Mini Weddings are NOW AVAILABLE at the Community House!
Host your miniwedding at the Community House
for less than $2,500!
Up to 50 guests.
Tables & chairs included.
Sound system for toast and ceremony.
2 hour event for guest arrival, ceremony,
champagne toast and celebration.
Outside garden area (weather permitting).
Hors d’oeuvres and desserts included.
The Community House is a historic wedding venue that is located in Winnetka, Illinois. Established in 1911, this non-profit organization has had a continuous impact on the North Shore community. Here, couples and their guests will be able to enjoy landscaped gardens and romantic hideaways. Vows can be exchanged in any season, among any of its three acres.
Facilities and Capacity
The Community House was designed by the architect Arthur Coffin. Arthur constructed the building in the Tudor Revival style, allowing that design to influence various factors throughout the estate. There are, however, additional elements of a prarie school-style found around the construction. Events can take place on the patio, lit up by soft bistro lights, or inside the Garden Hall. The Garden Hall has suspended drum lights as well as wainscoting on the walls. Couples can accommodate up to 200 guests at this indoor and outdoor venue. Wedding celebrations have the ability to transition from outside to inside, using the Garden Hall as a dancing area. Should it suit the event, the room can also be divided into two distinct spaces.
The Community House has an exclusive catering and event management company called Catered by Design. This caterer will not only help you with your menu but they will make sure your day is flawless from start to finish. They provide useful services such as setup, dinnerware rentals, linens, and cleanup. Catered by Design also offers visually appealing details such as floating buffets and hanging beverage trees. These added details combined with delicious food choices mean that events that they serve will always have a sense of sumptuous intrigue.
Couples can choose between hors d'oeuvres, a buffet, stations, or a plated meal. Cuisine ranges from American and Southwestern to Italian and Spanish. Sample entrees include roasted, French white truffle chicken breast; stout-braised short ribs; lake superior whitefish Acapulco; or saffron risotto cakes.
The Community House is located north of Chicago in the village of Winnetka, just by the shores of Lake Michigan. It can be reached via Green Bay Road, which runs parallel to Interstate 94. Should couples wish to retreat to a golf range, the Winnetka Golf Club is only a short jaunt to the west.
28 Reviews for Community House Winnetka
Recommended by 94% of couples
Jackie Juliano · Married on 06/29/2019
Check out this hidden gem!
We can’t express enough how much we loved having our wedding ceremony at Winnetka Community House! It is such a beautiful, hidden gem! The garden was a perfect setting for our wedding ceremony. It was tucked away and secluded which made it feel more personal. The staff was very accommodating prior to and day-of. The maintenance staff went above and beyond and even provided our guests with iced tea on our hot day. The garden is beautifully kept and the surrounding grounds provided great backdrops for our pictures. Thank you for providing such a beautiful setting for our ceremony!Sent on 08/18/2019
Elizabeth Bautista · Married on 07/26/2020
Amazing and Beautiful Landscaping, Garity Wedding
When we found this place I knew it was the place I wanted to get married! I envisioned a beautiful summer outdoor wedding and those dreams were almost dashed by COVID but the venue worked with our caterers Catered by Design so seamlessly to make sure everything was done safely! Luckily they were able to open by July that I was able to have my wedding at its new smaller size, but regardless their venue’s landscaping was maintained beautifully. The natural beauty of Winnetka Community House provided for much inspiration for my Florist Luci Floral Designs.Sent on 08/06/2020
Community House Winnetka's reply:Hi Elizabeth, thank you so much for your wonderful review! We were so happy to be able to bring your wedding vision to life. It was a pleasure working with you both and Congrats again!
Brian · Married on 07/01/2017
We love working with Winnetka Community House they have always delivered great service and has always accommodated our needs. Looking forward in working in many events to come!Sent on 07/05/2017
Extreme Sounds Entertainment & Lighting
We absolutely love working here. It is beautiful and the staff is always great to work with. We can't say enough good things about this place.
We have been the exclusive catering and event management company at the Winnetka Community House for many years and we value our relationship with the entire WCH team. A more talented, dedicated and passionate team of professionals would be hard to find. The venue is absolutely beautiful and flexible in it's offerings and layout. Our clients are thrilled with the Arches Garden and we look forward to many more events at this historic and world class venue.