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International Museum of Surgical Science

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About

Located in Chicago, Illinois, the International Museum of Surgical Science is a historic lakefront mansion and museum venue that hosts weddings and other remarkable occasions. This luxurious building offers a sumptuous backdrop for milestone events. You can hold your wedding celebrations in a truly opulent atmosphere for this key chapter of your love story.

Facilities and Capacity

Your festivities can avail of all four floors of this landmark venue. Up to 100 guests can join you for your ceremony and seated reception while up to 200 guests can enjoy a cocktail reception. An intimate ceremony can be hosted in the stunning Hall of Immortals, the evocative Hall of Murals, or the exquisite second-floor Library. The splendor of this mansion is visible in the Italian marble fireplaces and floors, gorgeous walnut walls, and brass fixtures. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer majestic views of Lake Michigan, while the walls on all four floors are adorned with historic pieces. This building features an elevator and two indoor ramps along with a wheelchair-accessible entrance for the convenience of all of your guests.

Services Offered

Wedding service with the International Museum of Surgical Science includes two staff members on hand during your festivities. They will coordinate with your vendors, greet your guests, offer informal guidance about the Museum, and provide parking validation for nearby public parking lots. Venue staff can advise you about approved vendors and approve plans for decor and votive candles. Event rentals available include a podium, wireless microphone, projector, and screen. For an additional fee, tables and cushioned banquet chairs are available on-site for up to 80 guests.

History

This refined and storied building harks back to the early twentieth century and the majesty of Chicago’s historic Gold Coast neighborhood. In 1917, Eleanor Robinson Countiss orchestrated the construction of this building as a home for herself and her family. The Eleanor Robinson Countiss House was designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw and based on the 18th-century French chateau Le Petit Trianon. In the early 1950s, the House entered the ownership of Doctor Max Thorek and the International College of Surgeons. 1954 saw the building reopen as the International Museum of Surgical Science, then designated a historic building in 1988.

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?

$2,100

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

$2,100

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?

$2,100

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

$2,100

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

20

Describe your venue:

Historic Building
Mansion
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

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?

Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Preferred Vendors Only
Wifi

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access
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    Regina Married on 10/13/2017
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    We had our reception at the International Museum of Surgical Science on October 13th 2017. The entire process of planning our wedding was made super easy in the months leading up to our wedding. I worked with Justina and Michelle, who were a great help in getting information and setting up a time for me to do a walk through of the museum. Justina gave me the tour of the venue, providing information on past weddings and events that helped me to envision what our reception would be like. Anytime I had questions after our initial consultation, she gave me thorough answers. A little bit before our wedding, Justina no longer worked at the museum and Michelle took over her position. Michelle reached out to me personally to introduce herself. Justina communicated all of my information to Michelle prior to her departure, so I never felt like we were starting over again with our planning. The day of the wedding, everything went off without a hitch. We got rave reviews from our guests about the museum – they loved the décor and architecture. Everyone had so much fun looking at all the exhibits. Overall, we had a wonderful experience and we would definitely recommend the International Museum of Surgical Science for any event!
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    Laura Married on 10/30/2014
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    While the IMSS isn't necessarily built to host a wedding reception, we knew it was the perfect venue for our masquerade-themed Halloween reception. It did not disappoint! Lindsey was amazing in the planning process, and super accommodating to all of our crazy requests. The museum is beautiful and such a unique place to host an event; our guests were thrilled to be able to wander around all four floors for the evening. I couldn't be happier with our decision to celebrate here and to contribute funds to keeping the museum going!

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1524 N. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL, 60610
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