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Featured Chicago Wedding Venues

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Page Last Updated October 6th, 2020

Newlywed couple portrait on a bridge by their reception at the River Roast in Chicago, IL
Wedding Photography by Victoria Sprung, Chicago, United States

A waterfront restaurant and wedding reception venue located in Chicago, Illinois - River Roast

The River Roast, Chicago wedding venue experienced event team will work with you to create a memorable event. With six spaces to choose from, each paying tribute to our historical landmark building, the options for your wedding photography are endless. 

Wedding portrait at artifact events, chicago of the couple and colorful shadows
Wedding Photography by Victoria Sprung, Chicago, United States

Awarded Chicago, IL Wedding Venue

Located in Chicago’s historic Ravenswood neighborhood, Artifact Events is an exceptional choice for private weddings. With your vision, their team is ready to expertly host your wedding event of a lifetime.


Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL wedding couple portrait session in a colorful hallway
Wedding Photography by Victoria Sprung, Chicago, United States

Adler Planetarium Weddings & Private Events in Chicago

"On your special day, the universe should revolve around you! With an award-winning view of Chicago’s skyline and the entire known universe as your stage, the Adler is the perfect backdrop for your special event. Our experienced staff will work with you to design a menu and set the mood for your celebration, whether it’s a cocktail party or a wedding reception."

Standard Club, Chicago, IL wedding venue photos | The fathers of the bride and groom share a moment during the ketubah signing.
Wedding Photography by Will Nunnally, Chicago, United States

Luxury wedding events in the heart of the Windy City - The Standard Club Chicago

"The Standard Club enjoys a reputation as one of the most elegant and prestigious venues for catered wedding affairs. Private dining is a specialty of The Standard Club, an opportunity for our cuisine and gracious service to shine, amid one of the most exquisite environments in Chicago. From customizing your menu to preparing each entrée to perfection, our catering staff and chefs create fare that delights every palate.

The Standard Club, Chicago Private Wedding Venue

For The Standard Club's seasoned staff, each wedding event is an opportunity to excel on behalf of our members and guests. We work in close consultation with you to satisfy your individual needs, guiding your event from inspiration to execution. From customizing menus that reflect your preferences to developing themes through room layout, floral arrangement and decoration, our staff takes pride in playing an active consultative role, ensuring that your experience fulfills your vision and makes the process as convenient as possible. Through our relationships with nearby cultural institutions, we can incorporate art, theater, music, and themes into your event, adding a dimension of entertainment that's unique to The Standard Club."

Maggiano's River North, Chicago, IL Wedding venue photography | Quiet moment between a couple on the dance floor at a wedding at Maggiano's River North.
Wedding Photography by Will Nunnally, Chicago, United States

Grand Chicago Weddings Images from Maggiano's Little Italy

Maggiano's Little Italy, Chicago wedding venue - Looking for a private location to host your wedding event? Their elegant facilities can accommodate any type of function, big or small. 

City Winery, Chicago wedding venue photography of the first dance
Wedding Photography by Victoria Sprung, Chicago, United States

City Winery Chicago | Weddings and Events Venue

"Discover City Winery Chicago as the perfect venue for the modern-day couple, providing a truly unique nuptial experience while still including all the traditional wedding elements.  Your cocktail hour takes place in Chicago's only fully-functioning winery, complete with stainless steel tanks framed by a warm, exposed wood interior, and our very own wines on tap.  Transition seamlessly to a full dinner reception in the main space, with world-class production support for your favorite band or DJ.  Step out of the city and into the wine country.

We can accommodate various size weddings, whether it be an intimate group of 50 or up to 200 guests for a seated dinner with dancing. For more of a laid back and non-traditional wedding, we can host up to 400 guests for a cocktail style reception.

As a full-service event space, we include all of the catering, staffing, table setups and access to the very best vendors who we have worked closely with on past events."

Wedding photography from the Oakbrook Bath and Tennis Club, Oakbrook, IL	- daddy daughter dance
Wedding Photography by Victoria Sprung, Chicago, United States

West Suburban Chicago Wedding Venue | The Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club

"Located in west suburban Chicago, the Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club features 20 gorgeous acres of natural woodlands and outdoor elegance. The venue encompasses our extraordinary clubhouse with 35-foot vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that amplify the aura of sophistication and nature. With unique options and preferred vendors that help tailor our guests’ experience, we welcome you to some of Chicagoland’s most memorable and spectacular events."

Illinois Mora Farm reception picture of the speeches
Wedding Photography by Milan Lazic, Chicago, United States

A venue for farm and outdoor weddings - The Mora Farm, Chicago

The Mora Farm, Waterman -  At The Mora Farm, they will make your wedding vision become reality and plan the event to your heart's desire. Make your wedding event unforgettable in an unforgettable place. The Mora Farm is a beautiful venue for stunning wedding photography. 

Esplanade Lakes, Chicago, IL wedding photography from the venue - Bride and father dance
Wedding Photography by Tamara Gavrilovic, Chicago, United States

Esplanade Lake Ballroom By DoubleTree | Chicago Wedding Venue Photos

Esplanade Lakes by Doubletree - An Unforgettable Setting for Wedding Events.
Take in a spectacular 360-degree view of Esplanade Lake and the forest preserve, Morton Arboretum, through the floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the Esplanade Lakes by DoubleTree ballroom. This 9,500 sq. ft. round ballroom provides an exceptional backdrop for any event. Described as a unique wedding venue in the metropolitan area, the Esplanade Lakes by DoubleTree has been featured in renowned print and online publications and a Chicago television station.

music box theatre wedding pictures - bride and groom portraits on the stage with a big red curtain.
Wedding Photography by Milan Lazic, Chicago, United States

Rent the Lounge & Garden for your Chicago Wedding | Music Box Theatre Wedding Venue

The Music Box Theatre hosts over 200 special events every year, including weddings, and birthday parties. Their auditoriums, with capacities of 700 and 70, have state-of-the-art technical capabilities while maintaining a classic cinema atmosphere that harkens back to early days of motion pictures. Their Lounge & Garden provides a comfortable and sophisticated space for wedding reception parties & gatherings and photography.

renaissance hotel, chicago, il - a guy walks into a bar - wedding portrait of the bride and groom
Wedding Photography by Victoria Sprung, Chicago, United States

A stylish wedding reception venue - Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

A great choice for your big day in downtown Chicago - Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel.

With over 41,000 square feet of venue space, they offer options for both intimate and large weddings. All reception venues showcase contemporary décor accents, as well as the latest audiovisual services.

Peninsula Hotel, Chicago wedding photo of a bride on a roof with a great reflection of the city
Wedding Photography by Victoria Sprung, Chicago, United States

Chicago's five-star wedding hotel - Peninsula Chicago venue for weddings

The Peninsula Hotel Chicago, the city’s most luxurious and sophisticated wedding venue. Awarded with numerous accolades and prestigious honors, the hotel offers over 11,250 sq ft (3,429 sq m) of wedding space, presenting every couple with creative versatility for their special day. From an intimate gathering to a lavish banquet, Peninsula wedding specialists will craft a celebration as unique as each couple. With spectacular views, this Chicago venue provides unique wedding photography backdrops.

Room 1520, Chicago, IL Wedding Venue Photographer | Image created before the bride enters the room
Wedding Photography by Victoria Sprung, Chicago, United States

A modern West Loop, loft wedding venue in Chicago, Illinois.

Room 1520, Chicago Wedding Loft Venue: Call it a private suite, a bridal suite, a wedding suite or a VIP boardroom – it's 650 feet of privacy that’s all yours on the day of your event.

Their signature private suite has entrances from both the street and the venue.

Chicago has an average of 189 days of clear skies per year offering some of the best options for ceremonies, receptions and good wedding photography.

Waterford Banquet & Conference Center, Elmhurst (Illinois) Venue Photography at the Wedding - Bride and groom send off
Wedding Photography by Tamara Gavrilovic, Chicago, United States

Wedding Venue - Waterford Banquets

Waterford Banquet and Conference Center, Elmhurst - A commitment to quality along with imagination, personalized planning, unparalleled atmosphere, a unique contemporary decor define wedding receptions at Waterford Banquets. Their exceptional Catering and Banquet staff cater to the individual needs of wedding parties…from pre-wedding festivities to butler-passed hors d’oeuvers and cocktails on the beautiful outdoor terrace, to a Grand Reception in an elegant Ballroom. Waterford Banquet and Conference Center is a gorgeous venue for fine wedding photography.

Londonhouse, Chicago wedding venue photography of the reception speech
Wedding Photography by Victoria Sprung, Chicago, United States

LondonHouse Chicago Wedding Venue

Historic Venue Wedding Photography

"Everyone has a different idea of the perfect wedding – but with amazing interior spaces and unparalleled views of Chicago, you are guaranteed an incredible beginning.

In the summer of 2013, visionary Chicago based developer Oxford Capital Group, LLC acquired the historic building and began a comprehensive redevelopment. The transformation of this architecturally stunning property created a 452 room high-design, luxury lifestyle hotel called LondonHouse. LondonHouse Chicago synchronizes the classical architecture of 360 North Michigan Avenue with a modernist 22 story all glass tower addition forming a one-of-a-kind destination in Chicago."

The Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL Wedding Venue Photos - Open dance floor and people start breaking out their moves as their favorites blare through the DJ's speakers.
Wedding Photography by Will Nunnally, Chicago, United States

Bottom Lounge Wedding Venue - Chicago, IL

Located in Chicago’s electric West Loop neighborhood, Bottom Lounge is an 18,000-square-foot music venue and restaurant with several customizable wedding event spaces. From intimate parties to major productions, the Bottom Lounge can suit any need. With an on-site event planner, full kitchen and well-stocked bar, they’re ready to create custom packages to help make your exact vision come to life.