Chicago Wedding Venues – Outdoor Spaces Part 3

For more amazing Chicago wedding venues with outdoor spaces, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the series!

Peninsula Chicago

The terrace is located off the Grand Ballroom and looks over the Mag Mile. Perfect for ceremonies or cocktail hour!

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Galleria Marchetti

Nestled in the River West neighborhood, Galleria Marchetti’s East and West Courtyards are practically gardens filled with so many seasonal blooms. You can barely tell you are in the city here!

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The Ivy Room
This ivy filled courtyard is simply magical…

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Fulton’s on the River

Have cocktails right on the water at Fulton’s Veranda

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Do you have any other favorite venues with outdoor space? 


Chicago Wedding Venues with Outdoor Space – Part 1

Chicago may be known for its architecture and beautiful buildings, but even a city-lover craves a little bit of wide open spaces. Want to incorporate a bit of the great outdoors into your city wedding? Chicago offers a variety of venues with outdoor space for your ceremony or cocktail hour! But please, please keep in mind Chicago’s volatile weather and always have a back-up plan! Due to our uncertain weather, I would never recommend a completely outdoor ceremony AND reception, unless you plan on having a tent.

Chicago History Museum
Located right outside the classic Chicago Room, the Uihlein Plaza has a garden backdrop for wedding ceremonies and cocktail hour!

Chicago History Museum. Steve Koo Photography. Outdoor Ceremony Steve Koo Photography (see the rest of Lauren & Jimmy’s wedding here, and here)

Chicago History Museum. Tim Tab Photography. Sweetchic Events. Paebaek Ceremony Tim Tab Studios (see the rest of Shianne & Jim’s wedding here and here)

Douglas Dawson Gallery
Located in the West Loop, Douglas Dawson Gallery’s garden is perfect for intimate ceremonies and cocktails

Douglas Dawnson Gallery. Steve Koo Photography. Sweetchic Events. Outdoor Ceremony Steve Koo Photography (see the rest of Sara & Iain’s wedding here and here)

Museum of Contemporary Art 
On the East side of the MCA lies an outdoor terrace for cocktails and sculpture garden for wedding ceremonies

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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
A blend of nature and architecture, you and your guests are surrounded by a three-story glass wall and naturally landscaped plaza

Cindy and Jon Steve Koo Photography


The Art Institute of Chicago
This museum actually has multiple outdoor space options, suitable for ceremonies and/or cocktail hours!

Bluhm Family Terrace – Modern Wing. For couples who want a more modern ceremony, this is the perfect outdoor spot with an amazing skyline view!

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McKinlock Court. On the flip side, The Art Institute also has a very classic courtyard for those with more traditional tastes.

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Stay tuned for Part 2 of Chicago Wedding Venues with Outdoor Spaces!

Venue Spotlight: The Newberry Library

I am super excited that one of my 2012 couples just booked one of my favorite venues, The Newberry Library as their wedding venue! It was a tough choice, and it came down to the Private Dining Rooms of Spiaggia and Fulton’s on the River. In the end, the uniqueness of the Newberry won out!

I first heard about The Newbery Library when I read The Time Traveler’s Wife (one of my favorite books) a few years ago! It also happens to be an amazing wedding venue… one that is booked solid up to 14+ months in advance! So if you love this place, be prepared to wait (or get lucky).

Why is it so popular? Well, first and foremost, it is a gorgeous library and you get the place all to yourselves for six hours. The $6,000 rental fee is fairly reasonable for downtown Chicago (ok, it’s still a lot…), especially when you consider that it includes all the tables, opera chairs, a parking lot, and you have the freedom to bring in any caterer (with the appropriate licenses and insurance) and can purchase your own liquor. It is also across the street from the lovely Washington Square Park where you can have your ceremony (a separate permit must be obtained through the Chicago Park District).

Newberry Library exterior front entrance Secondprint productions

A ceremony across the street at Washington Square Park.

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Newberry Library foyer stairwell

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Ruggles Hall (check out those Opera Chairs!!)
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All images above by Second Print Productions, from one of my favorite 2009 weddings!

Any Newberry brides out there?