(Closed) Chicago Area Venue Ideas

posted 11 years ago in Chicago
Post # 18
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31 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had the same problem! We couldn’t find any place that wasn’t completely cookie cutter and obnoxiously overpriced. We ended up deciding on the Brookfield Zoo! If you have the reception in the Discovery Center or in their restuarant Bocaditos, I believe the prices are around 80 per person. We are having our ceremony in front of the Roosevelt Fountain, the cocktail hour in the Great Bear Wilderness Exhibit, and the reception in the wedding pavilions. 

Other places that I really liked was the Wilder Mansion, and the Morton Arboretum :

http://www.brookfieldzoo.org/czs/Brookfield/CateredEvents/Weddings.aspx

http://www.wildermansion.org/

http://www.mortonarb.org/plananevent/weddings-and-receptions.html

Post # 19
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4 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: February 2012

A beautiful place that will hold that many people and has its own kitchen and a couple bathrooms is the Swedish American Museum in Adndersonville. And BOY is it cheap. You’d need a local caterer, but it’d keep your budget down for sure.

 

Here’s the info:

5211 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 728-8111

Post # 20
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379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had a friend get married at the Irish American Heritage Center and am sure it was pretty cheap.  It was an old school and the gym was converted to the “ballroom”.  It was really nice.

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