Chicago is a city alive with numerous historic structures and locations that radiate new world splendor. This “City of the Big Shoulders” is a place where any style of wedding is possible as it embraces the perfect blend between the old world grandiosity and the modern-day vibrancy. Here are some of the most exquisite Chicago wedding venues to make your special occasion truly memorable:The Grand Ballroom
The Grand Ballroom offers a gracious setting for weddings with 13,000 square feet of ballroom space and seating capacity of around 700 people. Built in 1916, this terra-cotta ballroom in the Renaissance Revival building symbolizes the magnificence of the past with all the services and comforts of the present creating a truly stylish and historic backdrop for weddings.The Great Hall at Chicago Union Station
The stunning Great Hall at Chicago Union Station is one of the utmost indoor spaces in the United States, perfect for weddings. This 20,000 feet timeless Beaux Arts style room includes gigantic Corinthian columns, terra-cotta walls, pink Tennessee marble floor and is crowned with a remarkable five-story domed atrium ceiling. This timeless setting in one of Chicago’s most admired attraction and is bound to make an unforgettable imprint on your guests.Cafe Brauer
Café Brauer at the Lincoln Park Zoo boasts of 4,000 square feet of space with two open-air elevated patios or loggias that can accommodate up to 900 guests. The highlights of this place include Praire School architecture, glass chandeliers inspired by Tiffany style, turn-of-the century-mosaics and stain glassed windows. Needless to say, the breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline, the Nature Boardwalk surrounding the pond and Lincoln Park and its wildlife from the two adjacent tall patios make a perfect setting for the occasion.Galleria Marchetti
This hidden jewel in the heart of Chicago is truly marvelous for weddings of any size both indoors and outdoors. Galleria Marchetti with its extravagant outdoor gardens, two indoor dining spaces, a four-season tented marquee and above 75 years of culinary experience is one of the most romantic locations to celebrate your special day. The biggest plus of this venue is that in Spring, Summer and Fall they offer a luxurious “garden” wedding amidst nature transforming the pavilion into a lovely dream wedding set.Odyssey Cruises
Is a still venue is not exciting enough? How about celebrating your wedding on water? Aboard the Odyssey, the luxury cruise on Lake Michigan that departs from Navy Pier, glides along the world-famous Chicago waterfront and offers unforgettable panoramic views of the skyline.The South Shore Cultural Center
Located on Chicago’s lakefront, the South Shore Cultural Center features lavish ballrooms, country club style decor with stunning chandeliers, a spectacular art gallery, a nine-hole golf course, lighted tennis courts and above all enchanting scenic lakeside views. The venue placed steps from the beach center can host around 300-600 people and is the very site where President Obama and Lady Obama hosted their wedding a decade ago.Museums
Looking for an offbeat venue? How about holding your wedding at a museum? Chicago museums are one of the elite places to host a wedding event with great backdrops for wedding pictures, massive indoor atriums and halls that easily accommodate hundreds of invitees for dining and dancing. Best of all, they offer access to their inimitable exhibits too. So give your guests a one-of-a-kind wedding experience whether it’s dining with the dinosaurs at the Field Museum or eating in the cluster of the universe at the Adler Planetarium. Chicago, where museums are plentiful, there are numerous options to choose from like The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, The Museum of Science and Industry, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and so on.Downtown Hotels
In addition to all the above spots, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, Chicago Marriott, Renaissance Chicago, Hotel Hilton Chicago, The Drake Hotel all make exceptional wedding venues that meets your highest expectations.
Start off your dream wedding planning today and ensure to reserve your dream setting as early as possible so as to host an impressive night of celebration that everyone will remember!