Second Unitarian Church

656 W Barry Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 Map · Phone number
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About Second Unitarian Church

Second Unitarian Church, located in Chicago, Illinois, is a church wedding venue that welcomes renters of all faiths.

Facilities and Capacity

Affectionately called 2U, the Second Unitarian Church is a historic and beautiful Prairie-style building that can host gatherings of up to 200 people. The venue is equipped with a grand piano, flexible seating, smaller meeting or prep rooms, and a sound system. It is air-conditioned and the lower levels are fully accessible. The Sanctuary is a warm and inviting space of approximately 1,800 square feet. It can seat up to 175 guests with brick walls, hardwood floors, a high beamed ceiling, and stained-glass windows featuring a neutral wreath motif. It opens into the Palmer Room which is a large reception area of approx. 1,150 square feet. The Palmer Room is open and airy with large windows that look onto a garden space. The space is adjacent to a full kitchen with a serving window. The Loft can accommodate up to 125 people in its 1,750-square-foot space. It features high beamed ceilings, a large arched window with ample natural light and a kitchen area with sink, dishwasher, small refrigerator and counter space for food staging.

Services Offered

Second Unitarian Church offers wedding ceremony and reception packages and can be hired by the hour. Services available include:

  • One hour sanctuary use for rehearsal the evening before the event
  • Use of the venue for up to four hours pre-event for set up the day of the event
  • Sanctuary and Palmer Room use for weddings up to three hours long
  • Two rooms for the wedding couple or party to prepare
  • Complete access to the church on the day of your event
  • Loft with the serving area for up to six hours

History

Second Unitarian Church is a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association and has been a voice for liberal religion in Chicago since 1857. Unitarian Universalism is an open and affirming faith, and they welcome those who wish to bless their lives in a ceremony marking their lifelong commitment to each other.

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2 Reviews for Second Unitarian Church

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4.7 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 4.5

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    Laura Mckee · Married on 01/06/2018

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    Quaint historic building in great neighborhood- PERFECT FOR DIY

    I've been to several weddings in this cute church. It has beautiful arts and crafts windows and charming light. The chairs can be arranged however you want and there's a full kitchen. My friends don't have a huge budget and this place allowed us to really do it ourselves. It was easy for folks to get to, too because it's walking distance from the Belmont el with the 151, 156, 36, 8 and 77 bus lines handy.
    They have a nice upstairs loft and you can place the round tables any way you want to. The sexton was super helpful with the heavy lifting and the clean up. They make it really easy.

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    Thomas Denio · Married on 08/11/2015

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    Classic Lakeview Wedding Site

    My wife and I were married at Second Unitarian on Barry St. and it was a great site for us. The Arts and Crafts style building is simple and beautiful with a timeless feel. Felt great to have the event in a fun, lakefront neighborhood as opposed to downtown. The staff were very helpful and made us feel quite welcome. The front garden and old brick church are a lovely setting for photos. Cubs fan bonus: we had our service rehearsal the day before and were able to walk from the Cubs game to the church in 15 minutes!

    Sent on 04/12/2019

Second Unitarian Church FAQ

  • 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? $ 925.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 2,500.00
  • 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? $ 925.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 2,500.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Chairs, Clean Up, Set Up, Tables
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 3
  • Describe your venue: Garden, Historic Building, Loft, Religious
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception
  • What event services do you offer? Clean Up, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Pet Friendly, Set Up, Wifi
  • What bar services do you provide? Outside Alcohol
  • What event items are available? Audio Equipment, Chairs, Tables
  • What transportation and access is available? Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? April, May, June, July, August, September
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February, March, October, November, December

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  • 656 W Barry Ave Chicago, IL, 60657 See on map
    773-549-0260 (10) (Phone number)
    10-4 Monday through Thursday

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