We *heart* Chicago! Chicago has so many amazing wedding venues—we couldn’t stop with just one list of favorites…we have plenty of suggestions and faves, depending on what you are looking for. Downtown? Outdoor? Affordable? Yup, we found ‘em and we share them here.
(If you can’t get enough, see detailed info for all the Chicago wedding venues on our site.)
Lake Michigan has always been a huge factor in what makes Chicago, Chicago. Besides its important contributions to the city's trade and transportation, its sparkling waters create an ever-changing source of beauty and drama. If you want your wedding to feature unforgettable Lake Michigan views (plus stellar service and great amenities, of course!), check out the places we’ve listed below.
The glittering lights of Chicago's skyline create a glamorous, romantic, wedding backdrop—one that's sought after by tourists and locals alike. A wealth of venue choices range from storied icons to hidden treasures, but all of the places featured here boast fantastic bird's-eye views of the Windy City.
Often historic and always architecturally interesting, lofts offer a wealth of design possibilities for a trendy, eclectic wedding. Whether you choose a repurposed old factory or a sleek urban gallery, you’re apt to find unique features like original columns, brick walls, exposed ductwork, industrial lighting…even such perks as great views and cool artwork.
Luxury comes in many forms, and these downtown Chicago hotels showcase them all. From gold leaf detailing and crystal chandeliers to hand-painted ceilings and rich, wood paneling, the event spaces in the following venues are both stunning and unique. Add exceptional services to the mix (think in-room spa treatments, afternoon tea and customized everything!) as well as plush accommodations and you’ve got all the elements for an unforgettable upscale celebration.
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.
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.
Chicago is a diner’s paradise, offering some of the best places to eat in the country. This is great news if you’re planning a rehearsal dinner, because you’ll have plenty of choices. Here’s an enticing selection of the city’s restaurants—some are casual and some are more upscale, but all are happy to host your special event.