Chicago slays the game when it comes to gorgeous buildings and historic architecture and the wedding venues do NOT disappoint. I’m all for a barn or industrial wedding vibe but nothing is more timeless than getting married in a building that’s older than you are. It’s elegant, won’t go out of style, and is full of stories and history that will add so much richness to your days. My favorites are below!
Chicago Athletic Association – This venue has it all – moody window light, insane woodwork, a bar with tons of activities for guests that choose to stay in the hotel, and a Shake Shack for late night post-wedding snacks. The rooftop restaurant and multiple bars make it incredibly entertaining for out-of-town guests. Plus, major bonus points that you’d be able to get ready, get married, and go to bed in the same location – this is especially ideal for winter weddings!
Chicago History Museum – Heeelllooo pretty window light + tall ceilings + gorgeous white woodwork. The outside space for a ceremony is incredible and the event spaces have the prettiest, classic look.
Chicago Art Museum – Maybe not the classic historic architecture, but soooo much history. The clean modern vibes contrast so beautifully with the artwork and whatever decor you choose! If you want a wedding that is crazy elegant and extra, this is the place to go.
The Rookery Building – The CEILING here. Check this place out, you will die. Gorgeous glass ceilings, grand staircases, historic columns – literally everything you could ever want or need in a venue!
Cafe Brauer – Nestled in Lincoln Park Zoo, this venue is soooo elegant with the high ceilings, chandeliers, and gorgeous windows, but is still is a perfect blank slate and is a perfect venue for lots of greenery and florals, if that’s your vibe!
It was so hard to stop at five and I have SO many more venues that I want to add on this list! If you want more suggestions, shoot me an email for more venues or check out my other resources below!
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