Unique Chicago wedding venues coveted by Offbeat Bride readers #Reception Advice#art gallery#castle#chicago#garden#illinois#movie theater#museum#theater#wedding venues April 9 2015 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Carolyn and Mike walk by Lake Michigan in Chicago. Photo by Amanda Megan Miller Between the Offbeat Bride Tribe, our archive of real weddings, and our Vendor Guide, we've seen a LOT of vendor recommendations. So we decided to start rounding up these nuggets of info sourced directly from our readers for a series of reader recommended vendor list posts. We're starting right in the middle of the country with one of our largest markets: venues in and around Chicago and the Chicago suburbs (near and dear to my Chicago-native heart). Let's take a look at who our readers have recommended, where they are located, and how you can contact them to get your Chicago venue search started. Note that these are for ALL budgets, so no guarantees that they'll all fit into yours. Chicago wedding venue resources: Offbeat Bride's Illinois vendor guide Offbeat Bride's archive of Chicago real weddings Offbeat Bride's archive of Illinois real weddings City of Chicago Wedding Venues DePaul-Courtlou Commons 2324 N. Fremont St., Chicago, IL 60614 depaul.edu Art institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 artic.edu Catalyst Ranch 656 W. Randolph, Suite 3W, Chicago, IL 60661 catalystranch.com Carrie and Simon at Dank Haus. Photo by Ashton Ray Hansen Dank Haus German Cultural Center 4740 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625 dankhaus.com Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 fieldmuseum.org Related Post Spend some time with Carolyn & Mike's "Time in a Bottle"-themed wedding (with musical surprise!) A custom gold gown, a gorgeous Chicago loft space, and a "Time in a Bottle" theme... this wedding is chic, luminous, and artfully planned by... Read more Adler Planetarium 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 adlerplanetarium.org Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 sheddaquarium.org Stephanie and Dave's marquee at Portage Theater. Photo by Studio Finch Portage Theater 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL theportagetheater.com Bridgeport Art Center, Skyline Loft 1200 W. 35th Chicago, IL 60609 skylineloft.com VenueOne 1034 W. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60607 venueonechicago.com Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Warehouse 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago IL 60611 mcachicago.org Carlee & Daniel at Stan Mansion. Photo by Allison Kortokrax Stan Mansion 2408 North Kedzie, Chicago, IL 60647 stanmansion.com Illuminating Co. 19 E. 21 Street, Chicago, Il 60616 chicagoilluminatingcompany.com The Ivy Room 12 E. Ohio Street Chicago 6061 ivyroomchicago.com Salvage One 1840 W. Hubbard, Chicago, IL 60622 salvageone.com Carmichael’s Warehouse 1052 W. Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607 carmichaelsteakhouse.com Val and Theron at Hotel Monaco. Photo by Emilia Jane Hotel Monaco 225 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601 monaco-chicago.com The Newberry, Independent Research Library 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610 newberry.org The Blackstone Hotel 636 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 marriott.com The Rookery 209 S. LaSalle Street Chicago, Illinois 60604 therookerybuilding.com Salvatore’s 525 W. Arlington Pl., Chicago, IL 60614 salvatores-chicago.com Chicago History Museum 1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614 chicagohistory.org The Palmer House 17 East Monroe Street Chicago, IL 60603 palmerhousehiltonhotel.com Revel Downtown, Revel Fulton Market, Revel Motor Row 440 W Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 1215 W Fulton Street, Chicago, IL 2400 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL revelspace.com Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60657 lh-st.com Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614 lh-st.com Mars Gallery 1139 W. Fulton Market St., Chicago, IL 60607 marsgallery.com Kitchen Chicago 324 N. Leavitt, Chicago IL, 60612 kitchenchicago.com Cameron and Keith at Alhambra Palace. Photo by Liz Liu Photography Alhambra Palace 1240 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL alhambrapalacerestaurant.com Carnivale 702 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60661 carnivalechicago.com Haymarket Brewery 737 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL 60661 haymarketbrewing.com International Museum of Surgical Science 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60610 imss.org Room 1520 1520 W Fulton St., Chicago, IL 60607 room1520.com Green House Loft 2545 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 greenhouseloft.com Related Post A multinational French and Chinese fusion wedding at the University of Chicago Qiyan came to the United States from Beijing, China a few years ago to pursue her PhD. Antoine was born in France and lived there... Read more Floating Gallery 1925 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614 floatingworld.com Loyola University 1032 W. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60660 luc.edu Irish American Heritage Center 4626 N Knox Ave., Chicago, IL 60630 irish-american.org Ravenswood Event Center 4011 North Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60613 ravenswoodeventcenter.com Gallery 400 at UIC College of Architecture and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago 400 South Peoria Street (MC 034), Chicago, IL 60607 gallery400.uic.edu Zhou B Gallery 1029 W 35th St., Chicago, IL 60609 zhoubartcenter.com Vanessa and Nick at Prairie Productions. Photo by Michael Robers Prairie Productions 1314 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607 prairieproduction.net Glessner House 1800 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 glessnerhouse.org Related Post Alexa & Wale's vibrant Nigerian engagement and minimalist Unitarian nerdfest You may recognize this pair from Alexa's Nigerian engagement ceremony bridentity crisis, and we just had to see how it all turned out. It's a... Read more Chicago Symphony Orchestra Center 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago 60604 cso.org Keith House 1900 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago, IL prairieavenuegallery.com VOLO 2008 W. Roscoe St. Chicago, IL volorestaurant.com Amelia and Ben rocking the Swedish American Museum. Photos by Ann Oleinik Swedish American Museum 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640 swedishamericanmuseum.org Michelle's Ballroom 2800 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60618 michellesballroom.com Revolution Brewing 2323 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 revbrew.com Chicago Urban Art Society 3636 S. Iron St., Chicago, IL 60609 chicagourbanartsociety.com Birchwood Kitchen 2211 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL birchwoodkitchen.com Lightology 215 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654 lightology.com The Bottom Lounge 1375 W. Lake St. Chicago, IL 60607 bottomlounge.com Related Post Val & Theron's sparkly foodie costume change wedding This wedding has a chic urban venue, lots of glam outfits (including three dress changes from the bride!), glow necklaces on the dance floor, and... Read more Gaelic Park 6119 W. 147th St. Oak Forest, Illinios 60452 chicagogaelicpark.org Heather and Marty hanging at The Bean before their Chicago Cultural Center wedding. Photo by Heather Eidson Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602 cityofchicago.org Related Post Juliette & David's rock 'n' roll finger foods wedding Among the skyscrapers of Chicago, this musical pair had an affair to remember with a live band, tasty finger foods, bass case card box, and... Read more Chicago Park District wedding venues: Douglas Park Field House 1401 S. Sacramento Dr., Chicago, IL 60623 Humboldt Park Field House 1400 N. Sacramento Ave., Chicago, IL 60622 Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60624 Val and Theron and their Chicago backdrop. Photo by Emilia Jane Chicago Suburbs Wedding Venues Green Garden Christmas Tree farm 11615 W. Pauling Rd, Manhattan, IL 60442 greengardenchristmastreefarm.com Related Post Diana & Dale's horror movies meets zoo wedding Social anxiety was not going to ruin this couple's day or prevent them from planning a horror movies meets zoo animals bash at the Brookfield... Read more Morton Arboretum 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, IL 60532 mortonarb.org Allie and Megan at the Carleton Hotel. Photo by Michelle Lytle Carleton Hotel 1110 Pleasant St., Oak Park, IL 60302 carletonhotel.com The Abbington 3 South 002 IL Route 53 Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 abbingtonbanquets.com Stephanie and Tim at the Rialto Square Theater. Photo by Liz Lui Photography Rialto Square Theater 15 E. Van Buren St. Joliet, IL 60432 rialtosquare.com 19th Century Club 178 Forest Avenue Oak Park, IL 60301 19thcenturyclub.com Mayslake Peabody 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook, IL 60523 mayslakepeabody.com Oscar Swan 1800 West State St., Geneva, IL 60134 3351 N Elizabeth Scales Mound Rd., Galena, IL 60136 oscarswanweddings.com Jessica and Andrew at The Barn. Photo by Rachel Sumner Photography The Barn 6526 Clarendon Hills Rd, Willowbrook, IL 60527 akfentertainment.com Kenilworth Club 410 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth, IL 60043 kenilworthclub.org Blackberry Creek Camp and Conference Center 10701 River Road Plano, IL 60545 blackberrycreekcenter.com Related Post Join the cast for this theatrical wedding on a glamorous Illinois stage For Stephanie and Tim, theater is in their blood. They met during an audition, acted together, and Tim even proposed onstage on the final night... Read more Burpee Museum 737 North Main St., Rockford, IL 61103 burpee.org Diana and Dale at Brookfield Zoo. Photo by Concept One Photography Brookfield Zoo 8400 31st St., Brookfield, IL 60513 czs.org/Brookfield-Zoo Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens 7402 W. Lake Katherine Dr., Palos Heights, IL 60463 lakekatherine.org Royalty West Banquet Hall 8675 Archer Avenue, Willow Springs, IL 60480 royaltywestbanquets.com Woman’s Club of Wilmette 930 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091 womansclubofwilmette.org Sarah and Eddie at the Genesee Theater. Photo by a friends Genesee Theater 203 N Genesee St., Waukegan, IL 60085 geneseetheatre.com Independence Grove 16400 W. Buckley Rd., Libertyville, IL eventsatindependencegrove.com Kemper Lakes Golf Club 24000 N.Old McHenry Rd., Kildeer,IL 60047 kemperlakesgolf.com Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL 60022 chicagobotanic.org Starved Rock Lodge 2668 East 873 Road Oglesby, IL 61348 starvedrocklodge.com Heather and Tim by Lake Michigan. Photo by Emila Jane What favorite Chicago wedding venue should we add to this list? Where are you having your Illinois wedding? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Melissa & Jason know all the tricks for hosting an elegant Phoenix bash on a budget NEXT How to make your own tassled, loop-braided handfasting cords Show/Hide comments [ 22 ] Redmoon Theater Event Space is the perfect alternative wedding space. The staff is incredible and the location is awesome. Reply Lincoln Park Zoo and Promontory Point should be on this list, too. I'm happy to see my reception location, DANK Haus, made the list. My tiny ceremony took place in front of US Cellular Field. They do rent out parts of the ballpark and have on-field weddings, but it was out of our budget. But, the nice employees let us go onto the warning track for some photos anyway! Reply Also the Columbus Park Refectory, it's gorgeous. Reply The Herrington Inn, in Geneva (suburbs). If we had decided to have the wedding in the city, it was definitely going to be the Newberry, but we have a LOT of people coming in from out of town, so it was important to have lots of rooms close by with a range of prices. The Herrington's event staff have been so lovely to work with, it has all seemed so easy, and the food is FANTASTIC. And our ceremony will be overlooking the Fox River. http://www.herringtoninn.com/ Reply I got legalled at the Cultural Center for $10, then had a big family picnic in Grant Park. Then the "official" reception was on the Spirit of Chicago Fireworks Cruise that night. Securing the park permit was extremely stressful, and it was the most basic permit they offer. As was signing up for the Cultural Center thing. Conversely, the coordinator for Spirit was super easy to work with and treated my teeny group with the same care I'd expect for groups of hundreds. I had a cousin who had hers at Salvage One, and it's a really cool space. Reply I'd petition to add Northwest Indiana to the Chicago Area considerations. We may be across state lines, but we're close enough that we count as suburbs too! That said, our venue is Vermillion Farm & Prairie in Valparaiso, IN. We're still over a year out, but so far the owners have been great to work with! Reply My ceremony is going to be at Naper Settlement (an outdoor historical museum) and our reception is at Two Brothers Roundhouse (brewery). I can't believe neither of them made this list! Reply We had ours at the Nineteenth Century Club. It was fabulous, and their on site contact is incredibly helpful. http://www.nineteenthcentury.org/ Reply We're getting married in the fall at Copernicus Center and I must say it is a great option for the budget conscious who love the rustic exposed brick look. The building was originally a 1930's movie palace that has now been converted into a Polish community center, and it is beautiful! The staff has been really attentive and great so far, and seriously I cannot emphasize the price enough – nothing else in the city even came close to the price. http://copernicuscenter.org/ Reply We're looking at having it at the speakeasy-style theatre that just opened in Uptown, the Uptown Underground. SO pretty! http://www.uptownunderground.net/ Reply Woohoo, psyched to see the DANK Haus here! We had a great experience there and I really recommend it. Reply I would add to this list Architectural Artifacts at 4325 N Ravenswood Ave – http://www.architecturalartifacts.com/. It is an antiques shop but they have events here all the time. It's a great setting. Reply Just had our wedding at the Highland Park Community House (http://www.highlandparkcommunityhouse.org/). Beautiful old (1920s) house in Highland Park, IL with a huge ballroom with lots of big windows for lots of natural light. Everyone there is super-easy to work with as well, and their rates are very affordable. They're also very accommodating; they have no "preferred vendors," so we were able to customize our wedding to our exact specifications. I can't recommend this place highly enough! Reply We got legaled at the courthouse and then renewed our vows a year and a half later, surrounded by family and friends, inside the labyrinth at Womanspace in Rockford, IL. I highly recommend Womanspace to anyone looking for a unique, outdoor, woodsy venue. They are so kind and accommodating, the space is lovely, and you'd be supporting a wonderful organization too! http://www.womanspace-rockford.org/pages/facilities/labyrinthprairie/labyrinth.htm Reply Lincoln Park Zoo should definitely be on this list. Cafe Brauer literally gave me goosebumps when we viewed it. http://www.lpzoo.org/events/host-private-event/cafe-brauer Another great suburban venue is Two Brothers Roundhouse (formerly Walter Payton's Roundhouse) in Aurora, IL. It's affordable, they double as the caterer (and their food is DELICIOUS), plus they have great beer all in a unique and historic building. http://www.twobrothersbrewing.com/roundhouse/banquets/ Reply Loft on Lake in the West Loop is where we got married – exposed brick and a huge skylight! The Cultural Center is also beautiful! Reply As much as I love Chicago and a lot of these sites, being in central Illinois has basically made looking at venues maddening because the second you go "Illinois wedding" everything is in the Chicagoland area. There's a whole hunk of state attached to it XD I guess I just wish I could find offbeat venues outside the major metro areas… I may have lived here too long XD [Honesty moment: the most frustrating venue problem is that I still don't know WHERE to look for venues, with FH's fam in Seattle [who want to be SUPER involved and controlling and yet can travel SUPER easy], my immediate family in central Illinois and my extended family [with ill grandparents] in easternshore MD. OH, and my brother & SIL is in Japan]. Reply I found this place in central IL when looking for venues…and I was so upset that it was NOT in Chicagoland! http://www.spruceststudios.com Maybe you'll love it just as much as I did 🙂 Reply I'd like to add the Norwood Park Historical Society to this list. I'm getting married there next March and it is SO inexpensive and beautiful, and no approved vendors! http://www.norwoodparkhistoricalsociety.org/ Reply Viper Alley in Lincolnshire! It used to be a concert venue, complete with bowling lanes. I'm getting married here next year and it is amazing! Reply The event space at Terra & Vine! It's in Evanston, but that just means that parking is easier, haha. It's cozy, great food, great service, and to top it all off you can work with a super famous master sommelier. I'm a wine girl myself, so imagine my excitement!! Reply This is a good list but it has a lot of places I didn't think were venues. Has anyone had any experiences at the Shapiro Ballroom in Chicago? I'm looking into them for our wedding but they don't have many reviews on Yelp….looks like they're a renovated theater, they have a couple pics on their website: http://shapiroballroom.com I'm going to see about setting up a tour there and if anyone's interested I'll report back. Looks like a cool / cheap space. We're getting married in May 2018, need to lock something down. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.