(Closed) Chicago – Western Burbs Venue Ideas??

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If your wedding is at the end of March, you never know what kind of weather you’ll get (take this year for example… still in the 50s in May?!) so you might want to book an indoor reception to be safe. As far as “out of the norm places,” check out Brookfield Zoo — I saw pics of receptions there and they look so cool! Plus everyone has had great experiences planning everything there. I heard they even use safari-type tram cars to transport guests around the zoo, including a cocktail hour with the animals!

http://www.brookfieldzoo.org/CZS/Brookfield/Catered-Events/Weddings

Post # 4
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Newbee

I just got done looking at places out in the ‘burbs!  I don’t know what your budget is or your style, but off the top of my head…

Danada House (Wheaton), Herrington Inn (Geneva), Hotel Baker (St. Charles), Riverside Receptions(Geneva), Elmhurst Art Museum, Wilder Mansion (Elmhurst), Arrowhead Golf Club (Wheaton), Cantigny Park/Golf Course (Wheaton), Columbus Park Refectory (Oak Park), and Morton Arboretum (Wheaton).

Each town usually has at least one golf course/country club if that’s what you’re looking for.  Hotels also have ballrooms/banquet halls which may be easier on your guests after the reception 🙂   

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m getting married at the Narnia Estate in Lemont, which is more southwest. Its a garden/mansion and absolutely incredible. I highly recommend it.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Additionally, my cousin got married at the Aromour House in Lake Forest (same place Vince Vaughn got married the year after!) and it was beautiful! Their ceremony was outdoors in the garden area and the reception was inside in a exquisitely beautiful room/hallway of what seems like a mansion but is actually a private school.

http://www.armourhouse.com/

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Check out Meson Sabika in Naperville.  I feel like I push it so much on here!  haha.

Awesome awesome food and service.  Beautiful setting.  My sister got married in a tent in front of the main building and it was gorgeous.  They do have a banquet hall there now as well.  The grounds are also beautiful and a hop skip from the Riverwalk for some great pictures.

Morton Arboretum is also gorgeous but pricey.  Have you thought about going to the regular wedding banquet halls like Venuti’s?  Since we are blessed to have the second most expensive weddings in the country(behind NYC) you can get the most bang for your buck at a banquet hall.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Repost.  Silly puter.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Anyone have price ranges for these types of venues? I’m still deciding what type of venue I like and if I want to have it more close to my family in Naperville or close to the city…

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My fiance and I scoured the western burbs for our wedding venue and decided on the Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst. It is very reasonable and you can bring in your own caterer and liquor (big money savers) Megan who works there is fantastic! We are also on a budget but want a Saturday evening wedding (two things that don’t seem to mix well). Cantigny, Morton, Herrington, Narnia, etc had minimums that were just way too high for us. Hope this helps!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We had our reception at Bella Banquets in Countryside. Beautiful venue, great food, and very reasonable!!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee

Wilder Mansion in Elmhurst is beautiful – highly recommend.

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