Loyola at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens is a historic wedding venue in Vernon Hills, Illinois, serving couples in the greater Chicago area. This mansion hosts elegantly vintage weddings with ornate decor and abounding gardens. The venue is about 20 minutes from the Naval Station Great Lakes, and about 45 minutes from downtown Chicago.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can invite up to 300 guests to celebrate their special day. Surrounded by trees and rows upon rows of flowers, this natural rainbow is the perfect backdrop for romantic wedding photos. A cocktail hour on the patio allows guests to soak up a little sunshine, with the opportunity for self-guided tours of the mansion. For the reception, the Pavilion Ballroom boasts elegance and glamour with dazzling chandeliers.
The staff at Loyola at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens happily assists couples with their big day. The venue - which hosts receptions, bridal showers and engagement parties - provides the following services to couples:
This 100-acre estate was constructed in 1916 as the home of Samuel Insull, the founder of the General Electric Company. The mansion was designed in the Italianate style and its gardens were designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen. John Cuneo Sr. bought the estate in 1937, and in 2009 the family's Cuneo Foundation passed the property on to Loyola University Chicago. The university has since renovated and maintained the mansion, grounds, and added fine art and furnishing collections to the estate houses.
Recommended by 95% of couples
User4168078 · 2+ years ago
I grew up near Cuneo and remember when they were filming "My Best Friends Wedding" there and ever since then it was my dream to get married there. Our wedding was amazing...they really take care of everything for you there. We had our ceremony outside in the gardens and then the reception in the banquet room. During cocktail hour your guests can tour the mansion and if it is raining you can have the ceremony inside the mansion itself. We had a perfect dream come true day! They are also now allowing you to choose from 4 different caterers, so you have options now. My only future concerns would be, that they seem to be making a lot of changes in how they operate and there are talks that they will be selling a majority of the land the mansion is on (which will make it much less private and grand). We also would have like it if we were allowed to arrive earlier (only 2 hours before) so we could have had all of our picture done before the ceremony and could have enjoyed the cocktail hour.
Jennifer Lazarevic · Married on 09/08/2018
BEST reception venue!!
Absolutely perfect for my wedding reception!! My wedding theme was vintage kitsch and what better way to show that then having your reception in a historic mansion! Lisa was a pleasure to work with! She answered all of my questions. She is also super knowledgeable about the mansion itself. We had to drop off a few things for our florist/decor person and she made that super easy! We also did a walk-thru of the event with the caterer (Catered by Design) before the wedding! So helpful and they made it stress-free! Highly recommended!!!
User3377470 · 2+ years ago
The Cuneo mansion was a wonderful location for our July 2014 wedding reception! We were married in a church, and then cake here for photos cocktails on the beautiful terrace, and dinner & dancing in the ballroom. This is such a great space. It has the history of the mansion, which used to be owned by a great industrialist American who inspired the "monopoly man". Guests can tour the mansion during the cocktail hour and see this history of the beautifully preserved estate. The gardens are beautiful and we have amazing photos for our wedding from using this space! We had a beautiful evening for our reception and we were able to be outside for the entire cocktail hour to enjoy time with our guests and explore the gardens with a drink. We used Bauer's catering which was fabulous- they have years if experience in the mansion and to this day people are raving about the food. They were also amazing to work with for the planning if the entire event. The pavilion is newer than the rest of the mansion, but it's beautiful and able to be transformed into whatever look you want for your big day. It also includes a huge dance floor and room for a head table and a band (both of which we had). I loved the Cuneo, and I see many of my friends and siblings getting married here in the future.
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Absolutely beautiful space for an event. Who knew this kind of estate existed so close to the city! Lovely grounds for photographs and stunning ceremony spaces. A gem in the Chicagoland area.