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. Nestled in a quiet getaway, this venue is an ideal and romantic location for a one-of-a-kind wedding to take place.
Facilities and Capacity
Up to 250 guests can watch the betrothed 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 are able to prepare American, Asian, Italian, Latin American, and Mexican styles of cuisine for couples and their guests. They even offer a chocolate fountain for the reception. Their serving styles include:
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.
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84 Reviews for Illinois Beach Hotel
Recommended by 93% of couples
54 User photos
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!Sent on 12/06/2018
Illinois Beach Hotel's reply:We can't thank you enough for your review, Jennifer! Thank you for taking the time to write this and we are so happy we could be a part of your perfect wedding! We wish you all the best and please come back to visit us!
Amanda · Married on 08/17/2018
Amazing Day, Amazing Venue
Illinois Beach Resort was actually the only location me and my now husband looked at for our wedding because we were sold instantly. We had our ceremony on the beach and it was absolutely beautiful. Our reception was in the ballroom overlooking the lake. The staff at IBR was extremely helpful throughout the entire wedding planning process. If you're looking for a venue that does it all, this is a wonderful place. Our wedding, reception, and lodging were all in one place and boy did that make things easy for us! The resort is beautiful and the staff is wonderful, so I would highly recommend this venue to any couple.Sent on 12/19/2018
Illinois Beach Hotel's reply:It was such a pleasure working with you, Amanda! Thank you for your wonderful review and sending pictures as well! We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day for you guys! Congratulations once again, please come back to see us!
Kevin · Married on 07/28/2018
Excellent wedding and reception location
My wife and I got married at Illinois Beach resort in July 2018. We are so happy we chose this location. Kim and Donna helped us with the planning and they were great. There was something fun for all of our mostly out-of-town guests between the beach, game room, pool, hot tub and fire pit. The food was excellent and the staff friendly and helpful. They went out of their way to accommodate our last minute changes. We had our ceremony in the grass it was an absolutely beautiful location. The tent was a great location for our reception. We got so many compliments from guests on how much they enjoyed their experience. For all this, the Resort's prices were very competitive. We highly recommend Illinois Beach Resort.Sent on 01/19/2019
Illinois Beach Hotel's reply:Kevin, thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review and for posting pictures! We loved hosting your family and friends. We wish you many years of happiness together!
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