Are you planning to get married in Chicago? The city is full of unique wedding venues no matter what mood you’re looking for on your big day. And if you’ve always envisioned an outdoor wedding, you’re in luck. You can choose from a variety of outdoor venues, from intimate rooftops with skyline views to sprawling beach houses on the water. Explore some of the city’s most scenic spots to say “I do” and plan your perfect wedding at these outdoor Chicago wedding venues.
The courtyard in the Glessnerhaus
This offers for an unforgettable wedding location Glessner house is a gilded age mansion in the historic Prairie Avenue neighborhood of the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. The intimate, enclosed courtyard has beautiful brick walls covered in ivy, making the perfect backdrop for a wedding ceremony, reception, or both.
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The Glessner House wedding package also includes the use of the historic carriage house and the winter garden. The courtyard can include a dance floor and an optional tent. The courtyard can accommodate 150 guests or 200 cocktail-style guests. Couples also have the option to hold an outdoor ceremony at the adjacent Chicago Women’s Park & Garden.
The SkyDeck at Lacuna Events
The SkyDeck at Lacuna events The trendy Pilsen district offers an incomparable view of the city skyline. The breathtaking view is the perfect backdrop for any wedding event, whether it’s a daytime ceremony or a sunset cocktail hour. Your guests can’t stop taking photos.
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For couples looking to put their own offerings together, the SkyDeck is BYOB-friendly and has a built-in bar with cafe lighting. In addition, the rental includes the use of 175 white folding chairs that are perfectly placed on the approximately 5,000 square meter roof terrace. The SkyDeck can accommodate up to 150 guests or 250 cocktail-style guests.
63rd Street Beach House
If you are looking for a waterfront wedding this is it 63rd Street Beach House is located directly on the sand of Lake Michigan in Hyde Park. The venue’s sun-drenched balconies and majestic courtyards overlook fountains and blue lake water, creating a magical and beachy atmosphere perfect for a relaxed wedding.
The entire location can accommodate a large number of guests (up to 1,500 banquet and 3,020 cocktail guests) or can be divided into smaller rooms for more intimate gatherings. 63rd Street Beach House was designed by New York’s famous Central Park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, making it a charming place for those looking for both beautiful and historic surroundings.
Garfield Park Conservatory
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What could be nicer than a relaxing afternoon in the Garfield Park Conservatory? Tie the knot in this sprawling urban greenhouse. The surrounding greenery indoors and outdoors offers guests a variety of event spaces to choose from and gives them the feeling of being in a distant tropical paradise.
The beautifully designed Blue Stone Terrace is located directly in front of the doors of the desert house and anchors the city garden directly behind it. This extremely photogenic venue will create flawless pictures of wedding celebrations in a lush setting as fragrant as any resort on the islands. The capacities vary depending on which area of the winter garden is rented.
Chicago Botanical Garden
English walled garden
Host a garden chic wedding in Chicago Botanical Garden in nearby Glencoe. This romantic outdoor venue has the flexibility to accommodate all of your floral wedding fantasies. The sprawling gardens are a stunning place to say I do.
The McGinley Pavilion has a dramatic covered deck and sits at the water’s edge, while the English Walled Garden brings old-fashioned romance to the fore. The rose garden is home to more than 5,000 rose bushes and the Searle Courtyard has a Japanese aesthetic that showcases the garden’s famous bonsai collection. The range of events ranges from 150 to 230 seats and 250 to 350 guests in cocktail style.
Chicago Fire Station
Located in Edgewater, Chicago’s Northside neighborhood. Chicago Fire Station is a charming place with a picturesque and magnificent garden, ideal for a small ceremony or a cocktail hour. The building was founded as a fire station over 100 years ago and has been restored with antique doors, rich wood, and modern subway tiles. The outside area offers blooming greenery and can be camped for extra intimacy or bad weather. The garden can also be rented with lounge furniture and the venue offers several wedding arch options. The women-owned firehouse can accommodate 80 guests and up to 100 cocktail-style guests.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Keep things on the wild side with a wedding Lincoln Park Zoo. With various outdoor areas, guests can overlook the enchanting lagoon and the outdoor swan pond Foreman Pavilion. The room has space for 300 receptions and 220 seats.
Cafe Brewers at the Lincoln Park Zoo Cafe Brewers at the Lincoln Park Zoo
Nestled along the Nature Boardwalk at the zoo’s picturesque southern pond, Café brewer is an architectural eye-catcher and has a vaulted ceiling with hanging chandeliers for timeless elegance. Two outdoor balconies offer clear views of the park and the city skyline. The room offers space for 500 receptions or 250 seats.
Plan the ultimate fairytale wedding Foothill point. In the early 1930s, this location was home to Chicago’s Second World’s Fair and is just steps from Lake Michigan. Equipped with several open-air verandas, this venue is the perfect place to take your vows along the sparkling lake. The venue’s restored French doors create the perfect backdrop for wedding photos. The terrace on the lake can accommodate up to 100 guests for a dinner and 120 for a cocktail reception.