Congratulations on your engagement! You’re probably in the process of picking a ceremony space, reception venue, officiant, and even a bakery for your wedding cake. It may seem stressful to choose a venue with the sheer number available, but it doesn’t need to be. The best way to select a site is to request walkthroughs of places that catch your eye. This guide will help you decide if the Chicago wedding venue works for your needs. We’ve put together a list of the top 25 wedding venues in Chicago to help narrow down your search.

 

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Built-in 1921 and nestled in Logan Square, Stan Mansion is one of the most popular venues in the city. It offers couples the choice between three event spaces, the Grand Ballroom, the Bar/Lounge, and the Lower Ballroom.

The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 450 guests and features the Royal stage, which is the perfect backdrop to any wedding photos. The Bar/Lounge is adjacent to the Grand Ballroom, can accommodate up to 50 guests, and is the perfect space for an intimate cocktail hour. The Lower Ballroom can accommodate up to 325 guests and is a great option in which to host your actual ceremony.

The venue also has a fully furnished Bridal Suite, which includes an open plan kitchen, 2 bedrooms, crystal chandeliers, and more.

Address: 2408 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647

Phone: (773) 276-0099

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Contact : Cera Stan

Featuring up to 4000 square feet of event space, this loft venue is located in the heart of the West Loop. It features gorgeous exposed white brick, stunning Italian crystal chandeliers, an antique bar with white marble, an artisanal staircase, and more. 

Able to accommodate up to 150 people, this space offers a variety of services for couples. These include event rentals, an elevator, audiovisual equipment, customizable lighting, a 650 square foot bridal suite, and more. The venue is also pet friendly.

Address: 1520 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 952-1520

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This historic landmark hotel has been hosting weddings since 1893 and is the perfect venue for couples on the lookout for a space that marries historic elegance with contemporary style.

With 23 event spaces on offer for couples to choose from, you’re sure to be able to find the perfect space for your big day. The venue can accommodate up to 400 guests, and spaces on offer include the Gold Room, the Florentine Room, the Francis Room, the Belmont Room, the Plaza Room, and more.

Services offered include in-house catering and bartending services, in-house event planning assistance, customizable menus, wedding cakes, and more.

Address: 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: (312) 427-3800

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Located in Chicago’s East Loop, this elegant ballroom venue provides couples with a gorgeous view of the city skyline. The Burham Ballroom, the venue’s main event space, features gorgeous chandeliers and classic white décor and overlooks the downtown cityscape and Lake Michigan.

Able to accommodate up to 500 guests, this venue offers couples a variety of services. This includes event rentals, the use of the in-house wedding coordinator, in-house bartending and catering services, and more.

Address: 200 E Randolph St 80th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: (312) 861-1100

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The ballroom event venue can accommodate up to 450 guests. It offers couples the choice of several event spaces, including the Elissa and Josephine rooms, which boasts gorgeous crystal chandeliers, mirrors along the walls, a tile dance floor, and more. 

Other spaces on offer include the Caroline and Michelle rooms, which feature a rustic décor, Edison bulb chandeliers, exposed brick walls, and more, and the Lobby, which boasts a grand piano and is the perfect space for cocktail events.

Services offered include in-house catering and bartending services, setup and cleanup, event rentals, in-house event planning, audiovisual equipment, and a private bridal suite.

Address: 4242 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60634

Phone: (773) 736-9009

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Located in the heart of Chicago, Chez is a contemporary event space that can easily be transformed to reflect your vision for the wedding of your dreams. The space boasts white brick walls and columns, a contemporary glass staircase, a gorgeous chandelier, and more.

The space includes a private room that can be used as the bridal suite, a mezzanine level, and the main space. Services offered include event rentals, a coatroom, WiFi, and more. This space is pet friendly, so feel free to bring the furry members of your family along for the party!

Address: 247 E Ontario St 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 255-0288

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The Zephyr is a historic venue with industrial charm, located in Chicago’s Motor Row. This wedding venue in Chicago has gorgeous hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, large skylights, and an unobstructed floor plan. The Zephyr offers over $15,000 in rentals included in your pricing package. You won’t have to search for chairs, lighting, or tables to bring to the venue, as everything is included. The Zephyr also offers a photo booth and different kinds of lighting to choose from for your wedding day. The staff strives to make the planning process easy for you with the included amenities.

Style: Industrial

Price: Prices Start At $500 Per Hour

Address: 2229 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

Phone: (312) 500-1492

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For couples looking for a uniquely Chicago experience on their big day, the Chicago Sports Museum is the perfect venue. It’s especially an ideal venue for couples that are sports fans and allows you to enjoy your favorite pastime during your wedding day.

Their event space offers a neutral palette, which is suitable for any wedding color scheme. The massive windows provide a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan, and the venue allows couples the ability to choose where they get married. Spaces on offer include Hall of Legends, the Game Room, the Clubhouse, the Dining Room, and more. The venue can accommodate up to 1200 guests.

Address: 835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 202-0500

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Contact : Veronica

Looking for a more traditional venue for your big day? The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is the perfect option.

This venue offers couples the ability to choose from a variety of event spaces, including the lavish, glamorous Grand Ballroom. For more intimate weddings, Lakeview is the perfect option and boasts gorgeous views of Lake Michigan.

Services offered include in-house catering and bartending services, in-house event staff, overnight accommodation for you and all your guests, and more.

Address: 120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 280-8800

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Contact : Jim Guttau

Originally a paper mill, this venue was carefully refurbished into a sophisticated event space in 2015. It has been built to be completely customizable, allowing you full control over your big day, and ensuring that all your dreams can become a reality. 

It features 25000 square feet of event space and boasts 22-foot ceilings, gorgeous custom chandeliers, wall-to-wall lighting, high-end furniture, olive trees, a VIP green room that can be used by the bridal party, and more.

Services offered include event rentals, in-house liquor license, a fully furnished catering area, a coat check, and more.

Address: 2520 S Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

Phone: (312) 967-2520

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Able to accommodate up to 250 guests, this rooftop venue is located in the heart of Chicago. It offers couples the ability to choose between several event spaces and boasts exposed wood beams, raw brick, polished concrete and wood plank floors, and more. 

Spaces on offer include the Rooftop, an outdoor space that features gorgeous views of the city, the Penthouse, which features walls of windows, and is linked to the Rooftop deck, Suite C, which boasts exposed brick, weathered white walls, and an industrial feel, and more.

Services offered include setup and cleanup, audiovisual equipment, event rentals, and more.

Address: 950 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 374-3686

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Located on Logan Square, The Joinery is a gorgeous, light-filled venue that is perfect for couples looking for a warm space for their big day. 

With multiple rooms that have been designed to help enhance your celebration, it has been refurbished to preserve the history of the building while also providing you with modern amenities. The spaces on offer include the main area, the speakeasy, the outdoor area, and more.

Amenities offered include event rentals, a cocktail area with a bar and custom tables, an intimate bar and lounge, and a loading deck that leads directly to the kitchen and prep area. They also offer audiovisual equipment and full WiFi. A major draw is their private wedding suite and 2-bedroom apartment that is perfect for an overnight stay.

Address: 2533 W Homer St, Chicago, IL 60647

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Located in the heart of West Town, this venue is a fully customizable, modern, industrial event space. With over 12,000 square feet of event space, this venue is perfect for couples looking to bring their dream wedding to life in a chic location.

It offers couples a variety of services, including event rentals, audiovisual equipment, in-house catering services, a state-of-the-art on-site kitchen, vendor access for setup and cleanup, a private bridal suite, and more.

Address: 221 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60612

Phone: (312) 280-7900

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This gorgeous rooftop venue is perfect for couples looking for a hybrid indoor/outdoor venue. Offering couples an industrial atmosphere, it allows them the use of their two indoor spaces and the rooftop terrace.

Able to accommodate up to 150 guests, the venue boasts exposed brick walls, a marble-patterned bar, windows that overlook the city skyline, metallic chandeliers, and more. The wide-open space means that there’s enough space for both dining and dancing, allowing you to get the most out of your big day.

Services offered include audiovisual equipment, event rentals, in-house bartending services, setup and cleanup, and more. Couples can choose between a variety of all-inclusive packages.

Address: 7 N Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 878-7818

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Offering a breathtaking view of the skyline and lake, The Metropolitan makes an ideal place to celebrate the most special occasions of your life. Being a reputed name in the industry, they work with the best vendors to deliver an overall unparalleled experience. The team designs their activities to match couples and their guests’ preferences, from arrangements to food serving and everything else. Whether you want an intimate or extravagant wedding, their professional private event directors can help you with all details to make your momentous day perfect.

Address: 233 S Wacker Dr 67th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: (312) 876-3200

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Located in a beautiful, historic bank building, Michelle’s Ballroom is one of the best venues for weddings. With lots of rooms, such as the main ballroom, bridal room, comfort lounge, and others, they have enough space to accommodate any size group. Keeping people’s varying budgets in mind, they have various reception packages to suit any particular budget. To offer a personalized experience, their professionals consult with every couple to know their personal preferences and are also open to book the vendors of their choice.

Address: 2800 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Phone: (773) 478-1828

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The Langham Hotel is a 5-star resort with sophistication and style. This venue has eight function rooms to choose from for your ceremony and reception. The Devonshire Ballroom is the largest space, which can accommodate 312 guests. This wedding ballroom has river views and stunning decor. The Cambridge room can accommodate 225 guests and offers sublime views of the city. If you’re looking for a smaller venue, the Chelsea junior ballroom may be a perfect choice. The Langham provides a team of expert wedding planners to ensure your wedding day is perfect.

Style: Hotel

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Address: 330 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL

Phone: (312) 923-9988

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The LondonHouse is a luxury hotel featuring a 22 story glass tower with spectacular views of the city. There are 13 event areas to choose from for your wedding day. The Juliette Grand Ballroom is a popular choice with floor to ceiling windows and stunning views of the Chicago River and city. The Whistler Ballroom is a glamorous event space specifically designed for intimate weddings. Etoile is another accessible space, which offers gorgeous views and a private terrace. This space was designed for intimate ceremonies and receptions. The LondonHouse has a team of experts at your disposal to help with every aspect of the planning process from catering, floral arrangements, and music.

Style: Hotel

Price: Contact For A Quote

Address: 85 East Wacker Drive at Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Phone: (312) 357-1200 ext.2395

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The Warwick Allerton Hotel is a well-known wedding venue with beautiful views of the Chicago skyline. The Tip Top Tap Ballroom offers panoramic views of the city and a gorgeous chandelier. This room can accommodate up to 325 guests in a reception-style arrangement. The Buckingham Ballroom is a two-story space featuring large windows and sophisticated style and architecture. This lovely space can accommodate up to 250 guests. The Warwick Allerton Hotel offers a full-service catering menu and wedding planners to ensure your wedding day is a complete success.

Style: Hotel

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Address: 701 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

Phone: (312) 274-6420

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The Art Institute of Chicago offers a unique garden and gorgeous museum event spaces for your wedding day. This venue has on-site caterers and wedding coordinators to ease the stress associated with planning for your big day. Two of the most popular spaces are the Pritzker Garden and Griffin Court. The garden offers a relaxing terrace and beautiful plant life with shaded areas during the day. Pritzker Garden can accommodate 150 ceremony guests and 300 reception guests. Griffin Court is a modern space that can be completely customized to suit your needs. This wedding space can accommodate up to 900 guests, depending on your guest list.

Style: Art Gallery and Garden

Price: Contact For A Quote

Address: 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Phone: (312) 443-3530

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The Osteria Via Stato is a romantic Italian restaurant with a gorgeous event space for your wedding day. The restaurant offers a candlelight ambiance, customizable menus, and a wedding planner to ensure your wedding day is a complete success. Osteria Via Stato can host up to 250 guests and will work with groups as small as 12. The wedding planner will help you plan everything from the table linens, wedding cake design, place cards, seating arrangements, and flowers. They even offer lists of vendors in the area to help you choose the perfect compliments to your dream design.

Style: Restaurant

Price: Prices Start At $150, Contact For A Quote

Address: 620 North State Street, Chicago, IL

Phone: (312) 642-8450

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City Winery Chicago is one of the very few (possibly the only) fully-functioning winery in the Chicago area. They offer a full-service event space, which includes everything you need to make your wedding day a complete success. The staff handles the staffing, catering, table setup, and contacting vendors. This Chicago wedding venue can accommodate up to 200 guests in a seated capacity with dancing. City Winery has a Wine Garden that would be a perfect spot for your ceremony, and then you can move the party indoors to the gorgeous dining room. City Winery would be an ideal choice for couples in search of a modern venue with rustic elements.

Style: Winery and Garden

Price: $185 Per Guest

Address: 1200 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

Phone: (312) 229-5989

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The Bottom Lounge is located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood and offers an 18,000 square foot space to host your ceremony and reception. Each event space is fully customizable with the use of the full-service kitchen for your event. The Bottom Lounge has an on-site wedding coordinator to help make your big day everything you desire. The Upstairs can accommodate up to 330 guests and offers a full bar and video photobooths. Another popular space is the Rooftop Deck with outdoor speakers, a full-service bar, and a direct entrance.

Style: Restaurant and Music Hall

Price: Contact For A Quote

Address: 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL

Phone: (312) 666-6775

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The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel offers scenic views of Downtown Chicago in a Venetian Gothic hotel. This hotel in Chicago offers four gorgeous wedding venues with floor-to-ceiling windows, fireplaces, and contemporary furnishings. The White City Ballroom has views of Lake Michigan and Millenium Park through large windows and stained glass. This gorgeous room can accommodate up to 400 guests. The Madison Ballroom is designed in an old Chicago style with parquet floors and gold-leafed ceilings. It has a maximum capacity of 260 guests. One of the more inspiring spaces is Stagg Court, which was once used as the Association’s basketball court. This space was redesigned to be a sporty venue with a maximum capacity of 500 guests.

Style: Hotel

Price: Contact For A Quote

Address: 12 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Phone: (312) 792-3500

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Maggiano’s Little Italy is an Italian restaurant with event spaces available for your wedding day. The restaurant offers assistance every step of the way with its experienced management team. The banquet hall can be customized to suit your needs, and the restaurant offers all of the table settings. The staff at Maggiano’s is dressed professionally and highly skilled to give you an excellent experience. They offer Italian-style cuisine that can be served in a variety of ways, whether it’s family-style or buffet style. This Chicago wedding venue will be an excellent choice if you’re only looking for a reception space.

Style: Restaurant

Price: Contact For A Quote

Address: 516 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL

Phone: (312) 644-4284

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Conclusion

Chicago has plenty of options available for exquisite wedding venues. Some incredibly unique spaces within the city would be marvelous for large or small weddings. Researching Chicago wedding venues and doing walkthroughs is the best way to find a place that works for your wedding day needs. Whether you’re looking for a garden site, something industrial, or even a stunning ballroom, there’s undoubtedly something for everyone in The Windy City.

 

Weddings in Chicago

It’s not all about food and the 1920s in Chicago. In fact, Chicago has the only river in the world that floats backwards. 

How is this relevant to your beautiful wedding? Not a lot, but it’s a nice tidbit you can share with your guests in one of Chicago’s amazing venues.

And Chicago, the third biggest city in the United States, is a popular choice for couples to tie the knot. Here are a few reasons you should have your wedding in Chicago. Lake Michigan, the breath-taking Chicago skyline, the Magnificent Mile and the hidden gems of Chicago’s suburbia, like one of many lush green parks and preserves. 

There is something for any taste, and if you’d still prefer palm trees and sandy beaches, perhaps we can get you to reconsider with the best wedding venues in Chicago.

 

Chicago’s favorite wedding venue types

Chicago seems to love its lofty industrial style venues, as well as those that put art and knowledge at the forefront, like museums, libraries and universities. 

This unique trait presents an incredible opportunity for you. Have a wedding that speaks volumes about your own personality by choosing a venue that makes a statement.

 

Venues and fees

We did a little research and discovered the three most popular and absolutely gorgeous wedding locations and their respective prices.

One of the best urban wedding venues is in South Chicago. The Skyline Loft at the Bridgeport Art Center offers a space inspired by industrial design. Your décor and your looks are sure to shine in this incredible location with a stunning view of the city’s skyline. For this modern option, you will need to set aside $8500 or even $12500 depending on the day of the week you wish your event to take place.

If you imagine yourself in a gorgeous castle, where you can feel like a true Queen and King, then the Stan Mansion is the perfect choice for you. This fairytale venue will cost you from $3000, all the way up to $8600.

Our third and final choice caters to those of you who dream of luxurious surroundings and share a love of arts. Chicago History Museum offers Georgian style space for up to 350 guests. If your heart is set on this stunning building, the pricing starts at $4000 and peaks at $9500.

Considering that on average wedding venue costs are between $3000 and $11000 (as calculated by Wedding Wire), Chicago is right in the zone.

 

What to expect from Chicago weather

Many consider winter and fall as the worst time for a wedding, and sure, winter is cold and slippery in Chicago too, but the start of fall is one of the best times for your beautiful Chicago wedding.

Spring is perfect, like anywhere else. With average monthly temperatures for May and June at 71°F and 80°F, respectively. 

We’ll skip the hottest months of the year that can reach above 85°F, and move straight into September with its pleasantly average 76°F. 

This is why Chicago’s spring and fall are considered the most pleasant months to be in Chicago (according to Dr. Jim Angel, State Climatologist). So, Chicago’s weather is not only praised by an Angel, but also perfectly nice for a wedding. 

What you should have in mind, however, is that the weather fluctuates, as Dr. Angel points out, so you should be prepared for sudden changes. Luckily, this doesn’t last long, especially not during spring and fall.

 

Let your guests enjoy their stay

If you have guests coming in from outside of Chicago, they will need a place to spend the night. 

When you choose a hotel as your wedding venue it’s easier to plan for rooms as the hotel itself should offer you options that best suit your needs. 

Hotel Lincoln’s wedding offer includes a block of rooms that your guests will enjoy thoroughly. They come with a discount for 10 or more guests. 

But even if you don’t plan on having your event at Hotel Lincoln, or any other hotel, rooms still come at a reasonable price when you book them for a larger group.

On the other hand, some hotel prices may be over your budget, so finding cheaper hotels and calling them to ensure they offer discounts for multiple rooms, can be one way to go. FOUND Hotel Chicago is one of those places, with low prices per room and a hidden gem quality to it.

Another option is to book your guest Airbnb accommodations that fit your budget and that are close to the wedding venue. 



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