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Best Wedding Venues in Chicago

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9 MIN READ - From modern lofts and hotels to cozy restaurants and gardens, it’s no secret Chicago has a variety of wedding venues. But which ones are the best? Ask no further. We hand-picked only the most gorgeous sites in the Loop and beyond for tying the knot.


Hilton Chicago

Capacity: 2,000

Hilton Chicago creates matrimonial experiences reflecting the distinctive style and personality of each couple. Ornate, dramatic venue options are matched with a dedicated top-notch planner ensuring the storybook wedding you’ve always dreamt. The culinary team will prepare food that inspires everyone to gather and thoroughly enjoy one another’s company throughout your wedding celebration. You’ll team up with Executive Chef Mario Garcia to fabricate flavor selections indicative of your taste. Pastry Chef Wing Au, who has expertly hand-crafted wedding cakes at the hotel for over 20 years, is also on your side. In addition to stunning reception backdrops, the hotel is home to stand-out rehearsal dinner, after-party, and post-wedding brunch venues. Learn More

Lyric Opera

Capacity of Daniel F and Ada L Rice Grand Foyer: 200 - 1,100
Capacity of Ardis Krainik Theatre: 350 – 1,100

The Lyric Opera House, home of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is one of Chicago’s historic landmarks and among the world’s most beautiful buildings. The Lyric is a hybrid of art nouveau and art deco designs, making it a majestic setting for weddings of different sizes. With unique settings and architecture dating back to 1929, the Lyric Opera House offers you gorgeous photos to commemorate the most special day of your life. With world-class service, a scenic view, and incredible amenities at your disposal, the Lyric Opera of Chicago is sure to make your wedding a lifetime memory. Learn More

The Chicago Theatre

Capacity of In-House Stage: 200 - 800
Capacity of the Grand Lobby: 110 - 700

Infused in the heart of the Loop, The Chicago Theatre boasts breath-taking backdrops for your big day. Those dreaming of a fairy-tale wedding should look no further. Can you imagine having your guests enter the beautiful Chicago Theatre lobby modeled after the Royal Chapel at Versailles? The venue offers countless picturesque photo opportunities for the special day, including access to the famed Chicago Theatre marquee. The theatre's special events team is guaranteed to make any wedding truly exquisite. Learn More

Latinicity

Capacity: 700

Located on Block Thirty Seven with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Theatre District, Latinicity provides a truly unique dining experience. Combining selections from their eight innovative kitchens, Latinicity brings the many flavors of Latin America to the heart of Chicago.  Regardless of your party or budget, Latinicity has spaces to accommodate weddings and budgets of all. They have some of the most competitive food and beverage packages, as well as an on-site pastry chef, photo booth, entertainment options, and more. Learn More

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

Capacity of Grand Ballroom: 500
Capacity of Explore Ballroom: 22
Capacity of Looking Glass Ballroom: 100

Discover a hotel with a hip, urban ambiance that throws a wedding party like no other. With over 41,000 square feet of event space, the Renaissance offers options for both intimate and large weddings, many of which feature floor-to-ceiling windows and breathtaking river views. Experience their newly renovated 10,640-square-foot Grand Ballroom or dance the night away in the Explore Ballroom with a backdrop of Chicago’s twinkling city lights. The hotel’s certified meeting planners will bring your vision to life and oversee all the details so you can focus on what really matters. Learn More

The Art Institute of Chicago

Capacity: 25 - 500

With a myriad of special event spaces ranging from traditional to modern, The Art Institute of Chicago offers endless options for your wedding ceremony. Classic spaces, such as the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room, add instant vintage glamour to your celebration, while the Modern Wing’s sleek, elegant design acts as a blank canvas awaiting the creation of your masterpiece event. A private viewing of the permanent collection or special exhibitions can be added to create a truly extraordinary experience. Learn More

JW Marriott

Capacity of Grand Ballroom: 400
Capacity of Burnham Ballroom: 250

JW Marriott's historical landmark blends modern elegance to create an iconic, Chicago luxury hotel. It's one-of-a-kind Burnham Ballroom features an exquisite 29-foot barrel-vaulted ceiling, a Daniel Burnham original. The ceiling was part of the original banking hall opened in 1914 and is adorned with hand-blown glass chandeliers. The stunning 8,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom features three exquisite, modern chandeliers and can accommodate more guests than the Burnham Ballroom. Both ballrooms offer adjoining foyer spaces and are conveniently located on separate floors to provide exclusivity on your special day. Learn More

Union League Club of Chicago

Capacity of The Lincoln Ballroom: 350
Capacity of President’s Hall: 200
Capacity of The Crystal Ballroom: 160

Union League Club of Chicago is known for its personalized service, culinary expertise, and professional planning capabilities. Their detailed wedding specialists will help you create a memorable experience. Choose from one of many unique private function spaces:

The Lincoln Ballroom: This ballroom features exquisite art, 28-foot ceilings, soaring windows, and richly-hued walls.

The Crystal Ballroom: Pre-function festivities, dinner, and dancing may all be accommodated on one private floor. This ballroom features neutral décor and fine art from the Club’s collection.

President’s Hall: This ballroom features 28-foot ceilings, an art "gallery," and a working fireplace. Learn More

The Standard Club

Capacity: 325

Weddings at the Standard Club are something to remember. From the first moment you visit the club, you become the most important person in the room. Recognized for setting the ‘Standard,’ the Club has turned catering and event planning into an art form. Comprehensive planning is the cornerstone of this place, where the event and catering department is tireless in making all your event plans seamless. The history and iconic nature of the building and the hospitality standards they create and maintain are second to none. The Standard Club has been setting the pace in Chicago for better than 145 years and today remains the leader in providing exceptional food and beverage along with unrivaled customer service. Learn More

The Joffrey

Capacity: 300

The studios at Joffrey Tower overlook State Street, providing a stunning backdrop for your wedding. The studio space, where Joffrey Company dancers rehearse during the day, offers a minimalist design which can be easily transformed depending on what you envision for your special day. For more information, visit joffrey.org/studiorental or call (312) 386-8911. Learn More

Skydeck Chicago

Capacity: 300

From grand gatherings to intimate receptions, the Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower will take your breath away. With a 360-degree view of the city, 1,353 feet above the Chicago streets, there is no better place to host the day you've always dreamed of and feel as if you are on top of the world. With top-shelf catering, the 8,000-square-foot venue offers the level of detail you're looking for in your wedding. With a visit to the Ledge on the 103rd floor, your wedding will be an experience your guests will never forget. Learn More

Brookfield Zoo

Capacity: 300

Brookfield Zoo is a unique and beautiful place to host a wedding and reception your guests will talk about for a lifetime. With four locations in the zoo, you can imagine the wedding of your dreams: unique, exotic, memorable. Have your wedding ceremony among lush grounds and water fountains, and enjoy extraordinary experiences such as cocktails and hors d’oeuvres among exotic animals in the zoo’s world-class exhibits. Treat your guests to dining in elegant indoor venues or breathtaking outdoor pavilions. For more information, email cateredevents@czs.org or call (708) 688-8355. Learn More

University Club of Chicago

Capacity: 300

From grand staircases and vaulted ceilings to hand-painted glass windows and stately mantles, the University Club of Chicago sets a distinctive and elegant tone for your wedding. The Clubhouse, an architectural marvel designed by Martin Roche, sits prominently on the corner of Michigan and Monroe, overlooking Millennium Park, the Art Institute, and Lake Michigan. Acclaimed Executive Chef Mark Baker and his outstanding team are adept at crafting menus that delight the most discerning guests. Fifty-nine guest rooms and suites offer friends and family a comfortable and convenient place to retire before and after your big event. Timeless, stylish, and unforgettable, the University Club welcomes your celebration of a lifetime. Learn More

Chicago Athletic Association

Capacity of Stagg Court: 280
Capacity of White City Ballroom: 230
Capacity of The Tank: 200
Capacity of Madison Ballroom: 150

 A legendary love story deserves a venue this epic. the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel boasts 17,000 square feet of beautiful event space, including a lauded rooftop restaurant & bar Cindy’s, elegant ballrooms, and spacious game rooms nodding to the building’s heritage. The Venetian Gothic building also features beautiful views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, stunning architectural design dating back to the Chicago World’s Fair, and plenty of gorgeous guest accommodations. Learn More

The Kimpton Gray Hotel

Capacity of Boleo: 20-250
Capacity of The Robie Room: 60-75 people
Capacity of Steadfast: 70

A wedding at The Kimpton Gray is something to remember for a lifetime. Prepare for the rehearsal of a lifetime with semi-private space inside Boleo, Steadfast, or exclusive use of an event room. Take timeless portraits or prep for the big reveal on our double Georgia Gray marble staircase. When hosting your wedding at The Gray, a personal service manager will guide you through the culinary experience. They'll help you in planning the menu with Executive Chef Brian Millman for your big day and brunch the day after you say “I do”—all customized to your tastes and desires. No two couples are the same. Therefore, no two weddings are the same at The Kimpton Gray Hotel. Learn More

City Winery – West Loop

Capacity: 240

Welcome to Chicago's premier winery, where the rustic appeal of wine country meets modern, urban amenities. As a full-service event space, City Winery includes all catering, staffing, table setups, and access to the very best vendors in town. Say "I Do" surrounded by ivy draped walls and wine barrels. Transition seamlessly to a full dinner reception in the concert venue, with world-class production support for your favorite band or DJ.  Step out of the city and into wine country. Commemorate your special day with custom label wine bottles for you and your guests—just one of the personalized touches City Winery loves to provide. Learn More

The Metropolitan

Capacity: 240

One of Chicago’s most unique venues located on the 66th and 67th floors in the iconic Willis Tower, The Metropolitan offers unparalleled views of Chicago’s stunning skyline and the city's most famous attractions—Grant Park, Millennium Park, Museum Campus, and Lake Michigan. They work with the city's best vendors to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether you desire a Chicago wedding venue that is intimate or extravagant, The Metropolitan’s private event directors are ready to help with every detail to make sure your big day is what you've dreamt of. Learn More

The Blackstone Hotel

Capacity: 220

Artistically inclined and set to inspire, this Chicago original will whisk you back to an era of splendor and elegance with a clever, contemporary attitude. Say “I do” in the heart of Chicago’s intriguing Cultural Mile on famed Michigan Avenue, just steps from many of the city’s major attractions. Whether you are planning an intimate wedding with family and close friends or a grand occasion, The Blackstone is the perfect backdrop for your celebration. The stunning event spaces perfectly meld classic architecture with modern décor to capture the essence of the hotel’s past while savoring the present day. Learn More

Chicago’s First Lady

Capacity: 200

Imagine your wedding or rehearsal dinner unfolding before Chicago's magical skyline with sunset views, glittering skyscrapers, and summer fireworks. Chicago's First Lady offers a special and unique venue to embark on your life together. Chicago’s First Lady is one of Chicago's finest fleet and offers the best views the city has to offer. The boats cruise on both the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, providing the best of both worlds for sightseeing. All boats have a fully open-air upper deck and an enclosed, climate-controlled salon on the main deck, plus full bars onboard and many catering options to choose from. The staff and crew are at your service to create a welcoming and memorable voyage. Learn More

Cancer Survivors’ Garden at Maggie Daley Park

Capacity: 200

Completed in 1996, the Cancer Survivors’ Garden is a popular location for weddings in the heart of the city. Located on the east side of Maggie Daley Park, the garden offers the perfect backdrop of the city's skyline. On the north end, two 40-foot tall granite columns flank a large open-metal pavilion, and flowers line this area in the spring and summer. The garden was designed to be a celebration of life and give hope in the midst of a serene garden. The contemplative garden design represents a metaphorical process of recognition and self-knowledge that is crucial to healing. For more information, contact Rochelle Brophy at rbrophy@mbres.com. Learn More

St. Jane Hotel

Capacity of the Carbide Ballroom: 200 seated
Capacity of the Carbon Ballroom: 100 seated

Inspired by a champagne bottle, St. Jane is Chicago’s favorite crown jewel, an art deco-designed historic landmark on the doorstep of Michigan Avenue. The Carbide Ballroom is the largest event venue featuring over 20-feet high ceilings and can divide into three spaces. The stunning chandeliers are inspired by the jewel tones of the building's exterior, and the neutral palette will accommodate any occasion. The Carbon Ballroom event space provides a lot of natural light with oversized windows, offering a view of Chicago’s streetscape from the second floor. The venue is flexible and can be divided into five spaces. Adorned with photography and quotes from Jane Addams, this space captures the history and mystique of Chicago’s past. Learn More

Morton's The Steakhouse

Capacity: 150

Morton’s The Steakhouse at Wacker Place offers wedding ceremonies an elegant space, world-class service, highly-acclaimed catering, and an award-winning wine list. With nearly 4,000 square feet of contemporary event space, Morton’s features artfully-placed accents on top of black, white, and neutral tones and can be transformed to meet the needs of your party. Along with customizable menus from their expert private dining team, Morton’s possesses all of the ingredients to create a one-of-a-kind, memorable day. Learn More

International Museum of Surgical Science

Capacity: 100

The International Museum of Surgical Science is housed in a gorgeous historic mansion overlooking the sparkling blue waters of Lake Michigan. Exchange vows in the statue-filled Hall of Immortals and dance the night away among the rare books in the historic library. Guests have access to all four floors of exhibitions on medical history, perfect for doctors, nurses, and fans of the spooky and macabre. The space can accommodate elegant plated dinners and casual buffet meals alike. Learn More