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

MCA outdoor ceremony dominika Fitzgerald

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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!

art instutite modern wing adhikari photography Adhikari Photography

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

chicago art institute courtyard ceremony j wiley photography J Wiley Photography

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



  1. That location from that first image looks like an amazing venue for a wedding! Love all the trees in the background.

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