(Closed) True Chicago Wedding Venues

posted 6 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
3770 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

That’s a great list!  It will come in very handy for someone with the same guidelines as you looking for a venue! Were you able to find a place that actually met all your requirements?

Post # 5
1866 posts
Buzzing bee

@maenadinchicago:  I will be very impressed if you can find a venue that meets your requirements!!  Downtown Chi is (unfortunately as you’ve experienced) VERY pricey.  

Post # 6
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Wow, I live in the city and am planning a wedding for around 150 people, and we went with the suburbs because we didn’t want to spend much money. I’m the cheapest person alive when it comes to weddings, (I wanted courthouse! $50!) so we’re cutting a LOT of corners (mom’s growing the flowers, it’s all taking place in my dad’s backyard, and we’re getting catering from Smoque (BBQ) and Irazu (taco bar))… and it’s coming in at around 17k, all told (not including honeymoon or rings). I’d be super impressed if you’re able to find that in the city, good luck!

Post # 7
34 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

You could try Pazzo’s at 311.  I think it averages around $100 or under per head, if you did the very lowest reception package.   Maybe also Glessner House on the near south side or Grand Piazza on the near west side?  

Good luck! Chicago prices are steep, but hopefully you can get creative and find a place.

Post # 8
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My cousin wanted a Chicago wedding but found the same thing, crazy prices.  She went just a bit out of the city at the Woman’s Club of Evanston, a very gorgeous venue!!


My coworker also did Glessner House and loved it.

Post # 10
36 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MackInChiCity:  I looked at WCE and it really was not that much more affordable than city venues. I would have saved maybe 800 to do it there instead of Salvage One.

Post # 11
3 posts

My daughter moved to Chicago two years ago and we live in Ohio.  Always shocked about how much things cost there.  Daughter got engaged this past weekend and I’ve been online non-stop since then trying to find a reception venue.  I have many of your wants/needs.  Could you help me with any info you found.  I’m hoping it’s no longer a secret.  Thanks so much.

Post # 14
9 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

What a great list!  Wish I had found this before I began my venue search.  Here are a few more to add to the list (all in the city) but most are for 100 people or less.  I will mark the ones that hold more.  Many have a lofty feel.

  • Prairie Productions – $4,500 Sat. – 200 seated guests
  • Epoch Floral – $2,900 full day – 80 seated guests
  • Joffrey Ballet Studios – $2,500 per studio – 120 up to 300 seated guests depending on number of studios rented
  • Pritzker Military Library – didn’t request info.
  • 22Thirty9 – $3,000(4 hour event) – 2,200 sq ft loft
  • Chicago Urban Art Society – $275/hr – 2,500 sq ft lofted gallery
  • Co-Prosperity – $1500 for day – 2600 sq ft gallery
  • Gage Loft – $3,750 Sat. – 125 seated
  • Creativo Loft – $3500 – 100 seated
  • Grand Piazza (National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame) – $1800/floor, 2 floor min. – large ballroom – up to 300 – great roof with views of city
  • Gallery 1028 – $4,500 – 4,000 sq ft loft
  • CityPoint Loft – $2600 (10 hrs) – 110 seated 1st floor, 150 seated 3rd floor
  • Lacuna Artist Loft Studio – didn’t request information
  • Living Room Lounge – up to 8500 sq ft. didn’t get pricing

Hope this helps all you city brides!  Happy hunting!

Post # 15
1 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

Hi there!  I’m planning for a wedding in October 2013 and shooting for 100-120 guests so your posts has been really helpful!  I was just wondering if you had a list of the venues that you liked and narrowed your choice down to.  THANK YOU! 

Post # 16
3 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

Just wanted to give a heads up that Glessner House actually ends up being just as much money as, say, Salvage One or the like. Their initial quote looks appealing but once we went in and met with the coordinator she informed us that you have to purchase a lighting package for the courtyard, reserve a tent just in case it rains, and pay to use the park next door for the ceremony. It adds up quick. My fiance and I ended up going with Bridgeport Art Center- which may look like a hefty price tag but it includes every table you would need and chairs, free parking, limited decor because the space itself is so beautiful. Anyone else have their wedding there or any experiences with them?

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