Illinois Beach Hotel is a waterfront venue in the Chicago, Illinois area. This coastal location offers couples the option of getting married right on the shores of Lake Michigan. Sitting on the Illinois Beach Nature Preserve, the Illinois Beach Hotel is about 70 minutes from downtown Chicago.
Facilities and Capacity
Up to 250 guests can watch the couple exchange vows with their toes in the sand and the waters of the lake calmly lapping behind them. Couples that wish to stay sand-free but still want the experience of a beach wedding can set up in the grass just in front of the beach to get the sights and sounds without the mess. Inside, a reception takes place in a banquet hall, full of windows to let in natural light. Neutral colors and bright overhead lights allow couples to make the venue their own through its setup and decor.
This venue helps make couples' wedding dreams come true by offering services that cater directly to their needs. These services include:
In addition to delicious food, the Illinois Beach Hotel also offers full bar service. Their menus for dinner can be adjusted to accommodate gluten free, kosher, lactose free, no pork, nut free, organic, vegan and vegetarian needs. The chefs prepare American, Asian, Italian, Latin American and Mexican styles of cuisine for couples and their guests, and even offer a chocolate fountain for the reception. They can cater these dishes in the following styles:
The Illinois Beach Hotel provides 92 art deco guest rooms for couples and overnight wedding guests. These rooms combine modern design with a charming interior to create a comfortable space.
This resort also offers its space for bridal showers, elopements, engagement parties and rehearsal dinners.
Recommended by 96% of couples
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Kelsey · Married on 09/10/2016
Where do I start?! Everything from literally the first email that was sent over a year ago all the way through this past week when we got back from our Honeymoon...Kim at IBR has been a complete DREAM. Kim is the wedding coordinator at IBR, she is the main contact person for anything wedding related at the resort. She knows her job and does it very very very well. Kim kept this OCD and uptight bride at ease throughout the whole wedding process, answering A TON of questions. From little details such as candle holders...all the way to big decisions such as meal plans. Kim was on top of every single email that was sent, and always replied with with a through answer and awesome suggestions. Fast forward to "wedding week"...Kim was super available for any last minute questions. Working with us quite a bit on early guest arrivals, helping with guest rooms, and even being there to help with the rehearsal walk-though. The day of the wedding couldn't have been more perfect, the whole staff at IBR was extremely accommodating. Everything was in place and ready to be decorated bright and early at 7:00am (as promised!) Staff was constantly checking in with my family to make sure we had everything we needed...I felt like the most important person in the world to everyone who worked there that day!!! The staff made it a point during wedding photos to bring out beverages and appetizers to the bridal party on the beach which was awesome! Our banquet manager (really the whole staff) during the reception was AMAZING! They were SO accommodating, constantly checking in with me, my husband, and my parents to make sure that everything was going okay and if we needed ANYTHING! We could not have asked for a more amazing venue to have our special day. Top things that we LOVED about IBR..being able to have everything (rehearsal, ceremony, reception, and lodging for guests) ALL IN ONE PLACE! OVERALL, our experience with IBR as our venue was phenomenal.Sent on 09/22/2016
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Jennifer Strzelecki · Married on 08/18/2018
Before we even got engaged, I knew that I wanted to have our wedding at Illinois Beach Resort after attending a prior wedding there. From the beginning of the planning process to the very end, the team there were nothing short of amazing and made my dream wedding a reality. Our consultant Kim was always in contact with us, was open to me making out of the ordinary adjustments, and walked us through everything to make sure we had all of our bases covered. The day itself was absolutely perfect, they gave us plenty of time to set up our decor the morning of, and they even cleaned everything up at the end of the night and packed up all of our decor so that we just had to bring it to the car the next morning! There are a million more things I could say, but the bottom line is this: if you’re in the area and are looking for a beach/outdoor venue, this is the place to book! The hotel is beautiful and rooms are all updated, the staff is super friendly, and the scenery is enough to make you fall in love. You really get what you pay for. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding!
Camille · Married on 07/15/2018
The Illinois Beach Resort was the best place to have a wedding! Not only is the scenery amazing, but Kim and all the Illinois Beach Resort staff were amazing to work with. Kim was so attentive and responsive, she’ll make you feel like your wedding is the only wedding she is helping with. The staff was also very attentive, you would ask for something and it would be done. The food was delicious and it was all served hot. The people that attended our wedding cannot say enough nice things about the resort. I highly recommend it!Sent on 08/15/2018
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