and mini golf!

Catering: In-house
Price: $


EXPLORING FURTHER AFIELD


If you're not tied exclusively to the Prairie State, might we suggest adding Southern Michigan and Wisconsin to your list? Take a peek at some of the incredible venues here—all less than 3 hours from Chicago!



MICHIGAN



Greencrest Manor

Battle Creek, MI

Fab Features: exquisite French chateau-style manor accented by cascading ivy • weekend wedding packages include plush overnight lodgings, full access to the grounds, and even breakfast and mimosas! • events on the stone courtyard, among the sprawling gardens, or inside in the airy, natural light-flooded Celebration Room

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $$ • $$$

Camp Pinewood

Twin Lake, MI

Fab Features: secluded lakeside retreat set surrounded by lush forests • the manicured grounds boast a gorgeous "outdoor chapel," 16 cabins, and two wood-accented lodges • make it a weekend wedding and indulge in archery, boating, canoeing, fishing, nature trails, campfires, and more!

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


WISCONSIN



The DeKoven Center

Racine, WI

Fab Features: unique 11-acre historic campus set along Lake Michigan’s bluffs in Racine • nationally-recognized American Gothic buildings nestled among gorgeous gardens and serene wooded areas • exchange vows in the soaring Chapel or gardens, followed by receptions in the Great Hall and Assembly Hall, both with lake views

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $$

The Barn at Wagon Wheel Farm

Burlington, Wisconsin

Fab Features: stunning 100-acre property nestled at the southernmost tip of the Kettle Morraine • idyllic restored 18th century barn with a third-floor mezzanine, walk-out patio, glowing chandeliers, and even a photogenic spiral staircase in the silo • all weddings offer weekend-long access, with plenty of time to setup & cleanup

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $$

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