From traditional and elegant to modern and fun, Chicago has every type of venue you can imagine for your special day. Whether you’re looking for an extravagant room with a city skyline view or a cozy outdoor urban space, we’ve gathered the best wedding venues in the area to help you plan your big day.
201 N State St., Chicago, IL 60601
312.467.0200 l thewithotel.com
Located in the heart of downtown, the Wit Hotel has become an icon among Chicago wedding venues. Drawing inspiration from celebrated, “witty” minds, this unique space aims to invigorate its guests on all levels. The Wit hotel boasts artful design, renowned on site catering and breathtaking views of the city through a series of inspired event spaces. From the serenity of cibo matto- decorated with a 30-foot ceiling fresco and fringe silk curtains to the glamor of the ROOF lounge- overlooking some of the most remarkable architecture in Chicago, the dynamic selection of spaces at the Wit matches an array of styles. Rooms named after greats like Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde can be configured to accommodate anywhere from an intimate ceremony of 30 to grand affair of 300.
A true celebration of creative expression, the Wit Hotel is perfect for a couple hoping to tell their love story in a unique and meaningful way. The ideal location, stunning aesthetic and sheer versatility of this venue will leave you and your guests truly inspired. Translate your signature style onto the blank canvas of a ballroom with nothing but floor-to-ceiling windows and Chicago’s lights as your backdrop. Staffed with wedding specialists, the Wit provides all the tools necessary to bring your one-of-a-kind vision to life.
324 N Leavitt St., Chicago, IL 60612
312.600.8439 l cityviewloftchicago.com
With a 4,500 sq. ft. open concept layout and panoramic skyline views, City View Loft Chicago is the epitome of a room with a view. The raw and industrial setting is ideal for a couple that’s looking for a space that is modern, urban and distinctly Chicago. With everything from design to day- of coordination, City View Loft Chicago provides the ultimate experience in event planning. Drawing from both event design and catering backgrounds, the owner has brought all three businesses together to create a stress-free experience for his clients.
The preferred floral and event stylist, Revolt Events, offers in-house experience and competitive rates. The on-site caterer, Pure Kitchen Catering, aims to make cuisine the highlight of the event with locally sourced and organic menus. With exposed brick walls and 13-foot timber ceilings, the venue fills with sunlight during day ceremonies and exposes the starlit city skyline for nighttime affairs. City View Loft Chicago is a unique and totally customizable space that allows a couple to create a truly personalized venue. With a simple, enjoyable approach to wedding planning, their curated list of vendors will work together to bring a couple’s vision to life.
700 East Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
312.595.5436 l crystalgardenscatering.com
Located on Chicago’s famous Navy Pier, the Crystal Gardens combine the comfort and privacy of an indoor reception with the natural beauty and wonder of the outdoors. Take your guests on a whimsical journey through a beautiful indoor, one-acre, botanical garden. The six story atrium features 80 live, full-size palm trees and a variety of seasonal flowers and plants. The lush greens are housed under a 50 foot arched ceiling and decorated in hanging twinkling lights to create a truly magical ambiance for your guests.
The venue is operated by Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants and offers customized packages to suit your wedding theme, time of year and budget. With room to accommodate events from 80 up to 500 guests, the Crystal Gardens is ideal for wedding receptions of any size and style. The dancing leapfrog fountains between exotic trees and plants give a sense of serenity and seclusion amidst one of the city’s busiest tourist attractions. With a tropical oasis inside and spectacular views of the Chicago Skyline, Lake Michigan, Dock Street and the Navy Pier’s Ferris wheel and carousel outside, the Crystal Gardens provides a stunning backdrop from all angles and will leave you and your guests with a night to remember for years to come.
16400 Buckley Rd., Libertyville, IL 60048
847.247.1111 l eventsatindependencegrove.com
The lovely 1,100-acre preserve that is Independence Grove features both indoor and outdoor special event facilities, all of which are built around a sprawling lake. Alongside the 115-acre body of water, the site includes a marina, swimming beach and several walking trails and bridges making for endless photographic opportunities. The setting at Independence Grove is exceptionally romantic. Located in Chicago’s suburbs, it’s nestled away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Imagine an intimate lakeside ceremony, followed by cocktail hour on the veranda, finished with a cozy candlelit reception around a roaring fireplace.
Independence Grove offers a selection of spaces to fit the mood for events of all sizes. Audubon Hall is constructed with cedar, stone and glass that beautifully compliment the natural resources of the preserve. For a more rustic ambiance, North Bay Pavilion features a striking cedar structure with an adjacent open space alongside the water. Consider the Native Garden, complete with lush foliage, intimate gazebos and rolling red brick walkways. The Events at Independence Grove staff is renowned for its exceptional service. On site coordinators will take care of everything down to the last detail to ensure the only thing you’ll have to worry about on your special day is enjoying yourself. Noted for its unmatched natural beauty, exceptional service, and creative presentation, Independence Grove is the perfect choice for a memorable experience.
171 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601
312.236.0123 l allegrochicago.com
Standing alongside the historic Cadillac Palace Theatre, the recently renovated Hotel Allegro offers old world glamour with a modern twist. The boutique style hotel is luxuriously adorned with a baby grand piano and double fireplace in a charming and intimate setting. The acclaimed staff boasts expert wedding planning services, professional catering and premier accommodations for your guests. The hotel hosts only one wedding at a time to ensure every possible detail is accounted for.
The site’s caterer, Chef Randy Spriggs, believes no two events should be the same and will work with you to a create a menu tailored to your specific tastes and needs complete with signature flavors and exquisite presentation. Hotel Allegro also boasts one of the most spectacular ballrooms in all of Chicago. With 15-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling-windows and original 1926 fixtures, the historic Walnut Room exemplifies the perfect balance of classic elegance and contemporary style. The unique setting and attentive staff at the hotel make it the perfect location for a chic, stylish and exceptionally personal affair. It’s eclectic style and vibrant atmosphere bring this venue to the forefront of luxury and glamor while unmatched character and class have made Hotel Allegro a premier choice among Chicago wedding venues.
12 E Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611
312.645.7760 l ivyroomchicago.com
When it comes to Chicago wedding venues, it’s hard to ignore the presence of The Ivy Room at Tree Studios. A true metropolitan oasis, Tree Studios have served as workshops for many of the city’s great artists over the years. The understated elegance will leave you and your guests just as inspired. It will be hard to overlook the possibility of an outdoor ceremony after seeing the courtyard. Serving as the picturesque focal point, this sunny space serves as a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of River North and makes for a truly inspiring site to host your special event.
Lush greens and a breathtaking, ivy-covered brick edifice will place your wedding right in the middle of an enchanted garden. Grand French doors that open up to a balcony overlooking the courtyard, will leave you feeling like royalty. The newly renovated ballroom features high ceilings and a polished wood floor leaving plenty of opportunity to add special touches of your personality. This rough yet refined space serves as the perfect backdrop for a wedding vision of any kind. Nestled between the State Street shops and the Medinah Temple, The Ivy Room at Tree Studios is the epitome of artistic expression and urban elegance.
1314 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
312.933.7599 l prairieproduction.net
If you combine two outdoor courtyards, 4,000 square feet of interior space and add an abundance of natural light, you will get the extraordinary Prairie Productions experience. A working photography studio located in the West Loop neighborhood on Randolph Street, Prairie Production is the quintessential Chicago wedding venue. The Prairie Production features all the elements of a sought-after venue with both indoor and outdoor spaces, high ceilings, large windows, and breath-taking light. With heated floors in the winter and chic ceiling fans in the summer, this is a great spot all year round. This minimalist space is unique in that it lends itself to any kind of celebration, any kind of style.
Family owned and operated, the venue offers décor and photography services with on-site staff available from start to finish. The site offers both extra working space for your off-site caterer and parking for your vendors, with few vendor restrictions. Live music is welcome; the large indoor space is equipped with a sound system. This easily accessible site can hold up to 200 guests with street parking readily available. The studio is a fresh, blank canvas waiting to be transformed. At Prairie Production the possibilities are endless, making it the ideal venue for your big day.
1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
312.733.9463 | citywinery.com
Once a refrigerated food distribution warehouse, City Winery has emerged as a chic urban winery, concert venue, restaurant – and perfect wedding venue for those passionate about wine and food. After great success at the New York location, music producer Michael Dorf brought his passion for wine, music and culinary art to the windy city. This 1911 building was constructed with re-used materials to create rustic charm in an urban setting. The reclaimed wood, exposed brick, and industrial winemaking equipment make for a truly unique event venue. With capacity for up to 185, this modular space can be transformed to accommodate anything from a small-seated dinner to a grand reception.
Serving as Chicago’s only fully functioning winery, City Winery is complete with stainless steel tanks and their own wine on tap. Transition from a tasting at cocktail hour to an elegant dinner reception in the main room. Also an esteemed concert venue, the space offers world-class production support for your favorite band or DJ. With available outdoor space for a truly romantic ceremony and a relaxed, rustic interior, the atmosphere will be fun and laidback for you and your guests. As a full-service event space, City Winery includes catering, staffing, table set-ups and access to a list of trusted venues- aiming to create unforgettable experiences.
825 West Erie Chicago, IL 60642
312.563.0499 l galleriamarchetti.com
Founded by Joe Marchetti, owner and operator of the acclaimed Como Inn restaurant, Galleria Marchetti is renowned for its charming atmosphere and authentic Italian cuisine. Characterized by five unique, multi-faceted spaces, the space can host everything from an intimate garden ceremony to an illustrious ballroom affair. The tented pavilion can be transformed to match a variety of tastes, offering flexibility, style and beauty. The staff can remove the sides of the tent for a more airy vibe, or add heaters to make for a cozier setting in the cooler months.
The East Courtyard’s expansive layout and unrivaled natural beauty make it ideal for an outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour or reception. Guests pass through decorative wrought iron gates into a garden full of flowering trees and seasonal blooms. Surrounded by ivy covered brick walls, you will feel like you’re passing through a garden space in Tuscany. With a skilled team of wedding consultants and over 70 years of culinary expertise, Galleria Marchetti has all the tools necessary to turn your wedding vision into a noteworthy reality. Galleria Marchetti can accommodate weddings ranging from 25- 500 guests and is truly a hidden gem in the heart of Chicago.
2408 North Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
773.276.0099 l stanmansion.com
Built in 1921, the Stan Mansion is a venue unlike any other in Chicago. Originally a masonic lodge for the Knights Templar, the historic building was complete renovated in 2012 and has grown to become one of the city’s most sought after wedding venues. Located in the heart of Logan Square, the distinctive Stan Mansion is tucked behind a row of neatly trimmed hedges and still features all of its original architecture. The venue’s historic elegance radiates through both a sophisticated facade and an opulent interior.
Guests will enter through wooden doors and a magnificent marble hallway. Stairs will guide them into the main space, where they will be dazzled by 25-foot tall ceilings and a splendid stage as the focal point of the room. The vast space lends itself to a variety of uses, embellishments and decor possibilities. Couples can take advantage of the two elevated areas to sides of the stage to create a chic loft space or VIP area. The venue can also make use of the space underneath the main level for larger weddings up to 400. Stan Mansion can offer a list of esteemed vendors to put on a flawless event but will also allow you to bring in your own licensed caterer or liquor service. The vast layout, high-capacity and planning flexibility attracts couples hoping to create truly customized events.