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Reception
$7,000 starting price
Ceremony
$2,000 starting price
Bar service
$20 per person
Reception
$5,000 starting price
Ceremony
$2,000 starting price
Bar service
$20 per person
These prices are available for the months of May through November. These prices are available for the months of December through April.

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About

At the Chicago Botanic Garden, your event springs to life amidst a backdrop of pure beauty and serenity. This world renowned cultural destination is the perfect venue for your wedding, reception, and rehearsal dinner. From the simple to the sublime, we have something for every taste!

Our impeccable attention to detail will bring your big idea to life. From mixology to the main course, our exten sive menus and offerings help us capture the essence of each event from the most conservative and sophisticated to the most lavish and imaginative. With unique elements like authentic ethnic fare, locally grown produce, and dishes inspired on culinary trend your guests will experience an event they will be talking about for years to come.

While this amazing venue is special for many different reasons, we understand that to you, our guest, this location represents the ultimate statement in fine catering. We celebrate the union of love for all couples and welcome the opportunity to show you our private spaces. Allow us to guide you throughout the process of making this event uniquely yours!

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$7,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$5,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$2,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$2,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Clean Up
Parking
Set Up

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$20

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Wine
Open Bar

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

50

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

5

Describe your venue:

Garden
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October
November

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
December
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Reviews of Chicago Botanic Garden

4.8 out of 5 rating
4.8 out of 5 rating
22 Reviews
96% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.8 out of 5 rating
Weddingwire
4.8/5 22 reviews
Google
4.8/5 4718 reviews
Tori
Tori O. Sent on 09/03/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Dream wedding

The absolute dream venue!!! The events team was so professional, had great communication, and was very kind. Anyone who has ever had the honor to visit the gardens knows the natural beauty and how well kept it is. I was able to take a tour and discuss the different areas available to host a wedding. We ended up having the ceremony and cocktail hour in the Rose Garden with reception in the McGinley Pavilion overlooking the lake. The Rose Garden had a natural isle with a tall wall of trees on each side which was gorgeous. The team did a great job setting up and blew my expectations out of the water. They have an on-site catering team which is top notch. During our tasting, the chef came out and personally introduced himself and was open to customizations but honestly the food tasted like a 5 star restaurant we didn't change a thing!!! I really wanted to create a magical experience for our guests and this was the perfect venue to do that. Lots of parking available, they create custom signs pointing your guests in the right direction, have on site security to ensure the safety of your guests, and don't even get me started on the AMAZING catering team. They came out like an army, so in sync to serve the food. Never interrupted speeches, and the nobody's glass was ever empty. They even assigned one staff member to the bride and groom who did an excellent job and made sure we were taken care of. I worked directly with Michelle from events planning and she is a rock star. I gave her a huge hug after the ceremony and will forever be grateful for all she did. Plus a huge perk of having your wedding at CBG is you don't need much florals... you are submerged in a work of art!! No need to add much at all, let the beauty of the venue speak for itself. All in all, this is a high end venue that I highly recommend for any couple looking for an out of this world experience on their wedding day. All of our out of town guests are still talking about how it was the best wedding they have ever been too. Ditch the boring banquet halls and host your wedding at the CBG!!
Kassie-Scott
Kassie L. Sent on 10/17/2021
5 out of 5 rating

First choice, and it delivered

CBG was our first choice venue from the start. We could not imagine a more beautiful place to host our wedding day -- with the beautiful backdrop and natural setting, it feels like being transported to a different world. There are several wonderful locations to choose from too - we spent a few months debating before we landed on where we wanted our ceremony.

What we were pleased to find out as we got into wedding planning was that it鈥檚 supported by an extremely professional operation. The food from the in-house caterer is the best we鈥檝e ever seen at a wedding (not just our bias! We heard this from a bunch of guests too), the team was easy to work with, and the day-of operation was seamless in execution. Finally, with a bride VERY hesitant about an outdoor wedding, we were thrilled with our indoor option, Krehlberg Gallery (ceremony) and the Bonsai Terrace (cocktails) -- even though it rained on our wedding day and we had to go with plan B, we think it might have actually turned out even better than if we had been outside. Many guests had no idea it was a plan B. Thank you to the CBG team for a wonderful day that was everything we hoped for!
User2623147 Sent on 05/26/2016
5 out of 5 rating
Our family would totally recommend the Chicago Botanic Gardens for any reception. The evening was flawless from start to finish. Our guests were welcomed to the English Garden for cocktails and then lead to the pavilion for a scrumptious dinner. The service was impeccable because the waiters were efficient and not intrusive to the wedding celebration. In addition we were thrilled with the high quality of all of the hard goods Culinary Landscape provided. Everyone fully enjoyed their meals and loved the beauty of the lighted gardens as the sun set. We did not receive one complaint the entire event
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner

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Love working with Connie and her crew. Weddings are always flawless at the Botanic Gardens. Looking forward to going back again.

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Chicago Botanic Garden frequently asked questions

Chicago Botanic Garden includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Clean Up
  • Parking
  • Set Up
Chicago Botanic Garden includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
The bar service starting price at Chicago Botanic Garden includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
The space offered by Chicago Botanic Garden for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Museum
Chicago Botanic Garden offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Chicago Botanic Garden offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Chicago Botanic Garden offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
  • Wifi
Chicago Botanic Garden offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
Chicago Botanic Garden is recommended by 96% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.8 in flexibility, 4.7 in average response time and 4.7 in value.

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