20 of the Best Wedding Venues in the Suburbs of Chicago
After documenting more than 100 couples tying the knot in Chicago as well as the surrounding metropolitan area, I’ve been privileged to see many of the best venues our area has to offer. To help you in your wedding planning journey, I’ve gathered a carefully-curated list of some of the best wedding venues in the suburbs of Chicago.
Use this list as an inspiration point as you search for the perfect venue to fit your wedding vision. I’ve gathered a variety of Chicago suburb wedding venues to fit several different aesthetics and price points.
Hotel Wedding Venues in the Chicago Suburbs
The Drake Oakbrook
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A luxurious suburban hotel with capacity for upt to 600 guests, lush gardens for photographs, 14 different event rooms to choose from, a complimentary bridal suite, custom chef’s menus, wedding cake, and more.
A modernized vintage hotel located just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, the centerpiece of this venue is the historic 1920s Heritage Ballroom with crown molding and Baccarat crystal chandeliers. A sweeping grand staircase is perfect for entering with style as well as making iconic photographs.
A modern hotel providing full-service catering, onsite wedding planners and designers, a dedicated personal server for the bride and groom, and a complimentary honeymoon suite.
Industrial Wedding Venues in the Chicago Suburbs
Brix on the Fox
Renovated from the remains of an 1880s industrial buiding, Brix on the Fox features yellow “Haeger” brick walls and raw timber ceilings, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for your wedding day. Two transformable event spaces are available for your wedding and reception: The Two-Sixty, and The Industria. Many onsite amenities are included to make your wedding planning process a breeze, including lighting, linens, tables, bar service, tables, and more.
An idustrial venue with dedicated spaces for every part of your wedding day: separate bride and groom’s suites, a first floor cocktail lounge, a second floor ceremony and reception space with room for up to 300 people seated, and a beautifully lit rooftop deck for outdoor ceremonies or portraits.
Two Brother’s Roundhouse
A uniquely shaped venue with a massive circular courtyard for outdoor cocktails or a secluded ceremony under the central gazebo. Weddings at Two Brothers Roundhouse are highly customizable, as the brewpub is equipped to host as few as 50 guests, or as many as 320 for a seated dinner reception. An onsite bridal suite and wedding coordinator are included with your rental fee.
Outdoor Wedding Venues – Chicago Suburbs
This 500-acre park in Wheaton, IL boasts 5+ unique outdoor ceremony locations with additional options available for indoor ceremonies through Cantigny Golf should inclement weather occur on your wedding day. Amenities include on-site dressing suites, in-house catering, and capacity to serve up to 250 guests.
Chicago Botanic Garden
With 385 acres of pristinely landscaped grounds, beauty and serenity abound for those looking to host an outdoor ceremony, reception, or rehearsal dinner. Receptions begin at $195 per plate, which is not inclusive of the facility rental cost.
Beautifully curated grounds with seven distinct locations for outdoor ceremonies, options for indoor and outdoor cocktail hour, and the freedom to choose your own caterer make this gorgeous estate wedding venue the perfect choice if you’re looking to blend natural beauty, stunning historical features, and a modern, elegant reception space for the perfect wedding celebration.
Events at Independence Grove
Located in the northern Suburbs of Chicago, the wedding venue at Events at Indepedence Grove is nestled within an 1,100+ acre forest preserve, so you’ll be completely surrounded by natural views and secluded from the hustle and bustle of city life. Event options include the fully-enclosed Audubon Hall, the covered North Bay Pavillion, as well as The Native Garden, Millennia Plaza, and the Beach for open-air ceremonies. Depending on your chosen ceremony and reception location, Events at Independence Grove can host from 250 to 500 guests.
With its beginnings leading back to the founding of Arbor Day and the Morton Salt Company in Chicago, the Morton Arboretum is one of my favorite outdoor wedding venues in Chicago because of the many beautiful ceremony and recption sites it offers. As a forest preserve, the mission of the Morton Arboretum is to “inspire guests to appreciate, learn about, and protect trees;” because of this, you’ll find seven distinct ceremony and reception locations throughout the property for the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor celebrations. My personal favorite is the lush Fragrance Garden!
Unique Wedding Venues in the Suburbs of Chicago
Lake Forest, IL
A unique, historical property in Lake Forest, IL, the Armour House features a dramatic facade, romantic gardens, and indoor space for as many as 225 guests seated for dinner. Package prices for receptions vary depending on the time of year and day of the week, but range from $122-148 per person.
The Grove Redfield Estate
The Grove Redfield Estate was once a private residence–now it’s been beautifully renovated into one of the best outdoor wedding venues in the suburbs of Chicago, featuring cottage-style architecture, multiple gardens, a gazebo, and access to one of the largest parklands in the state of Illinois. The Grove Redfield Estate is equipped to host up to 120 guests and rates begin at $4,000 for Saturday weddings.
This istoric property is filled with grandeur! Boasting capacity for up to 360 guests, this is one of the largest historic wedding venues in the suburbs of Chicago, featuring a formal ballroom, convservatory, multiple waterfalls, and a romantic pergola. Venue rental fees being at $4,000, and meals are pricd at $48-90 per person.
Lake Villa, IL
Formerly a private residence in the northern suburbs of Chicago, this historic wedding venue has been beuatifully restored. Private getting ready suites for both the bride and groom, a formal dining room, ceremony pavillion, landscaped grounds, and an all-white reception tent make this one of the best wedding venues in the suburbs of Chicago.
Blending beautiful gardens, a wrought iron gazebo, mature oaks, and consered native prairie, this estate is an oasis, and one of my favorite Chicago suburbs wedding venues. The Montebello Estate is equipped to host up to 260 guests with multiple indoor and outdoor ceremony locations, as well as private suites for the bride and groom.
Woman’s Club of Evanston
Listed on the National Historic Registry, this 100+ year-old clubhouse features a second level grand ballroom with space for 250 guests, and a dramatic facade with beatiful stonework and columns.
Rustic Chicago Suburban Wedding Venues
Byron Colby Barn
Nestled within the nationally-recognized conservation community of Prairie Crossing, the Byron Colby Barn offers a highly-customizable indoor/outdoor event space, including a one-of-a-kind cocktail bar within the building’s silo. Photo opportunities abound on Prairie Crossing’s Market Square, lake, and nearby gazebo. The event barn can host up to 160 guests seated on both the main floor and loft.
Lake Forest, IL
One of the most exclusive rustic chic event venues in the Chicago suburbs, Elawa Farm hosts only 18 weddings per year. Beautifully landscaped throughout, the farm can host up to 175 guests, with rental rates ranging from $3,000-$8,000 and your choice of several preferred catering providers.
I saved the best for last! Providence Vineyard is Chicago’s premiere luxury wedding and event barn, hidden amid nearly 30 acres of rolling hills and active vineyards. The barn is all white, making the perfect backdrop for any fine art or vintage glam celebration. Peak wedding pricing begins at $14,900 for Saturday weddings, with reduced fees for Fridays and Sundays.
Are you planning at wedding at one of these Chicago suburb wedding venues?
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