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Coast at Zilli Lake & Gardens is ​a stunning lakeside event space ​located in​ downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Coast provides couples a unique space, bright & open rooms, and spectacular views of the Milwaukee lakefront. The design, décor and architecture of the space embody a water theme that reflects Coast's proximity to Lake Michigan. Offering views of the lakefront, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and downtown's famous orange sunburst sculpture, "The Calling", Coast provides upscale ambiance, spectacular views, and a simple, refined theme that compliments all wedding styles.

Facilities and capacity

Coast at Zilli Lake & Gardens can accommodate up to 250 guests yet can be combined with ZLG's adjoining Miller Room and North & South Gardens to host 1,000+ guests. Coast has a unique split-level ballroom area with a hardwood dance floor, curved Wave Bar, and tiered two-level seating with large floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lake Michigan for an intimate yet airy feel. Coast also offers a private Great Lakes room, located behind the Wave Bar, which can be used as a wedding party suite. Coast has an outdoor patio with string lights, outdoor couches, cozy firepits, and yard games to keep your guests entertained.

Services offered:

Coast at Zilli Lake and Gardens is the exclusive venue of Zilli Hospitality Group. Zilli Hospitality Group has over 50 years of experience in the event industry and prides itself on its “Zilli touch” — exceptional customer service, obsessive attention to detail, and massive expertise that comes from working with thousands of clients on a personal level. You will be paired with your personal Event Designer who will work with you throughout the planning process to create the most memorable and seamless experience for you and your guests. Zilli Hospitality Group offers full bar services and Event Design & Decor rental options to create the atmosphere you've always envisioned. Wedding packages also include:

  • Professional wedding coordinator services
  • Event set-up and teardown
  • Wave Bar
  • Stone fireplace
  • Tables and chairs
  • Outdoor Patio with string lights, outdoor couches, firepits, and yard games
  • Hardwood dance floor
  • Multilevel lighting
  • Flat screens & Audiovisual equipment
  • Onsite WiFi
  • Wheel-chair accessible
  • Coat room
  • Optional use of private Great Lakes Room
  • Recommendations for local vendors including photographers, bakeries, and florists


Coast at Zilli Lake & Gardens is exclusively catered by Zilli Hospitality Group. Our culinary team can create delicious menus in a variety of styles, including Kosher & Indian menus, and are excited to work with you to create a uniquely delicious, personalized menu to your tastes. Coast's in-house kitchen allows for your wedding's custom menu to be cooked and served fresh onsite! Our team can also work with you on a signature cocktail or drink for your big day!


Coast's downtown Milwaukee location is centrally located and convenient for guests as it is a 15-minute drive to General Mitchell International Airport, perfectly suited to out-of-town and international guests.

It is within a 6-minute drive to Milwaukee Intermodal Train Station, which offers daily trains that get you to or from downtown Chicago in 90 minutes, a great option for Chicago-area guests.

For wedding guests looking to explore Milwaukee, Coast is right across the street from beautiful Lake Michigan and the famous Milwaukee Art Museum. It is also a 4-minute drive to the Milwaukee Public Market and the walkable Third Ward area, perfect for guests looking to pick up souvenirs of tasty Milwaukee favorites like local Wisconsin cheese, beer, and Bloody Mary mix.

  • LGBTQ+-owned

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Banquet Hall

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Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

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Catering Services
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Cocktail Reception
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Outside Cake

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Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
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Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
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Dance Floor

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Jennifer Z. Sent on 07/02/2021
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COVID 19 wedding planning, all ended well!

Warning: long COVID19 planning journey. We got engaged Valentine's Day 2020 and booked through Zilli right before COVID lockdown. Our initial experience with booking was very smooth and great. We planned everything with our original venue and everything went well until about 2 months before the wedding. Aside from being a bit slow to respond to some questions, they were otherwise very helpful and with the pandemic we were understanding! The second to last planner we had was not the most responsive, and when our venue made decisions for COVID precautions that were incredibly restrictive we didn't feel that our questions were answered very well. Long story short, the venue was no longer an option for our reception, and it was changed to Coast. Again the coordinator was not the most helpful but we didn't think much of it, until she emailed us that she was leaving and oh BY THE WAY our ceremony was cancelled. THANKFULLY Roxann became our planner and saved the day. We had a meeting with her that week to talk about our options and changed the ceremony to Coast as well. She has a lot of experience with the venue and answered all of our questions and we felt so comfortable having her help us. We hadn't wanted an outdoor ceremony and it rained on our wedding day, but thankfully everything worked out great. The coordination of decorations, details, timing etc all worked out great. The food was incredible, you can't go wrong, and I didn't have to deal with anything the day of our wedding! Coast is beautiful and a great reception venue and the outdoor upper garden for the ceremony was amazing too.

Not our original plan but after it all, it was a perfect day. We are so grateful for Roxann and everyone and Zilli and Coast who made our day everything we dreamed of and more!
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