A Breath of Fresh Air: 12 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.


Galleria Marchetti - The Pavilion

Chicago, IL

Style: Family-owned event center located in the heart of the city, highlighted by an open-air courtyard which can be converted to an enclosed, air-conditioned venue via the retractable roof.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$
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Northerly Island

Chicago, IL

Style: Dramatic events inside the historic Terminal Building or under the spacious Lakeside Tent, set on a 91-acre peninsula surrounded by Burnam Harbor and Lake Michigan and with remarkable skyline views.

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$
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The Ivy Room

Chicago, IL

Style: Urban oasis just 2 blocks from Magnificent Mile, offering courtyard ceremonies backed by the ivy-draped brick façade and elegant receptions inside, where French doors and pretty Juliet balconies overlook the gardens below.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$
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Barber & Oberwortmann Horticultural Center

New Lenox, IL

Style: Expansive venue and luxurious gardens tucked between the Bird Haven Greenhouse and the 630-acre Pilcher Park, highlighted by an Italian Renaissance-style greenhouse with spectacular floral shows and seasonal motifs from fall through spring.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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Ravinia Green Country Club

Riverwoods, IL

Style: Magnificent North Shore country club set against a backdrop of a verdant18-hole private golf course and 100 lush acres of prime wetlands.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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Lacuna Events by LM

Chicago, Illinois

Style: This chic artist loft venue is highlighted by the stunning rooftop deck, which boasts jaw-dropping skyline views and other cool elements, like hand-crafted bench seating, a lattice-work trellis, and a built-in bar strung with café lighting.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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TACS Stables

Mundelein, IL

Style: Picturesque horse farm that boasts rolling pastures, a rustic-chic clubhouse, serene ponds, and an expansive lawn perfect for tented celebrations.

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$
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Café Brauer at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago, IL

Style: This architectural stunner, surrounded by wildlife, boasts gorgeous Prairie School design with a vaulted skylit ceiling, Tiffany-inspired glass chandeliers, and breathtaking views of Chicago's famous skyline.

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $$ • $$$
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Makray Memorial Golf Club

Barrington, Illinois

Style: Upscale golf club ringed with natural beauty, with ceremonies on the verdant lawns or next to the serene lake followed by dining and dancing in the Ballroom, which boasts wonderful views of the surrounding fairways and tree-covered hills through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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Field Museum

Chicago, IL

Style: Iconic museum with an impressive two-level event space with plenty of unforgettable locations for your celebration, from al fresco courtyard ceremonies with remarkable skyline views to dining and dancing beneath a 122-foot-long titanosaur, the largest dinosaur ever discovered.

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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Chicago's First Lady Cruises

Chicago, Illinois

Style: Host your floating celebration aboard one of six private vessels, all of which boast open-air skydecks with spectacular views of the shoreline & cityscape from Lake Michigan or the Chicago River.

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$
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The Grove Redfield Estate

Glenview, Illinois

Style: This 1929 history country estate, originally named “Windy Pines” and nestled on lush 150+-acre grounds, calls to mind a Northern European country house.

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$
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