8 Chicago Wedding Venues with Spectacular Lake Michigan Views

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.

Loyola University Chicago

Location: 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago IL

Style: Picturesque, elegant

Interesting Tidbit: Loyola University has earned a GOLD rating for its sustainability programs and performance, and they offer plenty of tips for hosting a "green" event. The environment will thank you!

Event Space Highlights: Three campuses in downtown Chicago and the northwest suburbs provide a variety of venues, from a lakeside mansion and gardens to a glass atrium with a wraparound terrace, as well as reception rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking city or lake views.

Wedding Package Perks: You'll have no trouble fine-tuning your celebration, thanks to several different packages and your choice of a plated dinner or stations-style reception. And if you book an event that takes place between November 1st and March 31st, you get a 20% venue discount! Alumni can take advantage of a 10% discount year-round.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Price: $ • $$

Reception Table at Loyola University Chicago

Shedd Aquarium

Location: 1200 South Lakeshore Drive, Chicago IL

Style: Cosmopolitan, nature-inspired

Fab Feature: Along with gorgeous indoor areas, there are two seasonal outdoor venues—a rarity in downtown!

Event Space Highlights: Open May through October, both the North and Lakeside Terraces offer incredible views of Lake Michigan and the cityscape. In the Rotunda, Foyer, and Gallery halls, Classical Greek architecture frames exquisite displays of sea life. Host your cocktail hour on the mezzanine level, and you'll have a bird's-eye vantage for checking out the re-creation of the Pacific Northwest coastline, complete with dolphins, beluga whales, otters, and sea lions.

Notable Services: You can treat your guests to a close encounter of the creature kind with the Stingray Touch Experience. They'll get a thrill as the friendly rays glide beneath their fingertips, and an animal care staff member will be on hand to answer questions and provide fascinating facts.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Price: $$ • $$$

Outdoor Ceremony at Shedd Aquarium

Odyssey Cruises at Navy Pier

Location: 600 East Grand Navy Pier, Chicago IL

Style: Relaxed, refreshing, inviting

Fab Feature: The sea air, glimmering water, and stunning vistas are a treat for all your senses.

Event Space Highlights: Exchange vows on Odyssey Chicago's open-air skydeck and then dine and dance onboard—wherever you are on the ship, you'll enjoy the same spectacular Chicago skyline views.

Wedding Package Perks: All-inclusive packages come with a professional wedding coordinator, and cover butler-passed hors d'oeuvres, the meal, linens, votives, DJ, and much more. There are even extras like chocolate-covered strawberries served with your wedding cake and a complimentary anniversary cruise!

Catering: Provided in-house.

Price: $$$

On the Lake with Odyssey Cruises at Navy Pier

Adler Planetarium

Location: 1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL

Style: Unique, modern

Fab Feature: Super-cool, "out-of-the-box" event spaces.

Event Space Highlights: Café Galileo frames a view of Chicago's skyline through a wall of glass. In the futuristic Clark Family Welcome Gallery, you can project a photo slideshow or video onto any of four screens.

Wedding Package Perks: You have the option of adding a special show to your event, like taking your guests on a journey through the cosmos.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Price: $$ • $$$

Outdoor Ceremony at Adler Planetarium

Chicago's First Lady Cruises

Location: Michigan Avenue & Wacker Drive, Chicago IL

Style: Romantic, nautical

Fab Feature: Give your event a truly grand finale with a fireworks display over Lake Michigan.

Event Space Highlights: Choose from six private boats, complete with open-air decks for dancing and enjoying the view. Have your ceremony dockside, or anywhere you like on Chicago's waterways. The glittering lights of Chicago's cityscape provide all the decoration you need for a nighttime wedding cruise.

Wedding Package Perks: The professional staff takes care of all the details, and you can up the fun ante with several package add-ons, including a captain whistle salute at sunset and a post-reception cigar and scotch celebration.

Catering: Choose from list.

Price: $$

On the Lake with Chicago's First Lady Cruises

River Roast Private Events

Location: 315 North LaSalle Street, Chicago IL

Style: Historic, open and airy

Fab Feature: Original elements, like the exposed brick walls, tall columns, and pressed-tin ceilings, impart a vintage feel.

Event Space Highlights: Sightlines to the river, bridge, and skyscape mean there isn't a bad seat in any of the six indoor or outdoor event spaces.

Notable Services: You can upgrade your event with a fun option like a Traditional Chicago-style Hot Dog Station, or add on a late-night snack such as a Drive-thru Burger or Meatball and Pepperoncini Flatbread.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Price: $ • $$ • $$$

Nightime Reflections at River Roast Private Events

The Metropolitan

Location: 233 South Wacker Drive, Willis Tower, 67th Floor, Chicago IL

Style: Contemporary, classic

Fab Feature: Many of their event rooms offer amazing panoramas of the city and Lake Michigan.

Event Space Highlights: Floor-to-ceiling windows provide plenty of natural light along with the views in rooms that are collectively appointed with rich carpeting, dark wood trim, and coffered ceilings.

Notable Service: Your guests will adore the food, an eclectic mix of traditional fare with a modern sensibility. Entrées range from Peppercorn Seared Beef Tenderloin and Pan Roasted Halibut to Angel Hair Pasta Primavera and Amish Breast of Chicken.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Price: $$ • $$$

Reception at The Metropolitan

Skydeck Chicago

Location: 233 South Wacker Drive, 99th Floor, Chicago IL

Style: Iconic landmark

Interesting Tidbit: You'll be getting married atop the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere!

Event Space Highlights: Located on the 99th floor of Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Skydeck is a sleek, modern space that offers 360-degree views of the Windy City through wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows.

Wedding Package Perks: Your guests can get VIP access to The Ledge…if they dare! As part of your wedding package, adventurous friends and family have the unforgettable opportunity to step outside the Tower into a glass box that extends 4.5 feet out from the 103rd floor—1,353 feet in the air!

Catering: Choose from list.

Price: $ • $$

Cityscape at Skydeck Chicago

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