The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago 521 North Rush Street • Chicago • IL 60611


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
  • Named to honor pioneering sculptress Gwen Lux, who crafted its stunning Art Deco façade, this spectacular hotel, situated in the landmark McGraw-Hill building, is an iconic Chicago destination whose historic charm artfully blends with posh modern amenities. 
  • The Gallery Terrace offers intoxicating views, and its unique design—a retractable pergola that can cover 70% of the space—creates a truly memorable spot for ceremonies. Pair the Terrace with the dramatic Gallery Ballroom for a celebration that flows between crystal chandeliers and starry skies. 
  • An experienced events team will help you take care of all the details, from arranging your room blocks to crafting your honeymoon. Personalized booking tools and perks like mobile check in create a seamless experience for your guests.


Tie the knot in 2024 at The Gwen and enjoy exclusive perks!

Perks include:

  • A stay in our signature two-bedroom Gwen Lux Suite
  • Up to two terrace suite upgrades
  • Upgraded linen & Chiavari chairs
  • Late-night bites for the couple
  • A specialty cocktail during dinner service
  • Discounted parking

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Ceremony Fee
  • $1,500–5,000/event
  • Ceremony fee varies depending on:
    • Space reserved
    • Guest count
Package Prices
  • $149–309/person
  • All packages include:

    • Rental fees
    • Catering & bar
    • Menu tasting
    • Wedding cake
    • Dance floor
    • Tables, chairs, linens, and setup & takedown
Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 25%
Additional Info
  • Packages may be customized based on each couple's specific needs.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 200 90
Cocktails, etc. Standing 250 90
Reception Seated 160 60
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 200.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Elopement Packages
  • Small Wedding
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • On-Site Accommodations
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


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No outside food & beverages are allowed with the exception of wedding cake from a licensed provider.



Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, Monday–Friday 9am–5pm & Saturday 10am–2pm. By appointment only.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Ballroom
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Hotel
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Penthouse / Rooftop
  • Restaurant

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape
  • Creek / River
  • Lake
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Other View
  • Panoramic


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